There are more options than ever for streaming National Football League games to your TV, laptop, or phone.

That includes the traditional Sunday-afternoon matches on CBS and Fox, Sunday Night Football on NBC, Monday Night Football on ESPN, or Thursday Night Football on CBS, NBC, and the NFL Network.

And let's not forget the Thanksgiving Day games, Saturday games scheduled for later in the season, games on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and the playoffs leading up to Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, 2019.

One thing you might be surprised to find is that if you're using one of the new streaming services, you may already have access to a decent number of games. But since there are a lot more choices, we're here to help break them down.

Before we profile the various options, there are a few things to note. One is that some live local channels aren't available on all cable-replacement streaming services in all markets. You'll need these channels to watch games in your area, so review the channel lineups before subscribing to services like DirecTV Now or YouTube TV.

But one improvement this year is that Verizon no longer has an exclusive deal for streaming games to smartphones and tablets, so you'll be able to catch a good number of games regardless of your cellular provider. (See NFL Mobile app, below.)

So check out our list of all the game-watching options to see which ones work best for you. That will let you shift your attention where it really matters: Whether to go with the chicken wings or the nachos at halftime.

Amazon Prime

As it did last year, Amazon is rewarding its Prime members with a slate of NFL games, namely 11 Thursday Night Football games that are being broadcast by Fox. The games will also be available for free on Amazon's Twitch streaming video platform. It's a nice option for cord-cutters who can no longer get local games on CBS, Fox, and NBC or those who don't have access to the NFL Network.

CBS All Access

If you like football and NFL games on CBS, the company's $6-a-month CBS All Access streaming service is really the way to go. It offers access to the entire CBS NFL football season, including Super Bowl LIII. Thanks to a new deal that runs through 2022, you can now stream games on mobile devices, something that had previously been exclusive to Verizon cellular customers. CBS All Access is available on streaming players including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, smart TVs, and game consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation. There's also a $10-a-month commercial-free plan, but live TV, including NFL games, still comes with advertisements.

DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket via Streaming

NFL Sunday Ticket is still the most comprehensive NFL package you can get, since it offers every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game. (It doesn't include those games shown on your local channels.) DirecTV has the exclusive rights, as it has in the past, but its parent company, AT&T, lets those of us who can't get DirecTV's regular service—because they can't install a satellite dish—get the football package via a streaming service. That includes anyone living in an apartment, condominium, or townhouse, college students, and even private homes where an obstruction prevents satellite TV reception.

There are three streaming plans for NFL Sunday Ticket. NFLSundayTicket.TV To Go lets you stream live, out-of-market NFL regular season games every Sunday, on a variety of compatible devices, for four $73.50 payments. NFLSundayTicket.TV Max (four $99 payments) has everything in the To Go plan, plus NFL Red Zone and DirecTV Fantasy Zone. You can also add NFL Game Pass, which streams live pre-season games and pre-recorded regular season games, for an extra $50.

College students can get NFLSundayTicket.TV U, which includes everything in the TV Max plan, for four $24.99 payments. Game Pass can be added for $50.

You can also add NFL Sunday Ticket to DirecTV Now, though only in a handful of markets right now. (See "DirecTV Now," below.)

DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now, the company's satellite-TV-without-the-dish streaming service, recently added access to NFL Sunday Ticket, with two limitations. One is that you'll need to subscribe to the $55-a-month "Live a Little" or higher plan. The other is that it's only available in a handful of markets—Boston, Greater Los Angeles, Hartford, Louisville, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and San Antonio—right now.

Here's some good news: The NFL Network has been added at no charge on all the DirecTV Now plans. And all tiers of the service offer NFL games on CBS, Fox and Fox Sports, and NBC, plus ESPN 1 and 2 in markets where they're available. Spring for the $65-per-month "Go Big" step-up package of about 105 channels and you'll also get CBS Sports for scores, news, and stats. You can access DirecTV Now on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Roku, plus Android and Apple smartphones.


This $45-a-month streaming service is all about sports, and last year it added NFL Network just in time for the start of the NFL season. It also offers NFL games from CBS, Fox, and NBC in some markets as part of the 75-channel package. NFL RedZone can be added as part of fuboTV's Sports Plus add-on pack, which costs an extra $9 a month. One big drawback, however, is that it's still missing ESPN, which hosts Monday Night Football.

