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5 Ways to Watch NFL Football without Cable TV

How to Watch NFL Without Cable

NFL Online, OTA, & on Your Mobile Device

Watching football without a cable TV subscription has never been easier. With a multitude of solutions including: OTA Antennas, Amazon Prime, NFL Mobile from Verizon, DirecTV Now, Sling TV and several more; there is no longer a reason to pay the high price of cable TV. 

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year; the summer heat is slowly gaining, and NFL football has finally returned. For the cord cutting sports fan, it has never been easier to watch your favorite team without having to buy into some expensive package from the cable companies.

To make sure you don’t miss a game this season, here’s how you can watch the NFL without cable.

Oh ya – I dont just have 5 ways to watch football without cable, I have 12!! Sorry if you were expecting the bare minimum. 

But before we get into all the different ways to watch, I will briefly go over TV channel lineups, our NFL Streaming Matrix, weekly key match-ups,  and the Thursday Night Football schedule.


NFL TV Channels

The first thing you need to know is what channels the NFL airs on,  and how it changes based on the day of the week.

  • Sunday Football is on ABC, CBS, and FOX. Plus you have the NFL RedZone channel, which offers nonstop coverage of every red zone drive in real time.
  • Monday Night Football airs exclusively on ESPN
  • Thursday Night Football airs on a few different channels, depending on the week (NFL Network, CBS, NBC, & Amazon Prime). Check out a complete Thursday Night Football TV schedule below.

NFL Streaming Matrix

Below is a Cord Cutting NFL Matrix that will allow you navigate an otherwise confusing list options.

Watch NFL Without Cable TV

Restrictions do a apply, so once you have an idea as to which services you are interested in, keep reading to learn more about the fine print. Continue reading 5 Ways to Watch NFL Football without Cable TV

Indoor or Outdoor Antenna?

2 Steps to Buying the Right Type of Antenna for your Household
OTA TV Broadcast Tower

If you’re just getting started as a cord cutter, or you’re thinking about becoming one, you are probably wondering about the type of equipment you need. For the most part, picking out a streaming box is a relatively simple task; but deciding which antenna to buy is a bit more difficult. The one question I hear most from my readers is: “Should I buy an indoor or outdoor antenna?”

It’s a difficult question for some, and for many more it stops them dead in their tracks. But with a little foreknowledge, picking out the right OTA antenna can be a lot easier than you may think; and today I’ll show you how.

Let’s get started!


First we’re going to briefly examine the differences between indoor and outdoor antennas.

INDOOR ANTENNAS

Indoor antennas are typically smaller and less powerful than their outdoor cousins; with a range of about 30-50 miles. Companies like Mohu and Channel Master have been able to transform the design of the old rabbit ears of yesteryear, into sleek and inexpensive devices that resemble paper thin pieces of plastic more than a traditional antenna.

Typically an indoor antenna costs somewhere between $30 and $60. To see a list of some of the more popular indoor antennas, read “ANTENNAS, SPLITTERS, AMPLIFIERS & DVRs“. As for placement, many people hang these antennas on their walls or put them in a windowsill. 

OUTDOOR ANTENNAS

On the flip side, Outdoor Antennas are usually placed on top of roofs or garages, and are much larger and more powerful than the indoor antennas. They also cost more; usually priced somewhere north of $100. Outdoor antennas typically have a range between 60 and 100 miles; depending on the surrounding area. 

At this point, you’re probably wondering why anyone would not just go with an outdoor antenna, since it’s the most powerful right(?) Well, the problem is that for many, their home is not best suited for an outdoor antenna or it is simply not needed due to close proximity to a local TV tower. 

Deciding on an Indoor or Outdoor Antenna

  1. The first thing you need to do is evaluate your living situation. If you’re in an apartment building or have a Home Owners Association with strict rules, then odds are an indoor antenna is your only option. 
  2. The next thing you need to do is figure out how close you live to a broadcast tower.  TVFool.com and AntennaWeb both offer a free TV Signal Analysis where you can enter your address and see what direction your OTA signals are coming from, and how far away they are. If you’re less than 30 miles away from a broadcast tower, then an indoor antenna could be all you need.
    • Now if you live out in rural area, or you’re just too far from an OTA broadcast tower (30+ miles), then an outdoor antenna is your best bet.When looking up your address you may notice that that you’re getting signals from multiple directions; and if this is the case you should consider buying an omni-directional antenna

*** Like with Indoor Antennas, we have a page dedicated to the more popular Outdoor Antenna models with brief descriptions of each. Click here to learn more. 

