Where to watch games online

After all the disruption that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused globally, there have been some small signs of recovery. One of the biggest sources of relief for sports fans has been the fact that most major sports leagues have been able to resume their matches, albeit behind closed doors. Nevertheless, this has given people a welcome distraction from all that is going on in the world at the moment. In the United States, the start of the NFL season has been met with a lot of enthusiasm by fans, with record levels of viewership on TV, and as the season goes along, more and more people may even be catching the NFL bug.

The season is now firmly into Week 8, and there are plenty of options available for football fans to watch their favourite teams from anywhere in the world. This is on the back of the increased interest in online sources of entertainment that came about during the last few months, when people had to stay at home and look for ways to pass the time. One of the most popular pastimes was online gambling, with many online slots proving to be quite popular with people, especially sports fans. Many online gambling providers created online slots based on sports such as football, to attract sports fans who were missing live action, and this contributed to the growth of these platforms over the first half of 2020. Even now, with the NFL having resumed, these games and slots are still well-liked, and fans can check these out if they want to get a taste.

Coming back to the NFL, there are multiple ways for fans to watch matches, no matter where they are in the world. This is easier for those who have cable connections, especially in the USA, as online streaming options may be complicated or expensive. There are quite a few channels which show live games – local CBS, NBC and Fox channels, as well as the national NFL Network and ESPN channels, so even if you decide to get a live TV streaming service, you will either have to shell out some money to get all the games, or be prepared to miss out on some games every week. Thus, here are some of the best, easiest and cheapest ways to watch as much football action as possible.

YouTube TV

Fans can go for a FuboTV plan or a regular YouTube TV subscription, which will get you most of the NFL games every week, with games on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays available to watch, for $65/month for each service. YouTube TV may be the better of the two if you can go for just one of them, since it has access to more channels.

Sling Blue

Sling Blue is the way to go for those looking to save some money, at just $30/month. It does not have ESPN, so fans will miss out on Monday Night Football, you may get access to Fox and NBC, depending on the market you are in. Those markets are usually in the big cities in the USA, so this may not be helpful for those living outside them. The NFL Network is available after an agreement between the NFL and Dish, but there is no CBS, which broadcasts the majority of games in the AFC.

Thursday Night Football options

Thursday Night Football is the most complicated of the NFL schedules to watch, since the matches are spread out over a number of services, including Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, Fox and the NFL Network. There are some specific games available exclusively on the NFL Network, while others will be available on all of the aforementioned services.

Roger Kelly
Roger Kelly is an editor and a writer for AFI. A former PR Director the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League for 7 years, he now lives in Sweden writing about and scouting American Football throughout the world.
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