How to Watch Monday Night Football

We’ve researched the best TV options for viewing, cheering, and—sometimes—crying through Monday Night Football on ESPN.

Best cable for Monday Night Football

Spectrum

Price: $49.99/mo. for 12 mos.

Channels: 125+

DVR storage: 90 hrs.

Best satellite for Monday Night Football

DISH

Price: $64.99–$104.99/mo.

Channels: 190–290+

DVR storage: 2,000 hrs.

Best streaming for Monday Night Football

Sling TV

Price: $35.00–$50.00/mo.

Channels: 30–50

DVR storage: 50 hrs.

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

How to watch Monday Night Football

Monday Night Football on ESPN kicked off this past September when the Baltimore Ravens went west to battle the Las Vegas Raiders, and, in this case, what happened in Vegas did not remain a secret.

Pretty much every TV provider has ESPN, so we’re here to give you the rundown on the best cable, satellite, and live TV streaming options so that you don’t have to miss one tackle or touchdown.

These are CableTV.com’s top picks for watching more than four months of Monday Night Football games, based on price and availability.

Best ways to watch Monday Night Football

Monday Night Football channel

You only need one channel to watch Monday Night Football: ESPN.

And according to recent news, ESPN will continue to be the place to catch Monday Night Football through 2033. In other words—suit up and settle in.

While ESPN has many sister channels—including ESPN+ and ESPN2—plain old ESPN is all you need to get your Monday Night Football game on. Though, some games will simulcast on ABC and ESPN+.

We think that having just one channel needed to watch the weekly grassy showdown is a great way to focus on price—you can select a provider with a package that isn’t too hard on the wallet.

Pro tip: Chances are you’ll want to watch more NFL games than just Monday Night Football. Check out our expert rundown of How to Watch NFL Games for more options.

Best cable provider for Monday Night Football: Spectrum

Plan Price Channel count ESPN channels Details
Spectrum TV® Select $49.99/mo. for 12 mos. 125+ ESPN, ESPN2 View Plan

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

When it comes to cable TV and Monday Night Football, Spectrum’s TV Select package gets you ESPN to watch every game of the season and ESPN2 for some added sportsball watching.

Spectrum TV Select also has CBS, Fox, and NBC but not NFL Network. So if you want more NFL coverage, we recommend getting Spectrum’s Sports View add-on.

That said, Spectrum TV Select will get you a diverse blend of other sports channels like Fox Sports 1, the NBC Sports Network, ACCN, and MOTOR TREND as well.

And a household with kids will dig this lower-priced plan, too. Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon are all in the lineup, too.

Overall, when you compare Spectrum to rival cable TV providers like Xfinity and Cox, you’ll find that Spectrum is cheaper but doesn’t have as many channels. Still, the channels Spectrum does offer are quality, so we recommend going with the cheaper price point.

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Best satellite provider for Monday Night Football: DISH

Plan Price Channel count ESPN channels Details
America’s Top 120 $69.99/mo. 190 ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU View plan
America’s Top 120+ $84.99/mo. 190+ ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU View plan
America’s Top 200 $94.99/mo. 240+ ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU View plan
America’s Top 250 $104.99/mo. 290+ ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU View plan

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
‡For 24 months with a 2-year agreement and eAutoPay.

DISH is bar none our favorite TV provider. It beats its direct competitor DIRECTV—no pun intended—in price across the board.

Each DISH package is loaded with channels, and America’s Top 120 has the ESPN you need for Monday Night Football, but also additional ESPN channels and the NBC Sports Network.

Pro tip: Even though we’re diehard fans of DISH, if you want every out-of-market NFL game, you’ll need to get NFL SUNDAY TICKET from DIRECTV. Check out our expert review to see if NFL SUNDAY TICKET is right for you.

Add-ons aren’t too painful with DISH, either. The Multi-Sport Pack costs you $13 a month and features more than ten extra sports channels. MLB Network, beIN Sports, beIN Sports Español, NBA TV, and the NHL Network are part of that mix.

