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NFL live stream 2020/21: how to watch online and on TV

NFL live stream 2020/21: how to watch every Week 16 game online and on TV
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Our complete guide to NFL live streams and how to live stream every 2020 NFL fixture online and for free.

With just two weeks to go until the playoffs, Week 16 will serve up a slew of high-stakes matchups. The action kicks off with Saints vs Vikings on Thursday but all eyes will be on Saturday's primetime clash between the Raiders and the Dolphins. Follow our guide for all the best ways to watch an NFL live stream, wherever you are in the world.

The good news for gridiron fans is that Amazon Prime Video and Twitch are showing most Thursday Night games live and free. Make sure to use a VPN if you're a US citizen trying to watch from abroad.

The Vikings face the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on 25th December. There's no love lost between these sides, and with Drew Brees struggling, Minnesota will be up for a fight.

Saturday brings a trio of top games including a pivotal clash between the Cardinals and the 49ers, but if you only watch one game this week, make sure it's the battle between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Miami Dolphins. It could be the Raiders' final chance to push for post-season glory. Things wrap up on Monday when Steelers face the Colts in a potential playoff preview. 

Want to see every throw and touchdown of NFL Week 16, from the first to the last? Here's how to get your NFL live stream fix...

Watch NFL live online 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 use a VPN when trying to watch with your Game Pass while abroad.

Watch NFL games free on Amazon Prime Video 

You can watch a number of Thursday Night Football games on Amazon Prime Video this season. 

Luckily for you, new members in the UK and US can try Prime for 30 days for free. 

Full schedule of Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime:

8th Oct — Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears
15th Oct — Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills (POSTPONED)
22nd Oct — New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
29th Oct — Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
5th Nov — Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
12th Nov — Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
19th Nov — Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
3rd Dec — Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens (Postponed to Tuesday 8th Dec)
10th Dec — New England Patriots at Los Angeles Rams
17th Dec — Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders
25th Dec — Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (Note: this Week 16 matchup falls on Christmas day, a Friday)

Watch NFL online anywhere in the world using a VPN

NFL live stream 2020/21: how to watch every game online and on TV

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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 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 live online and on TV in the UK

Sky TV has the rights for UK fans to watch NFL games. If you're watching on TV, the broadcaster screens NFL fixtures across its Sky Sports NFL and Sky Sports Main Event channels. 

If you want to watch NFL online on your laptop, tablet or phone, you can use the Sky Go app. The majority of NFL 20/21 games will be 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.

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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 the NFL live online and on TV in the USA

NFL live stream 2020/21: how to watch every game online and on TV

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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.

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 live online and on TV 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 live online and on TV 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!

Watch Super Bowl LV in 2021 free in the UK

The BBC's NFL Show airs on Saturday nights and will feature live coverage of the 55th Super Bowl on 7th February 2021.

In other words, TV license payers in he UK will be able to watch the Super Bowl for free! 

In the meantime, the NFL Show  will screen NFL highlights and pick over the big stories in the company of charismatic Super Bowl winners Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell.

Remember, if you're outside the UK at the time of the show, you can still catch the action. Simply use a reliable VPN – we've listed the best options above.

NFL Week 16 schedule 2020

Here's how NFL Week 16 will shape up...

Friday 25th December
Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints, 4:30 p.m. on Fox/NFL Network

Saturday 26th December
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions, 1:00 p.m. on NFL Network (6pm UK time)
San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals, 4:30 p.m. on Prime Video (9.30pm UK time)
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:15 p.m. on NFL Network (1.15am UK time)

Sunday 27th December
Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m. on Fox (6pm UK time)
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets, 1:00 p.m. on CBS (6pm UK time)
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. on CBS (6pm UK time)
Chicago Bears at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1:00 p.m. on CBS (6pm UK time)
New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. on Fox (6pm UK time)
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans , 1:00 p.m. on Fox (6pm UK time)
Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. on CBS (9.05pm UK time)
Carolina Panthers at Washington Football Team, 4:05 p.m. on CBS (9.05pm UK time)
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. on Fox (9.25pm UK time)
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. on Fox (9.25pm UK time)
Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. on NBC (1.20am UK time)

Monday 28th December
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m. on ESPN (1.15am UK time)

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