How to Stream Sunday Night Football

Catch some of the most exciting games of the year without using cable

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You can stream Sunday Night Football on your phone, computer, or television streaming device with or without a cable subscription.

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There are a lot of different ways to stream Sunday Night Football online, and NBC's other prime time games, so if there are weeks where you won't be able to get to your TV, there's no reason to miss out on any of the action.

Sunday Night Football is back on NBC again in 2018, with a full 17 games set to air over the course of the entire season. In addition to the 17 primary games, NBC will also air two additional prime time games in the 2018-19 season.

If you have a cable or satellite subscription, then the easiest, most reliable, and highest quality stream is available directly from NBC through the TV Anywhere program. This requires you to enter your television provider username and password into the NBC website or NBC Sports app.

Streaming services like fuboTV, Sling TV, and others also include NBC in most packages. However, NBC isn't available to stream in every market. So if you find yourself with no other options, you may need to look into unofficial streaming options like Ace Stream.

Sunday Night Football 2018 Dates, Times and Channel:

Date: Every Sunday from 9/9 through 12/30, 2018
Time: 8:20 p.m. (ET)
Channel: NBC
Official Stream: NBC Sports

How to Watch the Official NBC Sunday Night Football Livestream

NBCUniversal has the sole rights to broadcast Sunday Night Football, which includes streaming it online. That means the only way to watch an official stream of any of these exciting games is if you have a qualifying cable or satellite subscription. If you live in a qualifying geographic area, you can also watch through streaming services like Sling TV.

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Through TV Anywhere, NBC allows viewers with qualifying television subscriptions to stream Sunday Night Football through NBC.com.

If you have a qualifying cable or satellite subscription, here's how you can stream Sunday Night Football online:

  1. Use your favorite web browser to navigate to nbcsports.com/sunday-night-football.

    During the off-season, this URL will redirect to nbcsports.com. If you want to make sure you're all logged in and ready to go ahead of time, click on any live game, and you will be prompted to select your provider.

  2. Locate your television provider and click on it. If you don't see your provider, type it into the search box and hit enter.

    If you subscribe to a streaming service like fuboTV, look for it in the list of providers. Some streaming service accounts are compatible with NBC's TV Anywhere program.

  3. When prompted, enter the username and password for your cable or satellite provider and click Login. Depending on which provider you have, this step may be automated.

  4. If you have a valid cable or satellite subscription plan, you will be able to return on game day to watch Sunday Night Football.

Live Stream NBC Sunday Night Football on Your Phone

In addition to watching Sunday Night Football directly on NBC's website, the network also uses TV Anywhere to offer live streaming via its mobile apps. These apps are available for both Android and iOS, but they require a valid cable or satellite subscription if you want to watch live television. Otherwise, you are stuck with clips and video on demand (VOD) content.

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You can also stream Sunday Night Football directly on your phone.

If you have a valid subscription, here's how you can stream Sunday Night Football through the NBC Sports app:

  1. Download and install the NBC Sports app on your phone, tablet, or other compatible device.

  2. Launch the NBC Sports app.

  3. Tap the icon (three horizontal lines.)

  4. Tap Sign In.

  5. Tap Select Provider.

  6. Locate and tap on your cable or satellite provider.

    Some streaming services, like fuboTV, can be used in place of a cable or satellite provider. If you subscribe to one of these services, look for it in the list.

  7. Tap Continue.

    You may need to provide your username and password if the system fails to automatically detect your provider information.

  8. Verify that you are logged in by looking for your provider in the upper right corner of the app. If you have a qualifying television subscription, you will now be able to stream Sunday Night Football.

  9. Open the app on game day, locate the Sunday Night Football game, and tap on it to watch.

Stream Sunday Night Football Without A Cable Or Satellite Subscription

Since NBCUniversal has the sole rights to broadcast and stream Sunday Night Football, the only way you can officially watch or stream Sunday Night Football is through NBC.

For most cord cutters without cable or satellite subscriptions, there are still ways to watch an official stream. In the cases where those aren't options either, there are also unofficial ways to watch Sunday Night Football that should work for everyone.

