Bills vs Cowboys: Thanksgiving is an important event for all Americans, spending time together as a family and rooting for their favorite teams during Thanksgiving Day Football. If you want to watch the games online, we’ve got you covered.
This year, Thanksgiving falls on November 28th, so that’s the day when you’ll get to enjoy three Thursday games instead of one. This year, it’s going to fall during the thirteenth week of the NFL, which is, as always, quite near to the end of the season.
Thanksgiving Day Football will feature, as mentioned, three games that will be broadcast by Fox, CBS, and NBC. Here’s the schedule, complete with the time the game starts.
|November 28th||FOX||12:30 PM||Chicago Bears||Detroit Lions|
|CBS||4:30 PM||Buffalo Bills||Dallas Cowboys|
|NBC||8:20 PM||New Orleans Saints||Atlanta Falcons|
How to Watch Thanksgiving Day Football Online?
One of the coolest parts about watching sports online is that you can watch them wherever you may be, as long as you have an Internet connection. Well, there are some limitations to this. If you plan to travel abroad for Thanksgiving this year, you’ll be unable to access the video stream, no matter which way you choose to watch – live TV service, streaming service, or live stream on a TV network’s website. That’s because all these are geoblocked, which means you can’t access them unless you’re within the United States. Thankfully, the issue is easily fixed by changing your IP address, which is how they know where you are, so you should look into subscribing to a VPN service. Here’s what you need to do.
- First, you should look for a great VPN you can trust. We’ve reviewed dozens of these over the years, so we can confidently suggest you go for ExpressVPN. Start by visiting ExpressVPN’s website and subscribing to the service.
- Then, download the app and install it on your device. Continue by launching the app and logging into your account.
- Look for a US-based server – you’ve got dozens of options – and connect to it.
- Load the live TV platform you chose to watch Thanksgiving Day Football on, such as fuboTV, switch to the desired channel, and have fun with your family.
How to Watch Thanksgiving Day Football Without Cable?
One of the beautiful things about the Internet is that we now live in an era when you can get all your content online, including live TV. Not only does this free you of those pesky cable contracts that cost an arm and a leg and are nearly impossible to get out of, but you get to watch whatever you want on your favorite devices, travel around the country, or even simply enjoy your morning shows while you commute. Don’t do it while driving, though. So, let’s see which live-TV streaming services feature the channels we need.
|Bundles||fubo ($54.99/mo) + Family ($59.99/mo), Family Deluxe ($64.99/mo), and Ultra ($79.99/mo) promo packs.|
|Customization||Channel Bundles – fubo Cycling ($11.99/mo), International Sports Plus ($5.99/mo), Sports Plus ($8.99/mo), Adventure Plus ($4.99/mo), NBA League Pass ($28.99/mo), Portuguese Plus ($14.99/mo), Latino Plus ($7.99/mo), fubo Extra ($5.99/mo) Premium Networks – Showtime ($10.99/mo), AMC Premiere ($4.99/mo), FX Plus ($5.99/mo), RAI Italia ($7.99/mo)|
|Device support||Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, iOS, Android, Chromecast, web browser|
|DVR||30 hours, unlimited time storage, expandable to 500 hours via extra feature ($9.99/mo)|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
First, we have fuboTV on our list, which is a great service, especially if you really love sports. The main bundle – fubo – features dozens of dedicated sports channels and more can be found in the numerous packs they have available. Plus, you can add plenty of premium networks too. You can find CBS, Fox, and NBC in the main bundle, so you don’t need to add any others unless you really want to.
One of the cool things about fuboTV is the fact that it allows subscribers to record programs to the cloud DVR, offering everyone 30 hours of storage space. Users can lift the cap up to 500 hours if they pay $9.99 for an extra feature. Another cool thing is that while you’re enjoying Thanksgiving football, your family can watch something else since fuboTV allows up to two simultaneous streams, with a third being available for $5.99 per month. Make sure to read our fuboTV review to get a full picture of what the service has to offer.
