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Everything you need to kick off the 2015 NFL season

Everything you need to kick off the 2015 NFL season
DIRECTV Sunday Ticket

Are you ready for some football?

The 2015 NFL season kicks off Thursday on NBC at 5:30 EST with returning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and Tom Brady taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger.

A lot of my listeners have cut the cord on cable, which poses a problem for those who want to watch the big game.

Fortunately, you're in luck.

There are other ways you can watch the game, keep tabs on the score, and even keep an eye on your fantasy team players.

HD antennas

There are quite a few options for watching NFL games without a cable subscription. First, you can try an HD antenna like the Leaf HDTV or Leaf Ultimate antennas I sell in my store to pick up local and prime time games.

But before you buy, you want to make sure you'll be able to pick up a station that plays the game.

TVFool can help you out. Just put in your address and click the Find Local Channels button. You'll see a full list of stations in your area.

Remember that you want to be within 50 miles or a broadcast tower. This will ensure that you'll get the local or prime time game.

At first, the report might be a little confusing. Be sure to check out the legend at the bottom of the page - stations listed in green are ones that an indoor antenna will pick up the best.

NFL Sunday Ticket

Another great option is to check out NFL Sunday Ticket.

According to DirecTV:

"Now you can access live, out-of-market NFL games without a DIRECTV satellite TV account—no matter what team you follow. NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV lets you stream games on your computer, tablet, phone, or game console. All while keeping up with real-time player stats and your fantasy teams."

Apple gadget users need no satellite subscription for this option, but there is some fine print, so don't think that you'll get all these games for free. And don't think you will automatically be eligible for this service. It's only available where DirecTV isn't available, certain universities and if you live in one of the following metro areas: New York City, Philadelphia or San Francisco.

Subscriptions range from $199 to $329, depending on how many gadgets you want to stream to, what bonus features you want, etc. This is a great option if you absolutely have to watch the games. Plus you'll get all of the out-of-market games you want, plus access to the Red Zone channel and Fantasy Zone so you can keep an eye on all of your fantasy players.

Even better, if you choose to run this route, you won't be limited to streaming the games to your smartphone or tablet. You can easily pick up an HDMI cord and plug your gadget into your TV to watch on a bigger screen.

Speaking of bigger screens and TVs, if you're thinking about buying a new TV for the season, don't. The best deals on new TVs come around Super Bowl time. Click here to read more up on that. 

Streaming devices

Don't want to pay the Sunday Ticket subscription? The NFL will be streaming on Kindle Fire and Fire TV, as well as Roku streaming boxes. These streaming devices are a bit cheaper than the Sunday Ticket subscription, so this might be the best option, especially if you want to cut the cord on cable.

However, the deal with these streaming gadgets doesn't let you watch live games. Instead you can get highlights, scores, stats and all the original content on NFL Now, which according to Engadget, "will focus on delivering a 'personalized stream of content' to fans of the sport worldwide."

Apps

If you can't be at home to watch the game, there's plenty of options for you, too. I've got apps that can stream the games for you, wherever you go, but with an Internet connection of course.

There's the NBC Live Extra app for Apple and Android that will show you select games, however you will need a cable subscription to access it. Better yet, this app isn't exclusive to football, so with the MLB playoff race heating up, you can get your baseball fix, too.

You can also keep up with scores and stats with the Bleacher Report or the ESPN app.

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