Now that football’s finally back, so are the questions about how to watch the games. Without Reddit NFL Streams, what’s the best way to catch every week 1 game?
The defending champs got the 2021 NFL season off to a hot start as they narrowly beat the Cowboys on Thursday. Tom Brady and Dak Prescott found themselves in the middle of an offensive shootout that eventually tipped in favor of the former, with the Bucs winning 31-29.
It was a season opener for the ages, certainly one of the best in recent history, which means the other 30 teams have a tough act to follow. The remaining 15 games do promise some thrillers, though.
A couple to look out for are the Chiefs-Browns and Packers-Saints games. If it wasn’t for the retirement of Drew Brees and the dominance of the Bucs, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that these teams could be meeting each other again come January in their respective conference championships.
But for now, all 30 franchises will be focused on starting their seasons with some momentum, and you definitely don’t want to miss it.
What Channel is NFL Week 1 On?
As usual, nearly every game will be broadcast on FOX or CBS. The only exceptions are the Bears-Rams SNF matchup which is on NBC and the Ravens-Raiders MNF game which will be shown on ESPN. For more specific information, you can always revert to the NFL’s official schedule.
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 Week 1 Games For Free?
Luckily, with the growing trend towards “cord-cutting”, or the movement of television viewers to online platforms, there are various ways to stream football games.
If you already have a cable subscription but prefer to watch the game on another device, you can watch the games on the channel’s respective website or mobile app. For instance, you can catch the SNF game on the NBC Sports app or website (this works similarly for FOX, CBS, and ESPN).
However if you aren’t a cable subscriber, you need to check which channel your team’s game is on, and then find a streaming platform that carries that channel. These are some of the best options:
- NFL App
- Yahoo! Sports App
- fubo TV
- AT&T TV Now
- YouTube TV
- Hulu Plus Live TV
Of course, not every streaming service will carry every channel, but most of them carry FOX and CBS which is where the majority of NFL games are shown.
If you aren’t already subscribed to any of these platforms, now might be a good time to take advantage of a free trial on one of them as the season gets underway, seeing that all of them except the NFL app offer this feature.