Friday, September 10, 2021

NFL season

A few weeks ago, I wrote about watching NFL games this season. But, some stuff has changed. Not much, but one change that impacts about half the country.

Locast shut down. That was a way that many users -- around half the U.S. -- could watch local channels via a streaming device. That's no longer possible. So, what to do?

Let's start by reviewing the ways the games are available.

  • CBS carries AFC games on Sunday afternoon.
  • Fox carries NFC games on Sunday afternoon.
  • NBC carries games on Sunday night.
  • ESPN carries Monday Night games.
  • NFL Network carries some Thursday night games.

There are other services that carry games, but those are generally limited to mobile devices, not standard streaming devices.

CBS, Fox, and NBC are available from local network affiliates. With Locast gone, you have two options:

  1. A TV antenna, which would be the cheapest way over the long run.
  2. A live streaming service that include local channels. Those are
    • Hulu+Live TV
    • YouTube TV
    • Fubo TV
    • DirecTV Stream

CBS is also available as part of Paramount+.

NBC games are available on Peacock TV Premium. That's $5/month, free for Xfinity Internet subscribers.

ESPN requires a live streaming service. That means:

  • Sling TV Orange
  • Hulu+Live TV
  • YouTube TV
  • Fubo TV
  • DirecTV Stream

Note that Sling TV doesn't include live local TV, but the others do. An antenna makes Sling TV more feasible.

So, are you ready for some football? Oh, yeah, college football is already underway.

Are you ready for some pro football? Oh, right. CFL is well underway.

Are you ready for some NFL football? If so, well, the season started last night. Get ready to include that in your Streaming Life, if the NFL is your thing.

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