Looking to rebound from an injury-laden season, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to kick off the 2016 NFL preseason. And we’re here to help you take advantage of every opportunity to legally enjoy the Packers vs Colts live stream, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, on ESPN.
While both quarterback superstars will likely only play a handful of snaps, it’s the perfect opportunity to see where both teams stand heading into a new season. And for cord-cutters, there’s even better news: You can watch this game and all of the other preseason games without having a cable TV subscription. Here’s the skinny on how to legally stream and enjoy this matchup between the Colts and Packers.
Packers vs Colts Live Stream on Sling TV
Sling TV — which continues to offer a free, 7-day trial offer — is another option for watching some of the nationally-broadcast NFL preseason games online. The Colts-Packers matchup opens the NFL Preseason on ESPN, which is one of the available channels on the Sling service.
Sling TV, a live streaming service from Dish Network (review here), allows subscribers to watch ESPN and ESPN2 live using their internet connection. The service is just $20 a month with no contract, and it includes over 25 other popular channels like AMC, TBS, TNT, HGTV, CNN, and more. You can watch Sling TV on your TV (using a streaming player like the Roku or Apple TV), smart TV, phone, tablet, or computer.
In addition to the Colts-Packers matchup, ESPN is also airing the Cowboys-Rams 8 p.m. matchup on Saturday, Aug. 13.
If you’ve never subscribed to Sling before, there is a special offer that might be touchdown of a deal for NFL fans. If you sign up for three months of service, you can get a free Roku 2 for your TV. This is valuable because ESPN has Monday Night Football for another season, meaning those games will be available on Sling, allowing you stream it at a low monthly price.
Packers vs Colts Live Stream, On Demand with NFL Game Pass
In an effort to satisfy its fans looking to watch games online, the NFL revamped its streaming options in the U.S. by discontinuing its Game Rewind streaming service and replacing it with NFL Game Pass.
The new streaming service provides access to all 256 regular season NFL games on demand and also offers an NFL preseason streaming option to watch the games live online. Game Pass streams all out-of-market preseason games live, excluding games televised in your local market or on national television. Those games not included on the Game Pass NFL preseason live stream will be made available on demand shortly after the game.
Game Pass is $99 for the season, but there is a 7-day free trial now by clicking here. An added bonus with the subscription is the that every NFL game since 2009 is available to stream on-demand.
Note: Looking for information on the NFL Game Pass International offering? Click here for more details.
Packers vs Colts Live Stream on PlayStation Vue
Similar to Sling TV, PlayStation Vue is another great option for taking in NFL Preseason games, including the Colts-Packers matchup. Vue offers a number of popular TV networks without a cable subscription.
Vue starts at $30 per month for channels like ESPN (Monday Night Football!), NBC and Fox. Note that Fox and NBC are on-demand only, but still available nationwide. In other words, all live NFL Preseason games on ESPN are available on Vue, and the other games on NBC and Fox start the day after they air live.
Vue is available without a contract, and is very easy to use. You can use it on many major streaming devices, including Roku, Chromecast, PS3/PS4, Amazon Fire TV, iPad and more. Read our PS Vue review for more info.
Watch Packers-Colts with a Trusty Antenna
When it comes to the NFL, contracts wit the major broadcast networks still reign supreme. If you want to follow your favorite, hometown team (and still live in that home market, of course), you can’t go wrong with an old-fashioned, but extremely effective, over-the-air antenna.
For the Colts-Packers matchup, a local affiliate in Indianapolis and Green Bay is likely purchasing airing rights to the game, meaning the ESPN broadcast would also be available over-the-air.
The remaining NFL Preseason schedule
Saturday, August 13
8 p.m. ET – Dallas Cowboys vs Los Angeles Rams (ESPN)
Thursday, August 25
8 p.m. ET – Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins (NBC)
Friday, August 26
8 p.m. ET – Cleveland Browns at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (CBS)
Saturday, August 27
8 p.m. Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders (CBS)
Sunday, August 28
1 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings (FOX)
4 p.m. Arizona Cardinals at Houston Texans (FOX)
8 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars (NBC)
More scheduling information can be found here.
And make sure to check out our ultimate guide to streaming NFL games.