How to Watch NFL on Firestick: Free and Paid Options in 2022

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Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 4 Jan 2022

Introduction:

Once again, the American Football league is back with a new season. The NFL, which is perhaps the number one sporting event in the US in terms of viewership, started this year on September 9, 2021. 

As always, NFL fans will get to see their favorite 32 teams from across the nation battling out in the Super Bowl Championship game for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

The good news for viewers is that they will be able to watch the nail-biting action from pretty much anywhere. Using Firestick devices, such as Firestick Lite, Firestick 4K, or Fire TV Cube, you’ll never miss the action. 

And in this guide, we’ll show you how to go about watching the NFL on Firestick for free and what other options are currently available for sports fans. For convenience, we’ve covered both paid and free options of viewing.

How to Watch NFL on Firestick Using Official Apps

Even without cable, there are multiple services to watch NFL action on Firestick. Moreover, the good thing about these services is that they come with a free trial.

The NFL has struck deals with four major sports channels in the US: FOX, CBS, NBC Sports, and ESPN. Streaming services that have any or all of these channels can stream NFL matches on Firestick. 

What makes these services an excellent option is that they are easily available on the official Amazon Store. You can install these apps and services on your Firestick or any other device without you having to sideload them. 

Unfortunately, many of these services are region-specific and cannot be used across the globe. 

Users will have to subscribe to a good VPN service to unlock geo-based restricted content like the NFL.  But we’ll get to that later.

For now, let’s get started by listing some of the official Firestick apps to enjoy NFL action.

Official NFL App

Official NFL App interfaceIt’s no surprise that a professional league and network such as the NFL have an official app of its own. Moreover, it’s compatible with most platforms, including Firestick. 

Using the app, users can secure the NFL game pass, which starts with a subscription plan of $99/year. The app provides access to live-action, behind-the-scenes moments and also features downloadable match replays and highlights. 

Despite being an official network app, it has some significant caveats. The app is available only in a few specific regions, such as the US, EU, Asia, and the Middle East. 

And although the app can stream live matches, users have said it’s not the ideal option, and they prefer using other apps. At best, this official app is good enough for watching preseason games and replays. 

But for Live matches alone, check out some of our suggested options.

Sling TV

Sling TV interfaceThe app-based TV service called Sling TV is among the best and reasonable options to start streaming NFL matches. 

And the unique thing about the app is that it’s supported not only on Firestick but other platforms also, such as Android and iOS.

The service offers you some 50+ channels, all of which are HD quality. And the best thing about the app is that you can get a monthly subscription at a rate as low as $10.

Hulu

Hulu app interfaceHulu is fast becoming among the most popular streaming apps in the US. It has two subscription plans: basic and premium. 

And we recommend going for the premium plan if live sports action is what you’re looking for.

The premium plan is slightly on the higher end of the price spectrum, with a subscription payment of $66.99/month. It has all the standard channels and ESPN+ as well as Disney+.

With ESPN+, you can access NFL along with other professional sports leagues such as the NBA, UFC, and much more.

Besides that, Hulu has up to 50 hours of DVR cloud support, SHOWTIME, and HBO Max.

The Hulu Bundle, which includes access to Disney+ and ESPN+, comes with a trial period of 7-days. You can get started with the plan, and in case you find the service unsatisfactory, you can cancel before the end of the trial week. 

YouTube TV

YouTube Tv interfaceYou probably already know that YouTube TV is a new entrant in the streaming industry. And being a newbie, the service relatively has a meager library of channels at only 85. 

However, it has all the sports channels, making this an ideal option for sports lovers, including fans of the NFL.

The service comes with a subscription price of $54.99 for the first three months of use, and afterward, it’s 64.99/month. 

Before you opt for a plan, you can make use of the 14-days trial version.

YouTube TV is a service offered by Google, and therefore you can expect a quality, buffer-free streaming experience. 

Additionally, you can take advantage of the limited cloud DVR support and other premium features.

AT&T TV

AT&T TV interfaceAT&T is among the largest network carriers in the US. And with its AT&T TV, the network has made a major foray into the streaming industry. 

It is the most expensive option at a subscription price of $69.99/month among the services listed on our guide. Moreover, AT&T doesn’t offer prospective users a free trial.

With such a costly plan, you shouldn’t expect less. And you won’t be disappointed with all that AT&T TV offers. 

It has around 65 live TV channels as well as ESPN, FOX, and CBS Sports. Additionally, the service plan comes with over 20 hours of cloud DVR.

Fubo TV

Fubo TV interfaceAnother streaming app with a hefty subscription price is Fubo TV. At a price tag of $64.99/month, you have access to 200 TV channels. 

