What we like: Super affordable price
Drawbacks: Unreliable streams
Who it’s perfect for: NFL fans on a budget
If you’re looking for a way to livestream the NFL Network, Sling TV is the cheapest—even if it’s not our favorite way.
Sling TV is cost efficient, but it tends to be glitchy and slow, especially on slow internet connections.
But if you’ve got a fast internet plan and you want to save some cash every month, Sling TV is a solid way to watch the NFL Network top 100.
Sling TV pricing
In case we haven’t already mentioned it, Sling TV is the cheapest way to watch the NFL Network.
The NFL Network channel is included with the Sling Blue package, which costs $25 per month—$20 less than it costs with PlayStation Vue. That’s a pretty decent savings.
But there’s more to the story. While the Sling Blue package lets you watch the NFL Network cast as it covers Thursday Night Football games, it does not include ESPN, which you need to watch Monday Night Football. For that, you’ve got to sign up for the Sling Orange + Blue package, which costs $40 per month (still cheaper than Playstation Vue, though).
So if you’re a diehard football fan who wants to get every game, you probably won’t save much with Sling TV.
Livestreaming the NFL Network on Sling TV
Sling TV has the NFL Network, sure. And you get a functional interface and channel guide, so you can easily look up the NFL Network schedule to see when NFL Fantasy Live starts. That makes it perfect for football fans who just want access to the couple of games per season that aren’t broadcast over the air or on Amazon Prime.
But Sling TV’s football-watching experience leaves a lot to be desired.
For starters, Sling TV is unreliable. Unless you’ve got a private, super-fast internet connection, you’ll probably deal with long buffering times, glitchy playback controls, and blurry picture.
But possibly the biggest drawback for football fans is the fact that Sling TV doesn’t offer CBS. CBS will broadcast the Super Bowl in 2019, so that’s a major gap in Sling TV’s football coverage.