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 during the 2023-24 regular season and postseason.
While users on Amazon Prime Video and Peacock can also stream NFL matchups, Paramount+ is the only standard streaming service (not counting live TV services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, 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.
What to know about streaming the NFL on Paramount+
Which Paramount+ subscriptions include the NFL?
Good news: each of the Paramount+ tiers, including the ad-supported Essentials plan (which costs $5.99 a month), the ad-free Paramount+ with Showtime plan (which goes for $11.99 a month and includes access to Showtime titles), and the legacy Limited Commercials plan (the original ad-supported tier on CBS All Access, which later became Paramount+) can stream NFL games.
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 Paramount+ with Showtime plan, since you’ll have to watch commercials during the game either way.
Check out our handy guide to Paramount+’s recently changed streaming plans, what they offer, and more.
Which NFL games can you watch on Paramount+?
You can stream any live NFL games your local CBS affiliate is broadcasting, 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 Paramount+ with Showtime subscribers get access to their local CBS affiliates?
Normally, yes. When Paramount+ debuted its ad-supported Essentials plan back in 2021, 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 is still around for grandfathered-in users, new users can only choose between the Essentials and Paramount+ with Showtime 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+?
How do you get started streaming the NFL on Paramount+?
Just fire up the Paramount+ app or visit paramountplus.com, tap Live TV from the menu, and get ready for some football.
When does the 2023-24 NFL seasons start?
The opening kickoff for the 2023 regular NFL season will be Thursday, September 7 at 8:20 p.m. ET with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Detroit Lions, but that’s an NBC game.
For the purposes of the NFL on Paramount+, the first big NFL Sunday arrives on September 10.
Local CBS affiliates will be showing more than a half-dozen games, including the following NFL on CBS matchups: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings, and Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints (all at 1 p.m. ET), followed by the Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins at L.A. Chargers, and Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots (4 p.m. ET).
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Updated August 7, 2023 with fresh details for the 2023-24 NFL season.