How to watch the NFL without cable – the 2021 preseason starts tonight with the Cowboys vs. Steelers

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  • The 2021 NFL preseason begins tonight with the Hall of Fame Game on Fox.
  • Regular season games are spread across several channels, including ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and NFL Network.
  • HD antennas and streaming services offer select NFL games without the need for a cable subscription.

The 2021 NFL preseason will begin with the Hall of Fame Game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers tonight on Fox. The game is a part of the NFL’s Hall of Fame weekend, which will continue with coverage of the induction ceremonies for the NFL’s 2020 and 2021 hall of fame classes.

Throughout the season, NFL games will be spread across five primary networks: ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and the NFL Network. Meanwhile, the next Super Bowl will be broadcast on NBC. 

To help ensure you get access to the Hall of Fame Game, preseason, and any other games you’d like to watch, we’ve broken down the ins and outs of watching the NFL season without a cable subscription.

How to watch the Hall of Fame Game and induction ceremonies

The 2021 NFL preseason will begin with the Cowboys playing the Steelers in the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on August 5. The game kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

If you don’t have a pay-TV provider or antenna to watch your local Fox affiliate, you can use an online streaming service like Hulu Live TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, or Sling TV

Live TV and FuboTV offer free seven-day trials for new members, so you can check out the Hall of Fame Game and cancel if you don’t like the service. Meanwhile, you can get your first month of Sling’s Blue plan with Fox for just $10.

After the game between the Cowboys and Steelers, the NFL will spend the weekend celebrating its new hall of fame inductees. On August 7, the NFL Network will air the class of 2020 hall of fame enshrinement ceremony starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. The 2021 induction ceremony will follow on August 8 at 6 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

NFL Hall of Fame weekend schedule

How to watch NFL games without cable

You can access select NFL games without a cable subscription via streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video, and NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.

The 2021 NFL regular season begins on September 9. During the regular season, Sunday afternoon games with an NFC home team will air on Fox, and Sunday afternoon games with an AFC home team will air on CBS. Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football airs on NBC, and Thursday Night Football will broadcast on NFL Network all season long. Select Thursday Night Football games will also be shown on Fox and streamed via Amazon Prime and

. Finally, Monday Night Football is on ESPN. 

Additionally, you can stream all your local in-market games on your mobile device for free using the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app.

Here’s a full roundup of all the services you can use to stream NFL games without cable.