With football season officially underway, NFL fans are flocking to their TV sets, mobile phones, connected TVs, desktops, and laptops waiting for their favorite team to take the field. But not everyone has the cash to put down $50+ on a satellite subscription to watch the game.
Tonight’s game is a faceoff between the Los Angeles Rams and the Oakland Raiders. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. PT at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.
With more consumers now turning to connected TVs and mobile devices for their daily dose of entertainment, the National Football League has made it easier for cord-cutters and cord-nevers to get their football fix without emptying out their piggy bank.
While fans can watch “Monday Night Football” on the ESPN network available on streaming platforms like DirecTV Now, Hulu Live TV, PS Vue, Sling TV, and YouTube TV — they all charge a monthly subscription fee. The cheapest of these services is Sling TV, which includes ESPN in its Orange package for $25 per month. Of course, consumers can get around paying the monthly service fee by taking advantage of the free trial period that most of these platforms offer.
But if $25 per month is still too much or canceling the service after its trial period is too much of a hassle, there is another way to watch the game without spending a dime — as long as you own a smartphone.
Anyone with a smartphone can download the NFL, Yahoo Sports, AOL or Tumblr mobile apps and enjoy tonight’s “Monday Night Football” game at no cost. The same goes for all regular season and playoff games, and even the Super Bowl. The NFL announced the news in February.