We talk about the DISH Hopper 3 a lot around here and with good reason. Sure, it costs an extra $15 a month, but this 16-channel DVR allows you to record multiple shows simultaneously and stores up to 2,000 hours of (SD) programming. Are you envisioning your library? We are!

If you don’t need all that space to store NFL games, a smaller-sized DVR option called the Hopper Duo comes with most DISH packages.

We do need to reiterate that DIRECTV has NFL SUNDAY TICKET. But if Monday Night Football is your priority, we say go for the savings. In this case, you’ll get a lot in return.

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Best streaming provider for Monday Night Football: Sling TV

Plan Price Channel count ESPN channels Details
Sling Orange $35.00/mo. 30+ ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 View Plan
Sling Orange & Blue $50.00/mo. 50+ ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 View Plan

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

Sling TV offers three packages: Sling Blue, Sling Orange, and Sling Orange & Blue, but you can get ESPN only with Sling Orange and Sling Orange & Blue.

Like we said, Sling Blue won’t get you ESPN, but if you want to spend an additional $15 a month ($50 per month total), you can get Sling Orange & Blue and still get all those Sling Blue channels.

Springing for the blend of both packages, you’ll also be able to partake in more pigskin-based content on NFL Network, NBC Sports Network, and Fox Sports 1.

Sling TV also offers add-ons, including Sports Extra, which includes NBA TV, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, and the MLB Network. Best part? It’s only $11 a month.

Another benefit here is that all packages include 50 DVR hours, so you won’t have to miss a game.

You can watch for penalties during all those Monday night games, but you won’t have to if you cancel your Sling TV subscription. Fortunately, there’s no contract with Sling TV; say goodbye whenever you want.

Basically, where Sling TV—and all its colorful choices—shine is its price. It’s way cheaper than most cable packages and live TV streaming packages (i.e. fuboTV, Hulu Live, and YouTube TV). But it does have way less channels and doesn’t stream your NFL games in HD, so keep that in mind.

How to watch Monday Night Football for free

Unfortunately, there is no legal way to watch Monday Night Football for free on the reg. But some games this season will be simulcast on ABC, which you can get for free with an HD antenna.

That said, you could partner with a friend and get a TV package that has multiple streams, like Sling Orange & Blue, to save some cash.

Final take

If you’re a football fan who wants to save some money and doesn’t want a cable TV package, sign up for Sling TV. It’s affordable and, with no contract, not very risky.

Spectrum TV Select is a great plan for a sports-loving household where kids are part of the TV equation. It’s got a righteous mix of sports and entertainment, along with some popular channels for families, like Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon.

DISH is the satellite provider that combines decent pricing with a robust channel mix. You’ll satisfy your Monday Night Football craving and get plenty more TV channels to peruse in HD.

Methodology

Our football experts have spent over five seasons watching Monday Night Football across several different TV providers. We determined the best TV providers by comparing prices and measuring league coverage through channel offerings.

To learn more about our methods, check out our How We Rank page.

How to watch Monday Night Football FAQ

Can I watch Monday Night Football on the ESPN app?

The ESPN app is available to TV subscribers with packages that include ESPN.

You can easily download the ESPN app for Android phones and tablets and iPhones and iPads. And it’s also available on Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Fire TV.

Don’t forget that you’ll need a TV provider login to access programs in the app, including Monday Night Football.

Does ESPN+ have Monday Night Football?

Throughout the NFL season, ESPN+ will simulcast some of ESPN’s broadcasts of Monday Night Football. During the final stretch of the 2021 season, ESPN+ will air five Monday Night Football games—including a Week 18 doubleheader on Saturday, January 8, 2022.

Can I watch Monday Night Football with an over-the-air antenna?

Monday Night Football airs on ESPN. If you are using an over-the-air antenna, you can check to see if the game is being simulcast on ABC.

Is there a Spanish language version of Monday Night Football?

A Spanish-language version of Monday Night Football airs on ESPN Deportes in the US. To get ESPN Deportes, you’ll need a TV provider login, though.

For bilingual folks and Spanish speakers, every DishLATINO package from DISH has ESPN Deportes.

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