How to watch the NFL on YouTube TV

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Football fans who love watching their favorite NFL teams, but don’t want a cable subscription will find live streaming service YouTube TV to be great solution. Fans can watch NFL games on the national networks, CBS, ESPN, Fox, and NBC, along with the league’s NFL Network, which are all available on YouTube TV. Additionally, the league’s channel that focuses on scoring plays, NFL RedZone, is available in YouTube TV’s Sports Plus add-on.

With a YouTube TV  subscription, fans can live stream NFL games and other football content like studio shows, highlights, specials and documentaries. Fans can also record shows to watch later with YouTube TV’s cloud DVR.

Some NFL games and content are shown on Amazon Prime Video, which is not accessible on YouTube TV. Also, some NFL games may be affected by local blackouts.

In addition to providing access to live sports, YouTube TV includes national news networks, such as ABC News, BBC America, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, Headline News Network, MSNBC, and NBC News Now. Subscribers can also watch several entertainment and lifestyle channels like AMC, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, E!, Food Network, Freeform, Paramount, Pop, The CW, Travel Channel, and USA. There’s also plenty of kids channels with the Cartoon Network, Disney, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., PBS Kids, and Universal Kids.

NFL fans on the lookout for additional sports can also watch the CBS Sports Network, Golf Channel, MLB Network, and NBA TV, NBC Sports Network, Olympics Channel, and SNY. There are also several channels for college sports events, including the ACC Network, Big Ten Network, ESPNU, and the SEC Network. Further content is available through extra entertainment, foreign language programming, news, and sports channel add-ons. YouTube TV costs $64.99/mo., with additional content options available to purchase on top of this monthly subscription fee.

YouTube TV & Other Services Compared

 YouTube TV
Sling TV 
Blue + Orange$50/mo.
Hulu + Live TV
NFL Network
NFL RedZone +$10.99/mo. (Sports Plus)+$11/mo. (Sports Extras)+$10.99/mo. (Sports Plus) +$9.99/mo. (Sports)

Like its closest competitors in the live streaming market, YouTube TV is a good resource for catching broadcasts of local NFL teams’ games on the major networks and through both the NFL Network and NFL RedZone channels.

Can I Stream Every NFL Game on YouTube TV?

With CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, and the NFL Network in YouTube TV’s channel lineup, subscribers can watch all the NFL action that’s not affected by a local blackout. And, those willing to pay an additional monthly fee can catch all the NFL’s scoring plays on Sunday with NFL Redzone. 

Fans of franchises that compete in the AFC can usually catch their team in action on CBS. Fox typically broadcasts games from the NFC. Both of these networks are included in every YouTube TV subscription.

The NFL’s big-ticket weekly broadcasts will usually be available to YouTube TV viewers. Thursday Night Football is typically shared between Fox, Amazon Prime Video, and the NFL Network. Sunday Night Football is broadcast on NBC, while Monday Night Football airs on ESPN. 

The Final Cut

Once subscribed to YouTube TV, viewers can watch NFL action throughout the season from the comfort of their sofa or on-the-go with their favorite device. YouTube TV has NFL fans well covered by enabling them to stream live games on CBS and and Fox, which typically carry broadcasts from the AFC and NFC. Fans can also watch Thursday night games on the NFL Network, Sunday night games on NBC, and Monday Night Football on NBC.

Another option for YouTube TV subscribers is to use an antenna like HDHomeRun to stream sports from their local region. YouTube TV costs $64.99/mo., but new users can sign up for a free trial to test the service. The length of the free trial varies based on the promotions offered at any given time. This enables potential subscribers to try the service over a football weekend to see how many live NFL games they’re able to watch. An added extra is YouTube TV’s cloud DVR feature, which provides unlimited recording space for up to nine months. So, a YouTube TV subscriber could record every game throughout the NFL season and repeatedly watch their favorite ones.

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