How to Watch the Entire 2018 NFL Preseason Online without Cable

How to Stream the 2018 NFL Preseason Online

How to Stream the 2018 NFL Preseason Online

While the NFL regular season does not kickoff until mid-September, the NFL preseason starts this Thursday with the Hall of Fame Game between the Chicago Bears vs. Baltimore Ravens.

There are now 6 providers fuboTV, Hulu, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, and YouTube TV that offer live TV online without cable. Once you subscribe, you will be able to stream both local and nationally television NFL preseason games on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon, Fire TV, Chromecast, iOS, and Android.

Using one of these services is the only way to watch all 65 NFL Preseason games without cable.

Which Streaming Service Should I Use for the 2018 NFL Preseason?

While there are a number of options, we suggest you use fuboTV. While you won’t get ESPN, you will get NFL Network, CBS, FOX, and NBC for $35 for your first month ($45 after that).

This means you’ll get the widest coverage of both local and nationally televised games for under $50.

Our Pick

fuboTV

You’ll get NFL Network, CBS, FOX, NBC, and NFL RedZone.

All Live Streaming Options

You can also stream the NFL Preseason with Hulu Live TV, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, and YouTube TV.

fuboTV

Price: $45
Includes: CBS, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, NFL RedZone (+$9)

Hulu Live TV

Price: $40
Includes: ESPN, CBS, FOX, NBC

Sling Blue

Price: $25
Includes: FOX, NBC, NFL Network, NFL RedZone (+$10), ESPN (must add Sling Orange +$15)

FOX is available in 17 markets.

PlayStation Vue

Price: $50
Includes: CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL RedZone (+$10)

DIRECTV NOW

Price: $55
Includes: CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network

YouTube TV

Price: $40
Includes: CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN

How to Stream Nationally Televised NFL Preseason Games

There will be 23 nationally televised games this preseason — mostly on NFL Network, with 2 games on each of the NFL broadcast partners.

Nationally Televised Games
AT&T NOW fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$50–$70 $55 $45 $20 $50–$85 $25 $25 $50
NFL Network - - - ≥ $55 - -
CBS - - -
Fox - -
NBC - -
ESPN - - -
NFL RedZone - ^ $11 - - ^ $10 - ^ $10 -
NFL Preseason National TV Schedule
Week Date Time Game Network
Hall of Fame Game 8/2/2018 8:00 PM Chicago vs. Baltimore NBC
Week 1 8/9/2018 7:00 PM Cleveland @ N.Y. Giants NFL Network
Week 1 8/9/2018 10:00 PM Dallas @ San Francisco NFL Network
Week 1 8/10/2018 7:30 PM Atlanta @ N.Y. Jets NFL Network
Week 1 8/10/2018 10:30 PM Detroit @ Oakland NFL Network
Week 1 8/11/2018 9:00 PM Minnesota @ Denver NFL Network
Week 2 8/16/2018 8:00 PM N.Y. Jets @ Washington ESPN
Week 2 8/17/2018 7:30 PM Buffalo @ Cleveland NFL Network
Week 2 8/18/2018 1:00 PM Jacksonville @ Minnesota NFL Network
Week 2 8/18/2018 4:00 PM Oakland @ L.A. Rams NFL Network
Week 2 8/18/2018 7:00 PM Cincinnati @ Dallas NFL Network
Week 2 8/18/2018 10:00 PM Seattle @ L.A. Chargers NFL Network
Week 3 8/20/2018 8:00 PM Baltimore @ Indianapolis ESPN
Week 3 8/23/2018 8:00 PM Philadelphia @ Cleveland FOX
Week 3 8/24/2018 8:00 PM Detroit @ Tampa Bay CBS
Week 3 8/24/2018 10:30 PM Green Bay @ Oakland (JIP) NFL Network
Week 3 8/25/2018 1:00 PM Kansas City @ Chicago NFL Network
Week 3 8/25/2018 4:00 PM Tennessee @ Pittsburgh NFL Network
Week 3 8/25/2018 8:00 PM New Orleans @ L.A. Chargers CBS
Week 3 8/26/2018 4:00 PM Cincinnati @ Buffalo FOX
Week 3 8/26/2018 8:00 PM Arizona @ Dallas NBC
Week 4 8/30/2018 7:00 PM Cleveland @ Detroit NFL Network
Week 4 8/30/2018 10:00 PM Denver @ Arizona NFL Network

How to Stream Local NFL Preseason Games

During the Regular Season, AFC teams mostly air on CBS, while NFC teams mostly air on FOX. It’s slightly different during the preseason where each team partners with a local affiliate to air their preseason games.

Since each service offers a different set of local channels, we reviewed which service gets the most local games for each team.

Team Network Games DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Arizona Cardinals KPNX (NBC) 3
Atlanta Falcons WUPA (CW) 4
Baltimore Ravens WBAL (NBC) 4
Buffalo Bills WKBW (ABC) 3
Carolina Panthers Spectrum 4
Chicago Bears WFLD (FOX) 4
Cincinnati Bengals TBA
Cleveland Browns TBA
Dallas Cowboys TBA
Denver Broncos KUSA (NBC) 4
Detroit Lions WJBK (FOX) 3
Green Bay Packers PTV 4
Houston Texans KTRK (ABC) 4
Indianapolis Colts WXIN (FOX) 3
Jacksonville Jaguars WFOX/WJAX (FOX/CBS) 4
Kansas City Chiefs KCTV (CBS) 4
Los Angeles Chargers KABC (ABC) 3
Los Angeles Rams KCBS (CBS) 4
Miami Dolphins WFOR (CBS) 4
Minnesota Vikings KMSP (FOX) 4
New England Patriots WBZ (CBS) 4
New Orleans Saints WVUE (FOX) 3
New York Giants WNBC (NBC) 4
New York Jets WCBS (CBS) 3
Oakland Raiders TBA
Philadelphia Eagles WCAU (NBC) 3
Pittsburgh Steelers KDKA (CBS) 4
San Francisco 49ers KPIX (CBS) 4
Seattle Seahawks KCPQ (FOX) 4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WFLA (NBC) 3
Tennessee Titans WKRN (ABC) 4
Washington Redskins WRC (NBC) 3

How to Stream Out-of-Market NFL Preseason Games

NFL GamePass is an option for fans that live away from their favorite teams. While you won’t be able to watch telecasts airing in your local market, you will be able to watch all out-of-market preseason games (except the Raiders and 49ers).

During the regular season, you will be ale to watch all games on demand after they air, as well as live radio broadcast. If you want out-of-market regular season games, you’ll need NFL Sunday Ticket.

You can get a 7-Day Free Trial or $99.99 for the entire season.

Learn more by visiting NFL GamePass.

How to Watch the 2018 NFL Preseason for Free with an Antenna

Even if you don’t subscribe to a streaming service, you can still pick up local channels like CBS, FOX, and NBC with an antenna for free.

You will be able to watch 6 national telecasts and most local preseason telecasts for your favorite team.

Our Pick

We suggest the Mohu Leaf 30 (30-mile range) or Mohu Leaf 50 (60-mile range) depending on line of sight.

Mohu Leaf 30

Up to 30 Mile Range

Mohu Leaf 60

Up to 60 Mile Range

You can use TVFool’s “Free TV” tool to see how far each channel signal is from your address. If you live farther away, you might need to consider a higher-end roof mounted antenna ($60+).

NFL Preseason Streaming Schedule

TBD