That includes all the major sports channels, and the app has more than enough channels to be an ideal replacement for cable TV. 

You get a 7-days free trial on FUBO TV. Moreover, the streaming app has loads of exciting on-demand channels and hours of DVR support.

ESPN+

ESPN+ interfaceESPN channels are available on most of the services mentioned above. But if you’re a sports fanatic and only watch sports and want to watch nothing else, then ESPN+ is the best option for you. 

It’s a sport-only package, meaning it offers only sports channels. Therefore, it has a minimal subscription price. 

You can make use of ESPN+ services only at $5.99/month. How awesome is that?

On the flip side, however, ESPN+ doesn’t have a free trial option. But then again, looking at its price, who would really complain?

DAZN

DAZN interfaceDAZN is a popular streaming choice for cord-cutters in Canada. It has the official right to stream live matches of the NFL in the country. 

Other than that, DAZN owns the official rights to stream English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, and so much more. 

Considering all that the service is offering, a subscription plan starting at 20 CAD is not much. However, DAZN doesn’t offer you a free trial to test their service.

Sky Go

Sky Go interfaceFor fans of the NFL in the UK, there are a few streaming options as well. For instance, Sky Sport has the official streaming rights for NFL matches, and therefore subscription to Sky is one way to go about it. 

The procedure is rather elaborate and not ideal for cord-cutters, as it requires an active Sky TV cable subscription. In any case, here’s how users can go about watching the NFL in the UK. 

First, get a Sky TV subscription and enable the sports addon option. Then, download the Sky Go app on your Firestick via the Amazon Store. 

And since Sky Go is connected to a Sky TV account, once you open and run the app, you can immediately start streaming live matches.

The NFL Game Pass

Besides the Sky Go app, another method for viewers in the UK is the NFL Game Pass subscription.

Available for around $175/season, viewers can enjoy everything associated with the NFL except the live matches. It includes replays, analysis, draft rounds, and so much more. 

How to Watch NFL on Firestick for Free

It goes without saying that one NFL season takes a long time to conclude, stretching as far as 18 weeks in total. 

There’s a way by which you can watch NFL matches for the whole four months using official streaming apps without spending a penny on a subscription.

Yes, you can take advantage and maximize the free trial features of these streaming apps. When your free trial period expires, you may sign up again with new email IDs and continue streaming for free. 

Though this is not an ideal option for fans or streamers and is full of hassles, it does provide a choice for people who are short on funds. 

Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: You can start with YouTube TV as it has a generous 14-days trial period. Fans can enjoy live NFL matches on the app and cancel it right when it’s about to end.

Step 2: Hulu and FuboTV both offer new users a free trial of 7-days, respectively. Watch the NFL matches while the trial period is active, and cancel it before it ends on the seventh day. 

When combining all the days of free trials offered by these apps, we get about four weeks or roughly a little more than a month’s coverage without spending anything.

But then again, a typical NFL season lasts more than that. What would you do to get live coverage for the remaining weeks?

If willing, you can go through the inconvenience of creating new email IDs and signing up for free trials on these streaming apps.

You can go on creating IDs and employing this method for as long as the season lasts. But, if anything, it’s an approach fraught with nuisance.

So, you can look for seamless streaming options in the form of either an IPTV service, a Kodi addon, or a free streaming site. These are the sort of options where users won’t be charged even if they forget to cancel their subscriptions. 

We will talk about these options in detail now, so continue reading.

Free Apps for Live NFL on Firestick

No doubt, official streaming apps are great. But the thing about official apps is that some of them are pricey and lack customizability. 

With third-party streaming apps such as IPTVs and Kodi addons, you can enrich your streaming experience much more. 

But of course, a technological giant that Amazon is, it’s not hard to imagine why it wouldn’t host third-party applications sourced from unverified repositories. But that doesn’t mean you cannot use these IPTVs and such apps on your Firestick. 

The first thing you’ll need to do is to get your Firestick jailbroken, and afterward, you can start sideloading third-party APK files on your device. And the good thing is that the process of sideloading is easy.

However, the bad news is that unofficial third-party applications don’t have an actual license to stream live sporting events such as the NFL.

Streaming NFL matches or other copyrighted content via IPTVs and third-party apps can land the user in legal trouble. Because these apps and unofficial services lack a proper license, Firestick and other platforms cannot confirm the legality of such services either. 

That becomes an issue because ISP and Government agencies can see what content people are streaming online. 

In an age where issues like internet surveillance and individual privacy rights are being discussed, it becomes essential to be aware of the know-how.