Here are three ways you can stream Sunday Night Football without a cable or satellite subscription:

  • Subscribe to a live television streaming service that includes your local NBC channel.
  • Use Ace Stream to watch individual games.
  • Watch unofficial streams on sports stream aggregator sites.

Which Television Streaming Services Include Sunday Night Football?

Live streaming television sites are a less expensive alternative to cable and satellite television for cord cutters. Most of these services include the major networks, like ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox. However, the availability of live network television is limited on a geographic basis.

Most streaming services include NBC, with some exceptions like Sling Orange, so check the channel lineup before signing up.

If you live in an area where the local NBC station has partnered with online streaming services, here are your options:

In some cases, you can use the login information from a television streaming service in place of a cable subscription to sign in to NBC's website or app and watch Sunday Night Football. This may be an option even if you live in an area where NBC is not available to stream live through these sites. Check with each individual streaming service for more details.

Using Ace Stream And Reddit To Watch Sunday Night Football Online

If you're a cord cutter, and you don't have access to a qualifying television or streaming subscription, then the next best option to stream Sunday Night Football is Ace Stream. This is a program that relies on other fans to rebroadcast games, and you need to find a valid content ID from one of these streams if you want to watch.

Since content IDs aren't available until game time, or shortly before game time, streaming games like Sunday Night Football with Ace Stream can be a hassle. For more information on how to do it, check out our full guide to watching sports online with Ace Stream.

If you do choose to install Ace Stream, you can usually find content IDs through your favorite search engine. For instance, for the week one matchup, you would wait for game day and then search for:

Bears at Packers Ace Stream content ID

Other than searching for them yourself, the next best place to find Ace Stream content IDs is the NFLStreams subreddit. You may also find links to streams that don't require Ace Stream.

Free Online Sports Sites to Stream Sunday Night Football

If you still haven't found a good Sunday Night Football stream after exhausting all the other options, then the last course of action is to look for an unofficial stream on an aggregator site. These sites don't have official rights to stream games, but they do gather streams that are rebroadcast by regular viewers.

Here are some of the sites you might want to check out if you're looking for free Sunday Night Football streams:

  • Stream2Watch
  • FromHot
  • Bosscast
  • Cricfree

For more information about these and other free streaming sites, check out our full guide to watching free sports online.

Unofficial sites that host, embed, and link to Sunday Night Football streams sometimes feature advertisements that can be misleading. When viewing streams on sites like these, be careful to never download anything, never sign up for anything, and absolutely never provide credit card information. Before visiting these sites, you may want to enable a good ad blocker, just to be safe.

The Full Sunday Night Football 2018 Schedule

Sunday Night Football kicks off on September 16th in week one and runs through December 30th in week 17. In addition to seventeen full Sunday Night Football games, NBC is also set to air the prime time season kickoff on September 6th and a prime time game on Thanksgiving.

All times are given in Eastern.

2018 Sunday Night Football Schedule:

  • Week 1, Sept. 9: Bears at Packers, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 2, Sept. 16: Giants at Cowboys, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 3, Sept. 23: Steelers at Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 4, Sept. 30: Patriots at Lions, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 5, Oct. 7: Cowboys at Texans, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 6, Oct. 14: Chiefs at Patriots, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 7, Oct. 21: Rams at 49ers, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 8, Oct. 28: Saints at Vikings, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 9, Nov. 4: Packers at Patriots, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 10, Nov. 11: Cowboys at Eagles, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 11, Nov. 18: Steelers at Jaguars, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 12, Nov. 25: Packers at Vikings, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 13, Dec. 2: 49ers at Seahawks, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 14, Dec. 9: Steelers at Raiders, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 15, Dec. 16 Eagles at Rams, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 16, Dec. 23: Chiefs at Seahawks, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 17, Dec. 30 TBD at TBD, 8:20 p.m.

Sunday Night Football Flex Scheduling begins week 5. That means the games that are scheduled for weeks 5-17 can be replaced by different, more exciting matchups to showcase building rivalries and feature games with major playoff implications.

2018 Non-Sunday Night Football Prime Time Games on NBC:

  • Season Kickoff, Sept. 6: Falcons at Eagles, 8:20 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving, Nov. 22: Falcons at Saints, 8:20 p.m.