NFL streaming guide for 2020

A guide for live streaming NFL games this season. This is a guest contribution from William Parker of

Many of us didn’t know if it would ever return after such a crazy year, but fall is nearly upon us and football is finally underway. NFL plans on blazing ahead full force with a normal schedule, while the college football schedule is a bit spotty. But whatever the case, it is time to watch some football.

While some fans will watch games on TV using a cable or dish provider, more and more have opted to cut the cord and are looking for ways to stream the games. The good news is, whether you’re a college fan or an NFL fan, there are some good ways to stream.

Below, we’ll take a quick look at some of the best ways to stream the best football action this year.

Stream Football with These Streaming Services

Nowadays, there are tons of streaming services that offer the channels you need to watch football without a cable contract. Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular:


  • Starting at $59.99/per month
  • 7-day free trial
  • 100+ channels
  • Local channels in most areas
  • NFL Network, ESPN
  • NFL RedZone available in add-on package

Youtube TV

  • Price begins at $64.99 per month
  • Just added NFL Network and RedZone upgrade
  • ESPN available as well as locals in most areas
  • 7-day free trial

Sling TV

  • Starts at $30 per month
  • Combined package with both ESPN and NFL Network is $45 a month
  • RedZone now available for upgrade fee
  • 3-day free trial


  • $40 a month
  • 3-day free trial
  • Some local channels
  • ESPN and NFL Network
  • NFL RedZone at an additional fee if you choose
  • Unique social watch feature
  • Can rewind and pause live

CBS All Access

  • $5.99 a month
  • Free trial available
  • Only gives access to live CBS
  • Good if your home team is in the AFC

NFL Game Pass

  • $99.99 for the season
  • Gives you access to every single game after it airs, but no live games
  • 7-day free trial
  • Coaches film, old games as well
Truly Free Ways to Watch?

Looking for a free way to stream? When it comes to streaming NFL, if you don’t mind watching on mobile devices, you’re in luck. That’s because you can stream ALL in-market games for free using the NFL app or the Yahoo Sports app. You just download the app, authorize is to see your location, and you’ll be able to stream everything live.

There are two caveats though. First, you have to authorize location tracking. For the privacy minded, this may be a deal breaker. Secondly, due to licensing agreements, you can’t get the free streams on your TV. So, you have to watch on your phone or tablet.

It’s also worth noting that with most games being broadcast on NBC, CBS, and FOX, you can watch the majority of in-market games with a good old fashioned antenna. The only cost? The antenna.

A Word on Streaming College Football

College streaming is different than NFL in that 90% or more of college football games come on the ESPN family of networks. This includes ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ACC Network, SEC Network, and more. There’s not a free mobile option like NFL, and an antenna isn’t going to do much for you… you may get a couple of major games a week.

Luckily, there are a couple of cheap options for streaming ESPN networks, if that’s all you really care about. In that case, you have Sling TV, a barebones streaming service that starts at $30 a month for the Sling Orange packages which carries ESPN. For a small upgrade fee, you can add the sports extra and get even more ESPN networks.

Another newer option is Vidgo. This streaming service starts out at $40 a month and gives you access to ESPN, ESPN2, and others. You can also upgrade for SEC Network, Pac-12 Network, and more specialty channels.

Both services operate on a month-to-month basis with no contract. Each offers a 3-day trial period to test them out for free.

There you have it – multiple ways to stream football this season. Hopefully, everything goes as planned without a hitch, and we’ll have plenty of football action to keep us entertained this fall!

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