How to Watch NFL Football

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Cincinnati Bengals v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The 2021 NFL season kicked off with Super Bowl LV champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Dallas Cowboys coming head to head. With the NFL season just starting, it's a great time to figure out how you’ll be cheering on your favorite team.

Whether you're mainly in it for the game day food and camaraderie, simply adore keeping up with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski's unrivaled bromance, or are genuinely a gigantic football fan, snacks and friendship aside, it’s high time you sort out which streaming service you’ll be using this NFL season.

From Hulu to Amazon Prime Video to watching directly on the NFL app, there are plenty of ways to watch that will ensure your game day parties (whether it be a party of one or many) are a total touchdown. Make sure you know the game schedule, so you don't miss your favorite team.

Here's how to watch the 2021 season of NFL Football.

Super Bowl LV - Chiefs v Buccaneers
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Hulu + Live TV 

The NFL Network is now available to all of Hulu’s Live TV subscribers. The addition of the NFL Network means year-round NFL content will be available for subscribers, including live NFL preseason games, exclusive live NFL regular season games, studio shows such as Good Morning Football and NFL Total Access, NFL GameDay Morning, NFL Now and award-winning original series like A Football Life, NFL 360 and America’s Game.

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Hulu + Live TV with Sports Add-on

Hulu’s new Sports Add-on features the NFL RedZone, Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, MAVTV Motorsports Network, TVG and TVG2, available to Hulu + Live TV subscribers for an extra $10 per month. 

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A premium Paramount+ subscription includes the live feed of your local CBS affiliate station, so you can catch every Sunday afternoon game. 

ET and Paramount+ are both subsidiaries of ViacomCBS.

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Amazon Prime Video 

Thursday Night Football is now available to all Amazon Prime Video subscribers, and starting in 2022, it will be the exclusive streaming home of the NFL Thursday night games.

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NFL App 

Catch an NFL livestream of local and primetime games, as well as highlights and breaking news on your phone for free with the NFL app.

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If you prefer to root for your home team in-person, score some tickets to the game for a family Sunday funday. 

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Whichever streaming option you choose, you’ll need to make sure your tech is up to date and ready for kickoff as well! Here are a few of the best devices to help you watch the 2021 NFL season:

Apple TV 4K
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For $169, the Apple TV 4K has Dolby Vision, a Siri-enabled remote and SharePlay, which makes it easy to enjoy the game with a group of friends. Keep the games coming after you celebrate your favorite team winning with Apple Arcade Gaming. 

Already have Alexa helping you out around the house? The Amazon Fire TV Stick is on sale right now for $35 and will fit in perfectly with its Alexa-controlled remote. It offers 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+ in addition to Dolby Atmos audio, plus access to thousands of channels, some of which are even available for free! 

Roku Express 4K Plus
Roku via Amazon
The Roku Express 4K Plus offers a wide variety of streaming options for the low price of $29. Get Hulu, Prime Video and Apple TV, plus the ability to use Apple Airplay all with one handy little device. 



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