The Carolina Panthers have appeared in just one playoff game since losing the 2016 Super Bowl, but the team still has devoted fans in every part of the country. When Panthers games are not shown on national TV, there are still things fans can do to see the Cardiac Cats in action.
In a hurry? The only perfect way for US fans to get complete access to out-of-market Panthers games is with a YouTube or YouTube TV plan. But there are several tools you can use besides that:
- ExpressVPN: Get the games you want to watch no matter where you are with private browsing and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Fubo: Watch all local and primetime games as well as all the action Sunday afternoon with NFL RedZone. Sign up for a free trial!
- NFL Sunday Ticket: Available through YouTube and YouTube TV.
- DAZN Canada is streaming every NFL game live, which means preseason, regular games, playoff games, and of course the Super Bowl.
Sports networks like to fill their sports schedules with live games that will attract nationwide audiences, which means fans of less popular teams rarely get a chance to see their favorite players. Unfortunately for outside-of-Carolina fans, this is the situation with the Panthers.
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This Week’s Carolina Panthers Game
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How to Watch Out-of-Market Carolina Panthers Games
Television networks and streaming services pay billions of dollars to secure the rights to NFL season games. So it should come as no surprise to learn that they do everything they can to prevent fans from seeing the action for free. ESPN now airs Monday Night Football and Amazon has purchased the rights to livestream Thursday night games.
Check if the Cardiac Cats are playing today! You can get all the deets on when and where to watch their next game.
But most fans watch the NFL on Sundays on either CBS, Fox, or NBC. NBC airs a single game each Sunday night, while CBS and Fox affiliates show games featuring teams from their local markets. When no local games are available, affiliate stations air the matchups network executives think will draw the biggest audiences.
These premium matchups are called out-of-market games. They rarely feature teams like Carolina Panthers unless a playoff spot is on the line or a beloved coach or legendary player is nearing a major career milestone.
What Channels Do I Need to Watch Out-of-Market Carolina Panthers Games?
If you want to watch Carolina Panthers games as they happen and you don’t live in the team’s local market, you really don’t have very many options. You can sign up for YouTube or YouTube TV and order NFL Sunday ticket, or you can watch live or taped highlights. Let’s take a closer look at these options.
- NFL Sunday Ticket: Watch any NFL game regardless of location. You can get it alone with YouTube for $500 or as an add-on with YouTube TV for $350.
- NFL+ Premium: Listen to every Carolina Panthers game and catch all the exciting video replays for just $9.99/mo. (NFL+ review)
- NFL RedZone: This service enables fans to watch all the broadcast Sunday afternoon games simultaneously. Regional programming limits apply at other times, though. (NFL RedZone Out-of-Market)
- VPN: Using a VPN, fans can stream games by routing their internet traffic through the Washington DC region, making it appear they are local. (VPNs for Out-of-Market Viewing)
- SiriusXM: This satellite radio platform offers audio broadcasts of all the games, much like NFL+ Premium.
- Sports Bar: Fitted with several flat-screen TVs and NFL Sunday Ticket, sports bars are another option for fans to watch the Carolina Panthers for the cost of a few beers.
Watch the Panthers on NFL RedZone
The NFL launched its RedZone channel in 2009 to give fans without Sunday Ticket access a way to watch live professional football. Instead of showing games from beginning to end, NFL RedZone airs the most exciting plays from all of the games. You will see every touchdown, fumble, and interception on NFL RedZone, and the action won’t be interrupted by any ads.
Most cable TV operators and streaming services offer NFL RedZone as the channel gives them a lot of bang for the buck.
