The Cincinnati Bengals are always an exciting team to watch. Whether you’re a diehard fan or a casual viewer, the Bengals always seem to put on a good show. Fans of the Bengals are excited to see what’s in store for their team this season. Luckily, it’s now possible to watch the Cincinnati Bengals online, without needing cable TV.
If you’re a Bengals fan that simply must catch all the action, you should know your options when it comes to watching NFL games. Sure, you could use cable – but if you don’t want to pay the absurd prices for a cable subscription, you should know that there are other options. In this guide we will show you how to legally watch the Cincinnati Bengals online, without cable.
The 2016 NFL Preseason kicks off on August 7th and goes through early September. We put together a detailed NFL Preseason live stream guide to help you watch all your favorite teams during the 2016 preseason, but for now, here are the best ways to catch a Cincinnati Bengals live stream during the preseason:
Use Sling TV to Watch Bengals Football Online during Preseason
Sling TV will be a valuable service to have, both in the preseason and regular season. Sling is a service that doesn’t require cable, and offers 25+ to 40+ channels for either $20 or $25 a month, depending on the package you choose. All packages are available without a contract.
For Bengals preseason streaming, Sling TV includes ESPN, ESPN2, and NFL Network, which all host some preseason games live. Additionally, FOX and NBC are included in select areas. All of these channels will be very valuable during the 2016 Preseason.
Actually, the most valuable might be NFL Network – particularly for folks NOT living in the Cincinnati area. See, NFL Network has plans to broadcast EVERY preseason 2016 game from EVERY team, but local teams are blacked out – meaning if you’re in Cincinnati, you won’t be able to watch those games. But for folks living elsewhere, NFL Network via the Sling Blue package will be great!
Keep in mind, as well, that Sling TV provides a whole lot more than just sports. From TV shows to movies to news, Sling has it all. There’s even a free 7-day trial!
Watch the Cincinnati Bengals Online Live during the Preseason with NFL Game Pass
For preseason viewing, there’s no easier method than using NFL Game Pass. This new streaming service is brought to you by the NFL itself, and provides everything you need to enjoy the game of football, without the need for cable TV.
During the preseason, NFL Game Pass subscribers can live stream every game from the comfort of their couch. Games can be streamed on your home computer, mobile device, or on your TV using a streaming device. Please note that only out-of-market preseason games are available for live viewing. That means that if a game is showing on local or national TV in your area, you won’t be able to watch it live with Game Pass (although you can still watch the replay on demand). Click here to learn more about NFL Game Pass in our review of the service.
Game Pass costs $99 per year. Considering you could easily spend that for a month of cable, that’s a pretty great deal. Plus, as we’ll explain later in this guide, Game Pass also offers on-demand streaming of every regular season game – plus tons of extras.
The Regular Season is where the real action takes place, lasting from early September all the way til the end of the year. For Bengals fans, Cincinnati Bengals streaming is easy to access, even if you don’t have cable. We also have a detailed NFL streaming guide for you to check out, but for now, here are the best ways to enjoy a Cincinnati Bengals stream.
Watch Cincinnati Bengals Live Stream with Sling TV
A great option to watch the Bengals online this season is to use Sling TV. With this service, you can enjoy every Monday Night Football game of the season LIVE as it airs on TV. You don’t need a cable subscription – just high-speed internet and a $20/month subscription to Sling TV – making it the best way to watch MNF without cable.
Also available is NFL Network, which was just recently added to Sling TV’s lineup. NFL Network streaming is particularly valuable because the network broadcasts ALL Thursday Night Football games. Plus, don’t forget about NFL RedZone, which shows EVERY touchdown each Sunday live by bouncing around to different games. There’s also all-day NFL news, analysis and more.
Sling TV (review) lets you live stream ESPN content, plus tons of other great shows on many of cable’s most popular networks. It provides a ton of value with packages starting at just $20 per month, plus it’s no-contract so you don’t need to commit to anything long-term. Sling TV is a great way to watch the Cincinnati Bengals online this season.
Once you’re signed up, you can enjoy Sling TV on your mobile device, or on your computer. You can also relax in your living room and watch the game on the big screen by using a streaming player. Don’t have one? Sling TV will give you a free Roku 2 if you sign up for 3 months of service. You can also choose to get a huge discount on an Apple TV, if you’re more of an Apple person.
