How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)

If you want to watch NFL Network online, you have plenty of options, and some are significantly cheaper than others. Here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch every down—and save yourself some money in the process with an NFL Network live stream.


What is NFL Network?

The best reason to subscribe to NFL Network is to watch Thursday Night Football. While 11 games will air on Fox and stream live on Amazon Prime, NFL Network will carry 13 games during the 2019 NFL season, and two of those will be exclusive to the channel: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers in Week 2 and  Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3. (You’ll find a full Thursday Night Football schedule below.)

But there’s plenty more to love about NFL Network. For starters, you can watch NFL Network-exclusive shows like Good Morning Football, NFL Total Access, A Football Life, and most importantly, Sunday’s NFL GameDay, which features Deion Sanders and Kurt Warner, among others. There’s also daily programming devoted to fantasy football and power rankings—the sort of stuff you’ll want to geek out over. NFL Network has also added Inside the NFL to its roster as well. You can also watch replays of nearly 100 games on NFL Network, though it’s unclear which games will be featured this season.

The bottom line: If you want to get closer to the game and catch (almost) every Thursday Night Football game, you need NFL Network.

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NFL Network live stream: How to watch Thursday Night Football games for free

WATCH: Is Sling TV worth it? 

1) Sling TV

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Sling Orange + Blue

One of the leading names in live TV streaming, Sling TV offers three different packages: Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and Sling Orange + Blue. While Sling Orange + Blue offers the best of both basic packages, truth be told, if you’re looking for NFL football games, you really only need Sling Blue, which costs $25 per month and includes NFL Network, along with FS1, ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3.

To make the most of Sling TV, you’ll want to add the Sling Blue Sports Extra package, which costs an extra $10 per month and allows you to watch NFL RedZone online, along with NBA TV, NHL Network, and NBC Golf, among other sports channels.

For more information, check out our comprehensive Sling TV guide.


2) FuboTV

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FuboTV is a sports fan’s ideal streaming service. It’s loaded with niche channels that will ensure you always have a game to watch, especially if you’re a fan of international soccer.

FuboTV’s basic plan boasts 85 channels and includes NFL Network. At $44.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only thing noticeably missing is ESPN.

You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which will allow you to stream NFL RedZone, in addition to the Pac 12 network, a collection of Fox College Sports channels, and Fight Network. Your monthly total would come out to $53.98, which is pretty good considering everything that you’d be getting.

For more information, check out our comprehensive FuboTV guide.


3) PlayStation Vue

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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to own a PlayStation to use PlayStation Vue. The live TV streaming service is available at four levels of packages. To watch NFL Network livestream, you’ll need the Core package or greater, but to be honest, everything above the Core package is just filler. Core packs in everything you need for live sports—Big Ten Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPN News, ESPNU, NBC Golf, MLB Network, NBA TV, and SEC Network—in addition to PlayStation Vue’s basic 45 channels. (Here’s a complete rundown of PlayStation Vue channels.)

From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which unlocks ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks.

For more information, check out our comprehensive PlayStation Vue guide.


Other ways to watch NFL Network online

1) The NFL app

Cost: Depends on provider

Devices: Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, Android RV, iOS and Android devices

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If you subscribe to NFL Network through your cable provider—or you know someone who does and they owe you a massive favor—you can also watch via the official NFL app. All you have to do is download it from your streaming device of choice—Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, PS4, Roku, or Android TV—and then enter in your cable credentials when prompted. You can also stream on any iOS or Android device, or on your desktop. Just visit

2019 Thursday Night Football schedule

The biggest perk of NFL Network is that it allows you to watch every single game of Thursday Night Football. Here’s the complete schedule for your reference.

Week 2, Thursday, Sept. 12 | NFL Network

8:20pm ET, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

Week 3, Thursday, Sept. 19 | NFL Network

8:20pm ET, Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 4, Thursday, Sept. 26 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video

8:20pm ET, Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers

Week 5, Thursday, Oct. 3 |  NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video

8:20pm ET, Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks

Week 6, Thursday, Oct. 10 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video

8:20pm ET, New York Giants at New England Patriots

Week 7, Thursday, Oct. 17 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video

8:20pm ET, Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos

Week 8, Thursday, Oct. 24 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video

8:20pm ET, Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings

Week 9, Thursday, Oct. 31 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video

8:20pm ET, San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

Week 10, Thursday, Nov. 7 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video

8:20pm ET, Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders

Week 11, Thursday, Nov. 14 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video

8:20pm ET, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Week 12, Thursday, Nov. 21 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video

8:20pm ET, Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

Week 14, Thursday, Dec. 5 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video

8:20pm ET, Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears

Week 15, Thursday, Dec. 12 | NFL Network, Fox, Amazon Prime Video

8:20pm ET, New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens

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Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.