Saturday, August 14, 2021

Watching NFL Football

I stopped watching professional football a few years ago. There are more and more players that think they're God's gift to mankind. They're not. They're grown men playing ball. There have always been players like that ever since the National Football League was founded. But, and I really don't remember the year, but the tipping point -- the place where it became too much for me -- arrived a few years ago, and I haven't watched an NFL game since. Well, I take that back. I did watch the Giants win the Super Bowl over the previously undefeated New England Patriots, as I recall fondly the undefeated 1971 Miami Dolphins team. The Giants-Patriots game was after the 2007 season, so my tipping point was reached before then.

Still, just because I don't watch NFL football doesn't mean that everyone is like me. In fact, most people are not like me. It's the most popular sport in the U.S., even without me watching. My failure to watch doesn't make a dent in the ratings.

So, as a streamer, I've never really cared about how to watch NFL football online, but with the pre-season now underway, I got to thinking about it. How would an NFL fan watch their teams play? Well, I checked. It seems that the major live streaming services that carry local affiliates -- Hulu+Live TV, YouTube TV, Fubo TV, and AT&T TV -- all carry the local affiliates for the 32 NFL teams. That means, when the local station carries the game, you're good to go.

Note that Sling TV isn't listed. That's because Sling TV doesn't carry local channels. You need an antenna to watch local channels if you use Sling TV. You can get Air TV to integrate it into the Sling TV app. Tablo is also an option for putting local channels from your TV antenna onto your streaming device. Amazon Fire TV users can use Fire TV Recast to accomplish the same thing. There are other methods, but those are the most popular ones.

Oh, just to be complete, there are certain markets where Sling TV does carry local channels, but those are limited. If you're in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York (Giants), Philadelpha, or Washington, you can get the local affiliate for those respective teams.

What if your team isn't carried on your local TV station? Well, the NFL Game Pass on NFL Network will carry out of market games. And NFL Network if available on Hulu+Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and Fubo TV, but not on AT&T TV.

Additionally, if you're in an area serviced by Locast, you may find your local affiliate carries the games you want.

If your favorite team is carried by CBS affiliates, you may be able to watch with a Paramount+ subscription.

If you're want to watch NFL games, you have ways to have them in your Streaming Life.

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