Reddit NFL Streams may have been your go-to place to stream the Hall of Fame Game. Now that it’s been banned, what are the best alternatives?
Football is back. Finally. The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers will get the 2021 pre-season started as they face off in the Hall of Fame game at the Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
It will be the first pre-season game in 2 years (2020’s was cancelled due to COVID), and should be a fun one. 2 of the oldest and most successful franchises going head-to-head after months without football. What’s not to like?
There is a football game on TONIGHT.
— NFL (@NFL) August 5, 2021
The game kicks off at 8pm ET on FOX. However, if you don’t have cable, you might be concerned about missing the action now that Reddit banned r/nflstreams. Read on to find to why Reddit NFL streams was banned and what the best alternatives are.
Why Was Reddit NFL Streams Banned?
The r/nflstreams subreddit was one of the most valuable resources for NFL fans around the world. Links, which were reliable for the most part, were posted for every single NFL game.
Fans were also spoiled for choice, considering they could watch NFL Redzone and NFL Network. And the best part about all of this was that the streams were completely free. No payment, no account, just a link with a couple of pop-ups here and there.
However, the free ride came to an end when Reddit banned the page. So, why did Reddit ban one of their most popular pages?
The short answer to this question is that the subreddit was technically illegal. If you watch other sports, you probably weren’t too surprised to see Reddit make this decision. Before the ban, the page for NBA and Soccer streams were also taken down.
The basic problem is that posting free links is a clear case of copyright infringement and leagues were starting to take notice. Interestingly though, Reddit was never forced to ban the subreddit, but rather chose to do so according to their own repeat infringement policy.
The policy reads:
Our policy is to close the accounts of users, in appropriate circumstances, who have repeatedly been charged with copyright infringement. Sometimes a repeat infringement problem is limited to one user and we close just that user’s account. Other times, the problem pervades a whole subreddit community and we close the subreddit.
Where to Stream the 2021 NFL Hall of Fame Game?
Luckily, with the growing trend towards “cord-cutting”, or the movement of television viewers to online platforms, there are various ways to stream tonight’s game. These include, but are not limited to, the following.
- AT&T TV
- YouTube TV
- Hulu + Live Sports
Additionally, any other streaming platform that carries FOX will work too. If you aren’t already subscribed to any of them, now might be a good time to take advantage of a free trial on one of these platforms.