With the thrill of the NFL season’s first two weeks behind us, it is time to turn our attention to the most crucial aspect of the next season: finding out how to watch all of the action.
Fortunately, there are many options. As is always the case, paying for cable is the most convenient option. However, for cord-cutters looking to save some money, NFL football streaming alternatives become a little more challenging to navigate. If you want to watch live games, your best bet is to subscribe to a live TV streaming service. However, because of the sheer number of channels that broadcast live games — including local CBS, NBC, and Fox channels, as well as national feeds from NFL Network and ESPN — you’ll either have to pay for a relatively expensive service or make a compromise and miss some games every week.
YouTube TV ($65) is the best option for everything.
Our top selection from the previous year continues to be our top pick for 2021. Do you want to keep track of your fantasy squad using RedZone? This feature is offered as an add-on for all three services, and it costs $5 per month. If you already have a YouTube TV subscription, you may upgrade to the $11 per month Sports Plus add-on by logging into your account and selecting Settings, then the Membership option. Subscribers to FuboTV may get the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package by going to My Profile and selecting Manage Add-ons. The package costs $11 per month. All three services, including YouTube TV and FuboTV, enable up to three people to watch at the same time (Hulu allows up to two live streams), and all three offer applications for practically every mobile device as well as crucial streaming platforms such as Amazon Fire TV, Google TV, Roku, and Apple TV. While all three services are essentially the same, we prefer YouTube TV because of its better DVR.
One thing to keep in mind is that both YouTube TV and Hulu are now running deals that will reduce their respective $65 monthly rates to $55 per month for the first three months for new subscribers. This should be plenty to get you through most of the NFL regular season before the rate increases by $10 per month. DirecTV Live Streaming AT&T TV (previously AT&T TV) provides access to most major broadcast channels. However, it is priced at $70 per month and does not include NFL Network or RedZone. Sling TV’s Orange and Blue subscription, which costs $50 a month. With the Sports Extra add-on, you can also get RedZone for an additional $15 a month.