How to Watch Football: Prices, Services, and More

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Editor's choice

DISH Network

Price: $69.99–$104.99/mo.

Total channels: 190–290+

Football channels: ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, and more

Contract: 2-yr. price guarantee

Cheapest cable


Price: $49.99/mo.

Total channels: 125+

Football channels: ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, and more

Contract: N/A

Cheapest streaming

Paramount Plus

Price: $4.99–$9.99/mo.

Total channels: 50+

Football channels: CBS

Free trial: 7 days

Best for streaming


Price: $69.99–$99.99/mo.

Total channels: 120–160+

Football channels: ABC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, and more

Free trial: 7 days

Best bundle

Xfinity Internet + Peacock

Price: $19.99–$299.95/mo.

Download speeds: 50–3,000 Mbps

Football channels: NBC

Contract: 1-yr. or month to month

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

DISH Network: We think DISH Network is a great premium option for football fans. You’ll get all of your essential football viewing options, including ABC, CBS, a ton of ESPN channels, FOX, NFL Network, and some NCAA power conference channels. Add to that a two-year price lock and the best TV features and equipment out there, and you got yourself a pretty sweet football setup.

Spectrum: We know, we know, cable sucks. Hear us out though, Spectrum will get you all the channels you need to watch NCAA Division 1 games and local and nationally televised NFL games for cheaper (just $49.99 per month) than any other live TV service out there (even live TV streaming services). If Spectrum is available in your area, we say jump on it!

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Paramount Plus: For the fan that is okay with the basics, we present Paramount Plus. It’s hella cheap, and it streams every NCAA and NFL football game available on your local CBS channel. And if you’re a fan of the other football (eh, hem, soccer), well, it has a ton of UEFA Champions League and South American football action, too.

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fuboTV: Although this streaming service is known for its soccer coverage, fuboTV is a great option for NCAA and NFL football action. We like that fuboTV has a seven-day free trial, and you can cancel your subscription at any point. Plus, you get tons of sports year-round.

Xfinity internet with Peacock Premium: If you like free, well, we got a special offer for you. Sure you won’t get a lot of football action on Peacock (just NBC games), but you will get cheap, fast internet from Xfinity and free streaming. Plus, Peacock has one helluva vault of NBC and Bravo shows on demand.

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