The Best Ways to Stream NFL Games Online for Free
The glut of affordable streaming services available right now has made it easier than ever to make a clean break from your cable subscription. But just like when any long-term relationship ends, it can be tempting to rekindle the flame rather than go without what brings you so much joy: NFL football.
Be strong, cord-cutting football fans. There are plenty of ways to watch your favorite games this season without spending a dime. Here are six of 'em.
Just Use the NFL Mobile AppNow, you can stream NFL games all throughout the 2018 season on your mobile devices for free by using the NFL Mobile app. The app is free on by iOS and Android and you don't have to pay to watch to stream the games. However, the free streaming is limited to games featuring teams in your local market and the national/primetime games on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday nights on your mobile devices. This used to be a perk only for Verizon wireless customers, but now you can get in on it too via the NFL Mobile app as well as the Yahoo Sports app.
Take Advantage of Yet Another Amazon Prime PerkAs you've probably realized, subscribing to Amazon Prime is good for much more than free two-day shipping and access to kickass streamable shows and movies. In addition to the full suite of perks that come with the $119 annual membership, this year Amazon's again bundled the ability to stream 11 regular season Thursday Night Football games. If you don't have Prime and don't feel like buying it, Amazon is also offering the games live via its Twitch streaming video platform for free. Or you can always sign up for a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime.
Test Out a New Streaming ServiceAlthough subscribing to new services like YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, and DirecTV Now is generally much cheaper than shelling out for a cable plan that includes all NFL games, it still means you have to pay. However, each one of these services (all of which boast access to channels broadcasting most NFL games) offer a month-long free trial before you have to fork over a monthly fee, so in theory, you could stream several football games without paying a dime.
Additionally, CBS's proprietary streaming platform CBS All Access grants you access to all games the network has broadcast rights to, and new subscribers can get a 7-day free trial (just remember to cancel it before you have to pay). The network is also adding the ability to stream the games on your mobile devices as well in 2018.