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Cut the Cable and Still Watch NFL This Season

With some calendaring skills and a handful of streaming apps, you can watch NFL games online or on your phone -- without a cable subscription.

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Like the MLB, the NBA, and many other sports leagues, the NFL lets you watch live football gamesmore

Like the MLB, the NBA, and many other sports leagues, the NFL lets you watch live football games via an app or video-streaming service, with no need for a cable subscription. The NFL doesn't make it easy, however. If you want to catch all the action this season, you'll need to gather a collection of apps and video-streaming services and then keep track of which games are on which services which days to make sure you don't miss a kickoff.

Watch NFL games with these streaming services

You don't need cable to watch the NFL. Just some a handful of streaming apps and some calendaring skill.

NFL Mobile for Verizon

NFL Mobile for Verizon

If you had the foresight to be a Verizon Wireless customer, you can watch live regular season games, the playoffs and Super Bowl, and the NFL Network channel on the NFL Mobile app (Android and iOS). The app strives to be a clearinghouse of football info, but navigating around to find what you want can be a bit crazy-making.

NBC Sports

NBC Sports

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For Sunday Night Football and five Thursday night games, you want access to NBC. Video streaming services DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV all offer NBC in a package, depending on your location.

Amazon Video

Amazon Video

Following several years on Twitter, this year Thursday Night Football moves to Amazon's video service (Android and iOS). With a Prime subscription, you can watch 10 Thursday night games, plus one Monday night game, on your mobile device or TV.

CBS All Access

CBS All Access

By subscribing to CBS All Access streaming service (Android and iOS), you can catch every Sunday game shown on your local CBS affiliate and a handful of Thursday night games. A subscription runs $5.99 per month, or $9.99 to go commercial-free. The only catch is you can't watch the NFL games on your phone -- only through the CBS All Access app on computers, tablets, and TVs.

NFL Sunday Ticket

NFL Sunday Ticket

To watch out-of-market Sunday day games broadcast by CBS and Fox, check out DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket (Android and iOS). If you live in certain metropolitan areas or in a residence where DirecTV is not available, you can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket without signing up for DirecTV -- for $69.99 a month for four months. Students are $24.99 a month. Visit the Sunday Ticket website to see if you qualify.

NFL Network

NFL Network

The NFL main channel will broadcast 18 games in 2017, including all Thursday night games plus a few Saturday, Sunday, and Monday matches. Sling and Playstation Vue both carry the NFL Network. (They also both carry NFL's RedZone, which shows game highlights on Sundays.)

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN handles Monday Night Football, and if you have a Hulu with Live TV (Android and iOS), Sling TV (Android and iOS), YouTube TV (Android and iOS), Playstation Vue (Android and iOS), or DirecTV Now (Android and iOS) subscription, ESPN is part of a basic or sports package.