The NFL comes to London this weekend as the Chicago Bears take on the Oakland Raiders at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as part of week five of the 2019/20 NFL season. Doubtless both UK and US Bears and Raiders fans will need to grab themselves a live stream if they're not lucky enough to be heading to the game in person. That said, tickets are still available. We'll show you where to find them below.
The Bears (3-1) look like they may be without starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky after the second pick of the 2017 NFL Draft dislocated the shoulder of his non-throwing arm last week against the Packers.
As for the Raiders (2-2), the designated home side will set-up minus Vontaze Burfict after the no-nonsense linebacker was suspended for the rest of the 2019 season for an illegal helmet-to-helmet challenge in week four. It's the longest suspension ever handed out by the NFL and the seventh enforced period on the sidelines for Burfict for violating player safety rules. Naughty.
As for the rest of the 100th season of NFL, it's shaping up to be a cracker. New England Patriots legend Rob 'Gronk' Gronkowski might have retired, but Tom Brady and co. are still hot favourites for the AFC East.
As Pats fan will know, the team has the second easiest schedule, and could be 7-0 up by week eight. Will the Kansas City Chiefs, bolstered by Patrick Mahomes (last season's MVP), cause a major upset? That depends on whether they can plug their leaky defensive line. And what about the Cleveland Browns? It's a long shot, but few would write off lightning-fast receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
This year's Kickoff Game – held in honour of NFL's centennial season – saw the Chicago Bears beaten 10-3 by the Green Bay Packers. That was swiftly followed by defending Super Bowl champs the New England Patriots thrashing the Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3.
Excitingly, this year's NFL International series will see no less than five games held outside the States, including one in Mexico and four in London. UK fans of NFL will get the chance to catch the Oakland Raiders, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers at Wembley and Tottenham Hotspur's newly-minted stadium.
Want to see every throw, from the first to the last? Read on to find out the best ways to live stream NFL on your TV or mobile device...
Watch NFL anywhere in the world using a VPN
We'll look at the TV and live stream options for UK and USA-based NFL fans below, but even after spending all that money on a subscription package, it's highly unlikely you'll be able to use it when you're outside of your home country.
So if you're working abroad or just want to access live NFL coverage from (almost) anywhere on the planet, it's a good idea to get yourself a VPN. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) can spoof an IP address which is local to the server you’d like to access. That way your TV service provider will think that you’re in the correct country – and allow you to watch live NFL fixtures.
VPNs are also as useful for banking as they are at trying to watch video content or access websites that people in your location are not supposed to do. They encrypt the data passing between you and the server, so that the information remains private.
So, whether you want to watch live NFL, enjoy another country’s Netflix library or just keep your browsing data private, then a VPN is well worth considering.
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 and would recommend the following:
You can get three months free when you sign up to a year-long plan, bringing VPN access to smart devices including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, laptops, TVs and both Android and iOS mobiles and tablets. Express also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Which comes in at as little as $2.99 (£2.29) per month and features 24/7 assistance
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 race. 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 the world's broadcasters with rights to show live NFL here.
Watch NFL live in the UK
Sky is the best place for UK fans to watch NFL games. The broadcaster screens NFL fixtures across the Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event channels, as well as via the Sky Go app. The majority are shown in HD.
If you're an existing Sky customer, you can add all the sports channels to your package for £23 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.
Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Main Event channels are also available on Virgin Media as part of the Bigger + Sport TV bundle. It's £72 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.
If you'd prefer to stream the game online, NFL offers an International NFL Game Pass. A week's access to the Pro version costs £14.99. A full season will set you back £143.99, but that covers all 250+ games, including the Super Bowl.
However, it's worth noting that a handful of 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 NFL live on the BBC
If you want to soak up some NFL action for free, the BBC will be screening the four-match London International Series.
There will be highlights of the Chicago Bears vs the Oakland Raiders (6th October) and the Carolina Panthers vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13th October) on BBC One and the BBC Sport website. Action then switches to live coverage on BBC Two. The Los Angeles Rams will play the Cincinnati Bengals (27th October), while the Houston Texans will face the Jacksonville Jaguars (3rd November).
Only interested in the Super Bowl? The BBC will broadcast the 54th Super Bowl live on 20th February 2020.
If you're outside the UK, you can still catch all of the action live. Just get yourself a VPN. We've listed all the best VPN options above.
A day pass for Sky Sports on Now TV costs £9.99, with a weekly pass coming in at £14.99. A monthly pass typically costs £33.99. But for a limited period, Sky is offering 50 per cent off, slashing the price to just £16.99.View Deal
Watch NFL live in the USA
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 and NFL Network. Those wanting to see the season in its entirety will need to buy into all of these networks.
The second 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 best bet for US fans is to cut the cord and opt for a live TV streaming service. But which one is best? Here's what you need to know...
It's not the cheapest option, but the PlayStation Vue Core package ($54.99) offers the carries all the channels NFL fans require: NBC, Fox, CBS, ESPN and the NFL Network. You can even add the Red Zone for an extra $10 per month.
Sling TV's combined Orange and Blue package ($40 per month) provides access to ESPN, Fox, NBC and NFL Network. You don't get CBS, though, so it's not ideal if you're mainly interested in Sunday night AFC games.
YouTubeTV ($50 per month) is only available in selected US cities but carries nearly all of the networks showing NFL games live. The only channels absent are NFL Network and Red Zone.
Hulu with Live TV ($44.99 per month) grants access to NBC, Fox, CBS and ESPN. The NFL Network is MIA, though.
For $54.99 per month, Fubo gets you get access to NBC, Fox, CBS and the NFL Network – but not ESPN.
Need to know when your local NFL team is playing, and on what channel? Click here for the complete schedule.
NFL London tickets
Tickets for the Bears vs Raiders at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium are officially sold out but head over to StubHub and you'll find seats popping up all the time between now and kick off.
There are still tickets for the 13th October Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers fixture available at Ticketmaster as well as those for the Wembley games too.
Always fancied watching a live American Football game? Head over to Ticketmaster and grab yourself some NFL London experience. Tickets start at £43 per person. Premium seats start at £249 and hospitality packages are available for all games.View Deal
Premium and hospitality seats come with exclusive access to bars and boxes at the two venues as well as food and some of the best seats in the house. Head over to the Spurs website, to Ticketmaster and Eventbrite too for more details.
Upcoming Live NFL fixtures 2019
NFL Schedule - Week Five
4/10 - Los Angeles Rams @ Seattle Seahawks, 1.20am BST
6/10 - New York Jets @ Philadelphia Eagles - 6pm, BST
6/10 - Jacksonville Jaguars @ Carolina Panthers - 6pm, BST
6/10 - Minnesota Vikings @ New York Giants - 6pm, BST
6/10 - Atlanta Falcons @ Houston Texans - 6pm, BST
6/10 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints - 6pm, BST
6/10 - Buffalo Bills vs Tennessee Titans - 6pm, BST
6/10 - Arizona Cardinals @ Cincinnati Bengals - 6pm, BST
6/10 - New England Patriots @ Washington Redskins - 6pm, BST
6/10 - Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers - 6pm, BST
6/10 - Chicago Bears @ Oakland Raiders - 6pm, BST
6/10 - Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers - 6pm, BST
6/10 - Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys - 6pm, BST
7/10 - Indianapolis Colts @ Kansas City Chiefs - 1.20am, BST
8/10 - Cleveland Browns @ San Francisco 49ers - 1.15am, BST
Click here for a full list of NFL 2019 - 2020 fixtures.