Everybody wants to watch NFL without cable and no NFL blackout. And just that we’re clear, nobody likes to experience NFL blackout when trying to watch NFL in the US or from anywhere else.
Most people know it by now so you better get in on the act as well. Yes, indeed you can watch NFL without TV or cable of any sort.
You don’t need an expensive TV cable subscription if you want to appreciate (by watching of course!) your favorite TV shows. You can experience all that without spending thousands of dollars on cable and TV providers packages.
And just that you know, you can watch NFL football from the comfort of your home without any cable right now. The phenomenon is fairly widespread now and you can rest assured that you won’t be doing anything exceptional by watching NFL in the US or from any other place without a satellite TV subscription.
You can watch any NFL team, local or not, on TV without incurring any additional costs by simply using an antenna.
But that method is a bit old school so we’re going to list out some modern ways which will enable you to watch NFL in the US (or anywhere else) online. We’ll get to those methods a bit later though.
There are those fortunate souls who can watch all 16 regular season Raven games, along with their post-season football games, using nothing but a good old antenna.
It doesn’t matter if your favorite NFL team is playing away from home or at home. Whether your favorite NFL team is playing on Monday Night Football, Sunday Night Football or Thursday Night football, there is a reasonable chance that your local TV providers are broadcasting the NFL football game over the air (OTA).
With that said, you must also know that broadcast TV is less compressed which means that you’ll get better quality signals when watching from an antenna.
In other words, the picture quality would be vastly superior if you were to watch broadcast TV when compared to cable and satellite TV.
Some people even prefer to watch NFL over the air instead of through satellite or cable because the picture there appears to be a bit too grainy for comfort.
NBC is the major broadcaster that shows Sunday Night football but as far as Thursday Night Football games are concerned, NBC has to share broadcasting responsibilities with CBS. At least that is the case for 2016 NFL season.
A TV antenna will enable you to watch NFL without any regard to which NFL football teams are playing on any given night.
But there is a slight problem with this situation. What if you are one of those people who want to watch NFL on Monday Night Football Online on ESPN. What if your local NFL team isn’t even playing on the night?
And additionally, what if you want to watch NFL on Thursday Night Football Online on an NFL broadcast network?
There are also those people who want to watch every minute of every game for the entire NFL season. Some might even be obsessed enough to watch every NFL team’s every game and every second of that game.
What should you do then?
Well, you’re in luck because we’ll list out the method currently available through which you can watch NFL all season long in the US or any other place without a cable subscription or satellite package.
Step 1:You Can Make Use of Sling TV to Watch NFL on a Thursday Night
You will be glad to know that on August 3rd, 2016, NFL, through an issued press statement, announced that it had come to a deal with Sling TV (well, actually the agreement was between Sling TV’s parent company Dish Network, but whatever) which will enable Sling TV to let its users watch NFL events on NFL Network and NFL Red Zone when the 2016 NFL season starts in the coming months.
In other words, you will be able to watch NFL on almost all Thursday night on Sling TV for the entire 2016 NFL season.
Additionally, NFL Network will now become a part of Sling TV’s Blue Package. The Blue Package is the most affordable of all packages that are offered in terms of price, not in terms of quality and variety.
However, you won’t be able to watch NFL RedZone because that will only come with a Sport Extra add-on package.
Step 2:You Should Also Try to Watch NFL From Verizon Wireless
If you will indeed to go great lengths to watch NFL and are a Verizon Wireless connection customer then, there is a way you can watch NFL all Monday Night Football matches along with Thursday Night Football matches, online and that too without any additional costs.
Verizon recently announced the More Everything Plan which allowed new and old customers to have full access to NFL mobile.
To watch NFL games, users will have to access NFL mobile from Verizon app. The best part of the deal is that you don’t have to have a cable TV or a satellite subscription in order to watch NFL from your home.
You don’t even need a Verizon FiOS account to watch NFL from a convenient place of your choice.
