Football is finally back with the NFL Preseason officially kicking on Sunday August 3rd with the Hall of Fame game between the Giants and the Bills. Surely millions of eager fans will be watching at home as this is the first game of the year, and it will follow the Hall Of Fame ceremony that takes place Saturday evening.
From here, the real fun begins as the Preseason gets underway on August 8th with the Saints and a few others, then Saturday when my Packers take on the Titans, and every other team as the weekend continues.
For all those who will be away from the TV, working, or otherwise out and about will likely catch a few plays or the entire game on a mobile device of choice. Everything from Android smartphones and tablets, to the iPhone and iPad. The choices are still somewhat limited, but are getting better and better each and every year. Read on for a few ways to get started.
There are a wide array of options for watching football this year, and many of them have been available for a long time. Of course having DirecTV and the Sunday Ticket helps, and you can get their Android app here, but that isn’t the only option available.
Everything from streaming through unofficial channels, getting DirecTV, NFL Mobile, and even options right from the NFL are all available. We’ll hear more details and announcements as the regular season starts, but for now here’s a few options to get you through preseason.
NFL Preseason Live
The NFL understands mobile is a big market, and they’re slowing integrating more options for mobile users. NFL Preseason Live gives you access to all 65 preseason games completely live, except the out-of-market games. Those will have to be watched later from the archive. Everything else is live right on your tablet. However, this is only for tablets.
If you’re not enjoying the games live you can watch most games in about 30 minutes with a new condensed option without pauses or commercials, but I enjoy the huddle and entire experience personally. The Archive goes back to 2010 with every game for those interested, and you’ll be able to watch all 65 games this year either live, or on demand as you see fit.
The NFL Offers Game Rewind for the full season, but these aren’t live streamed, and are all archives for later viewing.
Of course another excellent option is NFL Mobile, something I’ve used for more than a few years now. However, as amazing as NFL Mobile is, it’s exclusive to Verizon Wireless customers only. This gives you live video of tons of games, including Sunday night, prime-time, CBS, and FOX games all completely free as long as you’re on a Verizon MORE everything plan. For regular plans, NFL Mobile Premium is just $1.99 a month, something I’m more than willing to pay.
HDMI-out to stream to the bigscreen is disabled, but we’ll be giving Chromecast Android screen mirroring a try the moment the season gets started.
NFL Mobile has live video, highlights, analysis, team tracking, fantasy alerts, and live video of the show “Fantasy Live” as the season continues. It was just updated for 2014, so get it now.
Preseason won’t be viewed on ESPN, but the WatchESPN Android app is a great option as they often times show games from other channels, and this will include many NFL football games during the 2014 season. I watched my Packers countless times this way, and you can too. You’ll need to be a subscriber with one of their many accepted cable providers. Simply sign into your cable account on WatchESPN, and stream games live to your smartphone or tablet.
The app works great and even supports Google Chromecast, so mirror those games to your HDTV without a problem. I’m looking forward to this for the 2014 season.
NBC Sports Live Extra
The NBC Sports Live Extra app streams all Sunday night NFL games live on iOS, Android, and your PC if you’d like to catch the games that way. We’re not sure if they’ll be offering the same for the entire preseason, as most the games are on Saturday, but many will be shown on NBC. We’ll update once NBC confirms more details for the 2014 season.
Fox Sports Go
Again, being behind a paywall, if you’re a cable subscriber you’ll be able to catch almost every game from Fox as well. Sadly these won’t work on smartphones, but the Fox Sports Go app for iOS, Android, Kindle, Windows Tablets and more all will stream each Sunday game, and should also have preseason action as well.
Fox Sports Go streams post sports live to smartphones, but with the NFL restrictions you’ll only get them on your Android tablet. The interface is decent, and hopefully they’ll be streaming all the preseason games as well.
Of course the Slingbox and Slingplayer is another option for those who’ve already paid for and enjoy it. This is a device that connects to the users TV service at home, work, or anywhere with an internet connection and then streams it over Slingbox servers. The mobile app is $15, but if you already have this setup, you’ll be able to stream all the NFL Preseason games with ease to any mobile device or browser. Just tune into any of the channels with a game you’d like to enjoy, and stream it to your device of choice.
This option isn’t cheap, but Slingbox is popular because it works well.
Of course many don’t want to pay for NFL Preseason Live, DirecTV, or Slingbox, and there’s always a few alternate methods. There’s always those “shady methods” of apps and websites full of pop-ups, ads, and junk that can be harmful. While we don’t recommend these, or will link to them, there’s a few popular ones like Justin.TV or USTREAM. Not to mention plenty of apps on the Google Play Store, but lets make this clear, use caution.
As you can see there are a growing number of ways NFL fans can catch the latest game of choice this Preseason, and all regular season long. I’ll be cheering for my Packers (discount double check) and taking a much needed vacation to watch them Play live later this year. Enjoy all the methods above, and drop us a comment below if they work for you.