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
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$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

TBD

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+).