You can watch NFL without cable through NFL mobile by using the Verizon Wireless app. Not only that, you can also watch any team’s regular season games online and free. If that wasn’t enough then you’ll also be able to watch NFL games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights online without ever leaving your house.
To put more icing on the cake, you’ll also have full access to live coverage of the NFL Network. In other words, you’ll be able to watch NFL Network Online free.
Moreover, you’ll also be able to stream NFL Redzone. And let’s not even mention that you’ll have access to live NFL scoring updates that are so crucial to NFL fantasy football fans.
So if you don’t like cable or TV, Verizon has got you covered with its More Everything Plan. It allows you to watch NFL without cable online,free.
You can download the Verizon mobile app from iTunes, Google Play Store for devices such as iPhone,iPad, and Android.
Needless to say, the app which allows you to watch NFL online for free is only available for mobile devices.
So if you try to watch NFL by using the app from Apple TV or Roku, the app will shut down automatically.
Optional Step:Do You Want to Watch NFL on a Monday Night?
As mentioned before, you watch NFL (Monday night or no Monday night) using nothing but a subscription to Sling TV.
Sling Tv offers live TV content from several networks that are usually found only on cable TV.
For any sports fan, the most important channel in the entire world is probably ESPN.
Sling TV enables subscribers to watch NFL online without a cable and that too for free.
If you want to give Sling TV a go then you sign up for one of their packages (a free trial if you want) and get a Roku Streaming Device for no additional costs.
A licensing agreement between NFL and Verizon means that Sling TV Monday Night Football subscribers will not be able to watch NFL games on their mobile devices.
But if you really want to watch NFL on a Monday night then you buy one of the other alternatives such as Roku, Nexus player, Amazon Fire TV, a 4rth generation Apple TV and last but certainly not the least, Xbox One.
We’ve talked about Sling TV’s blue package, but the company also offers an Orange package that provides online access to a host of new networks including A&E, ABC Family, ESPN, ESPN2, TBS among others.
So if you want to watch NFL or anything else for that matter, do give Sling TV a try.
Step 3:Have You Tried Out The NFL Game Pass to Watch NFL Online
NFL Games Pass will enable users to watch NFL all year. The package will allow users to stream each and every one of the 256 NFL regular season games. Not only that, users will also be able to witness all preseason games, playoffs and Super Bowl for the 2016 NFL season.
You can buy NFL Game Pass, assuming you want to watch NFL, for your iPad,iPhone,Android,Xbox 360,Xbox One, Roku and Apple TV.
Nothing has been confirmed yet but it is expected that more devices will be announced which will allow users to watch NFL online from their smart screens.
You might not remember this but it used to be that the NFL Game Pass was only available to people to living outside the United States of America.
Now, US residents can stream and watch NFL online by using the NFL Game Pass. But there’s a huge catch.
There will be an NFL blackout delay if you watch NFL online through streaming inside the US. And it’s not something that is sinister or even hidden.
The NFL Game Pass Website itself states that NFL Game Pass includes live access to most (not all) preseason games.
It also says that live preseason games do not include all nationally broadcast preseason games and any preseason games which are televised in a user’s local market.
The statement on the official website also states that preseason games are not available live in NFL Game Pass but will be made available on-demand in NFL Game Pass archives shortly after the conclusion of the original telecast.
The rest goes something like this,
“NFL Game Pass does not include live regular season, playoff, and Super Bowl game broadcasts. Access to these games is available within NFL Game Pass on an on-demand basis in the NFL Game Pass archives after such games have aired on broadcast television. Sunday morning and afternoon games (9:30am EST, 1pm ET & 4pm ET) are available at the conclusion of all Sunday 4pm ET games, and Sunday night, Monday night, Thursday and Saturday NFL games are available following the conclusion of the applicable game telecast. NFL Game Pass is unavailable during the telecast of the Super Bowl. Some 2009 regular season games are not available. NFL Game Pass is only available to users within the United States, Bermuda, Antigua, the Bahamas, any U.S. territories, possessions and commonwealths (including American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands), and Mexico.**Some live Preseason games may not be available live on phones, but will always be available in the archives.”
