Football player jumping mid-game on TV.

Ditch your cable box and start streaming everything to save some money while still being able to watch seasonal shows. Football is a Thanksgiving tradition in many households, and it’s easy to watch even if you cut the cord.

Watch on a Streaming Service

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Cable replacement services typically offer access to local channels such as NBC, CBS, and FOX, which are the three channels broadcasting football on Thanksgiving. Each of the streaming services below offers a free trial, but the length of the trial varies. Ensure that whichever service you choose works on all of the devices in your home.

Watch on the NFL App

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NFL Game Pass lets you watch games at any time for $75 per year. You can get a one-week free trial with apps available on iPhone, iPadAndroid, Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

There’s a big caveat with this, though: there are some games you can only watch on your smartphone. You also won’t be able to watch those games on the big screen with Chromecast or AirPlay. While that’s not a giant deal, if you’re the only one watching, trying to get your whole family to watch on a six-inch screen just isn’t going to happen.

Buy an Over-The-Air Antenna

Over-the-air TV antenna.

While you can get most content over the Internet, having a good Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna is great for shows and sporting events that are broadcast on local channels. Even the latest smart TVs will have a coaxial input to hook up an antenna.

Using an antenna might be even better than trying to stream the game over the Internet. With this option, you can stream your game without competing with your kids’ tablet for Internet bandwidth, and you don’t have to worry about the stream ending because someone’s network crashed.

OTA antennas just work, so you won’t need to replace it three years down the line. You can get an antenna for as low as $18, as long as you’re close enough to your favorite TV stations. Some OTA antennas even include a free trial to Sling TV, so you can use that to jump-start the rest of your cord-cutting.


While it may take some effort to consider which option lets you watch the games you want, you’ll still be able to watch football this Thanksgiving and save money by cutting the cord!

Kennedy Maring
Kennedy is a cord-cutting writer who is all about helping others save money. She has been writing freelance for about two years now, sticking mainly to cord-cutting for about a year. Before freelancing, she enjoyed writing during her two years at Kalamazoo Valley Community College where she majored in General Education. She is now pursuing a career as a cosmetologist at Empire Beauty School in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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