There are a few ways to watch NFL Network live without cable TV.
Cutting the cord hasn’t always been easy for sports fans, but there are affordable options.
You can watch NFL Network live through Sling TV. A subscription to the Sling Blue plan costs $40 per month and includes 41 channels.
Once you pick a streaming service, you can start watching NFL Network live using a Smart TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Google Chromecast or even an Apple TV.
My runner-up pick for watching NFL Network without cable this year is with fuboTV.
The entry-level fubo plan has 152 channels, including some key channels for NFL coverage such as ESPN, local FOX, CBS and NBC stations. There are 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR, and subscribers can activate up to 40 TV everywhere apps on their Roku or supported streaming device.
There are no contracts or hidden fees. And you can cancel whenever you like online at fubo.tv. A subscription is $74.99 per month.
This guide breaks down all of your options for watching NFL Network with Roku, Amazon Fire TV Stick (or Cube), Apple TV, Android TV, game consoles, iPhones and Android smartphones.
NFL Network returned to Sling TV last year after a brief hiatus due to a contract dispute. This year, you can watch NFL Network through the Sling Blue channel bundle.
The Sling Blue package has 45+ channels including FS1, and NBCSN. Coverage for local NBC and FOX stations are available in a small number of U.S. cities. Subscribers to Sling Blue can stream on up to three screens at once.
A subscription costs $40 per month. To add NFL RedZone to your channel lineup, you will need to get the Sports Extra bundle for $11 per month.
You can sign up for Sling TV and pay month to month. But if you know that you’re going to keep Sling TV for an entire season, you might want to prepay for a couple of months so you can get a free streaming device.
Vidgo is a lesser-known live TV service that has 100+ channels. NFL Network and NFL RedZone are part of its base plan, which costs $59.95 per month.
Subscribers can watch NFL Network or other live TV channels on up to three devices at once. Vidgo has apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices such as Google Chromecast.
There are no contracts or hidden fees, and you can cancel at vidgo.com whenever you like. You can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.
YouTube TV just added NFL Network to its base channel package.
YouTube TV already had 85+ channels, and unlimited Cloud DVR for $64.99 per month. New subscribers can sign up for a free 7-day trial. You can stream live TV on up to three devices at once.
YouTube TV also added a bundle of 7 sports channels, including NFL RedZone, for $10.99 per month.
The live TV service works with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and Apple TV.
fuboTV carries NFL Network as part of its basic package, which has more than 152 channels.
If you have a 4K TV, then you’ll want to catch some of fuboTV’s live sporting events in 4K HDR picture resolution.
Fubo has nationwide coverage for local NBC, CBS and FOX stations across the U.S.
ESPN, ESPN2, ACC Network, NESN, and a broad variety of entertainment and news channels are included. FS1, NBA TV, PAC-12 Networks, A&E, AMC, Hallmark networks and Discovery ID are part of the standard channel bundle.
fuboTV also carries NFL RedZone as part of its “Sports Plus” add-on bundle, which costs $10.99 per month.
A subscription is $74.99 per month. Subscribers get 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR and can stream live TV on up to two screens at once.
With a fuboTV account, subscribers can activate a few dozen apps on streaming devices as well.
Fubo works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV. There are mobile apps too for iPhone and Android smartphones.
You can look over fuboTV’s channel lineup, or check out a free 7-day trial.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu + Live TV has 75+ live channels that includes NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2, and FS1.
Hulu’s live TV service also carries local NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX stations. If you’re a sports fan, having those local stations will be important for baseball, football and soccer.
You can look over local channels offered in your area by punching in your zip code at hulu.com. NFL RedZone is available through Hulu’s Sports add-on which costs $9.99 per month.
The Sports add-on also has MAVTV, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, TVG and TVG2.
A subscription includes unlimited Cloud DVR to record whatever you want.
You can stream up on two screens at once.
Hulu with Live TV has apps for Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Android and Chromecast. Subscribers also get unlimited access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu’s on-demand library.
A subscription costs $69.99 per month. There’s no contract or hidden fees. You can easily cancel online before a free trial ends if you don’t like the service.
What’s the best way to watch NFL Network without cable?
The options for watching NFL Network without a cable subscription are pretty solid. But here’s a couple of things to keep in mind before you decide to try a streaming service.
Sling TV is the least expensive option at $40 per month. Just be sure to sign up for the Sling Blue channel bundle to make sure NFL Network is in your lineup. Be aware that ESPN is in the Orange channel bundle. So if you want ESPN and NFL Network, you’ll need to get the Sling Orange + Blue subscription, which costs $55 per month.
fuboTV has the largest channel lineup with 120+ channels, including ESPN and 1,000 hours of Cloud DVR for $74.99 per month. It has the best combination of sports channels, local NBC, CBS and FOX stations and entertainment channels.
You can see what local and regional sports channels are available in your area. fuboTV has a free trial that lasts one week.
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