Are you ready for some football?
Football is one of America’s most popular sports. From Sunday Night Football to the Super Bowl, it’s an American tradition. Fans typically watch the games on network TV. But did you know you that NFL fans don’t have to solely rely on the TV networks for the 2018-2019 season?
NFL Game Pass, the National Football League’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, gives fans access to live out-of-market games of the current NFL season, replays of every game, the NFL Films Archive and much more. With condensed games, coaches films, player search and live hometown audio, NFL Game Pass is a great way to watch football.
Option 1: fuboTV
FuboTV is a sports streaming platform available in the US and Canada. It offers over 80 popular cable channels streamed straight to just about any internet-connected device you can think of. Known primarily for its live soccer coverage, fuboTB also offers movies and TV shows from networks like NBC, FOX and CBS. But most importantly, it offers live NFL coverage.
Where fuboTV distinguishes itself from its streaming competitors is its no-commitment, month-to-month deals and the ability to record up to 30 hours of sport and TV shows on the service’s Cloud DVR at no extra charge.
Does fuboTV offer a free trial?
Yes. fuboTV offers a 7-day free trial that gives you access to the full suite of content available on the service, including live NFL coverage.
How much does fuboTV cost?
Once your free trial is done and dusted, you begin paying $9.99 per month. Considering fuboTV’s breadth of content and features, that’s a comparatively good price.
What devices is fuboTV compatible with?
FuboTV is supported by most computers and browsers but fuboTV recommends Google Chrome specifically. Outside of live streaming via your computer, fuboTV also supports Android smartphones and tablets, iPhone and iPad, 4th and 5th gen Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and offers beta versions on Android TV and Amazon Fire TV.
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Option 2: NFL Game Pass
NFL Game Pass is a subscription streaming service combining the latest NFL news, scores and statistics with live streams of out-of-market games and on-demand replays of games in the current NFL season. NFL Game Pass also features Coaches Film — which allows fans to watch tape like the pros, with all 22 players in one view — and condensed games, in case you don’t have time to watch the full game but want more than just the highlights.
Is there an NFL Game Pass trial?
Yes. The National Football League is currently offering a seven-day free trial of NFL Game Pass. The free trial lets you rewatch the past NFL Drafts, tune in to the 24/7 NFL Network channel and re-watch the entire the prior season, including Super Bowl.
Once the seven-day free trial is up you will be charged for the plan you selected at sign-up.
How much does NFL Game Pass cost?
Unlike some sports streaming services, NFL Game Pass is not available as a month-to-month subscription. Instead, you’ll need to purchase a pass for the entire 2017-2018 season. The National Football League gives you two ways of doing this:
- A one-time payment of $274.99 a year
- Three installments over the course of three months
If you sign up for an NFL Game Pass, you’ll want to keep in mind that passes are set to automatically renew by default every season. If you don’t want to keep paying for a subscription indefinitely, you’ll need to change the payment settings on your NFL account.
What devices are compatible with NFL Game Pass?
You can stream NFL Game Pass on the vast majority of modern internet-capable devices, though certain ones do come with a few restrictions.
To stream through the NFL website, you’ll need either a Windows PC running Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, or a Mac computer running OS X 10.4 or later. Additionally, you’ll have to be using one of the following compatible web browsers: Internet Explorer 7 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 3.6 or higher, or Google Chrome 12 or higher. An up-to-date version of Adobe Flash Player is also required.
If you’d rather get your football fix on the go, the NFL Game Pass mobile app packs all the same features as the NFL website, excluding full-match replays from the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Support for HD streaming will also vary depending on your particular mobile device.
The NFL Game Pass mobile app comes in three versions:
- Android devices. The Android version of the app is compatible with all smartphones and tablets running Android 4.0 and up.
- Apple devices. The iOS version requires at a minimum an iPhone 4s or an iPad 2 running iOS 8.0 or later.
- Windows devices. Support for the Windows app is less clear-cut, but most Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 devices should be able to run it.
For football on the big screen, an NFL Game Pass app is also available on both Apple TV devices and Xbox 360/Xbox One gaming consoles. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to watch the NFL Network or NFL RedZone on Apple TV, and the Xbox app lacks the Coaches Film feature. Both apps are limited to live streaming as well, with no support for the on-demand video library. Alternatively, Apple TV and Chromecast owners can stream games to their TV through either of the mobile apps.
How much data does NFL Game Pass use?
If your connection is anywhere between the minimum 750kbps and 2Mbps, you’ll receive a standard definition (SD) stream; if your connection is between 2Mbps and 5Mbps, you’ll receive an HD stream; and if your connection exceeds 5Mbps, you’ll get the best video quality possible.
In practical terms, this means that the average three-hour NFL broadcast will use up approximately 990MB for SD, 2.7GB in HD and 6.8GB at the highest video quality.
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