Ready to try it out? Why not snag a free 7-day trial of Sling TV?
Enjoy Bengals Streaming all Season Long with NFL Sunday Ticket
NFL Sunday Ticket is a very popular and great football streaming service from DirecTV. It’s available for DirecTV satellite subscribers to add-on to their existing subscription, and in some cases it’s available as a standalone service.
For people who aren’t able to get DirecTV, NFL Sunday Ticket’s new streaming service might be your best bet. This service lets you live stream all out-of-market Sunday NFL games, all season long. If you qualify, this service is the best way to watch the Cincinnati Bengals online.
Sunday Ticket streaming service is intended for people who can’t get DirecTV satellite service (usually because they live somewhere that’s not accessible to DirecTV, like a college dorm, apartment, etc). Most students will also qualify, as well as residents of NYC, Philly, and San Francisco. Because of this, not everyone qualifies for the service. If you do qualify, you can subscribe for $49.99 per month (for the 4-month NFL season). If you’re in college, you may qualify for a 50% discount, bringing your monthly cost down to $24.99.
Call DirecTV at 888-648-7389 to see if you qualify today!
Watch All Regular Season Cincinnati Bengals Games On Demand with NFL Game Pass
We’ve already gone over how you can use NFL Game Pass to stream live preseason games. But that’s just the beginning of this service’s offerings. As a Game Pass subscriber, you can watch the Bengals online whenever you feel like it. You’ll get access to every Bengals game of the regular season, available as an on-demand replay for viewing on your own schedule. In fact, you’ll be able to watch replays of EVERY NFL game of the regular season! You won’t be able to watch Cincinatti Bengals live stream, but you can watch games on-demand.
Games are added to the online streaming library shortly after they air on TV (always the same day). All 256 regular season games will be added after they air, so there’s no shortage of football to watch. You can watch full replays, or go for shortened replays (about 30 minutes, and with no commercials/stoppages). Plus, get access to live audio coverage and exclusive camera angles on all games. See our NFL Game Pass review for details.
So basically, this $99-a-year service gives you everything you need to keep up with the latest of the 2016-2017 season. Game replays can be viewed online on your computer, on your smartphone or tablet, or on your TV with a streaming device (Xbox/Apple TV/Chromecast/etc).
In addition to every game of the current season, subscribers will also be able to go back and enjoy past games from the last 7 seasons – all the way back to 2009. That’s a whole lot of football to watch… you better get started!
Use PlayStation Vue to Watch Cincinnati Bengals Live Stream
PlayStation Vue, a service with plans starting from $30 a month, is another option to stream Bengals games online. Like Sling TV, it offers ESPN, NFL Network, and FOX/NBC in select areas.
In general, we recommend Sling TV over Vue, but both are good services. Read our PlayStation Vue review for details on the service.
Watch Locally Aired Games Over-the-Air with an Antenna + DVR
For Bengals fans living in the Cincinnati area, the simplest way to catch a game is to tune in to your local sports station using an antenna. If you’re within the local broadcasting range, you can enjoy every Bengals game live from the comfort of your couch – for free! You’ll need a good antenna so you can watch in HD.
If you want to record the game to watch it later, you can use a DVR. Any old DVR will work, and we’ve put together a guide to DVRs here if you are in the market for one.
For folks living outside the USA, the options are a bit different. In order to watch the Bengals online from outside the US, we recommend:
Catch a Cincinnati Bengals Live Stream with Game Pass International
If you live outside of the US, the best way to watch the Bengals online is with Game Pass International. Basically, this service is very similar to the one described above, with one big addition – you can stream regular season games LIVE! Some blackouts may apply.
And, the service still includes the great on-demand streaming options of the domestic version, so you’ll still be able to watch replays whenever you feel like it. Click here to read more about Game Pass International.
2016 Cincinnati Bengals TV Schedule
*You can watch the Cincinnati Bengals online on replay with NFL Game Pass
*You can watch Cincinnati Bengals live stream of select games on Sling TV
To stay up to date on your latest teams, the official website of the NFL is a great source, as is Cincinnati.com’s sports section. If you have any questions about anything you’ve read here, don’t hesitate to ask!