You’ve probably followed all of our Cheap Genius tips, and have become a real penny pincher. Good for you, but that means you’ve got rid of your cable and have replaced it with cheaper viewing. What did people use to do before Netflix and Amazon Video? Anyway – fear not, ‘cos you can still watch your team play in the NFL with these 5 free or cheap hacks.
1. Bring Back Analog
Speaking of those pre-Netflix and Chill days, one of the ways to catch the game is to get old school. It will save you a lot of bucks to attach a digital antenna and watch TV the old-fashioned way – analog TV, remember it?
According to DontWasteYourMoney, through the antenna, you can pick up channels that air NFL games like, NBC, CBS, and Fox. All for free. The only cost to you is to buy an antenna. Check out these top picks for less than $50, here. Once, you’ve made your choice simply connect it to your TV, and start cheering for your team.
2. Got Amazon Prime?
If you’re already parting with $99 a year for Amazon Prime, it’s only right that they should allow you to watch the game. Amazon has bought the rights to stream 10 NFL Thursday night games over the 2017 season. You’ll be able to watch them on any Amazon Prime Video app, Amazon Fire TV, set-top box, your phone, or computer.
Lacking money this month? You could sign up for a one-month free trial and watch 4 games over the next 4 weeks. Just one thing – remember to cancel it before they take the funds from your bank account. It’s risky, but if you’re likely to forget you should set a reminder on your phone.
3. Try PlayStation Vue
On PlayStation Vue, you can stream live TV from channels like ESPN, NFL Network, and NFL RedZone. The NFL Network shows all on the Thursday night games, and you can catch Sunday game highlights on RedZone.
The least expensive option is the Core package at $44.99 per month. While this is a little pricey, you can add the Sports Pack onto any packages that you already have for just $10. The Sports Pack has RedZone and lots of other sports networks, too.
4. Heard of Sling TV?
Sling TV is a live streaming service that you can use instead of cable. The average monthly price of cable in America will set you back $103.10 per month, but you can get Sling Blue package for 25% of that. Sling TV is compatible with smart TVs, Apple TV, Chromecast and Xbox One.
Sling Blue costs $25 per month. It’s a no contract or cable login service, meaning you can unsubscribe whenever you like. However, to get the NFL Network and RedZone, you’ll need to add a $10 Sports Extra package which includes more than 50 channels. In total, it’ll be $35 per month.
5. Sign Up for DirecTV
If you’re unable to attach an antenna or get poor reception, DirecTV could be your solution. You’ll be eligible for DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket TV. To get DirecTV with the NFL, packages start at $60 per month. But make sure you read the fine print, as the service only includes “out of market” games.
DirecTV subscription requires a 24-month agree, so this is more of a long-term deal. If you want to quit you’ll need to a pay a termination fee of $20 for each month that’s left on the agreement. On top of that, there is a $35 installation fee.
So here you have it, we’re sure one of these options will work for you. And if all else fails? Round up your squad and head down to your local bar.
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