In Week 18 of the NFL season, Chris Olave and the New Orleans Saints take on the Carolina Panthers from Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. Here is how to watch the 1:00 PM EST kickoff live without cable on FOX.
You can live stream Saints games on a range of different devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, iPhone, and more. Although several live TV streaming services carry WVUE-TV, FOX 8 NOLA, our top pick for watching the Saints, DIRECTV STREAM, offers CBS, FOX, ESPN, and NBC in the base package, plus the option to upgrade for Bally Sports New Orleans, the regional sports network that broadcasts in-market Pelicans games.
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Which cities are in-market for Saints games?
Saints fans take note: even when you cut the cord and ditch cable, NFL TV coverage is still determined regionally for most regular season games. This means that only New Orleans, and some markets close by, will reliably get the Saints game every week on their local FOX affiliate. In New Orleans, the local FOX affiliate is WVUE-TV, FOX 8.
Based on TV coverage maps published by 506 Sports, we estimate the following markets will get the Saints games regularly, and be considered in-market for many Saints games:
- New Orleans, LA
- Baton Rough, LA
- Shreveport, LA
- Mobile, AL
- Montgomery, AL
- Birmingham, AL
- Tupelo, MS
- Jackson, MS
- Memphis, TN
- Little Rock, AR
- Memphis, TN
- Far eastern Texas
This doesn’t mean the Saints won’t be on in some other major markets on a regular basis, but it depends on the NFL schedule, flex games, and bye weeks. For example, in week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, when the Saints played the Packers, the game was broadcast on FOX to most of the country in what I call a hybrid national game. The point for Saints fans is, despite the team’s popularity, this won’t be a weekly occurrence. The most reliable markets for Saints games are listed above. When the team is featured on a national game, like Monday Night Football, everyone gets the game on ESPN.
How to watch today’s Saints game
What channel is the Saints game on today? We list the New Orleans Saints TV schedule, as well as the live TV streaming services that carry each game, in the easy to use table below.
The most important channels for Saints fans
The most important channels for Saints 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 Saints.
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
|fuboTV||Fubo Sports Plus with NFL RedZone||Paramount+||Sling Orange & Blue||DIRECTV STREAM – Choice||Hulu + Live TV||YouTube TV|
$74.99 / month
$80.98 / month
$4.99 / month
$50 / month
$99.99 / month
$69.99 / month
$64.99 / month
The best local options for Saints fans
The Saints are a winning franchise that is on national TV and in the playoffs quite often. As we saw with week 1 of the 2021 season, they are also featured on hybrid regional games several times a season. However, it is still local fans, and fans nearby New Orleans, that will see the most regular season Saints games. Below are my top picks for in-market Saints fans.
fuboTV – best choice
DirecTV Stream – best overall option for New Orleans sports
By signing up for DirecTV Stream, Saints fans can also get WVUE-TV, FOX 8, as well as CBS, ESPN, and NBC.
In addition, we have rated DirecTV Stream’s “Choice” package as the best option for New Orleans fans as the service is the only one that carries Bally Sports New Orleans. With Bally Sports New Orleans, you can stream the New Orleans Pelicans.
Read our DirecTV Stream review.
Can I watch the Saints on Hulu + Live TV?
Can I watch the Saints on YouTube TV?
If you don’t live in New Orleans
For fans that live far away from Louisiana, but still want to watch the Saints every week, you have two options.
- Wait for the Saints to be on national TV, or hybrid regional games. We estimate these options would cover 6-10 games a year.
- Buy NFL Sunday Ticket to guarantee access to Saints broadcasts every Sunday
DirecTV Stream + NFL Sunday Ticket
DirecTV Stream will hold the rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket package, the NFL’s out-of-market solution, for one more year. After the 2022 season, the package becomes a streaming first service. For this year, you still have to show you aren’t eligible for a satellite dish to qualify for NFL Sunday Ticket. If this is you, I’d wait a year to sign-up since this rule is going away with the rise of streaming.
Note: Sunday Ticket is an additional fee ($293.96) over the DirecTV subscription.
Watching the Saints FAQ
If you are in-market for the game, or if the Saints are on national TV, you can watch the game for free by signing up for a live TV streaming service in a free trial. See our live TV streaming services page for the latest free trials.
Another option is the NFL app. For national and prime time Saints games, you can watch free of charge on mobile just by downloading the app. This makes the NFL app a rare good bargain in an increasingly expensive streaming landscape. The NFL app is available for both Android and iOS users.