The NFL on Paramount+: What you need to know

One of the best perks of a Paramount+ subscription is the ability to stream NFL football games. But what are the caveats?

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If you’re a Paramount+ viewer and a football fan, you’re in luck: Your subscription includes the ability to stream NFL games that are broadcast live on CBS.

While users on Amazon Prime Video and Peacock can also stream NFL matches, Paramount+ is the only standard streaming service (not counting live TV services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling, and YouTube TV) to offer non-primetime Sunday games, which makes it perfect for fans whose teams aren’t being showcased on Thursday Night Football (on Amazon Prime) or on Sunday night (for Peacock).

But which Paramount+ tiers get access to the NFL, and which devices will allow you to stream NFL games? Read on for the details.

Which Paramount+ subscriptions include the NFL?

Good news: each of the Paramount+’s tiers, including the ad-supported Essentials plan (which costs $5 a month), the ad-free Premium plan (which goes for $10 a month), and the legacy Limited Commercials plan (the original ad-supported tier on CBS All Access, which later became Paramount+) can stream NFL games.

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In fact, if you’re only signing up for Paramount+ to watch football, you might be better off with the cheaper, ad-supported Essentials plan rather than ponying up for the pricier, ad-free Premium plan, since you’ll have to watch commercials during the game either way. Click here to read more about what’s offered—and what isn’t—in the Essentials plan.

Which NFL games can you watch on Paramount+?

You can stream any NFL games that are showing on your local CBS affiliate, which means the matchups offered on a given week will depend on your region.

If you want to plan ahead, you can visit Paramount+’s NFL on CBS page, which shows you which games will be featured for each week of the regular season.

Don’t only Premium subscribers on Paramount+ get access to their local CBS affiliates?

Normally, yes. When Paramount+ debuted the new, ad-supported $5/month Essentials plan back in June, it arrived without the CBS affiliate access enjoyed by those who had previously signed up for the old Limited Commercials plan on CBS All Access. While the Limited Commercials tier (which costs $6 a month, versus $5/month for the Essentials plan) is still around for grandfathered-in users, new users can only choose between the Essentials and Premier plans.

That said, Essentials subscribers can access a live stream of their local CBS affiliate when NFL games are in progress. After the game, the feed will switch off.

Which devices will let you stream the NFL on Paramount+?

You can stream NFL games on Paramount+ from any supported platforms, including Apple TV, iPhones and iPads, Android phones and tablets, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PlayStation 4 (there’s no Paramount+ app for the PS5 yet), and Xbox One/Series S/Series X. Click here for a complete list.

There is an important caveat when it comes to streaming Paramount+’s NFL games on iOS devices: For now, you can’t cast them via AirPlay, although Paramount+ says it is “working hard to resolve this issue.”

How do you get started streaming the NFL on Paramount+?

Just fire up the Paramount+ app, tap Live TV, and get ready for some football.

Want to give Paramount+ a try? Sign up for a free 7-day trial.

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