Detroit Lions Live Stream 2016-2017: How to Watch the Lions Online

Detroit Lions live stream

The Detroit Lions have been toying with fans emotions for decades. Some blame the Curse of Bobby Lane, but that was supposed to have expired a few years back. Yet, Lions fans remain loyal to the Heart Attack Cats, which was proven beyond the shadow of a doubt when the team when 0-16 in 2008. In recent years, the Lions have done pretty well, and fans are excited to see what’s in store for their team this next season. If you’re looking for a way to watch a Detroit Lions live stream, you’ve come to the right website!

If you’ve cut cable or you’ve left Detroit, you can still catch every game right from the comfort of your own home. When you bleed Honolulu Blue, there are several legal ways you can watch the Detroit Lions online without cable TV, even if you live abroad. Read on to learn about all of your options for watching the Lions online this season.



During the NFL Preseason, the options below will provide the easiest ways to access Detroit Lions streaming.


Use Sling TV to Watch Lions Live Stream during Preseason

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Sling TV will prove a very useful service to have for Lions fans, during both the preseason and the regular season.

For those unfamiliar with the service, Sling TV is a live streaming service that acts as a cable replacement. It provides many of the most popular TV channels for you to enjoy, without the expense and commitment of a cable subscription. Sling has packages starting from just $20 a month, with no contract required. Anywhere from 25-60+ channels are available depending on the package, and Sling works on just about every device imaginable.

For Detroit Lions streaming during preseason, the most valuable channel that Sling offers will be FOX. If you look at the Detroit Lions TV schedule we have posted at the bottom of this page, you’ll notice that all preseason games fall on FOX local sports networks. Well, luckily, Sling TV offers FOX and regional FOX Sports networks in many areas. Availability does vary. Also offered are channels like ESPN, NFL Network, and NBC in some markets – all of which host a ton of live NFL games.

For folks living outside the Detroit area, NFL Network will also be very useful. This season, every single preseason game will be broadcast by NFL Network, but local games will be blacked out (so you won’t be able to watch Lions games if you live in Detroit). Some games are covered live, while others are offered as replays.

Click here to try Sling TV for FREE for an entire week (you can use the trial to watch the Detroit Lions online free while testing out the service!)


Watch the Detroit Lions Online during Preseason with NFL Game Pass

NFL Game Pass

Probably the easiest way to catch all of the Lions preseason games live this season is through the NFL’s own streaming package called Game Pass. The new streaming service gives you access to live out-of-market preseason games and regular season games on demand (more on this later). Check out my full Game Pass review here.

The domestic version of NFL Game Pass, available for the US and US territories, lets you watch the Detroit Lions online live during the preseason for out-of-market games. What does that mean? Simply put, as long as that preseason game isn’t showing on local or national TV in your area, you can stream the game live on Game Pass. If it is airing locally, you’ll be able to stream it on demand on Game Pass once the broadcast is over.

At only $99 a year, Game Pass is a great bargain. You can start out with a free 7-day trial to determine if it is right for you. Game Pass is currently available on Apple TV, Xbox, Chromecast, mobile devices, and computers, with more streaming players to be added soon. Click here to learn more.


Regular Season

The regular season is what fans are really waiting for. See our NFL online streaming guide for details on all teams, and the options below for details on watching the Detroit Lions online during the regular season.


Watch Detroit Lions Live Stream on Sling TV

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Sling TV will be the best way to watch the Lions online for most people. Sling is a streaming service that is available without cable TV, with prices starting at just $20 a month. The Sling TV streaming service (full review here) has no contract to sign, and you can cancel at any time.

For watching a Detroit Lions live stream, the most important channel that Sling offers is FOX (which hosts most Lions games – see the Detroit Lions TV schedule below for details) Other important channels included with Sling TV are ESPN, home of Monday Night Football, as well as NFL Network, which broadcasts a ton of news, analysis, and Thursday Night Football every week. NFL RedZone is also included, which is a cool program that jumps back and forth between games to show you the most exciting moments of every Sunday NFL game. NBC streaming is also offered in select markets, and NBC hosts Sunday Night Football.

To gear up for football season, consider the current special Sling TV is running. When you sign up for 3 months of service, you can get a free Roku 2 player for your TV. If you plan on watching football all season long, this deal is worth a look. There’s also a discounted Apple TV available with the same 3-month commitment.

You can also sign up for the free 7-day trial of Sling TV which may be a good way to test out the service and watch the Detroit Lions online all season long!


