This tutorial will show you how to watch live NFL Draft on Firestick. The instructions provided here also work on other Amazon Fire TV Devices including Firestick 4k & Fire TV Cube.
While it’s not the best time to host an event, the NFL already has broadcasted its first round of NFL Draft for the upcoming season amid the pandemic. This year, every aspect of the NFL Draft is done virtually, thanks to the significant improvements to video communication in recent years.
The NFL Draft was going to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada this year. Due to the current situation, the event got canceled for health concerns, then replaced by an entirely virtual meeting. Selections will be made by the competing teams from home, and a small crew from ESPN’s studio in Bristol will handle the TV coverage. NFL has also sent streaming kits to remote draft participants for interviews and broadcastings. Roger Goodell, the current NFL commissioner, has already announced the first batch of draft picks from his home’s basement!
While NFL fans wait for the second and third day of the NFL Draft 2020, you might wonder whether it’s possible to stream the NFL Draft live on Firestick. ABC, NFL Network, and ESPN are simulcasting all seven draft rounds, with exceptions from ABC offering its separate broadcast for the second and third draft rounds. These channels can be streamed in several ways on a Firestick, and this guide will walk you through every one of them.
Watch NFL Draft on Firestick with ABC App
The ABC app on Firestick offers live TV and on-demand ABC shows. You can catch up on ABC’s unique broadcast of the NFL Draft as well. As it is a TV Everywhere service, you will have to log in with your television provider in order to access the NFL Draft live stream.
The live ABC broadcast will be streamed in select markets only. If you live in a blackout area, then you won’t be able to access the NFL Draft stream via the ABC app.
Watch NFL Draft with ESPN App on Firestick
Similar to ABC, ESPN’s official streaming app does support the Fire TV platform. After installing the ESPN app on your Firestick, you can link your TV provider account to access the ESPN channel live. Note that the ESPN+ subscription won’t give you access to the live feed of ESPN, as it is only available in the form of a TV Everywhere service.
Watch NFL Draft live on Firestick with NFL App
The official NFL app on Fire TV gives you access to the 24/7 live feed of the NFL Network channel, as well as separate streams for primetime and local NFL matches.
The NFL Draft 2020 can also be watched on the NFL app, with the NFL Game Pass subscription. This is the only standalone service that doesn’t require users to link a TV provider account, which is great news for those who have cut the cord.
The NFL Game Pass subscription is heavily discounted right now. You can grab the annual plan for only $9.99, which will let you stream not only live content from NFL Network and NFL Redzone but also on-demand originals and past NFL events. The offer will last until 31st July 2020.
Watch NFL Draft with Live TV Services on Firestick
A few OTT live TV streaming services offer ESPN, NFL Network, and the ABC channel with its plans. If you don’t have cable TV, then you can get a subscription from your preferred online live TV provider and watch the NFL Draft live on Firestick. We have discussed some of those services below, which you should definitely check out.
YouTube TV offers 70+ premium channels for a $49.99 monthly subscription, making it the best live TV streaming service in the United States. ABC and ESPN are included in YouTube TV’s channel catalog, and you can expect to stream them in HD quality as well.
You can also schedule DVR recording for the NFL Draft rounds in case you have something else to do at that time. Unlimited storage for DVR is also provided by YouTube TV, which can be stored for up to nine months.
If your friends and family members also want to watch the NFL Draft, you can add up to six accounts to your YouTube TV subscription. However, simultaneous streams are limited to three devices.
Hulu + Live TV
Streaming giant Hulu’s live TV service offers extensive sports and news coverage with its $54.99 Hulu + Live TV monthly subscription plan. Based on your current location, you can have access to both ABC and ESPN channels. The ESPN channel can be streamed in up to 1080p/60fps on a Firestick with Hulu.
With the addition of cloud DVR (50 hours) and Hulu’s existing on-demand streaming library, it is an excellent replacement to a standard cable TV connection. Unlike YouTube TV, Hulu only offers streaming on two screens at once. However, you can pay for the Unlimited Screens add-on ($9.99/month) to bump the limit to three screens and stream on several devices that are connected to your local home network.
Sling is a budget-friendly online live TV solution for cord-cutters. The Sling Blue has 45+ channels to offer, which does include the NFL Network channel. On the other side, the Sling Orange has around 35 channels, which includes ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPN 3. Both of the plans cost $30/month.
If you want both NFL Network and ESPN, then the Sling Orange + Blue is the way to go. It combines the entry-level packages under a single subscription, and it is reasonably priced at $45/month.
Although Sling’s 10 hours of cloud DVR storage is a bit underwhelming, you do get the option to stream NFL Draft on four devices at the same time with Sling’s combined $45 plan.
By following this guide, you can watch the NFL Draft 2020 on Firestick, with or without a cable TV connection. For inexperienced Firestick users, we have separate installation and activation guides on the live TV streaming services mentioned above, which you also should check out while you are here.
The second-day coverage of the 2020 NFL Draft will go live at 7:00 p.m. in eastern time today. The third-day live coverage is scheduled for Saturday at 12:00 p.m. (ET), in case you are wondering.