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NFL live stream: how to watch the 2020 NFL season from anywhere in the world

NFL live stream: how to watch 2020 NFL season, from anywhere in the world
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Football is back! The NFL has hit the ground running and Week 3 is about to dish up more drama. Reigning Super Bowl champs the Kansas City Chiefs are favourites again but they face plenty of bone-crunching opposition. Here's a handy guide to watching NFL Week 3 live, on TV  and online, from anywhere in the world.

Want to watch live NFL for free? US viewers can sign up to a 7-day free trial of FuboTV, which provides live NFL games without the need for cable. Canadian viewers can do the same by signing up to a 7-day free trial of DAZN sports. For more consistent viewing, an NFL Game Pass ($99/£143.99) makes excellent value. It's cheaper in some countries than others. Make sure to use a VPN when trying to watch with your Game Pass while abroad.

Week 2 wrapped up with a Monday night matchup between the Saints and the Raiders. Las Vegas came out on top but things are set to get a lot spicier this Monday when defending champs the Kansas City Chiefs travel to the Baltimore Ravens.

Not only is it the must-watch matchup of Week 3, between the two best teams in the AFC, it's a chance to see a two of the best quarterbacks go toe-to-toe. How will Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes fare against Baltimore's Lamar Jackson?

Those who saw the Ravens score that sweet 30-yard direct-snap touchdown against the Texans last week will know just how good their running game is. But, like their opponents, the Chiefs are 2-0 and on a confidence-high. Kansas topped off Sunday's win over the Chargers with a 58-yard field goal – proof that they're more than just a vehicle for Mahomes' talents.

There's plenty more juicy matchups coming our way this week. Week 3 kicks off with the Miami Dolphins at the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, 8.15pm ET (1.15am BST). But if you don't fancy setting your alarm, there's plenty of Sunday afternoon action.

There could be upsets and injuries when the Las Vegas Raiders travel to the New England Patriots; the Buffalo Bills are 2-0 after wins over the Jets and Dolphins and could make it 3-0 against the Rams. And don't forget the Tennessee Titans vs Minnesota Vikings. The Titans have the hottest redzone offense thanks to
quarterback Ryan Tannehill who starts this season 8-for-10 with six touchdowns. All three matches kick off at 1pm ET (6pm BST). 

Sunday Night concludes with the New Orleans Saints hosting Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in another potential playoff preview. The all-NFC clash kicks off at  8.20pm ET (1.20am BST). 

This season, each of the NFL league's 32 teams will play a 16-game schedule, with one bye week for each team. The season concludes with a full slate of 16 games on 3rd January 2021. The playoffs are scheduled for the 9th January, and Super Bowl LV takes place on 7th February 2021 at the Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida. 

Limited numbers of fans will be allowed into selected stadiums due to the pandemic,  and the London games have been cancelled. On a more positive note, Sky has launched a dedicated NFL channel that will screen a ton of action live, from the regular season through to the playoffs and Super Bowl.

Want to see every throw, from the first to the last? Here's how to live stream the Week 3 games, wherever you are...

Watch the NFL 2020 anywhere in the world using a VPN

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We'll look at the TV and live stream options for UK and USA-based NFL fans below, but even if you have subscribed to the relevant services, you won't be able to use them when outside your own country. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.

There are many VPN providers out there, with some more reliable and safe than others. As a rule, we’d suggest a paid-for service such as ExpressVPN or NordVPN.

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Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.

You can find a full list of national and international broadcasters with rights to show the live NFL playoffs here.

Watch the NFL 2020 live in the UK

Sky is a great place for UK fans to watch NFL games. The broadcaster screens NFL fixtures across its Sky Sports NFL and Sky Sports Main Event channels, as well as through the Sky Go app. The majority are shown in HD.  

Sky Sports NFL will feature 100+ live games this season, plus NFL RedZone and regular contributions from the likes of Jeff Reinebold, Cliff Avril and Takeo Spikes.

If you're an existing Sky customer, you can add all the sports channels to your package for £39 per month (Sky Sports Complete Pack). If you're casual NFL fan, or don't want access to all the Sky Sports channels under the sun, purchase a Sky Sports pass from Now TV. Daily, weekly and monthly passes cost from £9.99 to £33.99.

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Build your Sky Sports package

Sky Sports NFL and Sky Sports Main Event channels are also available on Virgin Media as part of the Bigger + Sport TV bundle. It's £65 per month but it comes with all the other Sky Sports channels and all the BT Sports ones too, including BT Sports Ultra HD. All of that brings access to just about every televised sports action you'd care to mention including Premier League, Champions League and Europa League football.

If you're already a Virgin Media TV subscriber, then it may be a case of upping your package by just a few pounds per month.

Upgrade to Virgin Media Bigger + Sport

If you prefer to stream games online and want comprehensive coverage, NFL offers the brilliant International NFL Game Pass. Access to the Pro version costs £143.99 a year or £36 per quarter, but that covers all 250+ games live and in HD, including the Super Bowl on 7th February 2021.

