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How to stream NFL football games in 2020

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  1. RapidEyeMovement
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    Thankfully there is a much much easier way to this today, as long as you are willing to sail the high seas.

    Thankfully there is a much much easier way to this today, as long as you are willing to sail the high seas.

    6 votes
  2. [2]
    symmetry
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    For those of us who don't have OTA TV (due to bad reception, don't pay for cable, or too lazy to buy an antenna), https://puffer.stanford.edu/ offers the major TV networks for free as a research...

    For those of us who don't have OTA TV (due to bad reception, don't pay for cable, or too lazy to buy an antenna), https://puffer.stanford.edu/ offers the major TV networks for free as a research project.

    5 votes
  3. [9]
    rish
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    Wow. As a non-American this looks so confusing. Why don't they just license one broadcaster to stream all matches?

    Wow. As a non-American this looks so confusing. Why don't they just license one broadcaster to stream all matches?

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      Erik
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      $$$. Much more profitable to sell it all piecemeal. This article looks more complicated than it really is, most of these solutions overlap with each other. So this is more written so you can look...

      $$$. Much more profitable to sell it all piecemeal. This article looks more complicated than it really is, most of these solutions overlap with each other. So this is more written so you can look up what you have access to and see what you can get rather than written to show you how to most easily watch all the games.

      You can get NFL Sunday ticket and get almost all the games. But even then, you are right that it's complicated after that. The Thursday night game, the Sunday night game and the Monday night game aren't on Sunday ticket, so that's still a handful of games a week you'll need to find other solutions for.

      It's honestly the most difficult for fans that live outside of their team's home markets and/or the super fan that wants to watch literally every game and not just their team. If you live in your teams home market, local television will carry pretty much every game and then will often have access to other games throughout Sunday (usually games that feature division rivals or some sort of neutral rooting interest based on the schedule).

      Though, even this simplicity can get complicated. Western Wisconsin, for example, is rural and not too populated, so it is technically in the Minneapolis, Minnesota television market. But almost no one who lives in Western Wisconsin is a Minnesota Vikings fan, they still root for the Green Bay, Wisconsin Packers. So, these people are technically out of market for their preferred team, even though they live in the same state their team plays in.

      7 votes
      1. [2]
        moonbathers
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        The entire state of Iowa is also blacked out for six different MLB teams despite not hosting any of them or sharing a border with a city that hosts any of them.

        The entire state of Iowa is also blacked out for six different MLB teams despite not hosting any of them or sharing a border with a city that hosts any of them.

        5 votes
        1. sjvn
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          And, what's even more annoying is that you couldn't go to see a live MLB game even if you wanted to this year! Argh!

          And, what's even more annoying is that you couldn't go to see a live MLB game even if you wanted to this year! Argh!

          1 vote
    2. [5]
      hamstergeddon
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      It is confusing, and also very frustrating when you're a fan of a non-local team. All of the options I saw were way overpriced and/or required cable subscription of some sort. It's surprisingly...

      It is confusing, and also very frustrating when you're a fan of a non-local team. All of the options I saw were way overpriced and/or required cable subscription of some sort. It's surprisingly easy to find a stream online somewhere...or so I hear.

      4 votes
      1. [4]
        sjvn
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        Alas, some of those pirate streams come with malware. They're not trustworthy.

        Alas, some of those pirate streams come with malware. They're not trustworthy.

        2 votes
        1. hamstergeddon
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          No definitely not. The subreddit for those streams was really useful because it was somewhat vetted, but that was banned in the offseason, it seems.

          No definitely not. The subreddit for those streams was really useful because it was somewhat vetted, but that was banned in the offseason, it seems.

          3 votes
        2. j3n
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          I'd honestly like to know how anyone is managing to get malware from a sports stream these days. The one's I'm familiar with are just ordinary in-browser streaming, so you would need some kind of...

          I'd honestly like to know how anyone is managing to get malware from a sports stream these days. The one's I'm familiar with are just ordinary in-browser streaming, so you would need some kind of browser vulnerability at the very least. Not that browser vulnerabilities of that caliber don't ever happen, but they're a relative rarity.

          2 votes
        3. moonbathers
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          I'm sure it happens, but there are pirate streamers with good reputations that aren't hard to find.

          I'm sure it happens, but there are pirate streamers with good reputations that aren't hard to find.