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The NFL is moving its media coverage around this season. You can still watch locally televised games on FOX and CBS, but the NFL Sunday Ticket is now available on YouTube and YouTube TV. Amazon Prime Video has rights to the Thursday Night Football, ESPN Network hosts the Monday Night Football, while Sunday Night Football is exclusive to NBC.

There are multiple ways to watch the watch NFL games this season. You can watch most games without cable with the respective streaming service of the NFL’s broadcast partners.

The following table summarizes all the different ways to watch the 2023 NFL season.

Games English Channels Spanish Channels Streaming Options
In-market games CBS and FOX FOX Deportes [a] Paramount+ [b]
Out-of-market games NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube TV
Monday Night Football ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 ESPN Deportes ESPN+
Sunday Night Football NBC Telemundo, Universo Peacock
Thursday Night Football Prime Video
International Series Games NFL Network [c]
  1. 12 regular season FOX games
  2. CBS games
  3. Select games

Networks That Broadcast NFL Games

Let’s make things simpler. You can watch most NFL games this season with a TV plan that has the following networks:

Once you have these channels, you’ll only need to purchase the NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube TV to watch out-of-market games. If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, you can watch 15 Thursday Night Football games on Prime Video. That’s all.

How to Watch NFL Games on TV

Whether it's a cable or satellite TV service you are going for or a streaming service if you want to make sure you don't miss an NFL game, ensure the service you subscribe to has CBS, FOX, ABC, ESPN, NBC and NFL Network (for international games). That way you will be able to watch each in-market and primetime game if you’re already a Prime member.

If that is not a feasible option for you, let us add that you can also catch most on-air broadcasts from your local FOX, CBS, and NBC affiliates by installing an antenna at your residence. That is if you don’t mind missing some of the seasons' games. It is free after all!

Best Overall: DIRECTV

With its comprehensive lineups consisting of some of the most watched networks in the US, you can watch almost every sports channel including the NFL Network on DIRECTV.

DIRECTV offers 4 TV plans, but if you are a die-hard fan and simply must have it all, there are 3 top-tier channel lineups you will find suitable: CHOICE™, ULTIMATE, and PREMIER™. You can subscribe to these DIRECTV plans for $84.99/mo., $114.99/mo. and $159.99/mo., respectively for 24 months. You get access to the CBS, ESPN, NBC, FOX ABC, and NFL networks with each of these plans.

Subscription to DIRECTV is contractually binding, 2 years to be exact. Also, do remember DIRECTV subscription entails a regional sports fee of up to $15.99/mo. So, when you are making a decision, you must factor these charges in. Otherwise, you may just be taken aback by the bill at your doorstep.

Then again, since you going to subscribe to a TV service anyway, you might as well go for a DIRECTV channel lineup because, despite the downsides we outlined above, the overall value of a DIRECTV deal is pretty outstanding.  

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The Best Streaming Service: fuboTV

If you rather go the streaming route there is no better service than fuboTV, especially when it comes to indulging in your NFL cravings.

With the Pro plan, you get access to 150+ channels for $74.99 a month. This starter plan has every channel broadcasting NFL games. You can also add the Sports Plus package to your primary subscription and gain access to the NFL RedZone® as well as many other sports networks favored by American sports lovers such as the MLB, NHL, Tennis Channel, etc. The Sports Plus package costs $10.99/mo. fuboTV requires no term commitment and no promo period either after which you may face a price hike.

The Best of Both Worlds: Spectrum TV

Streaming NFL is quite convenient, but it can get really expensive when you add the internet plan to the total expense. This is often why people stick with a cable TV service. But, with cord-cutting on the rise, more and more cable providers are beginning to offer internet and cable TV bundles that bring great value for your money. Some have also introduced streaming services bundled with the internet. For instance, Spectrum™ has innovative solutions on the menu in order to meet the needs and wants of consumers.

Spectrum not only offers you TV plans but allows you to stream all your channels on any device via the Spectrum TV App. Spectrum TV Select Signature will cost you $59.99/mo. for 12 months. This plan includes ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and ESPN. If also want the NFL Network, you’ll have to go with the Spectrum TV Select Plus plan which costs $69.99/mo. for 12 months.

Spectrum also offers the Mi Plan Latino at 39.99/mo for 12 months which has a mix of English and Spanish channels including Telemundo, Universo, FOX Deportes, ESPN Deportes, and your local affiliate of ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.

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Final Words

We'll leave you to mull over these options. These are the best NFL lovers would find on the market. If the price is not an issue, DIRECTV is the way to go. And, if streaming is your jam, it might be fuboTV that you need. If you are someone who wants to play it safe, you can bet on Spectrum.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does DIRECTV offer free NFL Sunday Ticket?

No, DIRECTV doesn’t offer free NFL Sunday Ticket anymore. The NFL Sunday Ticket has left DIRECTV and is now only available through YouTube and YouTube TV.

How much does a Sunday NFL ticket cost?

The NFL Sunday Ticket costs $224 for the entire season on YouTube. If you have a YouTube TV subscription, it’ll cost you $174 for the entire season. You can also get 4 payments of $56/mo. and $43.50/mo. respectively with either option.

How long is the DirecTV contract?

DIRECTV plans require a two-year contract. After 24 months, you are charged the then-prevailing standard rate. If you wish to terminate the contract at any point before the term is up, you may have to pay a pro-rated ETF of up to $20/mo. for each month left on your contract.

How do I watch NFL games for free?

You can watch your in-market NFL games on CBS and FOX, MNF on ABC and ESPN, and Sunday Night Football on NBC for free. If you’re an Amazon Prime Member, you can watch TNF for free. FOX Deportes airs some in-market games while ESPN Deportes and Telemundo/Universo show MNF and Sunday Football for free. These channels are included with Spectrum TV (Mi Plan Latino). You can also stream some games for free if you have Paramount+, ESPN+, Peacock, and Amazon Prime.

How can I watch every NFL game?

To watch every NFL game, you’ll need CBS, FOX, ABC, ESPN, and NBC networks in your channel lineup and a separate NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube TV.

Is NFL a streaming app?

Yes, the NFL app allows you to stream local and primetime games, NFL Redzone, NFL Network, game replays, and more on any device. However, you have to purchase an NFL+ subscription to access most of the content.

Zion Harris

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