Our complete guide to NFL live streams and how to live stream every 2020 NFL fixture online and for free.
Plenty of NFL teams bit the dust last week but NFL Week 7 reeks of redemption. Thursday Night Football is back, too. The NFC East matchup sees the Eagles head to the Giants in an East Coast clash of primetime proportions (ok, so it could be a train wreck, but let's look on the bright side).
The good news for gridiron fans is that Amazon Prime Video and Twitch are showing this week's Thursday Night Football game for free. Make sure to use a VPN if you're a US citizen trying to watch from abroad.
A slew of Sunday games will follow the Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Super Bowl favourites the Kansas City Chiefs tackle the Broncos, while the Patriots meets the 49ers.
Last week, Tom Brady helped Tampa crush the Packers 38-10. Can the Buccaneers pull off another shock result against the Raiders in Week 7?
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 for UK viewers, 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 get your NFL live stream fix in Week 7...
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 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
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
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.
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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.
Now TV Sports day passes from £9.99
Want quick access to Sky Sports NFL? A day pass for Sky Sports on Now TV costs £9.99, with a weekly pass at £14.99. A monthly pass typically costs £33.99 but, occasionally, Sky offers good discounts.View Deal
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.
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 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 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'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 ($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 ($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 will return on Saturday nights and feature live coverage of the 55th Super Bowl in Florida on 7th February 2021.
That means 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, you can still catch the BBC's popular NFL Show. Just get yourself a VPN. We've listed all the best VPN options above.
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.
NFL Week 7 schedule 2020
FRIDAY 23rd OCTOBER
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles, 1.20am BST
Dallas Cowboys at The Washington Football Team, 5pm GMT
Buffalo Bills at New York Jets, 5pm GMT
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints, 5pm GMT
Green Bay Packers at Houston Texans, 5pm GMT
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals, 5pm GMT
Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans, 5pm GMT
Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons, 5pm GMT
Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals, 8.05pm GMT
San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots, 8.25pm GMT
Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Chargers, 8.25pm GMT
Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos, 8.25p GMT
MONDAY 26th OCTOBER
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders, 12.20am GMT
TUESDAY 26th OCTOBER
Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams, 12.15am GMT
Click here for a full list of 2020-2021 NFL games.