* The 2017 NFL season kicks off September 7
* Watch the games on TV or stream from your phone, tablet or computer
* Get nation-wide channels and local broadcasts
After an incredible Super Bowl back in February, the NFL is back on September 7 with the Patriots hosting the Chiefs for the season kickoff game.
As usual, everyone is excited to watch football again, but many people are wondering how they’ll watch it this season. Even with such a plethora of streaming options, sporting events such as NFL games remain relatively difficult to watch without cable or satellite TV – which is a problem for the millions that have become cord cutters.
Luckily, there are alternative ways to enjoy locally and nationally broadcasted live NFL games. We did some research on the different options, and rounded up the three best, most cost-effective ways to tune in this fall.
1. HDTV Antenna
For those who still own a TV, buying an antenna is a great way to enjoy games because it only requires purchasing the device (no monthly dues), and you’ll have access to broadcast NFL games from ABC, NBC, and local networks, which means you’ll always get your home team’s games. This one from Bilmark is great because it has a 50-mile range, an ultra-thin design, and a very reasonable $20 price tag.
2. Sling TV
Sling TV starts at $20 per month for their Orange subscription, which allows you to stream ESPN (among other non-sports channels). But for $5 more, you get Sling Blue, which includes local games on Fox and NBC, and is the first cord cutter option for streaming the NFL Network, and NFL Redzone.
3. NFL Game Pass
The NFL Game Pass is the best way to stream almost all NFL games, including out-of-market preseason games plus full replays of every game (say, if you’re prioritizing Game of Thrones on Sunday night instead of football). The price is a little steep at $99 for the season, but compared to cable or satellite, it’s not too bad considering how much NFL content you get. Plus, it’s easy to stream from any device.
The retail giant won the rights to broadcast Thursday Night Football games this season, with a deal that reportedly cost them $50 million. The only way to watch football on Amazon is by being a Prime member. Get a 30-day free trial to Amazon Prime here, and take advantage of all the Prime benefits, which also include free streaming video, free music and free two-day shipping. A one-year subscription to Prime is only $99. As for football, the first NFL game on Amazon this season is the Chicago Bears taking on the Green Bay Packers on September 28.
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