How to Watch ‘Canadian Football League’ Online Without Cable – Live Stream Games Anywhere

By Gabriela Vatu / August 1, 2019

The Canadian Football League has kickstarted its regular season this year and if you're a fan of professional football, then this is certainly an event you need to watch. Better yet, let's see how we can watch the Canadian Football League Online.

The Canadian Football League was founded back in January 1958, so it's been 61 years since then. This year, the rules of the game changed a bit, as the regular season switched to a 21-week program where each team plays 18 games with three bye weeks. This year's seasons started off on June 13th, 2019, and will complete on November 2nd, 2019. Playoffs will follow the season on November 10th, 2019, and the 107th Grey Cup on November 24th, 2019.

The League is divided into the West Division, formed from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Calgary Stampeders, Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the BC Lions, and the East Division, formed of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal Alouettes, Ottawa Redblacks, and Toronto Argonauts. You can check out the full schedule for the event on CFL's website, so you can keep track of the evolution of each team.

In the US, the Canadian Football League broadcasting rights go to ESPN, which streams most of the games over on ESPN+. Other games are broadcast on ESPN 2 and ESPN News, which means you can watch all of these online quite easily.

Can You Watch on ESPN's Website?

Well, yes, you can. You will find that ESPN's website does feature a live stream that you can access, but you'll need to log in to an account to do that. You'll need credentials from your live TV platform or cable company, as long as it's a TV provider that covers ESPN. Whether or not you'll be able to actually watch the Canadian Football League live on the website depends on whether or not they choose to broadcast those specific games or not.

How to Watch Canadian Football League Without Cable?

For quite a few years now, it's become obvious that watching TV online is the way to go. These live TV platforms offer plans that are much cheaper than cable plans are, and there are no contracts involved, so you can unsubscribe whenever you no longer like the service you're offered. Furthermore, you get to watch your favorite shows wherever you maybe when they start airing, as long as you have an Internet connection and a compatible device. Let's see what options lay ahead of you.

1. ESPN+

ESPN Plus App Screen
Bundles Monthly - $5, Yearly - $50
Multi-screen streaming 5 devices
Device support Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Smart TVs, Fire Tablets, iOS, Android smartphones, Android TV, Chromecast, web
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit ESPN+

The first platform to make our list is ESPN+, which is ESPN's own streaming service. The platform features loads of exclusive content, whether we're talking about articles, videos, or shows. They also have access to exclusive sports events, which makes things quite interesting. The ESPN+ platform comes with two subscription options - one that will get you access to the platform month by month for $4.99, or another that will get you access for the full year for $49.99. Access to the ESPN+ content is made through the same ESPN app that you've been using for years, but the content is set apart by a golden badge.

2. Sling TV

Sling TV
Bundles Sling Orange ($25/mo), Sling Blue ($25/mo), Sling Orange + Blue ($40/mo)
Customization Channel bundles - Comedy ($5/mo), Espanol ($5/mo), Heartland ($5/mo), Hollywood ($5/mo), Lifestyle ($5/mo), News ($5/mo), Kids ($5/mo), Sports ($5/mo with Orange, $10/mo with Blue or Orange + Blue), Kids + Comedy + News + Lifestyle ($10/mo)
Premium Channels - Showtime ($10/mo), STARZ ($9/mo), EPIX ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Here TV ($8/mo), Grokker ($7/mo), Stingray Karaoke ($7/mo), UP Faith & Family ($5/mo), Pantaya ($6/mo), CineFest ($5/mo), Hopster ($5/mo), Comedy Dynamics ($5/mo), Dove Channel ($5/mo), DogTV ($5/mo), CONtv ($5/mo), Docurama ($5/mo), Outside TV Features ($5/mo)
NBA- League Pass ($29/mo), Team Pass ($18/mo)
Device support Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Android TV, AirTV Player, Xiaomi, LG Smart TVs, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, Fire tablets, Xbox One, Chrome web browser
DVR Up to 50 hours, unlimited storage time. Expandable by another 50 hours with extra feature
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit Sling

Next, on our list, we have Sling TV, which is a great service that offers three bundles to choose from - Orange, Blue, and Orange + Blue. ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN 3 are all part of the Orange and Orange + Blue bundles, and you should be careful about your choice because it will also influence the number of devices you can watch your shows on, with Orange subscribers getting a single stream, while Orange + Blue subscribers get four. If you also want to watch ESPN News, you'll find the channel stuck in the Sports Extra, which costs an additional $10 per month, regardless of which bundle you chose. There are loads of other channel packs available, as well as quite a few premium networks.

