Watch NFL Online without Cable in 2019

Stream NFL Games

Football season is back at long last, and fans everywhere are gearing up for another great season. And, being that it’s 2019, more and more people are ditching cable TV and looking for “greener pastures”, so to speak. This season, it’s easier than ever to watch NFL online without cable, and to watch TV in general without forking over hundreds of dollars for cable TV. Today, we’ll look at the best 7 ways to stream NFL games to help you cord-cutters out there!

First, a caveat: NFL broadcast rights are a bit complex. Depending on the game, the NFL live stream could be on NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, your local regional sports channel, or (new this year) Amazon Prime! Because of this complication, you will find it hard to get access to ALL games without cable, but you can use the options below to watch many or most NFL live streams season. So, without further ado, here are the best ways to stream NFL games for the 2019/2020 season!

1. fuboTV

Are you a sports nut? If so, a new service named fuboTV should be right up your alley. This service is specifically designed for sports fans, and it’s a great way to get the NFL live stream, as well as live soccer, baseball, basketball, news, and more. Some basics for watching NFL online with fuboTV:

  • Get 60+ channels to watch live
  • Plans from $35 a month
  • No contract
  • Works on most devices
  • About 50% of the channels are sports-oriented
  • Enjoy live streaming of FS1, FS2, NBCSN, CBSSN, NBA TV, FOX News and more
  • Watch NFL online via NBC and FOX (select areas)
  • Does not include ESPN (so no Monday Night Football)
  • Free 7-day trial available

fuboTV is mostly meant for sports fans. It offers NFL streaming on both NBC and FOX, and although the channels are region-restricted, fuboTV carries these networks in a lot of areas and also provides access to NBC/FOX streaming apps. That said, ESPN is NOT included, which is a downside. Oh, and it’s also a great way to watch NFL preseason games online!


2. Sling TV

Looking to trim some fat from your budget? Sling TV is an excellent option for NFL streaming on a tight budget. The service is similar to DIRECTV NOW, but plans start at only $20 a month. Sling has both sports and general channels, so it can easily serve as a complete replacement for cable TV. Here are the basics:

  • Get 30+ channels in the basic package, up to 150+ available
  • Stream live TV on smartphones, tablets, computers, and streaming players like Roku and Apple TV
  • Plans from $20 a month
  • No contract required
  • Watch NFL online every Monday night via ESPN
  • Watch live football games on NBC and FOX (select areas)
  • Watch select Thursday Night Football games on NFL Network
  • Enjoy live coverage from CNN, AMC, TNT, and more
  • Free 7-day trial available

Sling TV is a budget-friendly option, but keep in mind that not all channels are available in the basic package – you might want to select one of the upgraded packages, depending on what channels you want and what’s available in your area. Also, if you time it right you can use the free trial to watch NFL games online free for a week! Sling TV is another good way to stream NFL Preseason as well.


3. CBS All Access

CBS has the rights to tons of Sunday NFL games. Luckily enough, CBS actually has its own streaming service, and it’s called CBS All Access. Here’s how it works:

  • CBS All Access lets you watch CBS live in most areas
  • CBS will host tons of Sunday football games
  • You can also watch tons of on-demand CBS shows with the service
  • Costs $5.99 per month, no contract
  • Free 7-day trial available

This service will only be useful for games hosted by CBS, so it’s far from a complete solution. With that said, it’s 6 bucks a month – so, it may be worth using this service in conjunction with another service for more NFL coverage.


4. PlayStation Vue

Another service that is similar to DIRECTV NOW and Sling TV is PlayStation Vue. This service, offered by Sony, is another solid method to stream NFL games online without cable TV. Here’s why:

  • Enjoy 45+ channels, with up to 90+ available in larger packages
  • Live stream all available channels
  • Packages from $30 a month
  • No contract required
  • Works on most devices
  • Watch NFL games online via ESPN, NFL Network, and NBC/FOX/CBS (select areas)
  • Free 5-day trial available

Vue is a good service, but keep in mind that areas with NBC/FOX/CBS coverage will cost $40 a month, so it’s a bit pricey.


5. Amazon Prime

Chances are, you know what Amazon Prime is. The ultra-popular subscription gets you free 2-day shipping on Amazon, free on-demand streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows, free digital photo storage, and an endless list of other perks. But did you know that you can actually watch NFL online this season with Amazon Prime?

  • Amazon Prime reached a deal with the NFL this season to stream Thursday Night Football to Prime subscribers
  • Amazon Prime will host 10 of the 18 Thursday Night football games (schedule here)
  • The games will stream LIVE through Amazon Prime Instant Video, which works on most devices
  • Existing Prime members can just log in and start watching at game time this year; new members can sign up for a free 30-day trial to watch NFL games online free

This is an interesting development, for sure. Last year, Twitter had the rights to stream these 10 games, and apparently Amazon is taking over this year.


6. NFL Game Pass

The NFL actually has its own streaming service, called NFL Game Pass. It’s a useful service, with some serious restrictions. Basically, it’s only for on-demand streaming, so it’s not useful for folks who want/need to watch games live. However, if you’re looking to watch Preseason games live, this is a great option. Here’s how it works:

  • Costs $100/season, no contract
  • Gives on-demand access to replays of ALL regular season games
  • LIVE streaming of preseason, out of market games
  • Huge on-demand library of past season games (including Super Bowls)
  • Condensed replays available
  • Free trial available

If you don’t mind waiting until a few hours after the game ends, this is a good way to watch NFL without cable. If you want to stream NFL games live, look elsewhere.



If you’re looking for an all-in-one cable replacement that will let you watch NFL online while also keeping up with your favorite shows, news, movies and more, DIRECTV NOW is a great option. As the name suggests, the service is brought to you by DIRECTV – but don’t worry, you won’t need a satellite or cable subscription to use it, as the service is 100% internet-based. Here’s the cliff notes:

  • Get 60+ channels in the smallest package, up to 120+ in larger packages
  • Stream all channels LIVE, without cable TV
  • Use on most devices; streaming players, smart TVs, computers, mobile devices, etc
  • Prices from $35 a month
  • No contract required
  • Watch live NFL games on ESPN (all Monday Night Football)
  • Stream NFL games live on CBS, NBC, and FOX (available in select areas)
  • Stream live news, TV shows and more on CNN, FOX News, AMC, TBS, TNT & more
  • Free 7-day trial available

So, in short, for $35 a month (and with no commitment/contract), you’ll be able to access NFL streaming as well as regular TV shows and more. CBS, NBC and FOX are all region-restricted, meaning they are only live in some areas. You can confirm channel availability in your area during the signup process.


Questions About How to Stream NFL Games?

The above options are currently the best ways we know of to watch NFL online. That said, if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.

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