How To Watch NFL Live On Television & Online

It has never been easier to watch NFL live! (credit:Leigh Copson)

NFL fans will be spoilt for choice when it comes to watching live games during the 2016 season, with a whole host of services offering live broadcasts each and every week during the regular season and the post-season.

Where To Watch NFL Live

With three NFL games being held in the United Kingdom, and talk of a possible franchise in future, it is fair to say that the game of American Football has never been more popular. The 2016 season will see two games take place at Wembley Stadium, with a third being held at Twickenham, and there will be multiple ways to watch those three games – and more – live.

A big reason for the NFL’s incredible growth in the past 10 years-plus is the sheer ease in which fans can now see the NFL live each and every week. Long gone are the days when you had to wait for days to see highlights on Channel Four, like fans had to do during the 1980s – now you can watch EVERY single game EVERY single week, from Week 1 all the way through to the Super Bowl itself.

Whether it is online or on television, you can watch every play from every game your team plays each and every week, and if you are more concerned with simply watching the best games on offer you do not have to worry about missing some classic encounters. No longer are you restricted to just watching the games selected by the television broadcasters, because online streaming means you can now watch any game, anytime, anywhere.

How To Watch NFL Live

Sky Sports – This subscription broadcaster has been at the forefront of the game’s growth in the United Kingdom having broadcast live games since 1995. In the early days fans would see one live game per week, but the popularity of the game means this broadcaster will show five NFL live games each week, with extra games being broadcast during Thanksgiving and on Christmas Day itself. Every Sunday Sky Sports will broadcast a triple-header with a game being broadcast at 18:00 BST, 21:25 BST and 01:30 BST, while you will also be able to watch every Monday and Thursday Night Football clash.

BBC Sport/IPlayer – The NFL will not be missing from terrestrial television in 2016 with the BBC broadcasting all three NFL International Series games and the Super Bowl live. There will also be a weekly highlights show.

Twitter – History will be made in 2016 after Twitter secured a deal for NFL live games. The social media service will live stream a selection of Thursday Night Football games – for free – starting with the Week 2 game between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, and the Week 17 encounter between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL Gamepass – This service is essentially Netflix for NFL fans, offering fans access to NFL live games as well as huge archive of classic games, Super Bowls and documentaries. And if there is a great game you did not see live, NFL Gamepass offers a full replay service that means you do not have to miss a single play. The ‘Condensed Games’ option means you can watch an entire game in just 30 minutes, with everything but the plays and the officials ruling’s cut out. The ‘blackout’ rules are quite simple. If a regular season game is not being broadcast live on UK television, subscribers can watch it live online, and for the first time ever during the post-season fans can watch every play-off game and the Super Bowl live – even though it is on UK television. The subscription cost is £139.99 (or four payments of £42.99) and you get access to everything on the service through July 31, 2017. If you re-subscribe in a year’s time, you get a discount.

Why Watch NFL Live

Like any sport, the NFL is always better when you watch it live – the feeling of unpredictability, that anything can happen, does not come when you are watching highlights or the game on delay. The ‘Music City Miracle’, for example, was incredible to see even on replay, but watching it occur live was even more special.

Games may last for three hours, but they can be gripping rollercoaster rides that go right down to the wire, with elite players making incredible plays that defy logic and science itself. From Odell Beckham Jr’s outrageous one-handed catch to Aaron Rodgers’ last gasp heroics, from Adam Viniatieri’s last-gasp Super Bowl-winning field goals to Devin Hester’s historic touchdown return on the opening kick-off of the Super Bowl, an NFL live game can produce moments of sporting greatness that are replayed for years to come – and it is not always the big stars that produce them.

Watch The Super Bowl Live

The 2016 NFL season will culminate with Super Bowl LI on February 5, 2017 with the NRG Stadium, the home of the Houston Texans, playing host to this prestigious game for the second time. The last time the season-ending showdown took place in the Texas city it proved to be a memorable one as the New England Patriots snatched a 32-29 win over the Carolina Panthers thanks to a field goal with four seconds remaining in an historic fourth quarter. And of course, there was the small matter of controversy as Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed during the Half-time Show.

32 teams are aiming to be in Houston next February and over 70,000 fans will flock to NRG Stadium to see the game in person, but if you are not heading to the Super Bowl there are plenty of ways to watch this match live. Sky Sports and the BBC will be broadcasting live from Houston, while those of you wanting to watch a live stream of the NFL’s biggest game can watch the Super Bowl live on NFL Gamepass for the first time.

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