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Roku and Amazon Fire TV Devices are On Sale

Amazon has Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices on sale today at prices as lower than Black Friday.

The Amazon Fire TV is currently $39.99 (normally $69.99), while the Amazon Fire TV Cube is at it’s all-time low $89.99 (normally $119.99).

Both devices have similar specs, but the Fire TV Cube includes Ethernet and can control other devices by voice like a universal remote.

The Roku Streaming Stick is currently $39.99 (normally $49.99) and the Roku Streaming Stick+ is $54.00 (normally $69.99). The Streaming Stick supports HD, while the Streaming Stick+ can stream 4K Ultra HD HDR.

Fire TV

Fire TV Cube

Roku Streaming Stick (Model 3800)

Roku Streaming Stick+ (Model 3810)

Hulu Live TV Adds More Local Channels

Hulu Live TV has continued to been add new local channels across all markets. Today, they’ve added an additional 9 local ABC affiliates.

Hulu now has nearly 600 CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC affiliates, which is more than any other Live TV Streaming Service.

The new locals include:

Augusta, GA
  • WJBF (ABC)
Harrisburg-Lancaster, PA
  • WHTM (ABC)
Lansing, MI
  • WLAJ (ABC)
Odessa-Midland, TX
  • KMID (ABC)
Rockford, IL
  • WTVO (ABC)
Salisbury, MD
  • WMDT (ABC)
Utica, NY
  • WUTR (ABC)
Victoria, TX
  • KAVU (ABC)
Youngstown, OH
  • WYTV (ABC)

How to Watch Week 2 of the NFL Preseason without Cable

How to Stream the 2018 NFL Preseason Online

How to Stream NFL Preseason Week 2

Week 2 of the NFL Preseason kicks off tonight with 3 games including a Super Bowl rematch between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots.

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.

This week features 6 national telecasts including 2 on ESPN and 4 on NFL Network.

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Fox - -
NBC - -
ESPN - - -
NFL RedZone - ^ $9 - - ^ $10 - ^ $10 -

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 2, there are 4 games on NFL Network and 2 on ESPN. These games will air nationally out of market, and on local affiliates in their home cities (in parentheses).

NFL Preseason National TV Schedule
Week Date Time Game Network
Week 2 8/16/2018 8:00 PM NY Jets @ Washington ESPN
Week 2 8/17/2018 7:30 PM Buffalo (WKBW) @ Cleveland (WEWS) NFL Network
Week 2 8/18/2018 4:00 PM Oakland (KTVU) @ LA Rams (KCBS) NFL Network
Week 2 8/18/2018 7:00 PM Cincinnati (WRKC) @ Dallas (KTVT) NFL Network
Week 2 8/18/2018 10:30 PM Seattle (KCPQ) @ LA Chargers (KABC) NFL Network
Week 2 8/20/2018 8:00 PM Baltimore @ Indianapolis ESPN

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

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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
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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
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Philadelphia Eagles v. New York Jets
Thu, Aug 30 at 7:00 PM
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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
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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+).

Emirates FA Cup is Airing Exclusively on ESPN+ in U.S.

ESPN has announced that they have reached an exclusive, multi-year rights agreement for the Emirates FA Cup.

The deal will bring 79 FA Cup matches starting in November through the Final match exclusively to ESPN+, the company’s OTT service. The deal also includes The FA Community Shield, annual match between the FA Cup and Premier League winners.

The FA Cup is a knockout tournament started in 1871 available to all professional and non-professional clubs in England. This season more than 700 teams will compete.

Burke Magnus, EVP Programming, ESPN

“Acquiring the FA Cup – the oldest national football competition in the world – further demonstrates our commitment to making ESPN+ a must-have for soccer fans in the U.S. With its storied tradition and world-class players and teams, FA Cup will be a signature property in ESPN+’s ever-expanding soccer portfolio.”

The addition of the FA Cup is just one of many soccer rights deals that ESPN has signed for their OTT service. Last week, ESPN+ announced a multi-agreement for Serie A, as well as Australia A-League, Chinese Super League, and Dutch Eredivise.

The service already includes out-of-market coverage of MLS matches and exclusive in-market coverage of the Chicago Fire.

T-Mobile Subscribers Get a Year Free of Pandora Plus, Access to Sold Out Concerts

As part of their Un-Carrier event announcement today, T-Mobile is giving subscribers two new perks from Live Nation and Pandora.

The company partnered with Live Nation to give customers access to reserved seats at concerts 30 days before select shows go on sale.

Additionally, each subscriber will get two $25 tickets to select shows from performers like Counting Crows, Wiz Khalifa, and Lady Antebellum. At many Live Nation events, T-Mobile customers will now be able to skip entry and concession lines and get access to magenta lawn chairs for free.

T-Mobile is also giving away a free year of Pandora Plus to all subscribers on August 28th as part of their T-Mobile Tuesdays reward app.

Pandora Plus is normally $4.99 a month and includes ad-free listening with unlimited replays, skips, and offline support.

Who Might Buy Fox Regional Sports Networks from Disney?

According to a report from Bloomberg, Disney has begun the process to find a seller for Fox Regional Sports Networks, which they acquired in their $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox last month.

One of the conditions of closing the deal was that Disney would divest the Fox-owned Regional Sports Networks. There seems to be a wide variety of bidders for the properties which include 22 RSNs covering 44 basketball, baseball and hockey teams.

Some of the possible buyers are:

  • Cable companies like Comcast or Dish Network
  • Tech companies like YouTube or Amazon
  • Affiliate groups like Sinclair, Tenga, or Nexstar
  • Private Equity firms like Blackstone Group, CVC Capital Partners, or Apollo Global Management
  • Sports teams like the New York Yankees (YES Network) buying back channels

The most likely outcome is that a single a bidder will acquire the majority of the channels, with some individual channels being strategically offloaded in certain markets.

