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You don’t need a cable or satellite subscription, however, to enjoy live NFL action. Cord cutters can watch on the big five streaming services PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV, DirectTV Now, Sling TV, and YouTube TV but channel lineups vary by service. For the first, Amazon Prime members will be able to stream games this year, while Verizon Wireless subscribers will again be able to stream games on their phones for free. And, depending on where you live, DirectTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket can be streamed without a satellite dish. You can watch NFL games three nights a week and, of course, Sunday afternoons. Games are broadcast on CBS and Fox on Sunday afternoons, NBC on Sunday nights and ESPN on Monday nights. A Thursday night game is on the NFL Network each week, but five will be simulcast on CBS, followed by another five on NBC.

Non streaming option: Free over-the-air TV – Let’s start with the free option. If you live in an area with good reception, you can get football games for free on over-the-air broadcast channels just by attaching an affordable (under $30) indoor antenna to nearly any TV. In addition to the games on CBS, Fox and NBC, if your local team is playing on ESPN or NFL Network, that game will usually be simulcast on a local station, too. In other words, you should be able to watch your local team for free every week. You’ll also get to watch the other games on Sunday broadcast on CBS and Fox as well as the 10 Thursday night games that air on CBS and NBC.

PlayStation Vue – PlayStation Vue, Sony’s live TV streaming service, offers all the networks — ESPN, Fox, NBC, CBS and the NFL Network — that show NFL games, and you can add the NFL RedZone channel for $10 a month extra. (NFL RedZone is a channel that springs to life each fall and shows live coverage from around the league with the promise to show you every touchdown from every Sunday afternoon game. If you play fantasy football, NFL RedZone may become habit-forming.) The $45 Core plan is the cheapest option that includes the networks NFL fans need, and the $10-a-month Sports Pack will get you NFL RedZone.

Hulu with Live TV – Hulu with Live TV includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN, which means you’ll get games on Sunday afternoon (CBS and Fox), Sunday night (NBC) and Monday night (ESPN). Hulu with Live TV costs $40 a month, and you should check to see which live channels Hulu offers in your area.

DirectTV Now – Direct TV Now includes CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN. Its basic, $35-a-month package will let you watch games on CBS and Fox on Sunday afternoon, the Thursday night games on CBS or NBC and Monday Night Football on ESPN. The usual caveat applies: Check the channel lineup in your area to make sure you can watch your local TV stations live.

Sling TV – Sling TV splits its live NFL options across its $20-a-month Blue plan and $25-a-month Orange plan, which forces NFL fans into a tricky decision or encourages them to spring for both at $40 a month (you get a $5 discount if you buy both). Here’s the deal: Sling Blue includes Thursday and Sunday games on Fox, NBC and the NFL Network. Sling Orange includes Monday night games on ESPN. And if you want to add the NFL RedZone, you’ll need Sling Blue. Blue — but not Orange — subscribers can add the Sport Extra package for $10 a month, which includes NFL RedZone. Sling TV does not offer CBS, which typically carries AFC games on Sunday afternoons.

Amazon Prime – In addition to free, two-day shipping, Amazon Prime members will get 11 NFL games this season. Last year, Twitter paid $10 million for the rights to stream 10 games on Thursday nights, and this year Amazon reportedly paid $50 million to stream 10 Thursday night games plus a Christmas Day game on Amazon Prime Video. Amazon will stream the Thursday games that will be broadcast by CBS and NBC. You can see Amazon Prime Video’s NFL schedule here.

YouTube TV – YouTube TV is the new streaming kid on the block. It’s currently available in dozens of major metro markets, with more being added all the time, but it includes CBS, Fox and NBC. If you live in one of its cities, you’ll be able to watch games on Sunday afternoon (CBS and Fox), Sunday night (NBC) and Thursday night (CBS and NBC). YouTube TV costs $35 a month.

Verizon Wireless – Verizon Wireless subscribers can stream the local broadcasts of Sunday afternoon games as well as national broadcasts on Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights via the NFL Mobile app without any data charges. And a $1.99 in-app purchase will let you watch the NFL RedZone on the app.


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