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It's been a long, hot summer, football fans, but the nightmare is nearly over. The NFL season is just a few short weeks away, and there is already a way to satisfy your football craving. The weather (and the passes) may not be too crisp yet, but the NFL preseason is underway, giving you a chance to see your team tune up for the season. Here's how to watch NFL preseason games online without cable.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream the NFL preseason:
Not every NFL preseason game makes it to TV. But the ones that do air on one of a few different channels: CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, and NFL Network. Let's look at some ways to get those broadcasts as a cord cutter.
We need to track down a few key channels without paying for cable. So how can we do that? The best option is to use a live TV streaming service, or “skinny bundle.”
Skinny bundles are out to beat cable at their own game, and they're doing a heck of a job of it. Skinny bundles take overstuffed cable packages and cut out the garbage, leaving a leaner bundle of great channels that sells for less and streams online. You can think of skinny bundles as being “Netflix for live TV!”
Skinny bundles aren't our only options, but they'll dominate our list. Let's talk about some of the best skinny bundles for NFL fans in the preseason, then move on to alternative methods.
Stream NFL preseason games for free with Hulu
Hulu's live TV streaming service includes access to lots of great major networks and sports channels. Sign up for a Hulu + Live TV free trial, and you'll be able to tune into live streams of CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN. That means preseason football, baby!
Stream NFL preseason games for free with fuboTV
Once dedicated entirely to soccer, fuboTV's tastes are a bit more democratic these days. This live TV streaming service offers live streams of CBS, Fox, NBC, and NFL Network. The bad news: ESPN is not available through fuboTV as of this writing.
Stream NFL preseason games with Sling TV
Sling TV is Dish's take on the live TV streaming service. This service's a la carte pricing structure makes it easy to build the perfect bundle for less. Sling TV's channel options include ESPN and NFL Network. Sling TV doesn't have the four major broadcast networks, though, so you'll have to turn to an antenna for those.
The live TV streaming service from AT&T is a good option for NFL fans. It offers live streams of all four major broadcast networks, plus a live stream of ESPN.
Google's live TV streaming service is a worthy competitor. Its channel lineup includes CBS, Fox, NBC, and ESPN.
The NFL Mobile app offers live streams of preseason games, but only to Verizon customers. It's one of the NFL's annoying corporate tie-in deals, and it leaves those of us who use other providers out in the cold. But for Verizon subscribers, this is a great way to catch preseason action – albeit on a small screen.
For the broadcasts on major networks, the cheapest option is to invest in an antenna and get those big-time channels for free over the air. While some rural residents may have trouble, most of us live within range of at least one or two of our local broadcast stations. If you need some help picking out the right antenna, never fear — we've got you covered.
NFL Game Pass, the league's streaming service, is kind of a lightweight thing compared to big dogs like MLB.TV. It doesn't offer live games during the season, which makes it kind of useless to most fans. But where Game Pass does excel is in the preseason, when all out-of-market preseason games are streamed live to subscribers. Keep in mind that blackouts will prevent you from watching the games featuring your local market team or being aired on major national networks.
NFL games are meant for big screens. Good news: You can watch the preseason action on platforms like Roku, which means you'll be able to watch on your biggest and baddest TV.
Roku fans can check out Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV, each of which supports Roku.
Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV offer platform support for Fire TV.
Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV have Apple TV apps.
Android TV users can choose between Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.
You can stream Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV to Chromecast via supported apps.
Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV each also have mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, as well as in-browser apps for computers.
Hulu + Live TV works on PlayStation 4, while Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV work on Xbox One.
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