NFL Streaming in Canada for the 2016 seasonWhat to Watch
The new NFL season is kicking off, and many Canadians are wondering what their options are for streaming NFL games. This quick overview helps clarify what services exist, and what restrictions (i.e. blackouts) are in place.
NFL Broadcasts in Canada
Sunday and Monday
CTV and TSN will broadcast Sunday and Monday NFL games in Canada in 2016. Sunday day games will be broadcast across the CTV and TSN channels. Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football games will be on TSN.
Cable subscribers will also be able to access content on CTV GO and TSN GO apps.
Thursday Night Football
Rogers Communications Inc. has the rights for Thursday Night Football games in Canada. Games will be broadcast on Sportsnet and City television channels. Games can be streamed on Sportsnet NOW.
Note that Twitter has entered into a deal with the NFL to stream Thursday Night Football games. Unfortunately Canadian football fans will not be able to view these games via Twitter as Rogers Communications owns the broadcast rights.
NFL Game Pass
NFL Game Pass is the NFL's Internet streaming service.
NFL Game Pass features live and full replays of games, condensed games, full replays of games from 2009, live stream of NFL Network. Also included is NFL RedZone–see every touchdown live from every regular season Sunday game.
The price tag for all this content is hefty, at $329.99 for the season, or $99.99 monthly.
Blackouts in Canada
Though expensive, NFL Game Pass sounds like the ultimate streaming service for hardcore NFL fans, right? Well, of course there is a catch: blackouts.
It is important to note that when a game is blacked out, you will not be able to watch it live, but will be able to stream it from the archives shortly following the broadcast (usually within 2-3 hours).
Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football games are blacked out in Canada. This means you will need to catch it on TSN to watch live, or wait for the archived stream to become available.
All Sunday daytime games are available to live stream on NFL Game Pass. You will receive the Canadian telecast when streaming live.
For more information about blackouts, see the NFL Game Pass FAQ entry about blackouts.
How to watch
The NFL Game Pass service is available on the following devices:
- Web browsers
- iOS phones and tablets
- Android phones and tablets
- Windows phones and tablets
- Xbox One
- Apple TV
Unfortunately, the service is not available on Roku devices. For more info, see the NFL Game Pass FAQ page.
What is NFL Sunday Ticket?
NFL Sunday Ticket is a premium sports package that can be added to your traditional television subscription service.
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