2018 kicks off football season with a playoff-caliber game: an NFL Divisional round rematch between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. It’s time for QB Matt Ryan to show how the Falcons play football as they try to pick up a Week 1 win against the former Super Bowl Champions.
If you haven’t yet decided how you’re going to watch the Atlanta Falcons, you’re in the right place. We’ve taken the time out of our schedule to watch some good old-fashioned television and make a list of the best services out there. Check out how we watch and give us your thoughts.
Channels for watching Atlanta Falcons football
11 out of 16 Falcon games will air on FOX channels, so as you can tell, it’s probably the most important channel for you to have. Be sure to check out what channels are available in your area with whatever service you choose.
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We’ve put our thoughts together and ranked each service to help you out. We’ll cover the most important ups and downs for each service that gets you the Atlanta Falcons in 2018.
#1 DIRECTV: The best option for game night
What we like: Every. Single. Falcons. Game.
Drawbacks: Price change and a two-year contract
Who it’s perfect for: Hardcore fans who need every game or bust
If you want to get the biggest bang for your buck, DIRECTV is probably going to be your cup of tea. It offers a varied channel selection, over 200 hours of DVR storage, and NFL SUNDAY TICKET for the 2018 season. DIRECTV really is the perfect spiral for Falcons fans.
No need for add-ons—the NFL SUNDAY TICKET is included in 2018
Several streaming services offer add-on subscriptions for channels like the NFL RedZone and the NFL Network, but neither of those channels give you access to all the regular games. That’s where DIRECTV’s exclusive NFL SUNDAY TICKET comes in.
NFL SUNDAY TICKET was created for football fanatics like us who want to keep up with the Falcons 24/7. Normally, it costs around $293 for one season, but with DIRECTV, all that football is included in the cost of your first year. It’s like having a year’s worth of season tickets to any team in the NFL, which are typically worth $500 or more each—but you can enjoy the game from the comfort of your couch.
If you like the service, you’ll be happy to know you’re automatically enrolled in it next year. But if you don’t want to shell out $293 your second year, make sure to cancel before the next season starts. Otherwise, you’ll have to wave goodbye to a pretty decent chunk of change.
DIRECTV is your home for football for the next two years
DIRECTV does come with a two-year contract, which can be a bit nerve-wracking. But that’s why we’re here—to give you the heads-up on hidden fees you need to know about.
So to start, you should know that you have to sign up for paperless billing if you want the $45 per month price (otherwise, it’s actually $50). Another thing you may want to write down: once your second year with DIRECTV starts, your price goes up from $45 per month to $105 per month.
That’s a lot to consider, especially when looking at other options. But DIRECTV is still number one on our list because, when it comes to watching Atlanta Falcons football, DIRECTV gives you the absolute most coverage and reliability.
#2 YouTube TV: Watch, rewatch, and enjoy each time with streaming’s largest DVR service.
What we like: An out-of-this-world cloud DVR system
Drawbacks: No extra football options
Who it’s perfect for: Mobile Falcon fans with busy schedules
Sometimes Sunday nights are just packed, and you can’t get to your Falcons game right away. Fortunately, that’s why they invented DVRs. And if you’re looking for a service with a great DVR to save your games for later, YouTube TV should be your top pick
Consider giving the free trial a spin before football season picks up.
Everyone at home can watch their favorite shows without a fuss
The best part of YouTube TV is how many screens you can stream with at once. If your household tends to be one where everyone tries to watch TV at once, YouTube TV makes it possible for you to stream on up to three devices. This especially comes in handy if your family or friends aren’t interested in watching the game.
The cherry on top of this sundae is the DVR system. The unlimited cloud-based storage makes it so you never have to worry about anyone deleting your SportsCenter highlights. You can store your favorites for up to nine months and enjoy them all in the meantime.
With streaming, you can still watch local channels
Streaming services don’t make you sign a contract, so you can opt out of the service whenever you like. Unfortunately, like our Falcons in Super Bowl LI, YouTube TV’s flaw (yes, there are flaws) is that it’s still growing—meaning that several channels haven’t hopped on the bandwagon yet and may be unavailable in your area.
Remember, if you want to stream Atlanta Falcons football, you’ll need access to FOX channels. Currently, YouTube TV has 98 local FOX affiliates across the United States, so your chances are good, but it’s best you check it out for yourself.
We recommend sliding in to YouTube TV’s homepage and clicking on their Try It Free button. This’ll take you to a page where you can see which channels you’ll be able to stream when you sign up.
#3 Hulu with Live TV: Expand services you already have and improve your watching experience.
What we like: Hulu Live is the customizing king
Drawbacks: Base package leaves a lot to be desired
Who it’s perfect for: Falcon fans who want the highlights
Hulu with Live TV offers all the channels you need to watch the Atlanta Falcons—and it throws in access to its entire on-demand library and award-winning originals. You can try it out with a free trial and see if it satisfies your entertainment needs.
Upgrade Hulu and you won’t have to wait for all your favorite shows
Hulu Live’s base package starts out at $39.99 a month, but that can change a lot if you like to customize your options (more on that later). There’s no contract either, which means you’re able to leave Hulu Live and come back whenever you like.
Hulu Live has the most local channel affiliates of any streaming service on this list with almost 600 local channels available across the United States. That means you’re more than likely going to have access to all the Falcons games you need.
But before you take that leap of faith—we recommend you check out what local channels are available in your area on the Hulu Live homepage. We know you’re eager, but stream responsibly.
Hulu Live has more to offer
Hulu Live holds its own outside of the football field too. It not only has one of the largest on-demand libraries in the game but also lets you add on HBO and Showtime. So you can watch shows like Ballers or the last season of Game of Thrones (when it finally comes out).
Before you sit down to enjoy your newly customized subscription, remember that everything has a price tag. All these add-ons sound like the best way to experience all that Hulu Live has to offer, but they are not included in the base package. So, you’ll be adding $10 or $15 for every add-on you order. Eventually, those add-ons can stack up, and you’ll wonder where your snack money went once the season starts.
Sept. 6 at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sept. 16 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sept. 23 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Sept. 30 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oct. 7 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 14 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 22 vs. New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Oct. 28 — BYE
Nov. 4 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 11 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 18 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 22 at New Orleans Saints (Thanksgiving), 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Dec. 2 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 9 at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 16 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 23 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 30 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Falcon football is underway—are you watching?
The Falcons have a chip on their shoulder, and they’re looking for a Super Bowl redemption this season. Their upcoming game with the Eagles will set the tone for the rest of their season, so make sure you’re watching.
Comment below, and let us know how you’ve chosen to watch Falcons football.