And because agencies can pinpoint the exact location of those streaming illegal/copyrighted content via the IP address, one should be cautious while accessing content online. 

Third-party applications and services are not illegal per se, but they collect content from both unknown and known sources on the internet.

And since it’s hard, if not impossible, to tell if these apps and services have a proper license, using a VPN becomes essential.

With a good VPN service, you can mask your IP address and encrypt your streaming activities. It helps bypass the issue of online surveillance and monitoring. 

And as far as the best Firestick VPN goes, ExpressVPN is second to none. ExpressVPN is safe and secure, and by making use of it, you get access to geo-based restricted content without fear of being monitored. 

Here’s a quick guide on installing ExpressVPN on your Firestick.

Step 1: First, you’ll need to subscribe to ExpressVPN. 

Depending on user preference, one can get either the monthly or the half-yearly plan. The former is priced at $12.95, while the latter is $9.99. 

Interestingly, ExpressVPN also has a 30-days free trial. If you’re not satisfied with their service during the first 30 days, they will initiate a refund.

Step 2: Switch ON your Firestick and navigate to the Find > Search option.

The Find button highlighted on Amazon App Store’s screenStep 3: Type ExpressVPN in the search bar and select it when it shows up.

Step 4: Download and install the app on your device by following the on-screen instructions. ExpressVPN installation option on Firestick

ExpressVPN downloading screen on FirestickStep 5: After installing, launch the app. Sign in using the login credentials with which you got the ExpressVPN subscription. ExpressVPN open button screen on Firestick

Sign In option on ExpressVPNStep 6: Lastly, tap on the Power icon to connect you to a VPN server. Your connection is now safe and secure. ExpressVPN connected to Canada - Toronto location

NFL Games on IPTVs and Free Sports Streaming Apps

Once you’re connected to ExpressVPN on Firestick, you can freely start streaming NFL matches or any other content for that matter. 

Because we’ve already mentioned the official ways to do that, in this section, we’ll be discussing the unofficial and free services via which to stream NFL on Firestick.

When talking about unofficial streaming services, IPTVs are the only thing that comes to mind. Internet Protocol Television, also called IPTV, has taken the online world by storm, and perhaps rightly so.

Featuring large libraries of content at reasonable prices, IPTVs are fast becoming an ideal replacement for cable TVs. 

Thanks to IPTVs, cord-cutters now have access to thousands of thousands of TV channels, movies, and TV shows.  

Additionally, they offer VOD and PPV content and also support M3U and EPG TV guides. And the best thing is that all these features are available at reasonable prices. 

Top IPTV services have a sports addon as a feature, offering users the ultimate experience of live matches and action. Be it the NFL or the NBA, IPTV has got you covered. 

There are plenty of IPTV services to choose from, and all you have to do now is pick one. 

So many options and having to select only one can be a real head-scratcher for many. 

Thus, we’ve narrowed down the list and listed below only the biggest names in the IPTV industry. Select anyone you wish and start streaming NFL matches on the go.

  1. Sportz TV IPTV – $9.95/month for two connections.
  2. Yeah! IPTV – $12/month for one connection.
  3. DirecTV – You can get DirecTV’s NFL package in around 199-$359/season, or $55/month.
  4. Xtreme HD IPTV – $14.99/month and $44.99 for three months.

If not IPTVs, the other viable option is free sports streaming apps. 

And that’s the reason why people generally prefer to jailbreak Firestick. Otherwise, these third-party streaming apps will not be able to be installed on the device.

Sideloading of apps is only possible with a jailbroken Firestick, and it’s important because the Amazon Store doesn’t host any of these third-party streaming apps. 

Being a tech giant, Amazon policies go against streaming unlicensed content, which many of these apps offer.

In essence, you are on your own when it comes to using unofficial, third-party apps for streaming content. You can end up streaming unverified content, deliberately or otherwise, which can land you in legal jeopardy. That is why we recommended earlier using ExpressVPN while streaming online.

In fact, one popular app that was later discarded from the official Amazon Store was Kodi. Kodi, the online media player, which has become so popular among streamers of late, is another good option for streaming NFL matches.

But Kodi alone as an app is no good for any user. That is because Kodi’s true potential lies in its customizability. 

With Kodi, you need to make use of good addons and Kodi builds to increase the platform’s functionality. And as far as NFL fans are concerned, if they choose to use Kodi, they have to install capable builds or sports-specific addons to stream NFL matches on Firestick. 

If you’re looking to stream NFL on Kodi, you’ll have to look for addons that are specifically developed for sports fans. 

But that’s far easier said than done because the sheer number of accessible addons makes it difficult for anyone to make a choice.

