How to Watch Week 1 of the NFL Preseason Without Cable

How to Stream the 2018 NFL Preseason Online

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, 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?

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 $40 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

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).

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
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$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
NFL Network ≥ $55 - - ≥ $50 - -
CBS - - -
Fox - -
NBC - -
ESPN - - -
NFL RedZone - ^ $9 - - ^ $10 - ^ $10 -
NFL Preseason National TV Schedule
Week Date Time Game Network
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

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu PS Vue Sling TV YouTube CBS
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$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40 $5.99
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$40–$75 $45–$50 $40 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40 $5.99
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DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu PS Vue Sling TV YouTube CBS
Atlanta Falcons v. Kansas City Chiefs
Fri, Aug 17 at 7:00 PM
- -
Detroit Lions v. New York Giants
Fri, Aug 17 at 7:00 PM
- -
Carolina Panthers v. Miami Dolphins
Fri, Aug 17 at 7:30 PM
CBS - -
Cleveland Browns v. Buffalo Bills
Fri, Aug 17 at 7:30 PM
^ $5 -
New Orleans Saints v. Arizona Cardinals
Fri, Aug 17 at 8:00 PM
- -
Minnesota Vikings v. Jacksonville Jaguars
Sat, Aug 18 at 1:00 PM
-
Los Angeles Rams v. Oakland Raiders
Sat, Aug 18 at 4:00 PM
-
Dallas Cowboys v. Cincinnati Bengals
Sat, Aug 18 at 7:00 PM
NFL Network ≥ $55 - ≥ $50 - - -
Houston Texans v. San Francisco 49ers
Sat, Aug 18 at 8:00 PM
^ $5 -
Tennessee Titans v. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sat, Aug 18 at 8:00 PM
^ $5 -
Denver Broncos v. Chicago Bears
Sat, Aug 18 at 9:05 PM
- -
Los Angeles Chargers v. Seattle Seahawks
Sat, Aug 18 at 10:00 PM
^ $5 -
Indianapolis Colts v. Baltimore Ravens
Mon, Aug 20 at 8:00 PM
ESPN - - -
Cleveland Browns v. Philadelphia Eagles
Thu, Aug 23 at 8:00 PM
Fox - -
Carolina Panthers v. New England Patriots
Fri, Aug 24 at 7:30 PM
CBS - -
New York Jets v. New York Giants
Fri, Aug 24 at 7:30 PM
-
Washington Redskins v. Denver Broncos
Fri, Aug 24 at 7:30 PM
- -
Minnesota Vikings v. Seattle Seahawks
Fri, Aug 24 at 8:00 PM
- -
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v. Detroit Lions
Fri, Aug 24 at 8:00 PM
CBS - -
Oakland Raiders v. Green Bay Packers
Fri, Aug 24 at 10:30 PM
NFL Network ≥ $55 - ≥ $50 - - -
Chicago Bears v. Kansas City Chiefs
Sat, Aug 25 at 1:00 PM
-
Los Angeles Rams v. Houston Texans
Sat, Aug 25 at 4:00 PM
^ $5 -
Pittsburgh Steelers v. Tennessee Titans
Sat, Aug 25 at 4:00 PM
^ $5
Indianapolis Colts v. San Francisco 49ers
Sat, Aug 25 at 4:30 PM
-
Jacksonville Jaguars v. Atlanta Falcons
Sat, Aug 25 at 7:00 PM
- -
Miami Dolphins v. Baltimore Ravens
Sat, Aug 25 at 7:00 PM
-
Los Angeles Chargers v. New Orleans Saints
Sat, Aug 25 at 8:00 PM
CBS - -
Buffalo Bills v. Cincinnati Bengals
Sun, Aug 26 at 4:00 PM
Fox - -
Dallas Cowboys v. Arizona Cardinals
Sun, Aug 26 at 8:00 PM
NBC - -
Atlanta Falcons v. Miami Dolphins
Thu, Aug 30 at 7:00 PM
- -
Cincinnati Bengals v. Indianapolis Colts
Thu, Aug 30 at 7:00 PM
Fox - -
Detroit Lions v. Cleveland Browns
Thu, Aug 30 at 7:00 PM
- -
New York Giants v. New England Patriots
Thu, Aug 30 at 7:00 PM
-
Philadelphia Eagles v. New York Jets
Thu, Aug 30 at 7:00 PM
-
Baltimore Ravens v. Washington Redskins
Thu, Aug 30 at 7:30 PM
- -
Pittsburgh Steelers v. Carolina Panthers
Thu, Aug 30 at 7:30 PM
CBS - -
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v. Jacksonville Jaguars
Thu, Aug 30 at 7:30 PM
-
Chicago Bears v. Buffalo Bills
Thu, Aug 30 at 8:00 PM
^ $5 -
Houston Texans v. Dallas Cowboys
Thu, Aug 30 at 8:00 PM
ABC - ^ $5 - -
New Orleans Saints v. Los Angeles Rams
Thu, Aug 30 at 8:00 PM
-
Tennessee Titans v. Minnesota Vikings
Thu, Aug 30 at 8:00 PM
^ $5 -
Kansas City Chiefs v. Green Bay Packers
Thu, Aug 30 at 8:30 PM
CBS - -
Arizona Cardinals v. Denver Broncos
Thu, Aug 30 at 10:00 PM
- -
San Francisco 49ers v. Los Angeles Chargers
Thu, Aug 30 at 10:00 PM
^ $5 -
Seattle Seahawks v. Oakland Raiders
Thu, Aug 30 at 10:00 PM
Fox - -

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+).