It’s week 2 of the NFL preseason, and if you want to see Tom Brady…keep waiting. He won’t be playing this week. Still, Tampa Bay vs. Miami is an exciting matchup, and kickoff is 7:30 pm ET on Saturday, August 13, 2022.
The game airs live on the local NBC affiliate in Tampa, but outside the local market it won’t be on live TV. The NFL Network, for instance, won’t be airing this game until Sunday.
The answer is to stream, but streaming the NFL is a little complicated. In the US, there’s no single option that lets you stream every game you’ll want to see this year on any device you want.
But long story short, if you want to stream the Packers-49ers preseason game, the NFL+ streaming service is probably your best bet, and it only costs $4.99 a month.
Here’s an explanation:
Why should I use NFL+ to watch the Dolphins vs. Buccaneers preseason game?
If this is an out-of-market NFL game for you — meaning you’re not in the Tampa or Miami area — one way to stream this game for cheap, is with NFL+, the NFL’s new streaming service. NFL+ has a base tier for $4.99 a month that will give you access to this game, and the other out-of-market preseason games, but once the season starts you can only watch on a mobile device like a phone or tablet.
What if I want to watch the Dolphins vs. Buccaneers preseason game from the Miami or Tampa area?
Bad news: If this is an in-market game for you, the NFL+ streaming service will not allow you to watch it. However, at $35 a month after a free trial, Sling Blue is the cheapest live TV streaming service that will let you stream your local NBC affiliate, which means you will be able to watch this game if you subscribe. There are others live TV streaming services as well, like Vidgo’s “Plus” plan ($59.95 a month), the even more comprehensive YouTube TV ($64.99 a month), FuboTV ($69.99 a month), or Hulu with Live TV ($69.99 a month with ads, or $75.99 a month ad-free).
The advantage of live TV streaming services is that after you fork over that eye-watering monthly fee for this one game, they’ll keep the gridiron action streaming to your TV for as long as you’re subscribed by simply letting you stream your local network affiliates like NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX (though read the fine print to see which of these they do and don’t have), along with channels like ESPN and NFL Network in some cases. YouTube TV in particular might be the clear center of the NFL-streaming universe soon if it scores a deal to allow users access to 13 additional games per week by winning the bidding war for NFL Sunday Ticket.
How to stream the Dolphins vs. Buccaneers preseason game in the UK
Whether you’re a British NFL fan, or an American who moved to the UK simply to stream NFL games for much, much less money than you could across the pond, congratulations: NFL Game Pass, which is unavailable in the U.S., is the envy of all American NFL fans stuck on native soil. The Dolphins-Buccaneers preseason game is available live to those who pay for the Game Pass “Essential” tier, which costs £42.99 annually, or about £3.58 a month. Unlike preseason games, most games are replays at this tier, and for £150.99 annually (£12.58 a month) you can watch the Dolphins-Buccaneers preseason game at the same time as fans in the U.S., and then tune in live from now until the Super Bowl. I just hope you enjoy staying up late.