LAST UPDATED AUGUST 30, 2017 AT 2:58 P.M.
Live Stream 2017 NFL preseason games online
There’s been a growing chorus in praise of watching the NFL preseason.
You may not think it’s an exciting time to watch football. Star players won’t take the field. Overall, the plays during preseason are described as boring or messy.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a very different take on NFL preseason, saying he watches every game to keep an eye out for the league’s newest talent. With 11 games scheduled for Thursday, there will be a lot to watch.
Here’s a short guide to help show you how to watch NFL preseason football without cable.
What channels have 2017 NFL Preseason games?
NFL Preseason officially started on Aug 3. All games will be broadcast via local NBC and FOX affiliate stations. You may be able to catch a game on a Regional Sports Network (RSN) as well. The best way to watch these games for free is either through a TV antenna, or a free trial of live TV streaming service. Here’s a schedule of games for Thursday night.
NFL Preseason – NBC, CBS, FOX. (Local Only)
- Thu, Aug. 31 7:00 PM- Eagles @ Jets – Philadelphia (WCAU), New York (WCBS)
- Thu, Aug. 31 7:00 PM- Lions @ Bills – Detroit (WJBK)
- Thu, Aug. 31 7:00 PM- Rams @ Packers – Los Angeles (KCBS)
- Thu, Aug. 31 7:30 PM- Giants @ Patriots – Boston (WBZ), NYC (WNBC)
- Thu, Aug. 31 7:30 PM- Redskins @ Buccaneers – DC (WRC), Orlando (WOFL)
- Thu, Aug. 31 7:30 PM- Steelers @ Panthers – Pittsburgh (KDKA)
- Thu, Aug. 31 8:00 PM- Dolphins @ Vikings – Miami (WFOR), Minneapolis (KMSP).
- Thu, Aug. 31 8:00 PM- Cowboys @ Texans – Dallas (KTVT),
- Thu, Aug. 31 8:00 PM- Browns @ Bears – Chicago (WFLD)
- Thu, Aug. 31 10:00 PM- Seahawks @ Raiders – San Francisco (KTVU)
- Thu, Aug. 31 10:00 PM- Chargers @ 49ers – Sacramento (KOVR), San Francisco (KPIX)
Watch NFL preseason games with an antenna
A TV antenna is among the least expensive options to watch your local NFL preseason games. Just check a site like AntennaWeb.org to see if you can get your local FOX or NBC affiliate stations. All you have to do is plug in your zip code to see what broadcast towers are in your area.
If you can get FOX and NBC with an antenna, you could wind up getting all of this week’s games for free in uncompressed HD quality. Plug in your antenna, scan for channels and you’re ready for some football!
I personally use a ClearStream Eclipse at home. But lately, I have also been testing out the Mohu Leaf Glide. Interested in learning more about TV antennas? Read my guide on how to choose the best antennas and DVRs for over-the-air (OTA) channels. If you go the streaming services route, you can also tap into local NBC and FOX channels. You can check out these live streaming TV options through free trials that require no obligation, so long as you cancel before the trial ends.
What’s the best way to live stream NFL preseason games?
DirecTV Now is the best choice for watching NFL preseason games because of its ever expanding local channel lineup.
That’s true whether you’re a die hard New England Patriots fan, or all about watching the Falcons down in Atlanta this season.
Parent company AT&T recently announced that DirecTV Now more than doubled its number of supported local stations including FOX and NBC. That gives live local coverage in almost 70 percent of U.S. households.
FOX is available on all four plans of DirecTV Now, including the entry-level package that costs $35 per month for 60+ channels.
You can watch games on your DirecTV Now app if you want to watch on your smartphone. DirecTV Now is best at home on devices like Roku and Amazon Fire TV. DirecTV Now also has ESPN, ESPN2, and a huge selection of entertainment channels and on-demand movies.
Once you have a DirecTV Now account, you can also stream games through the FOX Sports Go app. Just don’t try it on a smartphone. It will be blocked due to league restrictions.
fuboTV: How to watch NFL preseason on FOX
fuboTV is a sports-first platform that will be a platform to keep an eye on as we head into football season.
CBS stations were just added to fuboTV’s channel lineup, including 27 local stations. The CBS channels will bring preseason and regular season games to fuboTV.
You can already watch a number of local FOX and NBC channels across the U.S. Just be sure to check out its listing of Fox affiliates to make sure a channel is offered in your area.