Hulu With Live TV

Priced at $40 a month, Hulu's newest service, Hulu With Live TV, provides access to ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC local broadcasts in some markets, so you'll have to check to see what's available in your area. You can also get CBS Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports, but the NFL Network and NFL RedZone aren't available right now. Hulu With Live TV is available on Android and iOS phones and tablets; Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku streaming players; some smart TVs; and Xbox game systems.

Network Apps

Maybe you subscribe to a pay-TV service but want to be able to watch football when you're on the go. There are a lot of options. Here are a few network apps you should try, though they all require authentication:

• CBS: In addition to those who get CBS All Access, the network is letting "authenticated" CBS viewers—meaning those who get CBS through a pay TV service—stream games online at, and on a number of set-top boxes, smart TVs, and game consoles. 

• Fox Sports Go: Just as with other network apps, you’ll need to prove you have a pay-TV subscription to use this Fox TV Everywhere app, which offers live coverage of local-market games. You can watch NFL games on your laptop or tablet and some streaming devices, but not on a phone. And you get access only to the channels in your TV lineup. 

• NBC Sports: The app for NBC’s streaming service will let you watch NBC’s Sunday Night Football games through your tablet, computer, Samsung smart TV, streaming player, or Xbox game console.

• WatchESPN: ESPN’s mobile app brings Monday Night Football, 10 ESPN channels, and shows like SportsCenter to your Android TV, streaming devices, and Android and iOS mobile devices. As with the others, you'll need to prove you have a pay-TV subscription to use the app.

NFL Game Pass

Can't get free over-the-air TV signals and you've cut the cable cord? NFL Game Pass lets you watch pretty much any game you want, but you'll have to wait until the game's original broadcast is over. Priced at $99 for the season, the streaming service lets you watch replays of all the regular season games, plus live, out-of-market preseason games and games from prior seasons. The service is supported on multiple devices, including Android and iOS smartphones and tablets; computers; Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku streaming media players; and Xbox and PlayStation game consoles.

NFL Mobile App

Formerly a perk only for Verizon wireless customers, you can now stream NFL games on your mobile devices, regardless of carrier, by using the NFL Mobile app. The free streaming, which is also available on Verizon's Yahoo Sports App for mobile devices, is limited to local-market games and primetime national games, but also includes playoff games and the Super Bowl nationwide. It doesn’t include Sunday afternoon out-of-market games, which are still controlled by DirecTV.

PlayStation Vue

Sony’s PlayStation Vue offers a streaming TV package starting at $45 per month, though you'll probably want its $50-a-month "Core" package of about 70 channels, since it adds local sports from CBS, Fox, and NBC in markets where available, plus the NFL Network and ESPN and ESPN2. Subscribers can also add a sports pack that includes NFL Red Zone, a compendium of Sunday touchdown plays, for an extra $10 a month. PlayStation Vue is available on PlayStation, Android TVs; streaming players such as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku, Android TVs; and Android and iOs phones and tablets.

Sling TV

Sports channels such as ESPN used to be one thing that kept people tied to their traditional cable TV packages—streaming options didn't exist. Not anymore.

Sling TV's Orange package, at $25 per month, includes ESPN (and ESPN2 and ESPN3, so you can get Monday Night Football. The $25-a-month Sling Blue package includes the NFL Network games, plus games on Fox and NBC in many markets. So the best bet is to combine the two for $40 a month—a $10-a-month discount—and then add NFL Red Zone as part of the Sports Extra pack for another $10 a month. Note that Sling still lacks access to the CBS network, so you won't get AFC games on Sunday afternoons.

Sling TV is available on a wide array of devices, including Mac and PC computers; Android and iOS mobile devices; and Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku streaming media devices; some smart TVs; and through Xbox One game systems.

YouTube TV

This new streaming service has nearly 50 channels, including all the major broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC—plus the ESPN networks and Fox Sports. Right now, though, there's no NFL Network. YouTube TV is available on a number of different devices, including some smart TVs, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku streaming devices, Android and iOS phones and tablets, but not Amazon Fire TV players.

It's clear there are more ways than ever to catch NFL games online this season, whether you're nestled comfortably into the cushions on your couch or you're on the move with a mobile device. If you intend to watch most of the gridiron action on your TV, keep a lookout for our coming article on giving your set a football-season tuneup.