How to watch the XFL

Alex Sheehan
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Alex Sheehan
Feb 21, 2020

Please note: In an effort to fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), this event has been canceled.

Update 4/13/20: The XFL suspends operations with no plans for a 2021 season.

The new professional football league, the XFL, kicked off the week after the Super Bowl. The regular season spans 10 weeks, each team hosting five games and playing on the road for five. The post-season playoffs span two weeks, after which a champion is crowned. 

The XFL is faster paced and different from the NFL in a few ways – no games last more than three hours and players can score 1, 2 or 3 extra points after a touchdown. 

Eight teams with 71-man rosters will battle to win this XFL season. How will you tune in? 

Which channels show XFL games?

ABC, FOX, FS1, FS2, ESPN and ESPN2 air live XFL games. The schedule for 2020 is as follows: 

Saturday, Feb. 22

Houston Roughnecks at Tampa Bay Vipers – ABC

Dallas Renegades at Seattle Dragons – FOX

Sunday, Feb. 23

New York Guardians at St. Louis BattleHawks – ESPN

D.C. Defenders at Los Angeles Wildcats – FS1

Saturday, Feb. 29

Los Angeles Wildcats at New York Guardians – ABC

Seattle Dragons at St. Louis BattleHawks – FOX

Sunday, March 1

Houston Roughnecks at Dallas Renegades – FS1

D.C. Defenders at Tampa Bay Vipers – ESPN2

Saturday, March 7

Seattle Dragons at Houston Roughnecks – ABC

New York Guardians at Dallas Renegades – FOX

Sunday, March 8

St. Louis BattleHawks at D.C. Defenders – FS1

Tampa Bay Vipers at Los Angeles Wildcats – ESPN

Saturday, March 14

Houston Roughnecks at New York Guardians – ABC

St. Louis BattleHawks at Tampa Bay Vipers – FS2

Sunday, March 15

Dallas Renegades at D.C. Defenders – FS1

Los Angeles Wildcats at Seattle Dragons – ESPN

Saturday, March 21

Dallas Renegades at Tampa Bay Vipers – ABC

Los Angeles Wildcats at St. Louis BattleHawks – FOX

Sunday, March 22

New York Guardians at Seattle Dragons – ABC

D.C. Defenders at Houston Roughnecks – FS1

Saturday, March 28

Tampa Bay Vipers at D.C. Defenders – ABC

St. Louis BattleHawks at New York Guardians – FOX

Sunday, March 29

Houston Roughnecks at Los Angeles Wildcats – ABC

Seattle Dragons at Dallas Renegades – FS1

Thursday, April 2

Dallas Renegades at Houston Roughnecks – FOX

Saturday, April 4

D.C. Defenders at New York Guardians – ABC

Sunday, April 5

Tampa Bay Vipers at St. Louis BattleHawks – ESPN

Seattle Dragons at Los Angeles Wildcats – FS1

Thursday, April 9

Los Angeles Wildcats at Dallas Renegades – FOX

Saturday, April 10

Houston Roughnecks at Seattle Dragons – ABC

Sunday, April 12

D.C Defenders at St. Louis BattleHawks – ABC

New York Guardians at Tampa Bay Vipers – FS1

You can get ABC, FOX, FS1, FS2, ESPN and ESPN2 from nearly any TV provider

Most major TV providers have all the channels you need to watch live XFL games — ABC, FOX, FS1, FS2, ESPN and ESPN2 — and may even include them all with their lower-tier packages. The exception is DIRECTV, which only offers FOX Sports channels with the CHOICE package or higher.

Without a traditional TV service, you can probably pick up your local ABC and FOX channels with a decent TV antenna. To get FS1, FS2, ESPN and ESPN2, however, you’ll need a cable TV service or premium streaming service.

How to stream XFL without cable

ABC, FOX, ESPN and FOX Sports have dedicated apps and web browser access where you can live stream the games over an internet connection. You can also live stream XFL games on your computer, mobile device, gaming console, smart TV or other compatible devices with the following options: 

  • AT&T TV – includes local channels, regional sports networks, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2
  • AT&T TV NOW – includes local channels, regional sports networks, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2
  • ESPN+ – live streams select games throughout the season (bundle it with Hulu and Disney+ and get all three for $12.99 per month)
  • fuboTV – includes FOX and some regional sports networks, excluding ESPN
  • Hulu + Live TV – includes local channels, regional sports networks, ESPN and ESPN2
  • Philo TV – XFL games are not available through Philo TV
  • Sling TV – includes some regional sports networks, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2 but does not include ABC or CBS
  • YouTube TV – includes local channels, regional sports networks, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 and FS2

If you’re outside of the U.S., you might have to use a virtual private network (VPN) to stream the games. Sometimes live stream services block VPNs — ABC, in fact, is one network that blocks many VPNs. 

Watching XFL games: cable vs. live stream

Live streaming offers the convenience of watching the game on the device of your choice in the location of your choice – as long as there’s an internet connection. However, this may eat up a lot of data, which can give you surprises on your cell phone bill or slow down the connection for other people on your home network. Watching on cable also offers the benefit of recording, as many TV providers include that feature in their packages. 

Watch the 2020 XFL season

The XFL season is already well underway – with plenty of action left in the season. It’s easier than ever to catch live games at home or on the go. Get set up with the right TV package or internet service – both of which you can find by calling our experts.

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