2. Sling TV
|Bundles||Sling Orange ($25/mo), Sling Blue ($25/mo), Sling Orange + Blue ($40/mo)|
|Customization||Channel bundles – Comedy ($5/mo), Espanol ($5/mo), Heartland ($5/mo), Hollywood ($5/mo), Lifestyle ($5/mo), News ($5/mo), Kids ($5/mo), Sports ($5/mo with Orange, $10/mo with Blue or Orange + Blue), Kids + Comedy + News + Lifestyle ($10/mo)
Premium Channels – Showtime ($10/mo), STARZ ($9/mo), EPIX ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Here TV ($8/mo), Grokker ($7/mo), Stingray Karaoke ($7/mo), UP Faith & Family ($5/mo), Pantaya ($6/mo), CineFest ($5/mo), Hopster ($5/mo), Comedy Dynamics ($5/mo), Dove Channel ($5/mo), DogTV ($5/mo), CONtv ($5/mo), Docurama ($5/mo), Outside TV Features ($5/mo)
NBA– League Pass ($29/mo), Team Pass ($18/mo)
|Device support||Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV, AirTV Player, Xiaomi, LG Smart TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, Fire tablets, Xbox One, Chrome web browser|
|DVR||Up to 50 hours, unlimited storage time. Expandable by another 50 hours with extra feature|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
Another great option that you have is Sling TV, which is one of the few platforms that can be customized to such an extent. You start off with one of the three bundles – Orange($25/mo), Blue ($25/mo), and Orange + Blue ($40/mo) -, and then add any (or all) of the extra channel packs that are grouped by interest (news, kids, entertainment, sports, etc). There is also a long list of premium networks you can pick from. On Sling TV you can find Fox and NBC, but not CBS. Both channels are available via the Blue and Orange + Blue bundles, which is pretty great since those bundles also offer the best simultaneous streaming feature.
Sling TV subscribers don’t get any “free” DVR space, but they can pay $5 per month for 50 hours of storage space. It’s not great, but it’s something. Subscribers who chose the Blue bundle to get to watch content on up to three devices at once, while Orange + Blue subscribers get four screens. As an odd twist, those who chose Orange only get to watch content on a single device. Make sure to read our Sling TV review for more details.
3. CBS All Access
|Plans||$5.99/Mo (Limited commercials), $9.99/Mo (Commercial Free)|
|Multi-screen streaming||5 devices|
|Device support||Apple TV, Android TV, Google Chromecast, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Roku, iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, PS4, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows 10|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
|Visit||CBS All Access|
Another way to watch one of the Thanksgiving football games is via CBS All Access. Earlier this year, CBS signed a deal that allows it to stream NFL games on CBS All Access platform, so subscribers will get to enjoy it this way too.
Talking of which, CBS All Access costs $5.99 per month with ads or $7.99 per month without ads. The platform works on numerous devices, including Android, Android TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, iOS, Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, or PlayStation Vue. Go read our CBS All Access review to figure out if this is the right choice for you or not.
|Bundles||A single bundle – Hulu with Live TV – $44.99 per month|
|Customization||Premium channels – HBO ($14.99/mo), Showtime ($10.99/mo), Cinemax ($9.99/mo), STARZ ($8.99/mo)
Channel Packs – Entertainment ($7.99/mo), Espanol ($4.99/mo)
|Device support||iOS, Android, FireTV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, browsers|
|DVR||50 Hours Cloud DVR by default, Enhanced Cloud DVR – 200 Hours ($14.99/mo)|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
Up next we have a name you’ve been familiar with for quite a while now, although that’s mostly to the video-on-demand platform it offers – Hulu. Hulu has some great features and it offers them all for $44.99 per month if you’ll pick the live TV bundle of channels. Plus, like a really cool perk, you also get access to the full VOD library. On Hulu’s main bundle you can find all the channels you need – CBS, Fox, and NBC – so you can enjoy all games throughout the day.
In case you’re too busy with family lunch and dinner, you can have Hulu record the games for you. Subscribers get 50 hours of cloud DVR space with the plan and can raise the storage space up to 200 hours by paying $14.99 per month. While old Hulu subscribers know that the VOD packages only come with a single screen to watch content on, you should know that the live TV plan offers users the chance to watch on two different devices at the same time. There’s also the option to lift the cap completely and watch on however many devices you want if you’ll pay $14.99 per month. Make sure to give our Hulu review a read for more details.
