How to Watch Week 1 of the NFL Preseason Without Cable
How to Stream NFL Preseason Week 1
Week 1 of the NFL Preseason kicks off tonight with 12 games including the Cleveland Browns featuring 1st overall pick Baker Mayfield and the New York Giants with 2nd overall pick Saquon Barkley.
We show you how to watch nationally televised games, locally televised games, and out-of-market games even if you don’t have cable.
There are now 6 providers fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, 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.
Which Streaming Service Should I Use for the Preseason?
This means you’ll get the widest coverage of both local and nationally televised games for under $50.
You’ll get NFL Network, CBS, FOX, NBC, and NFL RedZone.
All Live Streaming Options
Includes: CBS, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, NFL RedZone (+$9)
Includes: ESPN, CBS, FOX, NBC
Includes: FOX, NBC, NFL Network, NFL RedZone (+$10), ESPN (must add Sling Orange +$15)
FOX is available in 17 markets.
Includes: CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL RedZone (+$10)
Includes: CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network
Includes: CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN
Nationally Televised Games
There will be 23 nationally televised games this preseason — mostly on NFL Network, with 2 games on each of the NFL broadcast partners. During Week 1, there are 5 games on NFL Network. These games will air nationally out of market, and on local affiliates in their home cities (in parentheses).
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NFL Preseason National TV Schedule
|Week 1||8/9/2018||7:00 PM||Cleveland (WEWS) @ N.Y. Giants (WNBC)||NFL Network|
|Week 1||8/9/2018||10:00 PM||Dallas (KTVT) @ San Francisco (KPIX)||NFL Network|
|Week 1||8/10/2018||7:30 PM||Atlanta (WUPA) @ N.Y. Jets (WCBS)||NFL Network|
|Week 1||8/10/2018||10:30 PM||Detroit (WJBK) @ Oakland (KTVU)||NFL Network|
|Week 1||8/11/2018||9:00 PM||Minnesota (KMSP) @ Denver (KTVD)||NFL Network|
Locally Televised 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.
NFL Preseason Streaming Schedule
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.
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