Don’t worry just yet! We’ve listed some of the top dedicated sports addons for Kodi. 

You won’t have to look for anything more as these are some of the best Kodi addons. Just select one of the following choices and install them on your Firestick to start streaming live matches. 

  • Rising Tides
  • Mad Titan Sports
  • Apex Sports
  • SportHD
  • SportsDevil
  • Fox Sports Go

Amazon has developed the Silk browser for Firestick to browse the web using your Firestick remote.

Firestick remote not working? Here’s a guide on how to reset your Firestick remote

Watching NFL on Firestick Using Silk Browser

Firestick users would know that it has a browser named Silk with which they can access content online. They can also use Silk to access sports streaming websites to watch NFL games for free. 

No doubt, the method is viable and tempting, especially considering so many websites offering sports content. 

But the thing about such free streaming websites is that they are too often fraught with pop-up ads and trackers. 

While you’re streaming your NFL matches via these websites, third-party fraudsters can steal confidential information from your Firestick.

Obviously, using this option for streaming is not worth the risk. And we would never advise you to employ this route for streaming NFL on Firestick. But if one is dead set on using these free streaming websites, who are we to say anything? 

And if that’s the case, the least you can do is use a top-tier VPN service like ExpressVPN and protect yourself from suspicious trackers.

To make our stand clear, we recommend you use the official apps and services listed in the earlier part of this guide. 

And once again, we suggest you try to make as little use of free streaming websites as possible. These sites mostly rely on third-party and unknown sources. 

As opposed to this, official options offer legal and verifiable content. With these apps and services, you’ll get a seamless streaming experience of NFL matches and so much more, something that’s not possible with free streaming websites.

FAQs

What Is the NFL?

Football, also called American Football, is among the most popular sports in North America. Plus, the National Football League (NFL) is the top-tier professional league played in the US. 

Thirty-two professional teams compete in the 18-week season, which usually starts in September and continues till early January. 

The Super Bowl, another name for the NFL Finale, is perhaps the biggest attraction of all. In fact, the finale is so popular that large corporations and companies splurge millions of dollars to get their ads featured. 

These ads have developed a cult following over the years, and it won’t be wrong to say that some viewers watch the finale just for ads.

Speaking of the previous season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers crushed the season’s favorites Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55. 

The game was played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, in front of a minimal crowd of 25,000 due to Covid restrictions. It was the least attended NFL finale in the game’s history.

Similarly, due to Covid-19 restrictions, all NFL preseason games in 2020 were canceled. This time, however, the situation has gotten better. And, viewers got to enjoy all preseason games, which started on August 12, 2021.

The league games started on September 9. The Dallas Cowboys took on the Buccaneers, the defending champions. 

In the latest season, some of the teams likely to make it to the playoffs are Kansas Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Exciting? Can’t wait to start watching the action? Well, here are some of the official ways in which fans can stream NFL action on Firestick.

How to watch NFL games for free on Firestick?

You can opt for free trials from official services and watch NFL matches as long as the period lasts. If willing, you can undertake the hassle of creating new IDs and opting for more free trials. 

Alternatively, you can make use of third-party applications and services, such as IPTV, Kodi addons, or a good Firestick browser (such as Amazon Silk). 

Although a popular method, it also comes with the most risks. Unofficial sources and apps may or may not carry illegal streaming links, which might lead to trouble. 

As said before, we suggest you stick to official and verified services for streaming NFL matches (or at least use a reliable VPN!).

Can all NFL games be found and watched on Firestick?

Yes! The NFL has signed deals with major sports channels in the US. These are Fox, CBS, ESPN, and NBC. 

If you’re subscribed to a streaming service that features any of these channels, then rest assured that your Firestick will showcase all the NFL matches.

Is there an official NFL app, and if so, is it available on Firestick?

Being a top-tier professional league, the NFL does have an official app available on most major platforms, including Firestick. 

But to start streaming live matches via the app, you must first purchase an NFL game pass which is possible through the official NFL website.

Conclusion

Fans don’t necessarily have to be physically present in the stadium to enjoy NFL matches. With the advancement in technology, you can watch it on your smart devices in the comfort of your home.

No doubt, the stadium ambiance is a different matter. But if one can’t make the rounds of stadiums, technology is the next best thing. And with the NFL network being huge, all of the matches are available on major internet services. 

With verified apps on Firestick, you can easily watch your favorite football teams competing for the prestigious title. If needed, you can also experiment a little and use other options like IPTV and Kodi addons. The only important thing to remember is to use a VPN service and remain as anonymous as possible while you watch NFL on Firestick.

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