NFL Sunday Ticket Offers Live Streaming All Season Long

NFL Sunday Ticket is a popular NFL streaming service that is available to DirecTV satellite subscribers. Basically, the service provides live access to all Sunday NFL games, as long as those games are not broadcasting in your local area. Overall, it’s an excellent way to watch the Lions online if you live outside of the Detroit area.

Also, NFL Sunday Ticket’s streaming service is an alternative for some folks. This is a new service offered by DirecTV for customers who are not eligible for their satellite service.

Areas without access to DirecTV’s usual satellite TV offerings, such as an apartment complex or college dorm, may now qualify for the Sunday Ticket streaming package. The service starts at $49.99 a month and allows you to stream the Detroit Lions online without cable. You can watch all regular season games for all teams live as they air, so you never miss a moment. Local blackouts may apply.

If you’re in college or have a family member who is, NFL Sunday Ticket. Qualifying students at most colleges and universities nationwide will have access to all the games for a discounted price. NFL Sunday Ticket  is only $24.99 a month for students. Check to see if you qualify to enjoy every game of the 2016-2017 season.

Want to find out if you qualify for the NFL Sunday Ticket streaming service? Call 888-648-7389 now to speak to a DirecTV representative.


Watch Regular Season Lions Games On Demand with Game Pass

NFL Game Pass

In addition to offering live streaming for preseason games, NFL Game Pass also lets you watch all 256 regular season game replays league-wide on demand shortly after they air on TV. While you won’t be able to watch the Lions regular season games live with Game Pass, this streaming service is still useful if you’re someone who can’t catch the games live due to other obligations or if you’re just a fan who wants to enjoy great football from every team.

Beyond full game replays, with Game Pass (review here) you’re also able to watch a 30-minute condensed version of each Lions game without interruption or commercial breaks. Game Pass’ Coaches Film also gives you access to exclusive camera angles so you can get a better look at the 2015 Detroit Lions. Game Pass does offer real-time audio coverage as part of the package.

One more thing. You can also go back and watch Detroit Lions games from seasons past. Luckily, this feature starts with the 2009 season so you don’t have to relive the heartbreak of 0-16. You can access a Super Bowl archive to watch all the years the Lions weren’t in the big game.

Game Pass is $99 for the season, but you can click here to try a free 7- day trial.


PlayStation Vue Provides Detroit Lions Live Stream

Playstation Vue

Another way to stream Detroit Lions online is with PlayStation Vue. This online streaming service, offered by Sony, is actually quite similar to Sling TV. Basically, you pay a monthly fee (starting at $30 a month) and you get access to live streaming of many popular TV channels. No contract required.

In terms of Detroit Lions live streaming, Vue offers the same as Sling TV: FOX and NBC in select areas, as well as NFL Network and ESPN nationwide. Vue (review here) works on many devices, but is not yet compatible with Apple TV or a few other popular streaming devices. It’s also tied to your home location, so you can’t watch on-the-go. For those reasons, we generally recommend Sling TV over PlayStation Vue.


Watch Local and Nationally-Aired Lions Games with An Antenna (and DVR)   

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Finally, if you’re still in the Detroit area, you can watch all of the Lions games as they air on broadcast TV with the use of an antenna. Even their Monday Night Football games will be simulcast on local television. If you don’t live in the broadcast area, some Lions games may still air on your local affiliate as the featured game of the week. If you don’t already have an antenna, you can check out our guide to the best antennas.

With a DVR you can record all Lions games that air on local TV. You can also pause live TV, rewind it to rewatch big plays, and fast-forward as well. DVR’s add a ton of flexibility and convenience to your football watching experience. Click here to learn more about my favorite DVRs.



If you’re reading this from anywhere besides the USA, your options are a bit different. The service below provides the easiest way to watch a Detroit Lions live stream from outside the US.


Game Pass International Offers Live Streaming for Lions Fans Worldwide

For international fans of the Lions, NFL Game Pass International offers a special streaming service. Fans can watch every Detroit Lions game online live as they happen all season long. You don’t have to miss a single play if you’ve moved abroad. There is also an on-demand feature so you don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night to catch the game. Blackouts may apply in some cases so check the schedule.

Click here for more info about NFL Game Pass International.


2016 Detroit Lions TV Schedule

*You can watch Detroit Lions live stream of most games on Sling TV

*You can watch every Detroit Lions game online on replay with NFL Game Pass