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The NFL is one of the most cord-cutter friendly sports in the U.S. during the regular seasons. It is easy to watch the NFL without cable. So, it comes as no surprise that it’s just as easy to watch the NFL Playoffs without a cable TV subscription.
In fact, every game of the 2020 NFL playoffs (2019 Season) is available on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox using an over the air antenna. So, there is no need to have a cable subscription to enjoy NFL football this postseason. All of those channels are available using a TV antenna. If you want to set one up, check out my guide on choosing a TV antenna. However, there are now several ways to stream local TV channels.
Streaming the NFL Playoffs
Several streaming services stream local ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS.
Hulu Live TV: This service streams live local channels in most markets in the country. Hulu has local TV network availability across much of the U.S. and provides this handy tool to see which channels are available in your area: Hulu Live TV Channels by Zipcode. I also break down which local networks are available in a given market in my Hulu Live TV review. They also offer a free trial for you to see which local channels are available.
I put the NFL Playoff schedule later in the article so you can make sure you’ll be able to watch the game using this service. Hulu also provides ESPN. This is handy for the AFC Wildcard game that airs on both ABC and ESPN. It’s a way to watch the game if you can’t get ABC.
AT&T TV NOW – This is another service that offers a way to stream live TV. You can check my review of AT&T TV Now to see which channels are available in your area. You can also check out this 1-week free trial to ensure you have access to the channels you need.
You can also check out this post on streaming local channels for other viewing options. If none of these work, you can still catch the game by using the international version of NFL Game Pass. Game Pass offers a live NFL streaming service available to people outside the U.S. All one needs to do is make your computer seem like it’s not based in the U.S., which is pretty easy to accomplish.
To do this, you can use a VPN to simulate an IP address outside the U.S. The details of doing this are described in my article on using a SmartDNS. I personally use IPVanish to do this. The necessary steps to do this are below. Make sure you set up your VPN before purchasing Game Pass. You will need to purchase it while using the foreign IP. Bear in mind, this is the last resort. While you are paying to watch, using a VPN likely violates the NFL Game Pass end-user agreement. In other words, they have the right to cancel your subscription without a refund.
Setting up IPVanish for NFL Game Pass
- Sign up for IPVanish.
- Once you sign up, install the IPVanish client. After that, it’s simply a matter of starting the client, logging in, and click India as your location on the map to turn on the VPN.
- Your computer now looks like it’s in India.
- Clear your browser cache. This is important in case of Game Pass stored a location cookie on your system
Once the VPN is set up, you can sign up for NFL Game Pass. You can use your current billing address. The SmartDNS will still open up all games since you are based abroad from the perspective of Game Pass.
NFL Playoff TV Schedule
Wild Card Weekend
Saturday, January 4th
Sunday, January 5th
Saturday, January 11th
Sunday, January 12th
Sunday, January 19th
Super Bowl LIV
AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, 6:30 p.m. ET (Fox, try Hulu Live TV)
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