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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) — like NordVPN — 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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