It’s Week 2 of the NFL preseason, and one of the most exciting games will inevitably be the Packers-49ers game. Will Green Bay and Aaron Rodgers prevail in this unofficial rematch after San Francisco’s Robbie Gould beat all the odds, scoring that last-minute basket in January that won the game and prevented Green Bay from winning the NFC Championship? The quickest way to find out is to stream the game live on Friday, August 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
The game airs on The NFL Network, which you can subscribe to if you have pay TV, but if you don’t, I have bad news: an antenna won’t help and NFL streaming is a bit complicated. In the United States, there is no single option that allows you to stream all the games you want on any device.
But long story short, if you want to stream the Packers-49ers preseason game on the NFL Network, then at $35 a month, signing up to Sling Blue is probably your best bet.
It’s not the only option though! There are cheaper options with significant downsides, as well as more expensive options. Read on for an explanation.
It should be noted that many of these services have free trial periods, but since everyone’s situation is different and you may have used a free trial before, this will not affect the recommendations here.
How to watch the Packers-49ers preseason game live
At $35 per month after a free trial, Sling Blue is the cheapest live TV streaming service that includes The NFL Network. There are others, like Vidgo’s “Plus” plan ($59.95 per month), even more comprehensive YouTube TV ($64.99 per month), FuboTV ($69.99 per month) or Hulu with Live TV ($69.99 per month with ads, or $75.99 per month without ads).
The good thing about live TV streaming services is that after you shell out those eye-watering monthly fees for that game, they’ll continue to show the grill action on your TV for as long as you’re subscribed by just letting you stream your local network affiliates like NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX (but read the fine print to see which they have and don’t have), plus channels like ESPN and NFL Network in some cases. YouTube TV in particular could soon be the clear center of the NFL streaming universe if it strikes a deal to give users access to 13 additional games per week by winning the bidding war for NFL Sunday Ticket.
A cheaper way to stream the Packers-49ers game if you’re not in Green Bay or the Bay Area
If you plan on watching a lot of games, and this is an out-of-market NFL game for you, that makes this next part a little cheaper and easier: a way to stream this game for cheap, with the rest of the preseason and season (minus games in your local market) are with NFL+, the new NFL streaming service. NFL+ has a base tier for $4.99 per month that will get you access to this and other out-of-market preseason games, but once the season starts it only view games on a mobile device like a phone or tablet.
What is the NFL+ and how does it work
How to stream the Packers-49ers game in the UK
Whether you’re a British NFL fan or an American who moved to the UK just to stream NFL games, a lot less money than you could across the pond, congratulations: NFL Game Pass, which is not available in the US, is the envy of all American NFL fans stuck on native soil. The Packers-49ers game is available live for those who pay for the Game Pass “Essential” tier, which costs £42.99 per year, or around £3.58 per month. Unlike pre-season games, most games are replays at this level, and for £150.99 a year (£12.58 a month) you can watch the Packers-49ers match alongside the fans across the pond, then tune in live from now until the Super Bowl. I just hope you like staying up late.