Buying an OTA Antenna

Deciding on an OTA Antenna is easy, as long as you know what to look for. Just make sure you are aware of your living restrictions, and your proximity to a broadcast station. If you keep those two things in mind, picking the right antenna will be a breeze.

Are you having trouble picking out an OTA antenna? Sound off in the comments below, send me a tweet or e-mail and I’ll be able to help you out!

How to Watch the NBA Playoffs and Finals Without Cable

Warriors vs Cavaliers without Cable

NBA Playoffs with Sling TV and an OTA Antenna

The NBA Conference Finals are in full swing, and like millions of other Americans I could not be more excited. Making it to the finals are four exceptional teams: The Cleveland Cavaliers, The Golden State Warriors, the Toronto Raptors, and The Oklahoma City Thunder. If you don’t want to spend a single dollar on cable, but you also don’t want to miss a single minute of the action, then I’ve got good news.

Watching the NBA Finals without cable is as simple as 1, 2, 3; and today I’ll show you how. Let’s get started! Continue reading How to Watch the NBA Playoffs and Finals Without Cable

Cut the Cord but Keep your Fantasy Football Team

How to win your Fantasy Football league without an expensive cable bill

Fantasy Football

When it comes to the world of football, there are football fans and then there are fantasy football fans. For those of you unfamiliar, fantasy football is essentially a game within a game where fans make virtual rosters of real NFL players and pit them off against other teams using stats from each week of NFL play.

It’s an incredibly addictive way to watch sports; and when you’re in a league of your own, missing a week is simply not an option. If you love fantasy football, but you’re stuck with cable; I can understand how you might not want to switch to a cable TV alternative.

How to Watch the 2017 NFL Season Without Cable

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How to Watch College Basketball Online and OTA

Cordcutters now have a way to watch College Basketball Online and OTA without a Costly Cable TV Subscription

Watch College Basketball Online

College Basketball is just around the bend, which means cord cutting enthusiasts looking for a cable TV alternative will soon be looking for a way to watch college basketball without cable. In recent years it has been hard for college basketball fans to watch without a cable TV subscription, but new opportunities in the streaming service world has opened back up the sport to cord cutting fans.

If you’re looking to watch college basketball without cable, here’s how you do it: Continue reading How to Watch College Basketball Online and OTA

Can I Watch NASCAR Online?

How to Watch NASCAR Without Cable

From Online to Over-the-AirWatch NASCAR Online

If there is one group of sports fan that gets often overlooked, it’s NASCAR fans. There are a few, sometimes difficult but available, ways to watch baseball, football, basketball, and even soccer without cable; but for the last several years, options for the cord cutting race fan has been few and far between. Lets take a look at what options we do have.
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Is Sling TV a Complete Cable TV Alternative?

 Sling TVAs the List of Channels Grows, Sling TV Keeps Getting Better and Better

And by adding just one more device, we may have the Complete Solution we have been waiting for

The one topic the cord cutting community cannot stop talking about is Sling TV.  An over-the-top service produced by Dish Network that offers 24 live television channels (and growing) for $20 a month; with the option of adding on additional channel packages for $5 each. Launched February 9th 2015.

Sling TV is an almost perfect Cable TV Alternative. By just adding one or two more devices / services, there is no doubt that you can successfully rid yourself of that expensive cable TV bill, while retaining the shows and sporting events that you love.

To many, this is the service that cord cutters have been waiting for; a cable TV alternative that makes companies like Comcast obsolete.

But is it really?

Don’t get me wrong, I think Sling TV is amazing, and it will definitely help change the way we view television; but I don’t think Sling represent the end all cable TV alternative we’ve all been waiting for. But with one or two companion devices – it could be. Allow me to explain.

What is Sling TV

What is a Complete Cable TV Alternative?

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