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How To Watch NFL Network Without Cable (As Cheap As Possible)

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The cheapest way to watch NFL Network without cable is Sling TV. Technically, some individuals and households may be able to watch NFL games for free depending on their location and access to local channels. However, for those wanting to maximize the NFL experience through a paid service, then Sling TV is going to be the most affordable option.

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Live sports remains one of the main reasons to continue paying for a live TV service. At the same time, actually finding a live TV service that includes the right sports channels has become increasingly harder, and especially with so many having dropped various regional sports networks and local affiliates from their subscriptions in recent years.

The same is also true with NFL Network, as not all of the main live TV streaming services currently offer access to the channel. In fact, Sling TV did include NFL Network in its lineup only for it to be dropped in June of 2020. That was only a temporary removal, however, with NFL Network retuning to Sling TV again in September of the same year.

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Cheapest way to watch NFL Network

At $35 per month, Sling TV is the cheapest way to stream NFL Network without cable. However, consumers will want to make sure they sign up to the right plan. Sling TV offers two main base subscriptions, but NFL Network is only available through the Sling Blue plan.

Sling Blue plan provides access to more than 40 live TV channels, including NFL Network, and is a good option overall for football and news content. In addition, the subscription also provides the ability to stream on up to three devices at the same time, a variety of shows, movies and sports events to watch on demand, and up to 50 hours of recording space.

For those already on the Sling Orange plan, or considering signing up for Orange at $35 per month, they will need to switch over to Sling Blue to watch NFL games. Alternatively, consider subscribing to the combined Sling ‘Orange & Blue’ plan. In fact, for those that also want access to the ESPN channels as well, then the combined plan will be the best option. Even at $50 per month, the combined plan is still cheaper than many of the other live TV streaming services.

Other ways to watch NFL Network

Although Sling TV is the cheapest, it is not the only option for streaming NFL Network. For example, Vidgo also includes NFL Network in its channel lineup and at $55 per month, it is the next cheapest option overall. Vidgo is an interesting service as it comes with more of a focus on watching live and with others than watching on demand or recorded content. For some, this social angle may make it a better option for watching live sports.

fuboTV, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV all also include NFL Network in their channel lineups. What’s more, the base plans for all three of these services currently cost $64.99 per month, making none of them cheaper than the others and all more expensive than Sling TV. With no difference in price between these services, consumers will want to take into account some of the other differences. For example, fuboTV tends to be a good option for sports in general, while YouTube TV comes with an unlimited cloud DVR making it easier to record NFL games, shows and movies without worrying about space. If opting for Hulu Live TV, subscribers gain access to a basic Hulu subscription at no additional cost.

Although Philo is one of the cheapest live TV streaming services around, Philo does not include access to NFL Network. In spite of offering multiple plans with different channel lineups, DirecTV Stream also does not currently provide access to NFL Network either.

Watching NFL Network directly

In addition to watching NFL Network directly through any of the services that include the channel with their subscription, there is also the option of watching directly through the NFL website. While this route does still require a paid live TV subscription, it is an additional benefit that’s worth subscribers being aware of.

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TV Everywhere support allows subscribers to use their current subscription account details to log in and watch directly through network and channel apps. TV Everywhere support is not available through every service or for every channel, but there are no major issues with NFL Network. Regardless of whether signed up to fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, Vidgo or YouTube TV, subscribers are able to sign in to the NFL website or app using their account details. As this TV Everywhere supported list includes Sling TV, those opting for the cheapest service won’t be missing out on the ability to watch directly.

Once logged in to the NFL app or website, and the subscription has been authenticated, the subscriber will be able to watch live games or check out on demand content. This can so be a solution when other members of the same household are watching live TV and using up the limited number of streams.

NFL Network without cable summary

At $35 per month, Sling Blue is currently the cheapest plan that includes access to NFL Network, making it a good option for those looking to stream NFL games. Although Sling TV also offers a Sling Orange plan, NFL Network is only available through Sling Blue, or by signing up to the combined Sling Orange & Blue subscription at $50 per month.

Outside of Sling TV, Vidgo also offers access to NFL Network at $55 per month. Otherwise, the only other options are fuboTV, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV, with all of their plans starting at $65 per month. Neither Philo nor DirecTV Stream currently include NFL Network in their channel lineups and it remains to be seen if that’s likely to change soon.

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John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Better to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingbetter.com or on Twitter

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