My review of fuboTV has more details about their service. fuboTV also recently rolled out its Cloud DVR program. Subscribers get 10 DVR slots to record games and shows. There is also a “lookback” feature which services as an on-demand option for sports games that happened in the last 72 hours.
fuboTV has about 64 channels under the Premier bundle, and recently picked up HGTV, Travel Channel and Food Network. It doesn’t have ESPN, but it does carry beIN Sports, a must-have for soccer fans.
It has been broadening its channel lineup with A&E, History Channel and Viceland. fuboTV works with all major streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV and NVIDIA Shield TV, but you may be limited some on the mobile app. Here’s a listing of all NFL games that fuboTV will live stream through NBC, FOX and local CBS affiliates.
|DMA||NETWORKS||TEAMS||% on fuboTV|
|New York, NY||CBS, FOX, NBC||New York Jets (AFC)||100%|
|New York Giants (NFC)||94%|
|Los Angeles, CA||CBS, FOX, NBC||Los Angeles Rams (NFC)||100%|
|Los Angeles Chargers (AFC)||94%|
|San Francisco, CA||CBS, FOX, NBC||San Francisco 49ers (NFC)||100%|
|Oakland Raiders (AFC)||94%|
|Dallas-Fort Worth, TX||CBS, FOX, NBC||Dallas Cowboys (NFC)||94%|
|Chicago, IL||CBS, FOX, NBC||Chicago Bears (NFC)||94%|
|Philadelphia, PA||CBS, FOX, NBC||Philadelphia Eagles (NFC)||88%|
|Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, FL||CBS, NBC||Miami Dolphins (AFC)||69%|
|Boston, MA||CBS, NBC||New England Patriots (AFC)||88%|
|Washington, D.C.||FOX, NBC||Washington Redskins (NFC)||75%|
|Houston, TX||FOX||Houston Texans (AFC)||19%|
|Phoenix, AZ||FOX||Arizona Cardinals (NFC)||75%|
|Minneapolis, MN||CBS, FOX||Minnesota Vikings (NFC)||81%|
|Detroit, MI||CBS, FOX||Detroit Lions (NFC)||81%|
|Atlanta, GA||FOX||Atlanta Falcons (NFC)||56%|
|Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL||FOX||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFC)||81%|
|Denver, CO||CBS||Denver Broncos (AFC)||63%|
|Pittsburgh, PA||CBS||Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC)||56%|
|Belmont/Charlotte, NC||FOX||Carolina Panthers (AFC)||75%|
|Baltimore, MD||CBS||Baltimore Ravens (AFC)||69%|
Try out fuboTV with a 7-day free trial. You aren’t under any obligation to keep the service and can cancel online.
fuboTV also just extended its summer sale if you want to try the service for a little longer. Get the Premier channel bundle for $19.99 per month for the first two months while the sale is still valid.
Sling TV: MLB All Star Game Live Stream
Sling TV carries local NBC and FOX stations, but not everywhere. Do a quick check of channel availability in your area to make sure FOX is available.
You will need to sign up for the “Sling Blue” channel package to make sure that you get local FOX and NBC channels. The “Sling Blue” package costs $25 per month, and gives you channels like Bravo, FS1, FS2, National Geographic, FXX, BET and Viceland.
A Sling TV subscription that includes Fox also allows you to sign in and use the FOX Sports Go app. Sling has a free 7-day trial with no obligation. If you are considering trying out Sling TV for a little longer, the company has a number of promotions worth a look. You can get a free Roku Express or a discount on a Roku Premiere+ or AirPlay TV + Adapter Bundle when you prepay for a two or three month subscription.
Stream the NFL preseason on PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue has been adding FOX affiliates in major markets like Denver and Seattle. But on July 7, Sony just increased the price on all channel bundles in most markets by $10 per month.
The entry-level channel bundle for PlayStation Vue is now $40, and FOX is only available in select markets. Overall, PlayStation Vue is a great product, but it’s not as great as it once was at a higher price. Read a comparison of PlayStation Vue vs Sling TV if you want to compare their channel bundles.
Sony offers a 5-day free trial and Vue works on nearly every streaming device. Streaming live TV outside of your home is limited, so you may want to look elsewhere if you need a mobile option.
What’s the best way to stream the 2017 NFL preseason?
DirecTV Now is the best option because it carries FOX and NBC channels in most markets around the U.S. Aside from the NFL preseason games, you can tap into a huge selection of on-demand movies and enjoy premium channels like AMC, ESPN and Viceland.
With the free 7-day trial, there’s no commitment on your end.
DirecTV Now is also offering a free Roku Premiere for new customers willing to prepay for two months of service.
If you need to record a game, then fuboTV is worth checking out for its Cloud DVR feature. The streaming platform allows subscribers to sign in FOX Go Sports app. fuboTV has a free 7-day trial.