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NFL season schedule: How to watch every football game of the 2024-2025 season

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Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce (87) puts on his helmet during warm-ups for Super Bowl LVIII, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.  (Nick Wagner/The Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs play the NFL’s Opening Day in 2024. (Nick Wagner/The Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) (Kansas City star via Getty Images)

Football is back (sort of)! While the 2024 NFL preseason doesn’t start until August 1, the full 2024 NFL season schedule will be announced later this afternoon. onofficial start of the 2024-2025 NFL season. Are you ready to watch some football? This season, NFL games will be broadcast on more than ten channels and streaming platforms. If you’re worried about the challenge of following your favorite team next season, from the NFL season opener to the 2025 Super Bowl, Yahoo Sports has you covered. Here’s your playbook for how to watch the 2024-2025 NFL season.

Dates: September 4, 2024 – February 9, 2025

TV channels: ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC and NFL Network

Streaming: Prime Video, Peacock, ESPN+, Paramount+, NFL+

The 2024 NFL schedule drops this afternoon on NFL Network.

Many NFL preseason games are broadcast on local channels, so if you want to catch a game on the market, it can be as simple as turning on your TV (or setting up a digital TV antenna) or searching for a live TV streaming service. with the correct RSN (Regional Sports Network). If you want to watch out-of-market games, a $5 monthly subscription to NFL+ lets you watch every local and primetime out-of-season (and preseason) game on your phone, but only a few. games on your television. You can also opt for the very expensive NFL Sunday Ticket package to get every off-market Sunday game of the season.

When it comes to nationally televised games, NFL games are typically broadcast on ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC and NFL Network. Thursday Night Football games will be streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, select football games will be streamed exclusively on Peacock, games on CBS this season will be streamed live on Paramount+ with SHOWTIME and select games will be streamed this season on ESPN+. That’s six channels and four streaming platforms to keep up with this season — and that doesn’t count your local RSNs for in-market games and an NFL+ or NFL Sunday Ticket subscription for out-of-market games. Additionally, Netflix is ​​currently in talks to become the exclusive place to watch the NFL games on Christmas Day this year.

Dazed? You are not alone. Here’s a look at the platforms we recommend watching ahead of the 2024 NFL season so that game time is as easy as turning on the TV…

(Fubo)

Fubo TV gives you access to ESPN, NFL Network, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC and over 100 live channels. At $80 per month, the live TV streaming service is definitely pricey (though certainly not the most expensive option on this list), but offers almost every channel you need to watch both the NFL preseason and regular season, and you’ll stay are still left with big savings compared to a traditional cable package. Fubo subscribers also get 1,000 hours of cloud DVR storage. The platform also offers a free trial period.

Plus points

  • Free trial of the full package available
  • 1000 hours of cloud DVR storage

$79.99/month at Fubo

(YouTube)

With YouTube TV, you have almost every channel you need for the 2024 NFL season, including Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN and NFL Network. Plus, YouTube TV is home to NFL Sunday Ticket this season! The Sunday Ticket package, while pricey ($349/year), gets you ALL Sunday out-of-market games (160+ games per season). If you bundle Sunday Ticket with YouTube TV, the cost of Sunday Ticket drops to $179 for the year – or four monthly payments of $44.75, plus the price of YouTube TV (which you’ll have to keep paying for as long as you want access to your NFL Sunday Ticket package), which is currently available for $57.99/month for the first three months. The cost then rises to $72.99/month, and that’s on top of the Sunday Ticket, for a total of $1,010 – which works out to about $85/month.

One thing to note: YouTube TV live streams tend to play on a slight delay, which isn’t great if you want to follow the game live down to the second.

Plus points

  • Offers NFL Sunday Ticket Bundle
  • Offers almost every channel you need for NFL games
Cons

  • Cost
  • All year round if you bundle Sunday Ticket

$57.99/month for the first three months on YouTube

(DirectTV)

DirecTV Stream currently offers the Choice tier (typically $109/month) plus a free month of DirecTV Sports Pack ($14.99/month), bundled for $98.99/month (plus tax) for the first month. With the DirecTV Stream’s Choice tier, you get access to all the usual football suspects: NFL Network, ESPN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox. With the Sports Pack add-on you get ACC Network, Big Ten Network, SEC Network, and plenty of local RSNs. The best part is that you can currently try all of this for free for 5 days. So if you’re interested in trying out a live TV streaming service for football season but aren’t ready to commit yet, we recommend starting with DirecTV Stream.

You also get unlimited Cloud DVR storage included in whichever DirecTV package you choose.

Plus points

  • Free trial of the full package available
  • Many local RSNs included
  • Unlimited cloud DVR

$85/month at DirecTV

(Amazon)

Amazon Prime Video is the exclusive home for the NFL’s Thursday night football games. In addition to Amazon Prime Video, an Amazon Prime subscription includes free shipping, exclusive deals, access to the Prime Day 2024 sale event, Amazon Music, one year of free GrubHub+, and more. A standard Amazon Prime subscription costs $15 per month or $139 per year, but discounts are available for students and those on qualified government assistance. You can try Amazon Prime for free for 30 days.

Plus points

  • You probably already have access to Prime Video
Cons

  • Only football matches on Thursday evenings

$15 at Amazon

(NFL)

With a standard NFL+ subscription of $6.99 per month (or $40 per year) you get live local and primetime regular and pre-season NFL games exclusively on your phone or tablet, plus live audio for every game of the season on supported devices and access to the NFL Network. NFL+ Premium, while slightly more expensive at $14.99 per month (or $80 per year), also includes access to NFL RedZone, plus full and condensed replays of every game on supported devices. NFL+ also offers a 7-day free trial.

Cons

  • Can only watch MOST live games on your phone

$6.99/month at NFL

Channel Master

Wait, a flat TV antenna? Shouldn’t these things have long, telescoping metal bars (also called bunny ears)? No, this new design (which you see on countless other brands) works just as well, and it’s not meant to sit on top of your TV. Instead, mount it on a wall or window using the included adhesive pads, with the black or white side facing in to better match your decor.

The aptly named Flatenna really is as flat as a piece of paper. You simply screw one end of the 3 meter long cord into the bottom and the other end into the coaxial input of your TV. (Yes, that does mean you have an ugly cord running down your wall; consider a conduit like this to hide it.)

Channel Master promises a range of up to 35 miles, but that of course depends on several factors. As noted above, optimal placement – ​​as high and unobstructed as possible – makes all the difference.

The big news here is the price: At just $29, the Flatenna is quite affordable and a good place to start your antenna journey – assuming you’re okay with a black or white rectangle stuck to your wall or window.

$29 at Amazon

This year’s NFL season kicks off on Thursday, September 4, 2024 with a game hosted by the 2024 Super Bowl winners, the Kansas City Chiefs. Immediately following the 2024 NFL kickoff game on Friday, September 5, the Green Bay Packers will play the Philadelphia Eagles in São Paulo. Peacock will be the exclusive streaming location for the NFL’s first-ever regular season game in Brazil. The 2024-2025 NFL season will also see international games in London and Munich.

The NFL has announced its Week 1 season opener: Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, September 5 at 8:20 PM ET, broadcast nationally on NBC and streamed live on Peacock. The next day, the Eagles and Packers play in Sao Paulo, Brazil in an exclusive Peacock game.

Check back after the NFL schedule announcement for more details on the opening week lineup.

To recap, here are all the ways you can watch NFL games in 2024.

  • Channel Master Flatenna Ultra-thin indoor TV antenna

    Watch NFL games on local channels like Fox, CBS and NBC