How to watch 49ers games in 2024 with and without cable: Full streaming guide

It's not quite as easy to watch Niners games as it used to be.
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Unless you live in market, you'll probably need a few subscriptions to watch every single 49ers game this upcoming season.

On one hand, the NFL diversifying its broadcasting platforms has led to a massive increase in revenue, meaning the annual salary cap is only expected to increase significantly in upcoming years.

That's great news for teams like the San Francisco 49ers, who have a ton of star talent under contract and need to pay even more stars in future seasons.

On the other hand, it can be a headache for fans who want to tune into Niners games in 2024, especially those who don't call Northern California home and have to figure out how to watch games out of market. While some San Francisco games will be broadcast well out of the market, particularly nationally televised primetime games, others are going to be much more difficult to watch.

How to watch 49ers games with cable TV

Fox and CBS will carry all the 49ers' non-primetime games during the regular season. Most basic cable packages will include these two networks. Additionally, most TV packages will include both ABC and NBC, who are affiliates for Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football, respectively.

For reference, here is the Niners' 2024 regular-season schedule, including the broadcasting partner:

  • Week 1 vs. New York Jets -- Monday, Sept. 9 at 8:20 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN)
  • Week 2 @ Minnesota Vikings -- Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
  • Week 3 @ Los Angeles Rams -- Sunday, Sept. 22 at 4:25 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Week 4 vs. New England Patriots -- Sunday, Sept. 29 at 4:05 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Week 5 vs. Arizona Cardinals -- Sunday, Oct. 6 at 4:05 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Week 6 @ Seattle Seahawks -- Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8:20 p.m. ET (Amazon Prime)
  • Week 7 vs. Kansas City Chiefs -- Sunday, Oct. 20 at 4:25 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Week 8 vs. Dallas Cowboys -- Sunday, Oct. 27 at 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Week 9 -- BYE
  • Week 10 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Week 11 vs. Seattle Seahawks -- Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4:05 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Week 12 @ Green Bay Packers -- Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4:25 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Week 13 @ Buffalo Bills -- Sunday, Dec. 1 at 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
  • Week 14 vs. Chicago Bears -- Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET (Fox)
  • Week 15 vs. Los Angeles Rams -- Thursday, Dec. 12 at 8:20 p.m. ET (Amazon Prime)
  • Week 16 @ Miami Dolphins -- Sunday, Dec. 22 @ 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)
  • Week 17 vs. Detroit Lions -- Monday, Dec. 30 at 8:20 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN)
  • Week 18 @ Arizona Cardinals -- TBD

Primetime games on Sunday and Monday nights are broadcast across the country.

506 Sports typically releases coverage maps of every NFL game the week prior, and it can help determine if TV broadcasts will be in your area.

How to stream 49ers games without cable TV

In-market fans can download the team's official app and watch every San Francisco game there.

Out-of-market fans, as well as fans who don't have standard cable packages, are going to be a bit more challenged to watch 49ers games this season, especially in light of the NFL's increasing coverage diversification.

  • NFL Sunday Ticket is now available on YouTube, and it might be the best avenue for catching every single Niners tilt this upcoming season.
  • NFL+ will broadcast every Niners preseason game live. During the regular season, it will have replays available after each game's conclusion but won't air regular-season games live.
  • Fox Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN apps don't require subscriptions if they're part of your standard cable package. Simply log in with your cable provider's credentials.
  • Paramount+ will stream all of San Francisco's games on CBS.
  • Amazon Prime will broadcast the 49ers' two Thursdsay Night Football games this season.
  • Peacock will stream Sunday Night Football games for fans who don't have NBC as part of their TV cable package.
  • FuboTV offers a free seven-day trial for first-time users and can serve in place of a local cable provider, including in-market Niners games and all primetime bouts.

San Francisco won't have any games on Netflix this season, so that should save 49ers fans some money.

In-market fans who have cable TV won't have much difficulty watching Niners fans, while out-of-market fans with cable should still be able to watch most San Francisco games without additional subscriptions aside from those aired on Amazon Prime by signing into Fox Sports, ESPN and NBC Sports apps.

If fans are out of market and don't have cable at all, things will potentially get pretty expensive.

Many outlets do have free trials, though, so check each service's provider.

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