Best ways to watch the Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears are ready to bring a storm to the Windy City this year as Mitch Trubisky brings his leadership role to the next level. Find out how to watch the Chicago Bears this 2018 season with a few of the services we’ve picked out for you.
Channels for watching the Chicago Bears
We’ve charted a small outline of the channels you’ll need to catch all the Bears games:
- FOX is home base with 11 games.
- CBS does its share and hosts 3 games.
- NBC kicks off the season in week 1.
- ESPN follows through in week 2.
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#1 DIRECTV: All the NFL you could ever want
What we like: Every single game available
Drawbacks: Two-year contract with price hikes
Who it’s perfect for: Diehard Bears fans
DIRECTV is for the Bears fan that is unwilling to compromise when it comes to football season. Simply put—it’s the option with the most football. DIRECTV may have its downsides, but when it comes to game night, there’s a reason why DIRECTV comes out on top.
NFL SUNDAY TICKET is the new black
Let’s get straight to it—DIRECTV’s CHOICE package costs $45 a month and includes NFL SUNDAY TICKET the first year. That alone makes it the best deal for football fans because NFL SUNDAY TICKET offers every out-of-market game available nationwide every Sunday.
NFL SUNDAY TICKET is valued at around $293 a season. Just make sure, if you’re not interested, to let DIRECTV know before your second year kicks in. Otherwise, you’ll be charged full price.
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Now, we know contracts are never fun. So, make sure you’re prepared for the terms going in. DIRECTV’s two-year contract has a price hike that kicks in the second year. And yeah, it’s a bit painful. With the CHOICE package, your price changes from $45 a month to $105 a month.
That sounds bad, but when you average the monthly price, DIRECTV’s costs are actually consistent with other satellite TV services (ahem… DISH). Still, we think DIRECTV’s perks outweigh its downsides if you want the most possible Bears games you can get.
#2 Hulu with Live TV: Be a part of entertainment’s stream team
What we like: Huge on-demand library
Drawbacks: Lackluster cloud DVR
Who it’s perfect for: Fans of Chicago football and cutting the cord
You may not be in the position to sign a contract, but you still gotta scratch that football itch. Welcome to the world of live TV streaming. Hulu with Live TV is the best streaming services for those looking to get both the Bears games and the best binge-worthy shows.
If you want to get a few Chicago Bears games for free, check out Hulu Live’s 7-day trial. Then you can decide if you want to commit for the per-month prices.
Cut the cord not the quality
Hulu Live is the best streaming option on this list thanks to its local channel affiliates and on-demand library. So you’ll get a chance to watch the game, and then catch up on shows like Casual or The Handmaid’s Tale.
If you’re still unsure about cutting the cord because you don’t want to cut local channels with it, never fear—Hulu Live has nearly 600 local channel affiliates nationwide. That makes it the streaming service with the most local channels available.
Let’s do a quick halftime recap. With Hulu Live, you get access to all the channels you need for game night, and you have options other than football to entertain you during the off-season. That’s all pretty awesome. But is Hulu Live perfect? The quick answer is no.
Unfortunately, unlike other services on this list, Hulu Live’s perks pale in comparison to satellite or cable providers (that’s why they tend to be cheaper). For example, Hulu Live’s DVR comes with a measly 50 hours worth of storage space, making DVR space a very limited resource.
You do have the option to upgrade to 200 hours for $14.99 more a month, but when compared to other DVRs on this list, it’s still hardly worth it.
#3 YouTube TV: A DVR that roars above the competition
What we like: Unlimited DVR storage
Drawbacks: Not available for everyone
Who it’s perfect for: Fans who love to replay
If your schedule is packed and you need to rely on a great DVR to hold you over till your next break, YouTube TV is the best service for you. In fact, it’s kinda the hit of the streaming world right now.
You can always sign up for the 7-day free trial to test it out for yourself and see how you like it.
A picnic basket with all the goodies
So why is YouTube TV’s DVR so good? We have a two-word answer: unlimited storage. That’s right—you can record every Chicago Bears game of the season and still as many shows as you want after that.
We can hear your mind being blown from here, but let’s bring you back down from cloud nine. Unlimited storage doesn’t mean forever storage. There’s a nine-month cap on the shows you lock in your DVR vault. After those nine months, they’ll be gone without a trace. So as long as you’re willing to say goodbye to your recordings after almost a year, you’ll love this DVR.
Smaller than the average bear
With a great DVR and the convenience that come from streaming, you might be wondering why YouTube TV is ranked third. Well, greatness aside, YouTube TV is still expanding its availability, so you’ll have to check to make sure YouTube TV is available near you.
Due to it not being available to all users, we figure we should knock it down a few notches. You can’t watch a game if you don’t have the service.
Sept. 9 at Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sept. 17 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Sept. 23 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Sept. 30 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 7 — BYE
Oct. 14 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 21 vs. New England Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oct. 28 vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Nov. 4 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 11 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 18 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 22 at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving), 12:30 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 2 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 9 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 16 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1: p.m (FOX)
Dec. 23 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 30 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)
The off-season is over—game time starts now
The Chicago Bears have done enough hibernating—this fall the game gets personal. Check out some of the services we’ve recommended, and pick your best way to watch and cheer on your team to victory.