3. Hulu

Bundles A single bundle - Hulu with Live TV - $44.99 per month
Customization Premium channels - HBO ($14.99/mo), Showtime ($10.99/mo), Cinemax ($9.99/mo), STARZ ($8.99/mo)
Channel Packs - Entertainment ($7.99/mo), Espanol ($4.99/mo)
Device support iOS, Android, FireTV, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, browsers
DVR 50 Hours Cloud DVR by default, Enhanced Cloud DVR - 200 Hours ($14.99/mo)
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit Hulu

The next recommendation is Hulu, which is a great platform that has two types of services to offer - live TV and video-on-demand. The live TV plan covers access to dozens of channels, including ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN News, but also to the full video-on-demand library, which is pretty great. There are a few ways you can customize your plan if you want more content, such as by adding any of the premium networks on the list, or the two-channel packs they have available.

4. YouTube TV

YouTube TV
Bundles A single bundle - $49.99 per month ($54.99 if billed through Apple)
Customization Premium channels - AMC Premiere ($5/mo), CuriosityStream ($3/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($15/mo), Showtime ($7/mo), Starz ($9/mo), Shudder ($5/mo), Sundance Now ($7/mo), NBA League Pass ($40/mo or $124/year), EPIX ($6/mo)
Device support Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, Samsung and LG Smart TVs, iOS, Android
DVR Unlimited storage space, recordings saved for 9 months
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit YouTube TV

We also have YouTube TV on the list, which is a single-bundle platform with some really great features for subscribers, such as unlimited cloud DVR storage space. There are dozens of channels on YouTube TV's list, including ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN News. If you want more channels, you can only add premium networks, because there are no additional packs available.

5. DirecTV Now

Bundles Plus ($50/mo) and Max ($70/mo) Other Packages - Entertainment ($93/mo), Choice ($110/mo), Xtra ($124/mo), Ultimate ($135/mo), and Optimo Mas ($86/mo)
Customization Channel packs - AT&T TV Now Deportes ($5/mo) and AT&T TV Now Espanol ($15/mo) Premium Networks - HBO (included with Plus and Max), Cinemax ($11/mo or included with Max), Showtime ($11/mo), STARZ ($11/mo) International Bundles - Vietnamese ($20/mo), Brazilian ($30/mo), Korean ($30/mo)
Device support Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, iOS, Android, browsers
DVR Up to 20 hours, 30 days limit, no expansions
Free trial Yes, 7 days
Visit AT&T TV Now

The list continues with DirecTV Now, which is one of the most versatile platforms on our list. The service comes with seven bundles. Two of these, Plus and Max, were added this year, while the other five - Entertainment, Choice, Xtra, Ultimate, and Optimo Mas - are older, but they were given a new name and a new price when the other two were introduced. You will find that ESPN and ESPN 2 are present in six of the bundles, missing out only from Optimo Mas, where they are replaced by ESPN Deportes. ESPN News is only present in four bundles, namely Max, Choice, Xtra, and Ultimate. Once you decide which bundle to go for, you can add a couple of channel packs featuring Spanish networks, three packs featuring International networks, and a bunch of premiums.

6. PlayStation Vue

Playstation Vue
Bundles Access ($49.99/mo), Core ($54.99/mo), Elite ($64.99/mo), Ultra ($84.99/mo)
Customization Channel bundles - Sports Pack ($10/mo), Espanol Pack ($4.99/mo, $3.99/mo with PlayStation Plus) Premium channels - HBO ($15/mo, or included in Ultra), Showtime ($10.99/mo, $8.99/mo with PlayStation Plus, or included in Ultra), FX+ ($5.99/mo), Epix ($3.99/mo, $2.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Cinemax ($15/mo), Fox Soccer Plus ($14.99/mo or $12.99 with PlayStation Plus), Hi-YAH! ($2.99/mo or $1.99/mo with PlayStation Plus) Bundles - HBO + Cinemax ($21.99/mo or $19.99/mo with PlayStation Plus), Epix Hits + Showtime ($13.99/mo or $11.49/mo with PlayStation Plus)
Device support Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android, Roku, PS3, PS4, browser
DVR Up to 500 programs, 28 days limit
Free trial Yes, 5 days
Visit PlayStation Vue

We're wrapping up the list with PlayStation Vue, which is one of our favorite platforms, offering all subscribers enough cloud DVR storage space to record some 500 programs and five simultaneous streams. There are four bundles to choose here - Access, Core, Elite, and Ultra - and ESPN and ESPN 2 are present in all four of them. ESPN News, however, is missing out from the Access bundle, so you'll have to choose one of the other three. You can add a couple of channel packs if you want to customize your plan, as well as quite a few premium networks.

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