Best ways to watch the Kansas City Chiefs
Rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes is already putting the fear of the Chiefs into the hearts of the competition. Looking to prove himself this season, this rookie is coming in hot. This 2018 NFL season is one you don’t want to miss.
If you’re a little lost in the haze of competing live TV services, we totally get it. It’s also why we made this list. Now, adjust your screen’s brightness setting, ‘cause we’re about to give you some solid info on how to watch the Kansas City Chiefs.
Channels for watching the Kansas City Chiefs
CBS will host most Chiefs games this 2018 season, but here’s the full breakdown for the next 17 weeks:
- CBS will be the pack leader with nine games.
- FOX will take on three games.
- ESPN & NBC will be splitting the remaining games with two each.
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In football, there are always winners and losers. And out of all the ways to watch the Chiefs, there are three big winners that will have you watching Chiefs football quicker than Tyreek Hill’s 40-yard dash. Lucky you.
#1 DIRECTV: Be large and in charge when it comes to your entertainment.
What we like: Every game in 2018 is available
Drawbacks: Mandatory contracts and price hikes
Who it’s perfect for: Front-row-sitting, face-painting Chiefs fans
If your list of TV must-haves includes every single Chiefs game this season, then DIRECTV is your option. No need to brave the crowds at Arrowhead, or travel long distances for those key away games. Just stock your fridge, fire up the BBQ, and head for the couch.
NFL SUNDAY TICKET—Welcome to the VIP section
DIRECTV’s CHOICE package gets you not only access to the game for $45 a month but also the intensity and game quantity of NFL SUNDAY TICKET, the price of which is included for the first year.
NFL SUNDAY TICKET is a season-long service that lets you watch any out-of-market game in the NFL every Sunday. So you can enjoy the Chiefs when they’re at home using local channels or away using NFL SUNDAY TICKET. This add-on package normally costs $293 a season, but for your first year, you don’t have to worry about paying extra. This is the part where you do a little victory dance.
Wave goodbye to inconsistency
So now it’s time to consult the replay and see if there are any flaws in the DIRECTV strategy. Unfortunately, there are a few. Because it’s a satellite TV service, you’ll have to sign a two-year contract.
On top of that, by the second year of your contract, you’ll go from paying $45 a month to paying $105 a month. That’s more than double, y’all.
But hold your flags on the play—we did the math and there’s no foul (seriously). Yes, the shift in price seems kinda harsh, but we compared the contract to other companies (DISH, we’re talking about you), and the prices run pretty parallel in the long run.
So if you’re all about watching every game available, the price is probably still going to be worth it to you.
#2 Hulu with Live TV: Sprinkle some live TV in your home.
What we like: Spectacular on-demand library
Drawbacks: Add-ons cost a pretty penny.
Who it’s perfect for: Chief fans who like football but need more.
Hulu Live is one the services leading the charge when it comes to online streaming. mainly due to its massive on-demand library, which carries shows like, Power and The Handmaid’s Tale. If you’re looking to round out your entertainment center with some live TV on top of delicious on-demand content, Hulu with Live TV is going to be your number-one draft pick.
You can try out Hulu Live and watch the Kansas City Chiefs for free with a 7-day trial.
Demand more for your entertainment.
Hulu Live has only one package, and it’ll cost you $40 a month with no contract. Besides the almost 60 live TV channels, you’ll also get hundreds of hours of binge-worthy television because the service includes Hulu’s on-demand library.
If you’re looking for even more content, there are some premium channels you can add on to your package, like HBO and SHOWTIME.
Hulu Live is also the best streaming service when it comes to local channel affiliates (a big reason it’s ranked number two on our list). With close to 600 affiliates nationwide, Hulu Live will more than likely have coverage in your area and give you what you need to watch the Chiefs on Sunday night.
Just in case, we’d suggest checking Hulu Live’s homepage to see if they carry the right channel in your area before signing up.
Add-on a little bit of everything
Customize to your heart’s content. Hulu Live carries several add-on options you can use to upgrade your package just how you like it. Don’t like watching commercials when watching on-demand content? Just click some buttons, add an add-on, and they’re gone.
That sounds great, but here’s the catch—every add-on can cost from as low as $3 to as high as $15. So if you want to make your DVR comparable to DIRECTV’s, you’ll have to pony up the cash. Before you know it, you’ll be paying as much as you would for a second year of DIRECTV but for less content.
So this service is really for the budget fan who wants all the Chiefs games and general entertainment without the bells and whistles.
#3 YouTube TV: Be the Commander-in-Chief(s) of your Sunday night shows.
What we like: A DVR with no limits
Drawbacks: Fewer local affiliates
Who it’s perfect for: Fans with no time for commercials
YouTube TV is becoming the Elon Musk of the streaming game. It has a lot of potential and even more results, but it still has a couple of flaws, making it not the best choice for everyone.
The limit does not exist
YouTube TV’s base package comes in at a standard $40 a month. The price is average when compared to other streaming services, but it has some features that make it stand out like—drum roll please—the unlimited DVR. YouTube TV has the best DVR in the streaming business, hands-down, thanks to its unlimited cloud-based storage system.
Plus, you can share the wealth. YouTube TV lets you stream on up to five screens simultaneously and lets you share your account with six other people. This service won’t be the most exciting topic of conversation at a dinner party, but it’ll be what everyone ends up using once the party is over.
Unlimited power—teeny tiny living space
Of course, YouTube TV is still made by humans, so it has flaws. Unlimited DVR doesn’t mean your recordings last forever. You can store everything you want for up to nine months. After nine months, poof, it’s gone. Keep in mind, the nine-month expiration date is still the longest in the business, so even that downside is better than the competition.
YouTube TV also has fewer local channel affiliates than Hulu Live, making it third place on this list when it comes to watching Chiefs games. CBS is the magical channel, so if you don’t get CBS in your area, you’ll miss most games.
We recommend you hop on to YouTube TV’s questions and answers and check out what channels are available in your market.
Sept. 9 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Sept. 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Sept. 23 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Oct. 1 at Denver Broncos, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Oct. 7 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oct. 14 at New England Patriots, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Oct. 21 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Oct. 28 vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Nov. 4 at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Nov. 11 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Nov. 19 at Los Angeles Rams (Mexico City), 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Nov. 25 — BYE
Dec. 2 at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 9 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dec. 13 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)
Dec. 23 at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)
Dec. 30 vs. Oakland Raiders, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Big team, bigger heart
From underdog to top dog, Patrick Mahomes has already been making waves. Whichever service you pick, just don’t miss this star offense while watching the Chiefs this season.
We’ve told you how we watch the Kansas City Chiefs—let us know what you think in the comments below.