After achieving a winning record last year, the Lions’ offense has worked non-stop to get ready to reach the playoffs. So don’t miss a throw, run, or kick, and find out how you can watch the Detroit Lions this 2018 season.
Channels for watching the Detroit Lions
Out of the 16 games the Detroit Lions will play, 13 of them are aired through FOX. The remaining three games are divided equally between ESPN, NBC, and CBS.
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We’ve ranked our recommendations along with some good, bad, and ugly details that you ought to consider before choosing your Lions football provider.
#1 DIRECTV: We’re not “lion” when we say it’s the best
What we like: Over 185 channels and NFL SUNDAY TICKET
Drawbacks: Two-year contract and price hikes
Who it’s perfect for: Die-hard Lions fans with well-planned budgets
Because DIRECTV is a satellite TV service, you don’t have to worry about pesky buffering or connectivity issues like you do with streaming services. There is a two-year contract, but it could still be worth it since DIRECTV offers NFL SUNDAY TICKET. Basically, that means you can stop looking for a service with more football coverage—you won’t find one.
DIRECTV’s channel selection is something you can really sink your claws into
DIRECTV’s CHOICE™ package starts you off at $45 a month once you’ve signed a two-year contract. It has a huge channel selection, over 185 in total, and includes premium channels like STARZ and SHOWTIME for the first three months.
Unfortunately, despite all its good points, DIRECTV can leave a bitter aftertaste because of its two-year contract. Contracts are never fun to begin with, but there’s also a price hike after the first year.
At first, the CHOICE package will cost $45 per month, but during your second year, that price goes up to $105 per month. That can feel like you’re getting hit in the blind side—we’re not going to lie.
NFL SUNDAY TICKET provides front-row access
DIRECTV is number one when it comes to watching every game, hands down. No other service offers NFL SUNDAY TICKET, which is unlimited football coverage from kick-off to overtime for every out-of-market Sunday game. That’s the reason why DIRECTV is on the top spot on this list. This package was tailor-made for those of us looking for Matthew Stafford–levels of reliability.
Not everything is a walk in the park, though. NFL SUNDAY TICKET is included in your first year with DIRECTV, but you’ll have to purchase it separately for the 2019 season if you want to keep the service (we were disappointed too). Make sure to give DIRECTV a call if you don’t want an additional season because it’ll automatically bill you otherwise.
The package is priced at about $293 per season, which may seem like an intense amount, but when compared to season tickets in Detroit you’ll realize, much like we did, that it’s worth it in the long run.
#2 Hulu with Live TV: Stream live TV like never before
What we like: Best way to stream local channels
Drawbacks: Lackluster DVR
Who it’s perfect for: Lion fans who are prone to roaming
No contracts, no satellites, no problems—Hulu with Live TV is one of the best streaming services out there because of its solid local channel coverage and amazing on-demand library You can check out the 7-day free trial if you’re curious what the buzz is all about.
Own it, share it, and enjoy it
Hulu Live caters to those of us who like running the ball. It provides the option to stream any channel to your mobile device, and makes it so that you don’t have share the only TV in your house to watch the game.
You can simultaneously stream on up to two screens at once, with the option to upgrade that to unlimited screens at home. This may come in handy if you have traitors, ahem, Packers fans in your home.
You’ll want to add-on a DVR upgrade to your subscription
Hulu Live’s base subscription cost is $39.99 per month, which makes it the cheapest option on the list (by a penny, but it still counts). This subscription grants you access to over 50 channels of live TV and Hulu’s library of content. So once the game is over you can catch up on all the shows you’ve missed like The Mindy Project or, my personal favorite, Kitchen Nightmares.
With all the options that Hulu Live gives you to watch, you’ll want to make use of the DVR feature. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use it for long considering the base package DVR comes with a tiny 50 hours of storage space. You can upgrade to 200 hours, which is still on the small side, but it’ll cost you $15 on top of your monthly bill.
Hulu Live is great, but we still give its DVR some side eye. There’s even more add-ons available to fulfill your viewing needs, but each one comes at a pretty hefty price. We recommend you stick to the $39.99 and you’ll still be satisfied.
#3 YouTube TV: The internet’s largest media hub just stepped up its game.
What we like: Unlimited recording and no contract
Drawbacks: No NFL exclusive channels
Who it’s perfect for: Those who are okay with missing a game or two.
YouTube TV is one of the fastest growing streaming services and comes with consistent prices and great features. YouTube TV has unlimited cloud storage for your DVR, lets you stream on up to three devices, and you can share your account with six people. In short, it’s worth checking out the 7-day free trial.
Keep your games in the cloud
Unlike other services on this list, YouTube TV’s cloud DVR comes with unlimited recording hours and stores each program for up to nine months. There’s no need to pay for an add-on or delete Lions games to make room for other shows you may want to watch—yes, there’s even room for one Packers game if there are any traitors in the family.
YouTube TV also lets you stream on up to three screens at the same time. While Hulu Live offers more simultaneous streams as separate upgrade to your plan, YouTube TV bundles it with its base package. So, you’ll always pay $40 per month with no additional charges (this is where you can do a touchdown victory dance).
Get what you signed up for
Here come some ugly details, so buckle up. YouTube TV has over 60 channels you can choose from. That’s great—but it has less local affiliates than other choices on this list. You may not get the channels you need depending on your area, which is not great.
Low channel availability may or may not affect you, but what we recommend is going to YouTube TV’s website and clicking on the Try It Free button. This will tell you what channels are available in your city before you sign you up.
Another reason we ranked YouTube TV in third place is that, unlike DIRECTV’s NFL SUNDAY TICKET, YouTube doesn’t have an option for NFL-exclusive content. That’s kind of a bummer.
Sept. 10 vs. New York Jets (Mon), 7:10 p.m.(ESPN)
Sept. 16 at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Sept. 23 vs. New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Sept. 30 at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 7 vs. Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 14 — BYE
Oct. 21 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 28 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 4 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 11 at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 18 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 22 vs. Chicago Bears (Thanksgiving), 12:30 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 2 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 9 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 16 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 23 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Dec. 30 at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Detroit Lions football season starts soon
Everyone is ready to see the Lions hit the field running after a successful 2017 season. The world is watching Detroit to see if they can carry their momentum to victory. Use our recommendations to find the best way to watch the upcoming action.