5. YouTube TV
|Bundles||A single bundle – $49.99 per month ($54.99 if billed through Apple)|
|Customization||Premium channels – AMC Premiere ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($15/mo), Showtime ($7/mo), Starz ($9/mo), Shudder ($5/mo), Sundance Now ($7/mo), NBA League Pass ($40/mo or $124/year), EPIX ($6/mo)|
|Device support||Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, Samsung and LG Smart TVs, iOS, Android|
|DVR||Unlimited storage space, recordings saved for 9 months|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
Another great alternative is YouTube TV, which is a platform that only provides one bundle of channels to pick from. The monthly subscription costs $49.99, and it includes not only dozens of channels but also some nifty features. You can add some premium networks to the mix to get a longer list of channels if you want. YouTube TV features loads of channels, including CBS, NBC, and Fox so you can watch all or any of the games they’ll broadcast on Thanksgiving Day.
The subscription comes with unlimited cloud DVR space so you can record any of the games if you’re going to be busy right then. Subscribers can watch content on up to three devices at once, which is quite great, especially since you don’t have to pay extra for that third screen. Give TechNadu’s YouTube TV review a read before making a decision.
6. DirecTV Now
|Bundles||Plus ($50/mo) and Max ($70/mo) Other Packages – Entertainment ($93/mo), Choice ($110/mo), Xtra ($124/mo), Ultimate ($135/mo), and Optimo Mas ($86/mo)|
|Customization||Channel packs – AT&T TV Now Deportes ($5/mo) and AT&T TV Now Espanol ($15/mo) Premium Networks – HBO (included with Plus and Max), Cinemax ($11/mo or included with Max), Showtime ($11/mo), STARZ ($11/mo) International Bundles – Vietnamese ($20/mo), Brazilian ($30/mo), Korean ($30/mo)|
|Device support||Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, browsers|
|DVR||Up to 20 hours, 30 days limit, no expansions|
|Free trial||Yes, 7 days|
|Visit||AT&T TV Now|
The list continues with DirecTV Now, which is a platform that features seven bundles. Plus and Max is new and were only added in Spring 2019. The other five bundles were here before, but they got renamed when Plus and Max were introduced, turning into Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, Ultimate, and Optimo Mas. Their prices also doubled. You can also add a bunch of foreign channel packs and several premium networks. You’ll find that Fox, CBS, and NBC are all present in all seven bundles, so you’re more than covered no matter which game you’re more eager to watch.
DirecTV Now offers users some cloud DVR storage space, namely 20 hours, which is kind of a low limit. Unfortunately, there’s no way to increase that number as of now, but there hopefully will be in the future. The service further allows users to watch content on two devices at once, with the possibility of adding a third screen for $5 per month. TechNadu has a DirecTV Now review ready for you.
7. PlayStation Vue
|Bundles||Access ($49.99/mo), Core ($54.99/mo), Elite ($64.99/mo), Ultra ($84.99/mo)|
|Customization||Channel bundles – Sports Pack ($10/mo), Espanol Pack ($4.99/mo, $3.99/mo with PlayStation Plus) Premium channels – HBO ($15/mo, or included in Ultra), Showtime ($10.99/mo, $8.99/mo with PlayStation Plus, or included in Ultra), FX+ ($5.99/mo), Epix ($3.99/mo, $2.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Cinemax ($15/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($14.99/mo or $12.99 with PlayStation Plus), Hi-YAH! ($2.99/mo or $1.99/mo with PlayStation Plus) Bundles – HBO + Cinemax ($21.99/mo or $19.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Epix Hits + Showtime ($13.99/mo or $11.49/mo with PlayStation Plus)|
|Device support||Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, Roku, PS3, PS4, browser|
|DVR||Up to 500 programs, 28 days limit|
|Free trial||Yes, 5 days|
When we were reviewing these live-TV streaming platforms, PlayStation Vue is the one that stood out the most, getting the highest score. One of the reasons why it managed this feat is the fact that it offers four bundles to pick from – Access ($44.99/mo), Core($49.99/mo), Elite ($59.99/mo), and Ultra ($79.99/mo). There are also several extra channel packs and a few premium networks you can add. PlayStation Vue’s list of channels features CBS, NBC, and Fox in all four bundles so you can relax if you like this platform the most – it has everything you need in there.
PlayStation Vue users get quite a great deal here because they can access enough DVR space for 500 programs and you don’t have to pay anything extra. Similarly, if you want to watch content on multiple devices, you can do that easily as the platform enables users to stream to five devices at once. Plus, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can watch up to three programs at once on the same screen. Read our PlayStation Vue review to understand the network better.
We hope we’ve made your Thanksgiving nicer this year and that we’ve helped you watch any football games you want, wherever you may go. We can’t wait to hear which platform you picked. Leave a comment in the section below, and please share the article online. Follow TechNadu on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks!