NFL fans can watch “Monday Night Football” even if they don’t have a cable TV package with ESPN. There are a few different strategies to watch tonight’s 49ers vs. Packers game for free — online or on TV. Here’s what you need to know.
How to Live Stream “Monday Night Football” for Free
You’re in luck if you were hoping to be able to live stream NFL games including “Monday Night Football” on your phone.
Download either the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app, and you’ll be able to live stream many NFL games for free during the 2018 season. Both apps give you free live streams of the Sunday NFL games that are broadcast on Fox and CBS in your area, as well as nationally televised primetime games such as ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” and Fox and the NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football.”
Be warned, though, that the apps only allow free NFL game live streams on your phone. The apps cannot be used for streaming games on a larger screen, such as a tablet, laptop, or connected TV.
How to Watch “Monday Night Football” for Free Online
Streaming a football game on your phone is hardly the optimal viewing experience. If you’d rather watch the Packers vs. 49ers game tonight online for free and don’t have cable, consider signing up for a free trial of a streaming TV service that includes ESPN in packages.
Streaming TV services operate similarly to satellite or cable TV packages in that they bundle a group of pay channels together for subscribers. But streaming TV customers generally pay lower monthly bills compared to cable subscribers. And streaming TV customers can watch online channels on any device they want, including tablets and smart TVs.
The streaming TV services Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV all offer free trials that last about a week for new subscribers, and they all include ESPN with basic packages. New subscribers can register today and watch the 49ers vs. Packers “Monday Night Football” game online for free tonight — and then still have a few more days to try out the service.
Streaming TV package prices start at $25 to $45 per month, after the free trial ends. If you don’t want to become a paying subscriber, remember to cancel before the trial period is over. If you miss the deadline, you’ll be charged in full for the first month.
Packers vs. 49ers Betting Odds
As for the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers matchup tonight, the Packers are 9.5-point favorites to win. At 2-2-1, the Packers have not asserted themselves as one of the NFL’s best teams this year. Their two-time NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers has struggled with injuries, and the Packers have looked inconsistent this season, with a shutout 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills one week and a 23-31 loss to the Detroit Lions the next.
Yet tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game is being played in Green Bay at Lambeau Field, and the Packers are undefeated at home so far in 2018. Factor in also that the 49ers are a lowly 1-4 this year, and they have lost their starting quarterback Jimmy Garappolo to a season-ending knee injury, and it’s easy to see how the Packers are big favorites to pull off the victory tonight.
How To Watch Green Bay Packers Games
Watching the Green Bay Packers football games has never been easier. In 2018 there are several different cord cutting options available to watch NFL (R) football games without cable. In this review, we will cover several different available methods such as Sling TV, fuboTV, digital antennas, and more. We also provide you with information regarding times and channels for all Green Bay Packers regular season games.
Stream Green Bay NFL Games With fuboTV
fuboTV is our top choice for watching NFL football games. fuboTV does not require a contract nor does it have any installation costs. This live streaming service gives subscribers access to most of the TV networks that carry NFL games such as CBS, NBC, and FOX.
The Packers have 15 games on these channels. However, notably missing from their channel lineup is ESPN and ABC but only 1 of the Green Bay games appear on these channels in 2018. The service also includes NFL Network (R) and NFL RedZone (R) plus other popular channels such as FOX Sports Networks, RSNs, college football networks, FX, USA, NBA TV, and more.
fuboTV offers two different packages fubo ($44.99/month) and fubo Extra ($49.99/month). The fubo package contains over 75+ channels and the fubo Extra package has 90+ channels. New customers can get the first month of either package at a 20% discount through our link. fuboTV also offers the fubo Extra Bundle ($34.99/month) which includes 103 channels, SHOWTIME for 2 months, free 500 hours of Cloud DVR free forever, and 3 screens free forever. Please read our comprehensive fuboTV review for more details.
Watch Live Packers Game With Sling TV
Sling TV is also a great option for viewing Packers games this year. Sling TV does not require a contract nor does it have any installation costs. This live TV streaming service offers FOX, ABC (R), NBC, ESPN (R), NFL Network, and NFL RedZone channels. This means you can get access to every Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games.
The Packers have 15 regular season games on these channels. Notably missing is CBS; however, you can use Sling TV in conjunction with an OTA antenna. (New users can get a free OTA antenna through our link if they prepay 2 months)
Sling TV offers the Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans. Both streaming plans cost $25/month or you can get Orange + Blue for $40/month. There are a few important differences to note. The Sling Orange plan includes ESPN but does not include local channels. For this reason, you will want to purchase the Sling Blue plan to watch the games. Please read our comprehensive Sling TV review for more details.
If you are traveling your local channels may be blacked out. To overcome this, use Sling TV with a VPN service and you will be able to watch your team play out-of-market.
Watch Green Bay Packers Games With A Digital Antenna
If you live within distance your local broadcast networks then you can watch every single Packers game with a digital antenna. OTA antennas are the least expensive way to see all of the games. Today’s antennas have come a long way from what you may have been used to as a child. The pictures are in high-definition and appear as good, if not better than the streaming services and today’s antennas have increased range.
OTA antennas can also be a great supplement for streaming service since many do not include all four of the major local channels. Cord cutters should consider using the AirTV to broadcast the antenna signal to every compatible TV in their home. Sling TV customers should consider using an AirTV Player to combine Sling TV’s interface with local channels received from the antenna.
Additional Ways To Stream Green Bay Packers Games
- Mobile Carriers – Great news cord cutters! Verizon is no longer the exclusive mobile carrier for the NFL. Customers with any mobile carrier can access NFL games through the official NFL Mobile app, Yahoo Sports app, and go90 app. All in-market games including national pre-season, regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl will be open to all mobile customers across Verizon and Oath’s platforms next season.
- NFL GamePass – This is an option for people looking to watch out-of-market games. In-market games are blacked out but you can bypass this by using a VPN. Subscribers can access live out-of-market Preseason games, replays of every game, the NFL Films Archive, and much more. This service costs $99.99/per year. Sign-up for a 7-day free trial.
- DIRECTV NOW – This service can either be really good or really bad depending upon where you live. The service offers all 4 major local channels (CBS, FOX, NBC, ABC) but in select markets only and very few markets actually give access to all 4. Due to this, we do not feel comfortable recommending this as a top option for viewing NFL games. The basic package does include 60+ channels, including ESPN.
- PlayStation Vue – Much like DIRECTV NOW the local channel availability is highly determined by where you live. This service is also considerably more expensive than the others. If you are looking for just football this is not the best option available.
- Hulu – Hulu is a great option. The price is $40/month and includes access to 22 of the top 35 cable channels and includes FOX, CBS, ESPN, but does not include NFL Network or RedZone.
- YouTube TV – YouTube TV is also very similar to Hulu. The price is $40/month and you get access to FOX, NBC, CBS, ESPN, but does not include NFL Network or RedZone.
Can I Watch Green Bay Packers Internationally?
Raiders fans can watch games internationally with NFL Game Pass International there is also a NFL Game Pass Europe. You get access to NFL RedZone and 24/7 live stream of NFL Network. You can watch full game replays or the roughly 40 minutes Condensed Game feature. You also get access to special camera angles and game footage. Subscribers also get access to Downloadable Games, NFL Network Library Programmes like “Hard Knocks”, Coaches Film, scores, stats and more.
NFL Game Pass is only available to users located outside the United States, Bermuda, Antigua, the Bahamas, and any U.S. territories, possessions, and commonwealths. Additional blackout restrictions apply in Canada, the UK, and the Republic of Ireland. NFL Network access is not available in Canada.
It is important to note that some countries have restrictions on live games. This means you may not be able to watch the game until after it airs. Do not worry you can use a VPN to get around these restrictions. Please read our VPN section below.
How To Use A VPN to watch Oakland Raiders
One of the greatest obstacles and annoyances of cord-cutting can be the differences in available channels from market to market. For example, in New York City you may get some channels but in Garden City, Kansas you may receive a different set of channels.
When it comes to sporting events it can be even worse. For example, NFL Game Pass will black out your local team. For many, this can simply be a deal breaker. However, there is good news and that news is VPNs or Virtual Private Networks.
A VPN allows you to “mask” your IP address and trick the streaming service into believing you are in another location. This means that if you live in San Francisco but want to watch a team from New York or Kansas City, you can just set your VPN to that location and you will get the channels in that local market. This even works for international customers who want to see US TV and sports.
You may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t know, this sounds complicated.” But do not worry, VPNs sound complicated, but they are actually very easy to install and operate. Most VPNs only require just a few clicks to operate and you will never deal with a blackout ever again. You can learn more by reading our VPN review guide.
Our top-rated VPN is ExpressVPN. ExpressVPN is a fast, reliable, and inexpensive option to pair with your favorite streaming service. You can try ExpressVPN free for 30-days.
Please Note: Using a VPN may be against your streaming service’s user agreement and you should proceed with caution.
Illegal Streams of Green Bay Packers Games
It is our policy to never recommend any illegal streams of NFL games or anything else. Most illegal “free” streams put you at a considerable risk to acquire viruses and dangerous malware. These streams are untrustworthy, blurry, low-quality, and quite frankly just flat out garbage. It is not worth the risk by any means just to save a few bucks.