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The NFL's regular season is full of thrilling action, but even those fast-paced games pale in comparison to what comes next: the winner-take-all drama of the NFL playoffs. Twelve teams enter the postseason each year, two make it to the Super Bowl, and just one will get to lift the Lombardi Trophy. This is the kind of stuff that sports fans simply can't afford to miss, whether they have cable or not. But if you're both an NFL fan and a cord cutter, how can you catch every minute of the 2019-2020 NFL playoffs? Don't worry — the answers are below, and you'll have no trouble getting your hands on an NFL playoffs live stream before the next big game kicks off.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream the NFL playoffs:
The most effective way to watch the NFL playoffs without cable isn't to try to track down online streams of each and every individual game — that's a major pain (and will likely end up leading you to some streams of pretty questionable legality). The better way to enjoy the NFL playoffs without cable is to find out which channels are showing NFL playoff games this year and then find ways to watch those entire channels without cable.
So which channels are the NFL playoff games on this year?
The NFL playoffs will air entirely on the major networks. That means that every game will air on one of either ABC, CBS, Fox, or NBC. (Disney-owned ABC is actually listed in most sources as ABC/ESPN, but it would be pretty surprising if the game ended up on network TV's ESPN instead of broadcast network ABC).
So how can we watch the major networks without cable? Let's find out.
There are two major ways to watch TV without cable as a cord cutter. The first is the live TV streaming service, or “skinny bundle.” This sort of service is sort of like a “Netflix for live TV.” You'll get a cable-like bundle of live TV networks, but you'll enjoy many of the benefits of the streaming era — such as lower prices, no long-term contracts, and the ability to stream everything live on all sorts of different devices.
Another great way to watch live TV without cable is free over-the-air TV. This method is particularly useful if your priority is to watch the major networks — which, of course, lines up rather nicely with the fact that the NFL playoffs air entirely on major networks.
Below, we'll list the best live TV streaming services to use when streaming the NFL playoffs. After that, we'll cover free over-the-air TV.
Stream the NFL playoffs for free with Hulu
Disney's Hulu is a powerful option for cord cutters. Not only does Hulu offer a popular on-demand service, it also boasts a live TV streaming service. The Hulu + Live TV skinny bundle service offers live feeds of tons of great channels, including ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. That's all four major networks — and, therefore, every NFL playoff game.
Stream the NFL playoffs for free with fuboTV
fuboTV is a live TV streaming service that puts a special emphasis on sports coverage. Though fuboTV's sports edge is more obvious in the area of foreign soccer, it puts up a solid showing for the NFL playoffs, too. fuboTV's channel lineup includes live streams of CBS, Fox, and NBC. ABC is missing (and ESPN with it).
AT&T TV Now makes a great way to watch the NFL playoffs without cable. This live TV streaming service from AT&T offers live feeds of ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. You may know this service by its earlier name, DirecTV Now.
YouTube TV is Google's live TV streaming service, and it's a great option for fans who are hoping to enjoy the NFL playoffs without cable. YouTube TV offers live feeds of ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.
Free over-the-air TV is the most cost-effective way to watch live TV as a cord cutter. Once you've purchased your antenna and set it up, you'll be able to pick up any broadcast stations that are in range of your antenna and watch them live for free. Not every channel is available over the air: ESPN, for instance, is not a “terrestrial” or “broadcast” station. But ABC is — and so is every other one of the “major networks.” That means that every single NFL playoff game will be broadcast for free over the air. Get the right antenna and watch the NFL playoffs for free, no cable necessary!
When it comes to NFL playoff action, only the biggest and baddest of your screens will do — which is why you might be wondering if any of the services above are going to work with your favorite smart TV or streaming device. The good news is that the answer is almost certainly yes. Let's take a closer look at the platform support offered by each of our favorite ways to watch the NFL playoffs without cable.
If you're a Roku owner, then you have a lot of options for enjoying the NFL playoffs without cable. Hulu, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all offer channels (apps) for Roku devices.
If you own a Fire TV device instead, that's no problem: Hulu, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all offer apps for Fire TV, too.
Hulu, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all work on Apple TV as well.
As for Android TV, fans of that platform will find apps available for Hulu, fuboTV, and YouTube TV.
If you prefer to use Chromecast to get your NFL playoff action up on the big screen, then Hulu, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV will all work for you.
Hulu, fuboTV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each also offer mobile apps for iOS and Android as well as in-browser apps for use with your PC or Mac computer.
If you're planning on catching NFL playoff games in between your own games of Madden, then you'll be happy to know that Hulu works for PlayStation 4 and that Hulu and YouTube TV work on Xbox One.
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