It’s September, so that of course means its time for some football. Yes, America’s favorite sport has returned and as usual this year there are even more ways to watch and follow games than ever before. iOS devices are the perfect companion to your football watching, giving you several ways to stream games right to the device.
NFL Sunday Ticket To-Go
The premiere, top-of-the-line, best way to watch the NFL on a mobile device is with NFL Sunday Ticket To-Go from DirecTV. Live scores, stats, as well as streaming of every single NFL game to your device is totally awesome, but it comes at a steep steep price ($300), and requires a DirecTV subscription in most cases.
The Sunday Ticket To-Go iPhone and iPad apps are first class, with easy access to all the games going on right now, with schedules, rankings, and statistics. If you need to have Sunday Ticket but don’t want to subscribe to DirecTV, you can call and ask for just the To-Go portion, but it’s only available if you can’t get normal DirecTV service at your address.
Another option for streaming to your devices is a Slingbox. Slingboxes allow you to watch TV from anywhere on a computer or mobile device; all you need to do is attach the Slingbox to your cable or satellite box, or an OTA antenna. If you are only interested in watching your local games and maybe some college games on ESPN, the Slingbox is a cheaper solution than DirecTV. Slingbox has apps for iOS, Android, and more. Keep in mind, however, that Slingbox only lets you watch channels on your devices that you already get, so if you only have an antenna, you’re only going to get a few games a week.
If you are a lucky and subscribe to television via Time Warner, Bright House, or Verizon FiOS, you have access to WatchESPN.com, a nifty service that lets you stream all of the ESPN networks (ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU) on your computer, phone, or tablet. These aren’t the stripped-down ESPN3 editions either; you get the full channels with all of the studio cutaways and halftime shows, as well as the ESPN shows like SportsCenter and College GameDay. If you’re a college football fan and have access to WatchESPN.com, welcome to Heaven.
Apps Without Video
If you are stuck without any of the above options this football season, there are a ton of apps to check out that give you game updates, pictures, stories, and more, just without live video. My favorites are ESPN ScoreCenter and CBS Sports Pro Football. There also might be an app for your team specifically, so check the App Store for more.