How to Watch the NFL on My Computer


The National Football League has a unique television broadcasting schedule. TV broadcasts are usually regional, with the exception of a few nationally televised games. Fortunately, the Internet is giving viewers more options. The NFL currently offers several legal ways for you to watch any already-played game on your computer, the most popular method is via NFL Game Rewind. Unfortunately, live games are not currently available on your computer (unless you are a Direct TV customer). The alternatives to these methods are illegal; non-authorized online streams of live NFL games are usually disbanded; legal action is sometimes taken against those who view them.

Things You'll Need

  • Credit/debit card
  • Visit the NFL's website by going to Scroll over the tab that says "Game Access" on the right side of the screen.

  • Select "Game Rewind" from the list. Choose your subscription package. The NFL offers season passes, weekly passes and monthly passes. Click "Continue" when you have made your selection.

  • Enter your registration information and click "Continue" to enter your payment information. You'll need a valid credit or debit card to order the service. Click "Complete" to confirm your order.

  • Click on "Launch Game Rewind" to begin. NFL games are available (commercial-free) the day after they are finished. You can also browse archives of any game dating back to the 2008 season.

Tips & Warnings

  • DirectTV also offers a way to watch NFL games online legally via the NFL Supercast program. Unlike Game Rewind, these games are broadcast live. You'll need DirectTV service to view it on your computer. Contact DirectTV at 1-800-531-5000 to learn more.
  • If you are outside of the United States, you can watch live games online with the NFL Game Pass program. Due to network restrictions, the service is not available for those with an American IP address. Visit "" for details.
  • If you find a service streaming NFL games that is not licensed or provided by the NFL, report it immediately. These services are illegal. Participating in them can result in serious legal issues.

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