Watch NFC Championship Online or Live Stream
The San Francisco 49ers only won four games last season, but this year they’re headed to the NFC Championship Game. Facing the Green Bay Packers will be no small thing, especially when you consider the incredible first season the team has had under head coach Matt LaFleur.
If you’re going to live stream Sunday’s game, your best option will be to get a 7-day free trial with fuboTV. All you need is a decent Internet connection, and a streaming device such as a Roku, Fire TV or Apple TV. You can use a iPhone or Android smartphone too. If you have a TV antenna handy, you can watch the game on a local FOX station for free.
Either way, this is a rare NFC matchup that you don’t want to miss. So here are all your options to watch the NFC Championship 2020 live and for free with a TV antenna.
When is the NFC Championship game?
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 19
- Time: 6:40 P.M. ET
- Channel: FOX
- Live Stream: on fuboTV (with free 7-day trial)
Watch Packers vs 49ers free with an antenna
There’s a pretty good chance that you can watch the game on FOX in HD without paying a dime. All you need is a decent antenna. Lately, I’ve been using an ClearStream Eclipse, which has an amplifier.
With an antenna, you can also get NBC, ABC, CBS and other channels in HD. The picture will even look better than cable. Type your zip code into a free online tool like AntennaWeb or TV Fool to see if there’s a FOX broadcast tower near you.
The local cable company is essentially taking these same broadcasts, compressing the picture quality and piping them into your home with a cable cord. If you use an antenna instead, the TV signal is uncompressed and looks much better.
Look over my guide on how to choose the best TV antenna based on where you live in the U.S.
Top pick: Watch NFC Championship online on fuboTV
fuboTV now carries local FOX affiliates in 94 percent of U.S. households. So there’s an excellent chance that you can use their live streaming platform to watch the game.
Look at their updated roster of FOX affiliates if you want to double check and see if you’re covered.
fuboTV also has a number of regional sports channels, and has focused on NFL coverage. You’ll find NFL Network along with local CBS, FOX and NBC stations.
Big Ten Network, NFL Network, FS1 and FS2 are part of the basic 100+ channel bundle. You can quickly look over your local channel lineup.
One cool thing about fuboTV is that they are the first live TV streaming service to deliver 4K streaming for select sporting events. There are no plans for 4K streaming with the NFC Championship, but Super Bowl LIV will be streamed in 4K HDR10.
There are no contracts or obligations to keep fuboTV beyond the free trial that lasts a week. Just be sure to cancel online before the trial expires.
fuboTV costs $54.99 per month.
fuboTV has a number of entertainment channels such as A&E, History, Travel Channel and HGTV. Subscribers get 30 hours of Cloud DVR storage. fuboTV has apps for just about any streaming device, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV devices like Smart TVs and NVIDIA Shield TV.
You can also use your subscription to activate about 40 TV Everywhere apps. That means you will have both a FOX live stream in your channel lineup, and full access to the FOX Sports Go app. You can try out fuboTV free for 7-days.
Runner-up: Watch NFC Championship Online with Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV is my runner-up pick this year to watch the Packers vs 49ers match-up for a few reasons.
Hulu with Live TV carries the most local FOX, ABC, CBS and NBC stations compared to any online competitor. You get 60+ live channels, 50 hours of Cloud DVR, and premium networks such as ESPN, A&E, FS1 and Big Ten Network.
I’d suggest looking over what local channels will be in your lineup by scrolling to the bottom of Hulu’s screen.
Users can watch on up to two devices at once with a Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. When you’re not at home, you can use iPhones and Android smart phones.
Subscribers also get unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand library and Hulu Originals that people pay $5.99 and up for. So you’re essentially getting two streaming services for the price of one. You may even be paying for Hulu on-demand.
A subscription costs $54.99 per month.
Hulu Live also lets you activate 38 apps on a streaming device, PC or smart phone. So you can get extra live streams from some networks like FOX Sports GO.
Watch NFC Championship live stream with Sling TV
To watch a live stream of the NFC game on Sling TV, you’ll need to sign up for the “Sling Blue” package.
Before you do, check this local channel search engine to see if there’s a FOX channel in your area.
Sling Blue has 40+ channels for $30 per month, including FOX in a number of markets.
Be aware that Sling TV has a smaller number of local channels across the U.S. compared to Hulu and fuboTV. So it’s really important to check that local listing that I mentioned above before signing up for a free trial.
Sling TV has an app for just about any streaming device and a number of Smart TVs. By logging into your Sling TV account, you can watch the NFC Championship online too.
Try out Sling TV free for 7-days.
Packers vs 49ers live stream with AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV Now offers a FOX live stream on all of its channel packages.
AT&T TV Now has local FOX channels in the Plus package, which includes HBO and ESPN. It’s the best service to use if you are going to watch the NFC Championship on a smart phone. A subscription to the cheapest package — called Plus — has 45+ channels for $65 per month.
Subscribers get 20 hours of Cloud DVR. You can watch on iOS and Android smartphones, Fire TV and Apple TV. AT&T TV Now is not supported by Roku.
New customers can sign up for a free 7-day trial with no obligations.
Get NFC Championship online with YouTube TV
With YouTube TV you will be able to live stream local channels like FOX and premium ones such as CNN and ESPN.
YouTube TV offers 75+ channels for $50 per month. The streaming platform has a solid web app for PCs that just debuted. And it’s supported by most popular streaming devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices.
The service is available nationwide and offers a 7-day free trial.
What’s the best way to watch NFC Championship online?
I’ve just thrown a bunch of information at you. So let’s narrow down your choices to my top picks for watching the NFC Championship game this year.
fuboTV offers a pretty attractive channel package for sports fans, especially ones who want Cloud DVR.
Aside from getting FOX for the NFC game, you also get regional sports channels from NBCSN and entertainment channels such as A&E and HGTV. Try out fuboTV free for a week, and see what you think.
If you own a 4K television, then you can check out some 4K shows and sporting events, including Super Bowl LIV. fuboTV has apps for Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices like NVIDIA Shield.
Hulu with Live TV is my runner-up pick because you get local FOX coverage, along with 50 hours of Cloud DVR and Hulu’s vast on-demand library of shows, movies and Hulu Originals.
What’s your favorite way to watch the game online? Tell readers in the comments below.