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Everything You Want to Know About Football Television Packages

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Football in person is sweet, but sometimes football on TV is sweeter because you can flip from game to game. Whether you watch traditional TV, use a streaming device like a Chromecast or a Roku, or just like catching a game on your iPad or smartphone while you're out, football on TV is a great way to relax on a lazy weekend with the remote control. Here are the places to get your fix!

In the United States, DirecTV has a monopoly or exclusive rights to sell The NFL Sunday Ticket. This means that you must have DirecTV to get this package. In Canada and other places, The Sunday Ticket is available on satellite or cable.

The NFL SUNDAY TICKET includes every out-of-market non-nationally televised NFL game. Subscribers also get access to goodies like a Game Tracker with stats and the pre-game shows.

You may be able to get this service without a DirecTV subscription if you live in an area not served or in a building where a dish cannot be installed.  More »

The NFL Network is a 24-hour cable and satellite channel devoted to nothing but the National Football League. The NFL Network is the channel to watch if you love pre-season football. In November, the NFL Network will televise a weekly game on Thursday and Saturday nights. NFL Total Access is the station's signature show which airs 6 nights a week. This channel provides the NFL fan with a greater insight to the players and league. Tuesday and Wednesday nights they show the best five games of the previous week on a show called NFL Replay. More »

Say goodbye to ESPN GamePlan, the cable, satellite and streaming package that allowed out-of-market college football fans to watch up to 15 regional game telecasts each week. In its place will be ESPN College Extra, a new college sports service that will bring hundreds of ESPN3 exclusive live college sports events to the TV.  The service delivers an extensive portfolio of college sports events year-round including football, basketball, baseball, softball and more.  Live events will be accessible to customers of AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV, Bright House Networks, Cox, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS and select NCTC members. More »

Fox will continue to televise the NFL on Sundays. Other than that, you should get a local college football game of the week in most markets. Where Fox excels is with their regional FOX Sports Networks. Every weekend you can expect to see one if not two-to-three games. You might even be able to watch games on one of the out-of-market Fox Sports Networks, like Fox West Coast if you live on the East coast.   More »

ESPN has an abundance of college and NFL games this year on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360, etc. ESPN is also the home for Monday Night Football. More »

NBC features the NFL Sunday Night game of the week. NBC will also present a limited number of Thursday night games.  More »