This guide shows you how to watch New England Patriots games without cable on a Smart TV, Roku or Fire TV Stick.
Cord-cutters have a number of ways to watch every game this season.
If you live in the New England market, your best option for streaming Patriots games is DIRECTV STREAM. The live TV streaming service has 90+ channels in the Choice plan, including ESPN, all your local channels, NFL Network and NESN.
You can sign up for a free 5-day trial, and get $40 off your first two months of service. During the two month promotion, you pay $69.99 per month. The price returns to $89.99 per month after that.
During the promotion, you can also add HBO Max, Showtime, STARZ, EPIX and Cinemax included for three months.
Subscribers can watch live TV on up to 20 screens at once. DIRECTV STREAM has apps for Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Smart TVs.
There are no contracts, and you can cancel online whenever you like. A DIRECTV STREAM subscription isn’t your only option. You should weigh the pros and cons of each live TV service so you can decide what the best option is for you.
That would be with a TV antenna. Most broadcast towers are located near large cities such as Boston; Manchester, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine.
Table of Contents
- What channels have in-market games for the New England Patriots?
- How to Watch the New England Patriots on Roku, Fire TV
- How to Watch Patriots games free with a TV antenna
- What’s the best way to watch the New England Patriots without cable?
What channels have in-market games for the New England Patriots?
If you live in the New England region, you can watch in-market Patriots games on CBS, ESPN, FOX, and NBC and NFL Network.
How to Watch the New England Patriots on Roku, Fire TV
You just need an Internet connection, a Smart TV or a streaming device such as a Roku to begin using a live TV streaming service.
Most of these services have a free trial that lasts up to a week. These streaming services have apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast with Google TV, Xbox One, PlayStation and Smart TVs.
You can even watch live TV on a smartphone, tablet or PC.
fuboTV has 130+ channels including ESPN, NFL Network and local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations.
If you live in the New England market, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Connecticut, then you’re covered for watching Patriots games.
You will also get regional sports channels including NESN and NBC Sports Boston.
Subscribers get 250 hours of Cloud DVR to record live TV shows and movies. There is an on-demand movie library. You can activate more than 68 apps on Smart TVs, streaming devices and PCs.
fuboTV works on Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast and Apple TV. A subscription costs $69.99 per month. Subscribers can watch on up to two screens at once.
There are no contracts, hidden fees or obligations. Just cancel online if you don’t like fuboTV.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV has 75+ channels, including A&E, CNN, ESPN, HGTV and NBCSN.
Hulu’s Live TV package has all the channels you need to watch the Patriots live. A subscription costs $69.99 per month and includes Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu’s on-demand library.
The live TV service has unlimited of Cloud DVR.
Hulu with Live TV supports Smart TVs, Roku, Fire TV and Fire Stick, XBox One and Xbox 360 consoles, and iOS and Android devices.
You can watch live TV on two screens at once. Look over the channel lineup for Hulu with Live TV before deciding whether you want to sign up.
Can I watch Patriots games on Sling TV?
Sling TV is your least expensive way to live stream ESPN without cable.
Sling Orange has 32 channels for $35 per month. The lineup includes CNN, ESPN, ESPN2 and TNT. Sling Orange subscribers can watch live TV on one screen at a time.
Sling TV offers 50 hours of free Cloud DVR to all subscribers.
For a larger lineup of 51 channels, you can combine the Sling Blue plan with the Orange plan for $50 per month. Sling Blue has NFL Network, NBC Sports networks and FS1. All Sling Blue subscribers can watch live TV on three screens at once.
Sling TV has apps for Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast with Google TV, Android TV and Apple TV (4th generation).
You can check the latest offer Sling TV is making to new and returning customers. When you sign up for Sling TV, there are no contracts, or extra fees like cable TV.
If you prepay for a brief subscription, you can get a free streaming device. The first month for a combined Orange and Blue plan is $20.
YouTube TV has 85+ channels and unlimited Cloud DVR. The live TV service carries all the live TV channels you need for Patriots games.
A subscription costs $64.99 per month. You can watch live TV on up to three screens at once.
DIRECTV STREAM has ESPN, NESN and local channels in the Choice plan.
Subscribers get 90+ channels, unlimited Cloud DVR and 40,000 on-demand shows. You can watch live TV on 20 screens at once.
The Choice bundle usually costs $89.99 per month. But DIRECTV STREAM is currently knocking $20 off for the first two months of service. So the monthly rate is $69.99 per month during the promotional period.
When you sign up, you can subscribe month to month and cancel whenever you want. DIRECTV STREAM works on Smart TVs, Roku, Android TV, Fire TV devices, Apple TV and smartphones and tablets.
Paramount+ for live CBS
Paramount+ is your cheapest option to live stream a local CBS Channel.
A subscription costs $4.99 per month for the Essential plan.
Paramount+ has a mini-bundle of on-demand shows from BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Smithsonian Channel. A lot of original series are on the service, including a remake of The Stand, based on Stephen King’s famous novel.
Subscribers can stream three screens at once. So someone might want to watch that latest Star Trek episode, while another member of the family catches up on The Big Bang Theory in the other room.
The cheapest plan for Paramount+ comes with limited commercials. The service also has a Premium tier for $9.99 per month. The Premium plan includes a live stream of your local CBS station, live SEC football games, the PGA Tour and UEFA Champions League.
Paramount+ lets you try out its service free for a week.
How to Watch Patriots games free with a TV antenna
A TV antenna is the best way to watch most New England Patriots games on NBC, CBS and FOX for free.
If you have an antenna handy, but haven’t used it in a while, plug it into your television’s coax port and scan for channels.
People living within 30 to 40 miles of Boston have an excellent shot at getting local broadcast channels with a quality TV antenna. Local channels broadcast digital signals in 1080i or 720p, which is High Definition.
If you are new to TV antennas, here is a list of resources that I have written to get you started.
- 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
What’s the best way to watch the New England Patriots without cable?
DIRECTV STREAM has a promotional price of $69.99 per month following a 5-day free trial. The discount lasts for two months before the regular rate kicks in. You can cancel before the free trial ends if you decide the service isn’t for you.
DIRECTV STREAM has more than 90 channels, including ESPN and NESN. Local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations are in the Choice plan. Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR and can stream on 20 screens at once.
DIRECTV STREAM works on Smart TVs, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV devices.
Jim Kimble is a seasoned industry expert with over two decades of journalism experience. He has been at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement since 2016, testing and writing about TV-related products and services. He founded The Cord Cutting Report in 2016.
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