As ever, a handful of 'blackout' games are not streamed live in the UK and Ireland. Instead, they become available 24 hours after completion. You can find details of these 'blackout' games here.

The Game Pass app is easy to use and available on Android and iOS mobile devices, as well as Google Chromecast, Apple TV, PS4 and Xbox One.

Watch Super Bowl LV in 2021 live on the BBC

The BBC's NFL Show will return on Saturday nights and feature live coverage of the 55th Super Bowl in Florida on 7th February 2021. In the meantime, the show will screen NFL highlights and pick over the big stories in the company of charismatic Super Bowl winners Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell.

The NFL Show kicks off on Saturday 12th September at 9pm on BBC Red Button One and BBC iPlayer.

If you're outside the UK, you can still catch the BBC's popular NFL Show. Just get yourself a VPN. We've listed all the best VPN options above.

Watch the NFL 2020 live in the USA

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NFL fans in the United States are spoilt for choice when it comes to live, over-the-air football games. Problem is, NFL has spread the rights across a number of channels including NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Redzone. The NFL will also broadcast 11 games on Amazon Prime Video and Twitch, starting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Chicago Bears on 8th October 2020.

Those wanting to see the season in its entirety will need to buy into all of these networks and streaming platforms. 

A better option would be to cut the cord and go for an NFL Game Pass. At just $99 for a season, it's a bargain. But there's a catch: the Stateside version of the NFL Game Pass only allows you to watch replays of games. To watch the games live, you would need a VPN and the Pro version of the International NFL Game Pass (£143.99/ $180 per season).

The third option for US fans is to opt for a live TV streaming service. But which one is best?

FuboTV

FuboTV offers all available NFL channels, so it's the best option for US NFL fans. It costs $60 per month for its Family plan and includes NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN and the NFL Network. For an extra $11 per month, the Sports Plus add-on gets you NFL RedZone too. What's more, you can try it free for 7 days if you've not previously subscribed.  

Sling TV

Sling TV's combined Orange and Blue package ($45 per month) provides access to NBC, Fox, ESPN and NFL Network. You don't get CBS or RedZone or NFL Network though. On the upside, SlingTV packages are discounted for the first month.

YouTubeTV

YouTubeTV ($65 per month) carries CBS, Fox, NBS and ESPN – nearly all of the networks showing NFL games live. It's only available in selected US cities, though. Punch in your zip code to see if its available to you.

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV ($55 per month) grants access to NBC, Fox, CBS and ESPN. Just like YouTubeTV, the NFL Network and RedZone are not available.

Need to know when your local NFL team is playing, and on what channel? Click here for the complete schedule.   

Watch the NFL 2020 live in Canada

DAZN is the new home of football in Canada. It has the rights to broadcast live NFL games and live Champions league soccer games. Even better, you can grab a free 7-day trial of DAZN here.

Watch the NFL 2020 live in Australia

New streaming platform Kayo Sports is a great place to catch live NFL games in Australia. It carries ESPN, too. The premium package costs AU$35 per month – you can grab a free 14-day trial here and enjoy Week 1 of the NFL season for free!

How to watch Hard Knocks: Los Angeles for free

HBO's acclaimed NFL docu-series Hard Knocks: Los Angeles is a must-see for any NFL fan. It charts the highs and lows inside an NFL training camp and is best described as the craziest sports soap opera you've never seen.

US fans can stream Hard Knocks via the HBO Max streaming service, which is just $14.99 a month. However, you can grab a free 7-day trial here. Amazon Prime subscribers can also use the free 7-day trial of HBO Max here, and watch Hard Knocks without paying a penny. 

UK viewer? Hard Knocks: LA recently debuted on the Sky Sports NFL channel.

Australian NFL fans can also watch it for free thanks to new live streaming service Kayo Sports, which offers a free 14-day trial here. 

NFL Week 3 schedule 2020

Kickoff times in BST (British Summer Times) 

Friday 25th Sept

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:20am (Live on Sky Sports NFL)

Sunday 27th Sept

Chicago Bears at Atlanta Falcons, 6pm

Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo Bills, 6pm

Washington Football Team at Cleveland Browns, 6pm

Tennessee Titans at Minnesota Vikings, 6pm

Las Vegas Raiders at New England Patriots, 6pm

San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants, 6pm

Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles, 6pm

Houston Texans at Pittsburgh Steelers, 6pm

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts, 9.05pm 

Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Chargers, 9.05pm 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos, 9.05pm

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals, 9.05pm

Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks, 9.05pm

Monday 28th Sept

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints, 1:20am (Live on Sky Sports NFL)

      

Tuesday 29th Sept

Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens, 1.15am (Live on Sky Sports NFL)

Click here for a full list of 2020-2021 NFL games.