To summarize, to watch NFL games in their entirety, you will have to wait until the 4pm EST Sunday football games have concluded. That will hold true for all regular season games.
You will only be able to watch the 1pm and 4pm NFL games once the final whistle has been blown for the last Sunday game.
Users will also be able to watch NFL Sunday,Monday,Thursday, and Saturday night games only when respective night’s games have come to an end.
If the preseason games aren’t broadcasted locally, then you’ll be able to watch them live. Otherwise, not.
But even with the aforementioned restriction, the NFL Game Pass provides more than enough content for the money. You can connect multiple devices to your account and can turn off (or on) live scores to keep away from game-ruining spoilers.
Not only that, you can also watch NFL condensed version in which games are compressed into an action packed 30-minute session.
The NFL Game pass also provide the ability to fully replay every NFL game from the 2009 season to the current one.
You’ll also have access to DVR controls and Coaches Film.
Step 4:Solve The NFL Blackout Issue
The NFL blackout issue isn’t as big as it is annoying.
Of course, you don’t have to worry about NFL blackout if you live outside the US. For example, if you live in the United Kingdom then you can watch NFL games all season long, live with the use of NFL Game Pass.
No NFL blackouts will ruin your experience there.
So for people who want to avoid NFL blackout, there is only one solution: spoof the NFL servers into thinking that your computer is in the UK.
If you’re able to do that, you will be able to stream and watch NFL games all season long and it will be just like as if you’re living in the UK or Australia.
See, to watch NFL in US without any NFL blackout, you need to use a SmartDNS.
Some people also use a VPN to achieve the same result. The VPN or SmartDNS will enable your computer to have an IP address that is either UK or Australia based.
And that is what you need if you want to watch NFL online without NFL blackout.
A SmartDNS or VPN is completely legal to use in the US. It is basically a software that keeps your data safe through technological enhancements such as encryption and data routing.
A typical VPN or SmartDNS service has several servers in most major countries.
When you connect to the internet through a SmartDNS or VPN, your traffic is first encrypted and then directed through the VPN service’s servers which are present if your chosen destination.
We recommend using Overplay SmartDNS if you want to use the SmartDNS service on only one device.
If you want to use a VPN service for multiple devices then you should go for IPVanish. IPVanish allows you to have 5 simultaneous connections on an unlimited amount of devices and you can get a 57% discount if you place your order from here.
Do remember that the best and most affordable packages to watch NFL without NFL blackout are available only in regions such as Australia and the UK.
So if you want to watch NFL in US online without paying too much then you need your VPN service to provide you with an IP address that is within the bounds of their UK or Australia.
Needless to say, if you already live in Australia and the UK, then you may not even need a VPN or SmartDNS service.
You also need to make sure that you order and setup your DNS service before you spend money on buying an NFL Game Pass.
The steps are pretty simple but we’ll list them anyway.
Step 5:Setup SmartDNS To Watch NFL Online Without NFL Blackout in the US
First, you must sign up for Overplay SmartDNS.
Check out these videos to gain more insights about the setup process of SmartDNS and/or VPN.
And for windows,
You need to login to your Overplay SmartDNS account and then click “My Account”.
After that, you need to click “SmartDNS”.
When you have done that then you need to configure the SmartDNS settings from this menu.
You will need set up the services you want to use such as NFL Game Pass and any other service you would like to access using Overplay like Netflix or Hulu.
Let’s take the example of Now.TV
For example, if you want to watch Now.tv using a SmartDNS, first you must get this “all-systems go”screen which indicates that you’ve set up your smartDNS correctly.
