The Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are two up-and-coming teams with exciting storylines going into the 2015 season, and they meet in week two of the preseason on Thursday, August 20 at 8 p.m. ET. The teams will be featured on the national stage as the game will be shown on ESPN and also over-the-air for those in local markets. For those without cable, there are a couple of ways to watch the Bills vs. Browns preseason action online.
Bills vs. Browns Preview
After finishing last season a respectable 9-7, former head coach Doug Marrone opted out of his contract with the Bills. To fill the vacancy, the team hired the always exciting and newsworthy Rex Ryan as their new head coach.
While the Bills made a number of great personnel moves that could put the team into contention for a playoff spot, Ryan still hasn’t decided who will be his starting quarterback. The battle between returning starter EJ Manuel and two newly-signed veterans, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor, is going strong.
Similarly, the Browns have had several years of turmoil at the quarterback position. Odds are the team will experience some sort of turnover this year as well. Head Coach Mike Pettine announced Josh McCown, picked up in free agency, would be the starter, but McCown has played in 10 or more games in a season only twice in his 13-year career. Johnny Manziel, an exciting and controversial player on and off the field, is looking forward to another chance at a starting opportunity after having an underwhelming 2014 season and spending a short stint in rehab.
How to Watch the Bills vs. Browns Live Online
Of course, ESPN is a cable channel, so what does that mean for those without cable looking to watch the game online? Good news, you can catch the game on Sling TV, which offers several ESPN channels on its live streaming service.
Sling TV is a new streaming service, backed by Dish Network, which allows you to watch live TV channels on your phone, tablet, computer, or TV. The service starts at just $20 per month, and you get over 20 popular channels normally not available without a cable subscription. Other than ESPN and ESPN2, Sling TV also offers AMC, CNN, TNT, TBS, HGTV, and several other channels in its basic package.
One the best parts about Sling TV is there is no contract required for the $20-per-month price. You pay month-to-month just like Netflix and other popular streaming services and can cancel at any time.
If you’re a big NFL fan, you might be interested in Sling TV’s special deal that will allow you to watch the Bills vs. Browns, other preseason games, and Monday Night Football throughout the regular season. Sling TV is running a limited-time offer where you can get a free Roku Streaming Stick or 50% off a Roku 3 when you prepay for your first three months of service. Either of these devices will let you stream Sling TV (and over 2,000 other streaming apps, like Netflix) directly to your TV. Click here to learn more about this special offer.
Watch the Bills vs. Browns Online Free with Sling TV 7-Day Trial
Here’s a pro tip — you can watch the Bills vs. Browns live stream for free by signing up for Sling TV’s 7-day trial. You don’t have to pay a cent, and you can watch the game plus all of Sling’s other live channels for a full week. If you like the service and want to continue on a monthly basis, you can. If not, you don’t have to. Signing up is fast and you could be continuing to watch live TV channels online in just minutes.
NFL Game Pass Offers Bills vs. Browns Replay
Just in time for the 2015 season, the NFL has released its new domestic streaming service called Game Pass. With NFL Game Pass, you can watch almost every preseason game live. The only exceptions are games that are televised in your local market or on national television (like the Bills vs. Browns on ESPN). These games are made available for replay soon after they air live.
But NFL Game Pass offers a whole lot more than just live and on-demand preseason games. You’ll also be able to watch all 256 regular season games on demand after they air. They even offer 30-minute condensed replays so you can watch full games in a fraction of the time. Read my full Game Pass review here.
NFL Game Pass is $99 a year, but you can click here to get a free 7-day trial right now.
Note: There’s also an NFL Game Pass International service that will let you watch NFL games if you live outside the US. Click here for more info.
Bills vs. Browns Preseason Game Live Stream Schedule
Date: Thursday, August 20
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET (coverage begins)
How to Stream NFL Action All Season Long
The NFL season is coming up quick, and now is the time to start planning how you are going to catch all the action. Fortunately, there are several great, legal streaming options that will allow you to catch games all season long without cable TV. Click here to read my complete NFL streaming guide.
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