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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 and the NFL has hit the ground running! Week 2 of the 2020-2021 NFL season is providing juicy matchups and host of teams out for revenge (see: Tom Brady's new-look Buccaneers). Pumped and ready to stream the NFL Week 2 games? Here's how to watch all the action live on TV  and mobile devices, 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.

So, not even Tom Brady and his six Super Bowl rings could get the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the winning line in their first game of the 2020 NFL season. Despite a deft touchdown in the first 10 minutes, the Bucs discovered why the New Orleans Saints are the team to beat in the AFC South. “I made some just bad, terrible turnovers,” Brady said of the 34-23 loss. “I obviously have got to do a lot better job.”

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Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs established themselves as firm favourites to go all the way to Super Bowl LV in February – assuming rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire continues playing like he did in Week 1. 

Week 2 kicked off with an all-Ohio matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. The Browns got off to a horrendous start last week, chalking up a humiliating 38-6 loss to the Ravens. This week, it was Browns quarterback Odell Beckham Jr who slid over the line for a 43-yard touchdown in a thrilling 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Sunday Night Football will be all about Tampa quarterback Tom Brady. Any hopes that Brady would magically whisk the Bucs to the playoffs have been well and truly dashed, but Tampa are set for a major comeback against the Carolina Panthers this week. The Buccaneers have the best wide receiver pairing in the NFL — Mike Evans and Chris Godwin — and could steamroller the inexperienced Panthers defense.

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Super Bowl contenders the Green Bay Packers take on the Lions on Sunday, before Week 2 concludes with the Las Vegas Raiders hosting the New Orleans Saints in their first ever game in the desert. 

The 2020-2021 regular pro football season will be played over a 17-week schedule. So far, over 60 players have chosen to opt out of the season over coronavirus safety fears including Patrick Chung or the Patriots, Devin Funchess of the Green Bay Packers and Marquise Goodwin of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The season will also play out with continuing Black Lives Matter protests. The Washington Football Team (formerly the Washington Redskins) have changed their name and in August elected former running back Jason Wright as team president. Wright becomes the NFL's first black president. 

Each of the NFL league's 32 teams will play a 16-game schedule, with one by week for each team. The season concludes with a full slate of 16 games on 3rd January 2021, all of which are intra-division matchups. The playoffs are scheduled for the 9th January, with Super Bowl LV set to take place on 7th February 2021 at the Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida. 

Due to the pandemic limited numbers of fans will be allowed into certain stadiums, while other games will be played behind closed doors. According Forbes, limited fan capacity will cost NFL teams a combined $5.5bn in revenue.

The London games – due to be played at Wembley and Tottenham Hotspur FC – have been officially cancelled, but Sky has launched a dedicated NFL channel. Sky Sports NFL promises to be a "round-the-clock home of the NFL on TV in the UK and Republic of Ireland", from the regular season through to the playoffs and Super Bowl.

Want to see every throw, from the first to the last? Read on to find out the best ways to live stream the NFL Week 2 games on your TV or mobile device 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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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 2 schedule 2020

Kickoff times in BST (British Summer Times) 

Friday 18th Sept

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns, 1.20am on Sky Sports NFL

Sunday 20th Sept

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans, 6pm

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 6pm 

Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers, 6pm 

Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles, 6pm

San Francisco 49ers at New York Jets, 6pm

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, 6pm

Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts, 6pm 

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, 6pm

Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys, 6pm

New York Giants at Chicago Bears, 6pm

The Washington Football Team at Arizona Cardinals, 9.05pm 

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers, 9.25pm

Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans, 9.25pm

Monday 21st Sept

New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks, 1.20am on Sky Sports NFL

Tuesday 22nd Sept

New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders, 1.15am on Sky Sports NFL

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