Because of the importance of these channels to acquiring or retaining live television viewers, the deal is expected to fetch $20-30 billion.

YouTube TV is Now Available in 100 Markets

YouTube TV announced today that they have added their 100th market, Tri-Cities, TN which is made up oh Kingsport, TN, Johnson City, TN, and Bristol, TN/VA.

In that market, you’ll get local channels like CBS (WJHL), NBC (WCYB), FOX (WEMT), ABC (WKPT), and Comet TV, as well as Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) like Fox Sports Southeast and Fox Sports Tennessee.

This is in addition to the 18 of the Top 35 cables channels like AMC, Bravo, ESPN, TBS, and TNT.

You can see a full list of channels available on YouTube TV here.

Services like Hulu Live TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW also offer locals and RSNs in that market.

You can compare the services in the Tri-Cities market by viewing our market comparison page.

DIRECTV NOW Adds 34 Local Affiliates. Here's Every Local they Added.

DIRECTV NOW announced this morning that it has added 34 local affiliates from Nexstar Media Group. The channels include 10 ABC affiliates, 9 NBC affiliates, 13 CBS affiliates, and 2 FOX affiliates. The full list is below.

With the additions, DIRECTV NOW now offers 339 local channels including all 4 locals in 90% of the Top 20 markets and 80% of the Top 50 markets.

Full List of Locals DIRECTV NOW Added Today

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY
  • ABC (WTEN)
Albuquerque-Santa Fe, NM
  • CBS (KRQE)
Austin, TX
  • NBC (KXAN)
Birmingham-Anniston-Tuscaloosa, AL
  • CBS (WIAT)
Buffalo, NY
  • CBS (WIVB)
Charleston-Huntington, WV
  • CBS (WOWK)
Columbus, OH
  • NBC (WCMH)
Dayton, OH
  • NBC (WDTN)
Des Moines-Ames, IA
  • ABC (WOI)
Fresno-Visalia, CA
  • NBC (KSEE)
  • CBS (KGPE)
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, MI
  • ABC (WOTV)
  • NBC (WOOD)
Green Bay-Appleton, WI
  • CBS (WFRV)
Greenville-Spartanburg, SC
  • CBS (WSPA)
Harrisburg-Lancaster, PA
  • ABC (WHTM)
Hartford-New Haven, CT
  • ABC (WTNH)
Knoxville, TN
  • ABC (WATE)
Las Vegas, NV
  • CBS (KLAS)
Little Rock, AR
  • NBC (KARK)
Madison, WI
  • FOX (WMSN)
Memphis, TN
  • ABC (WATN)
Mobile, AL
  • CBS (WKRG)
Nashville, TN
  • ABC (WKRN)
Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA
  • NBC (WAVY)
Omaha, NE
  • FOX (KPTM)
Portland, OR
  • CBS (KOIN)
Providence, RI
  • CBS (WPRI)
Raleigh-Durham, NC
  • CBS (WNCN)
Richmond-Petersburg, VA
  • ABC (WRIC)
Salt Lake City, UT
  • ABC (KTVX)
San Diego, CA
  • CBS (KFMB)
Tampa-St Petersburg-Sarasota, FL
  • NBC (WFLA)
Wilkes-Barre-Scranton-Hazelton, PA
  • NBC (WBRE)

You Can Pay to Stream UEFA Champions League By the Match

Last year, Turner acquired the rights to the UEFA Champions League. Now, they’ve announced that you will be able to subscribe either annually ($80), monthly ($10), or purchase individual matches for just $3 on their B/R Live platform.

Turner will be broadcasting 47 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches on TNT throughout the season. You can also stream the games on the Watch TNT app when you authenticate with your cable or streaming credentials.

With a subscription to UEFA package on the B/R Live App, you will get access to more than 340 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches.

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Live UEFA coverage will begin with the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid on August 15th followed by the UEFA Champions League play-in rounds on August 21-22 and August 28-29. All matches will be on TNT and B/R Live.

fuboTV adds Execs from Tidal & Warner Bros

In a move to expand critical growth areas including subscriber engagement and experience, fuboTV has announced key appointments to its senior leadership team.

Erik Gerson and David Yoon have been appointed to the newly-created positions of senior vice president, engagement and senior vice president, design, respectively.

fuboTV CEO David Gandler shared:

“fuboTV is committed to raising the bar in user engagement and experience across our live TV streaming platform, and today’s appointments underscore this investment in our subscribers. With the additions of Erik and David to our world-class executive team, we are in an even stronger position to build for the future.”

In his new role, Gerson is responsible for growing user engagement across fuboTV’s web, mobile and connected TV platform while also increasing lifetime value of subscribers.

Prior to joining fuboTV, Gerson was senior vice president, customer experience at music streaming subscription service TIDAL, where he led user acquisition, customer retention, direct marketing and customer care/experience. He has held senior marketing and customer experience roles at Nestle USA, Hearst Digital Marketing Services, Cricket Wireless, Atari, Gateway and Sony Electronics.

Yoon, who is tasked with managing all design and creative services for fuboTV, was most recently vice president of design at WB Digital Labs, an OTT platform service provider which owns and operates DramaFever and has helped companies such as AMC, Boomerang, Warner Archive and DC Comics build OTT offerings to boost their direct-to-consumer initiatives.

Prior to WB Digital Labs, Yoon created interactive experiences for digital and ad agencies as well as entertainment companies for brands including Universal Motown Records Group, Island Def Jam, Sony Pictures Classics, Rockstar Games, Swarovski, Absolute, Pfizer, Taco Bell, Verizon and a broad range of Procter & Gamble brands.