For a lot of would-be cord cutters, the lack of streaming local sports is the only hurdle that needs to be cleared before they can sever all ties with big cable. This is why it was a huge victory for us anti-cable folks when Yahoo announced that they would be hosting the first ever live-streaming NFL game this Sunday at 9:30 AM Eastern.
Sure, it's just the Buffalo Bills playing the Jacksonville Jaguars in London—not quite the type of marquee matchup you might see on Sunday Night Football. But it's a pivotal event in the grand scheme of things, hopefully marking a sign of changes to come.
So whether you're interested in the game itself or you'd just like to show your support—trust me, we want this to be a success—I'll go over all of the ways you can stream the big game on your internet-connected devices.
If you want to take it to your TV, a simple HDMI cable should do the trick, as long as your computer has an output (you may need a Mini DisplayPort adapter or other adapter depending on your computer model). If you have a Chromecast, you can also just cast the tab to your TV.
Practically every Yahoo app available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices will be capable of streaming the game, so you might already have the necessary software installed on your device. Just in case you don't, though, simply install any of the following apps:
- Yahoo Sports for Android
- Yahoo Sports for iOS
- Yahoo for Android
- Yahoo for iOS
- Yahoo Fantasy Sports for Android
- Yahoo Fantasy Sports for iOS
- Tumblr for Android
- Tumblr for iOS
- Yahoo Screen for Android
- Yahoo Screen for iOS
With any of the above apps installed, you'll be all set to go. Come Sunday, just open the app and you'll notice a small banner across the bottom of the screen—simply tap this banner to start streaming the game.
If you'd rather watch the game on the big screen, the easiest way to do it would be to install the Yahoo Sports app on your Android or iOS device.
With the app installed, simply open it up Sunday morning and tap the banner at the bottom of the screen to start streaming the game. From here, put the game in full-screen mode and make sure your device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast. Next, tap the Chromecast icon near the top of the full screen player, then select your Chromecast to send the feed over to your TV.
If you have a set-top streaming box like the Roku or an Apple TV, or a video game console like the Xbox 360, Xbox One, etc., simply head to the device's app store and install the Yahoo app. From here, just launch the app and look for a link to the game stream, which should be a prominent banner. Click this link and the game should start playing momentarily.
Here's a complete list of supported devices. If they don't have a Yahoo app, you can still watch from the built-in web browser.
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Samsung SmartTV
- Sony TV with Opera TV
- Vizio P-Series TV
- Xbox 360
- Xbox One