- Fubo (formerly called FuboTV): 130+ channels in the Pro Plan for $74.99/mo. Upgrade with Sports Plus for $10.99/mo additional and get RedZone and 28 other live sports channels. (Fubo review)
- DIRECTV STREAM: $74.99/mo gets you 75+ live TV channels, unlimited cloud DVR, and watching on unlimited devices at the same time. Sports Plus add-on comes with NFL RedZone. (DIRECTV STREAM review)
- Sling TV: 40+ channels in Sling Blue, including Fox and NBC, for $40.00/mo. Upgrade with the Sports Extra for $11/mo additional to get RedZone and 10 other sports channels. (Sling TV review)
- Hulu + Live TV: Pay just $69.99/mo to get 85+ live TV channels and Disney+ and ESPN+. Sign up for the Sports Add-on if you want RedZone. (Hulu + Live TV review)
- Vidgo: 140+ channels including NFL RedZone for $84.99/mo for Vidgo Premium. (Vidgo review)
- YouTube TV: $72.99/mo for over 100 channels. Upgrade with Sports Plus for RedZone.
We have a page on NFL RedZone specifically for watching out-of-market games– check it out!
Use a VPN to Watch Carolina Panthers Games Out of Market
VPNs don’t provide any content, but they do give Carolina Panther fans a way to see games that would otherwise be blocked. Services like NFL+ Premium use geographic data to determine which games consumers have access to, but this verification process can be bypassed by connecting to a VPN with the right IP address. See our full guide to VPNs for Out-of-Market viewing for more info.
Unblock Your Favorite Events & Teams With a VPN
If you can’t watch your favorite events or teams because of your location, a VPN will allow you to get the access you are entitled to, plus extra security and unequaled privacy. Check out our VPN Guide for everything you need to know, including our top pick ExpressVPN.
Live Streaming Devices for Out-of-Market Carolina Panthers Games
You won’t need any special equipment if you want to keep up with the action on the NFL RedZone channel or the NFL+ Premium service or NFL Sunday Ticket. The game will render perfectly on any kind of screen, but you will need a fast connection as high-definition video uses a lot of bandwidth.
Most streaming services support the most popular streaming devices: Amazon Fire TV/Firestick, Android mobile, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS (iPhone, iPad), Roku, and Samsung smart TVs. Many support gaming devices and other smart TVs as well.
Unfortunately, Rokus do not work with VPNs, but this isn’t an issue if you set the VPN up on your router. Almost every VPN has comprehensive instructions on how to do this.
The YouTube Sunday Ticket package will be the only way to enjoy live out-of-market pro football games until the NFL emerges from its satellite fog and joins the rest of the world’s major sports leagues in the information age. Until that day arrives, Carolina Panthers fans can watch NFL RedZone on almost all major streaming services. We recommend Sling TV and Fubo as your best options, depending on your budget.
Does DIRECTV STREAM offer NFL Sunday Ticket?
No, DIRECTV STREAM does not have NFL Sunday Ticket. If you are in the majority of fans who follow a local team, DIRECTV STREAM will probably suit you just fine– they have all the networks, plus ESPN for Monday nights. Sign up for the Choice plan to get NFL Network and Sports add-on to get NFL RedZone.
What radio stations are the Carolina Panthers on?
You can listen to Carolina Panthers games audio on their flagship station WRFX 99.7 FM (The Fox) across North and South Carolina. Those interested in streaming Panthers radio feeds online from anywhere can access them through NFL+ or NFL+ Premium (US only) and Sirius XM NFL Radio.
Do Carolina Panthers games sell out?
At times, Panthers games do sell out. However, game sellout status no longer affects local fans as the NFL does not implement its blackout policy (first introduced in 1973) anymore. Fans who want to watch Carolina Panthers games that are sold out can choose NFL RedZone, NFL Sunday Ticket, or any of the other options discussed above.
How do I watch out-of-market games from teams besides the Carolina Panthers?
We’ve got individual viewer’s guides for watching out-of-market NFL games for each team:
More Info on NFL Without Cable
If you still have questions, these resources should help:
- NFL Preseason
- NFL Regular Season
- Out-Of-Market Football Games
- NFL Playoffs
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