The 2021 NFL Draft starts Thursday, April 29, at 8 p.m. ET.
For cord cutters, or anyone who never had a cable subscription, there are lots of ways to either stream the three-day event live, or watch it through free over-the-air options.
My top pick for streaming the NFL Draft for 2021 is fuboTV because it has every channel you might possibly want for coverage. And it has a free 7-day trial. But it’s far from your only option. Here’s a primer on all your options for streaming the NFL Draft for free or using a TV antenna to get ABC.
Table of Contents
- What channel is the NFL Draft on?
- How to Stream NFL Draft Free Without Cable
- Other Free Streaming Trials
- Locast: Free Option to Stream ABC
- TV Antenna: How to Watch the 2021 NFL Draft for free on ABC
- 2021 NFL Draft: Streaming Recap
What channel is the NFL Draft on?
The Walt Disney Company is running all coverage of the 2021 NFL Draft across its broadcast and cable TV networks.
ESPN plans on having NFL reporters covering all 32 teams. This will be ESPN’s 42nd NFL Draft telecast.
On ESPN, Mike Greenberg will play host from the FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 29 and 30 with a huge roster of analysts and guests. On ABC, Rece Davis will host prime-time broadcasts. ABC and ESPN reporters and analysts will team up for Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
How to Stream NFL Draft Free Without Cable
If you’re looking for a live tv streaming service that carries all the channels covering the NFL Draft this year, then fuboTV is going to be your best bet.
fuboTV carries ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network and local ABC stations in its starter package. The Starter package has 120+ channels total, and costs $64.99 per month.
But new customers can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and start streaming on a Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV or Google Chromecast. fuboTV also has apps for Sony, Sharp and TCL Smart TVs that operate on Android TV software.
It’s a good idea to look over the channel lineup in your area to review what local channels are available. If fuboTV isn’t for you, be sure to cancel before the free trial ends so you’re not billed.
Other Free Streaming Trials
Hulu + Live TV has ESPN, ESPN2, and local ABC stations. Hulu carries 65+ live TV channels, including CNN, Discovery Channel and A&E. The local channel lineup varies depending on where you live in the U.S.
You can sign up for a free 7-day trial and sign into your account on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Google Chromecast. Gamers can use a Nintendo Switch or XBox One to watch.
Sling TV is offering a month of service for only $10 when new or returning customers sign up. The price increases to $35 per month afterwards if you decide to keep your subscription. Sling TV has ESPN, ESPN2 on its Orange plan, and NFL Network on its Blue plan. If you prepay for two months of service, you can get a free streaming device.
Vidgo has ESPN deportes, ESPN, ABC and NFL Network among its 95+ channels. The first month of service costs only $10 when you sign up. The price returns to its regular rate of $55 per month if you keep your subscription.
Locast: Free Option to Stream ABC
Locast streams local ABC, FOX, CBS, FOX and sub-channels in 31 markets across the U.S.
It’s easy to check to see if you are within Locast’s coverage area. This non-profit service has apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV streaming devices.
You do need to set up a basic profile to use Locast, and the service regularly asks you for a donation.
TV Antenna: How to Watch the 2021 NFL Draft for free on ABC
If there is a broadcast tower for within 30 to 40 miles of your home, then there’s an excellent chance that you can watch the NFL Draft for free in HD quality.
It’s surprising how few people seem to be aware that the coax port in the back of their TVs isn’t just for a cable box. It doubles as the port for a TV antenna.
Checking to see if you’re close to broadcast towers is easy. Head over to the Antennas Direct Transmitter Locator tool. Punch in your zip code or address and push the “View Channels” button.
You’ll get a channel listing and even some suggestions for TV antennas based on your zip code. For more guidance on using TV antennas:
- How to Choose the Best TV Antenna and OTA DVR
- How to Connect Multiple TVs to One Antenna
- Review: The Best Indoor TV Antennas
- Review: The Best Outdoor TV Antennas
2021 NFL Draft: Streaming Recap
|fuboTV||120+ channels||$64.99/mo.||Free for 7 days|
|Hulu + Live TV||65+ channels||$64.99/mo.||Free for 7 days|
|Sling TV||34-45 channels||$10 first month||$10 for 1 month|
|Vidgo||95+ channels||$10 first month||$10 for 1 month|
|YouTube TV||85+ channels||$64.99/mo.||Free for 7 days|
Founder and Editor of The Cord Cutting Report. Before launching the site in 2016, he worked for more than two decades as a staff writer or correspondent for a number of daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe. His enthusiasm for tech began with the Atari 2600. Follow @james_kimble