The 2021 NFL season has already kicked off. So, if you haven’t yet sorted out your strategy for watching live NFL games this season, there’s no time like the present. It’s time to get your tech devices and streaming logins ready, as they say, for some football.
Many NFL games air on cable television, but if you’ve already cut the cord or you don’t want to miss out on a single play while away from home, NFL streaming is the way to go.
Feeling homesick for your favorite out-of-market team? Want to stream a bunch of games at once and keep an eye on your fantasy picks live? No matter what your NFL-watching needs, having the right streaming service can be a game-changer. CBS Essentials has rounded up all the streaming services that will feature NFL games in 2021, including Paramount+, Hulu, NFL Game Pass, YouTube TV and Prime Video, plus the devices that can help you watch every NFL game live on your TV.
Get your TV NFL-ready with the Roku Express 4K Plus
The Roku Express 4K Plus offers a lot of bang for your buck when it comes to NFL streaming gadgets. Among the streaming hardware giants, the $29 Roku device boasts the most options and apps, including Hulu, Prime Video and Apple TV. It’s Apple AirPlay compatible as well, enabling you to connect your iPhone or iPad to the TV. (You can .)
NFL streaming box for Apple fans: Apple TV 4K
Apple devotees, or anyone with an Apple One subscription bundle, should consider watching NFL live streams on an Apple TV 4K. The updated device is equipped with Dolby Vision, a new-and-improved Siri-enabled remote and SharePlay, which enables you to enjoy the game with a group of pals. After the games wrap, you can take advantage of Apple Arcade gaming or stream a movie from your favorite streaming service.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is a streaming device that will appeal to anyone with an Alexa-enabled home. Say goodbye to pouring through channel menus. You can switch back and forth between games with the device’s voice remote (“Alexa, turn on Sunday Night Football”). It offers 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+ in addition to Dolby Atmos audio, plus access to thousands of channels (some free).
Here’s where to watch NFL football online in 2021
There are a number of streaming services that offer NFL football, though not every service will offer every game. Here’s where you can watch NFL games during the 2021-22 season.
NFL Game Pass
NFL Game Pass is a no-brainer for many die-hard football fans. A flat $100 per year offers streaming access to replays of every single regular season NFL game, plus NFL Originals and NFL Programs.
Paramount+ offers limited access to the NFL. A premium Paramount+ subscription includes live access to your local CBS affiliate station for watching Sunday afternoon games.
(CBS Essentials and Paramount+ are both subsidiaries of ViacomCBS.)
A subscription to Hulu Live TV offers unlimited access to all local and national NFL games. Last month, the streaming service announced that the $65 per month plan now grants subscribers access to NFL Network — a channel with year-round football content. Watch live NFL preseason games, exclusive live NFL regular season games, studio shows and a variety of original NFL-centric series.
For an additional $10 per month, sports fans get Hulu’s sports add-on package with NFL RedZone. It offers not only seven hours of Sunday Night Football action but also the ability to stream all RedZone programming from the 2020 NFL season, between Aug. 23 and Sept. 8, before the 2021 season begins.
YouTube TV offers NFL streaming coverage similar to Hulu’s, with the added bonus of easy-to-use DVR capabilities. Pricing and packages are also similar to Hulu’s, with the $65 base package (including NFL Network) and the option to add NFL RedZone, as part of their Sports Plus package, for an additional $11 per month.
FuboTV is a sports-centric option with access to every NFL game, all season long.
In addition to football, FuboTV also offers MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and international soccer games. A la YouTube TV and Roku, NFL Network is included in the basic package, while NFL RedZone costs an additional $11 per month.
Amazon Prime Video
The 2021 season is an excellent time to start streaming Thursday NFL games on Amazon — in 2022, Amazon Prime Video will be the home for out-of-market Thursday Night Football coverage. Over-the-air TV stations will still carry their respective local teams’ games, and NFL Game Pass will continue to stream all regular season games.
Sling TV, essentially a low-priced collection of local and cable TV channels offered over streaming, has some limited NFL streaming capabilities. NFL games airing on local FOX or NBC channels and Monday Night Football on ESPN are included in the basic package.
AT&T TV streams all NFL games offered on local channels, CBS, and Monday night games on ESPN. Thursday and Sunday night games in select local NBC markets can only be streamed on a tablet or computer.
Want to catch an NFL live stream for free online? Download the free official app of the NFL and enjoy live local and primetime games on your smartphone, in addition to highlights, breaking news and more.