In Week 18 of the NFL season, Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals take on the San Francisco 49ers from Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara. Here is how to watch the 4:25 PM EST kickoff live without cable on FOX.
YouTube TV, Sling TV Blue, Hulu, fuboTV, and DIRECTV STREAM all live stream KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix for watching in-market Cardinals games in Arizona.
Our top pick, DIRECTV STREAM, carries CBS, FOX, ESPN, NBC, and offers an upgrade for watching Bally Sports Arizona for fans who want to watch in-market Suns, Diamondbacks, and Coyotes games, as well as Cardinals games.
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How to watch today’s Arizona Cardinals game
The most important channels for Cardinals games
The most important channels for Arizona Cardinals fans will be CBS, FOX, ESPN, and NBC, and of all these, FOX, the channel with rights for most NFC games through 2033, will be the most important for watching the Cardinals week in and week out. In Phoenix, where the Cardinals are based, the local FOX affiliate is KSAZ-TV, FOX 10.
NFL coverage for each channel:
- CBS – In-market AFC games / some NFL Playoff games
- FOX – In-market NFC Games / some NFL Playoff games / 2023 Super Bowl
- ESPN – Monday Night Football / some NFL Playoff games
- NBC – Sunday Night Football / some NFL playoff games
Note: Sling TV carries FOX and NBC, but only in select markets.
The best options for local Cardinals fans
Although the services listed below will feature some out-of-market Cardinals games each season, they will offer the most reliable coverage for fans who live closer to Arizona. Each of these services will carry KSAZ-TV, FOX 10 in Phoenix, plus the other channels NFL fans need to watch games.
fuboTV – best choice
fuboTV carries CBS, FOX, ESPN, and NBC. The service is our top pick for NFL coverage for a number of different reasons, one of which is respect for the rising costs of live TV streaming. fuboTV offers fans the option to pause their subscriptions during the NFL off-season, which is brilliant and right in line with where the market is.
Read our fuboTV review.
Sling TV Blue – budget pick
Although Sling TV Blue does not offer all the channels you need to watch the Cardinals, it will provide KSAZ-TV, FOX 10 in Phoenix, which will get you a lot of games. The reasonable price is hard to beat, and fans always have the option of upgrading to Sling Orange & Blue to get ESPN.
The downside is you can’t get NBC, ABC, or CBS without an air antenna. For an extra $4.99 per month in monthly cost, Cardinals fans could add Paramount+ to get access to CBS.
Read our Sling TV review for sports fans.
DirecTV Stream – best overall choice for Phoenix sports
You can watch the Cardinals on DirecTV Stream “Choice.” The upgraded DirecTV Stream package is our best overall pick for Phoenix sports because it is the only TV streaming service that offers Bally Sports Arizona. With Bally Sports Arizona, fans get access to local MLB, NHL, and NBA games with the Diamondbacks, Coyotes, and Suns games. For the diehard local fans, DirecTV Stream Choice, even at its high price point, will be the clear winner.
Can I watch the Arizona Cardinals on Hulu + Live TV?
Can I watch the Arizona Cardinals on YouTube TV?
Yes, YouTube TV carries the channels you need to watch the Arizona Cardinals. We give YouTube TV major props as an innovator in the live TV sports streaming space. Fantasy football fans will delight at the mobile only fantasy football integration with the YouTube TV mobile app. The fantasy integration is for NFL.com fantasy teams only.
Read our YouTube TV sports review.
How to watch the Cardinals out-of-market
For fans that live far away from Arizona, but still want to watch the Cardinals every week, you have two options.
- Wait for the Cardinals to be on national TV, or hybrid regional games. We estimate these options would cover 4-5 games a year.
- Buy NFL Sunday Ticket to guarantee access to Cardinals broadcasts every Sunday. For 2022, streaming NFL Sunday Ticket has eligibility rules, which I explain below.
Watching the Cardinals FAQ
Some sports fans who cut the cord and ditch cable are surprised to learn that the NFL’s regional TV rules still apply even when you watch games online.
When you sign up for a live TV streaming service to watch sports, the games you get will still be heavily influenced by zip code. Although the Arizona Cardinals will play a handful of times each season on nationally televised games, or on regional games that are broadcast to large segments of the nation, for the most part the Cardinals are a regional team that is most reliably on TV in Arizona and some surrounding western markets.
Based on NFL TV maps compiled by 506 Sports, we estimate these cities will be the most reliably in-market for Cardinals games:
Having said that, as a west coast NFC franchise, the Cardinals are often featured on a late Sunday kickoff on FOX, which increases the number of times larger segments of the country will get to see their games.