Then you need to make sure you add all the services for which you intend to use your SmartDNS service
If you try to access a site like now.tv without a VPN or SmartDNS, you’ll get this screen
If you want to avoid the error from the previous screenshot then go back to your settings and change your IP to UK
Now, The Now.tv site has been unblocked since we’re using a SmartDNS UK IP address
Back to our NFL Game Pass example.
Make sure that you have set the NFL Game Pass setting to the United Kingdom or Australia because that’s where you’ll get the most complete packages and the cheapest rates without any NFL blackout.
To further understand the advantages of using a VPN to watch NFL in US instead of just watching it for free on TV or Cable, consider the following paragraphs.
If You Don’t Have A VPN:
These are your best packages.
Requirement: DirectTV subscription. No standalone streaming service.
Content: Replay and radio only. No live games.
Canada (most expensive package in the world)
Price: $329 Canadian (~$256 USD)
Content: Live games, replay, and radio
UK and Australia
Price: $202 USD
Content: Live games, replay and radio
Sweden and Europe
Content: Live games, replay and radio
Your Best and Most Affordable Solution is:
- Get a VPN or SmartDNS
- SmartDNS from Overplay if you are only watching at home on 1 device
- OR VPN from IPVanish if you want to watch anywhere on an unlimited number of devices with 5 simultaneous connections.
- Turn on VPN Use an Australian or UK location
- Sign up for NFL Game Pass here
- Pay the lower fee because of UK or Australian based location
- Then Watch EVERY game live or replay whenever you like.
Bonus Step:Learn About NFLSundayTicket.TV Online
To watch NFL on a Sunday, one of the ways is to buy NFL Sunday Ticket. Unfortunately, that option is only available to Direct TV package subscribers.
But since we’re an awesome bunch of people, we’ll tell you about a method through which you’ll be able to watch NFL online without any subscription to Direct TV.
Previously, the NFL Sunday Ticket Online was only offered to a very select group of people. It was offered to high-rise apartment buildings, some 10 universities and in some metro areas of New York City, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
But now, things have changed and Direct TV has offered its services to more multi-dwelling unit buildings nationwide.
More universities along with college campuses have also been added to the list. If you want to check your eligibility then visit their official website.
Though you won’t be able to avoid NFL blackout problem. So better have an antenna close to you if you want to watch games live from your home or office.
What About Thursday NFL on Twitter
You read that right, soon you will be able to watch NFL online through Twitter.
All Thursday Night Football games which will be broadcasted by CBS and NBC will also be streamed on Twitter. Not only that, the NFL games will be streamed live.
Moreover, Twitter online streams will start from week 2 of the NFL season and will continue till week 16. There will be no Twitter streams for week 8,9, and 10 though.
Is Playstation Vue Any Good To Watch NFL Without NFL Blackout
Perhaps we should have mentioned this earlier but you can also watch NFL through PlayStation VUE. The company recently announced a partnership with NFL Network.
So if you want to watch NFL on a lazy Thursday night then, PlayStation VUE can be your nirvana.
You’ll have to buy either a Core or Elite package on PlayStation Vue which is priced around $35 and $45 per month respectively.
It might be on the expensive side, but remember that you’ll also get access to NFL RedZone Season pass which will start on September 11.
It will cost you $39.99 for the whole regular NFL season.
Get Rid of You Cable And Still Watch NFL Online
Needless to say at this point, but there are many ways in which you can watch NFL online without incurring huge amounts of debt. You don’t need to have a cable subscription to watch NFL in US or anywhere else.
You can watch NFL games through OTA antenna or can also make use of NFL Games Pass which will enable you to watch NFL games all season long without any missed game.
Verizon Wireless customers will also be able to watch NFL online for free as far as Sunday and Monday night football is concerned.
As mentioned before, Sling TV is your best friend if you want to watch NFL in US on a Monday night live on ESPN.
So, there are many options available for you to go for.
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