Bengals fans in the Ohio area will generally see Sunday afternoon games broadcast locally on the CBS affiliate. But fans in far-flung areas will find watching Cincinnati Bengals games a bit more difficult. Read on for all your options.
In a hurry? The only perfect way for US fans to get complete access to out-of-market Bengals games is with a YouTube or YouTube TV plan. But there are a number of tools you can use apart from that to stream out-of-market NFL games:
- 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.
The Cincinnati Bengals have not won any of the three Super Bowls they’ve competed in so far (most recently losing to the LA Rams in 2022). But maybe the fourth time will be the charm.
The only way to watch live games outside of Ohio is to find a way to stream them.
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This Week’s Cincinnati Bengals Games
- Sun Dec 10 : vs Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
How to Watch Out-of-Market Cincinnati Bengals Games
In nearly every way, the NFL makes it easy to be a fan. With only one game scheduled per team each week, every game gets broadcast. So, fans can easily follow the entire season.
There is one way the NFL can be challenging to follow. Because broadcasting of the regular NFL season is regionalized, broadcasting of Sunday afternoon football games is limited in any given location to two per week — one each on Fox and CBS. Local fans (or in-market viewers) certainly enjoy this greatly, as they can watch all the games their local teams play on their local Fox or CBS affiliate stations. In most areas, they can even do it for free with a digital antenna!
Fans in other locations don’t usually have the same freedom. For instance, if you live in New York, you don’t get to watch the Cincinnati Bengals play live every week. This is a common problem in major sports leagues in the United States.
The Bengals’ out-of-market fans also have a way to watch Cincinnati play, through NFL Sunday Ticket.
The only hitch is that you currently need YouTube or YouTube TV to access it. If you already have (or will sign up for) YouTube or YouTube TV, then your problem is solved: you can watch all the out-of-market Bengals games you want.
If you don’t have YouTube or YouTube TV, you’ll need a different way to watch the Bengals play live.
Can’t wait to see Burrows and Chase on the field again? Neither can we! And we have all the details on the next game!
What Channels Do I Need to Watch Out-of-Market Cincinnati Bengals Games?
There’s more than one way to watch Bengals games out-of-market.
NFL+ Premium: For only $9.99 per month, NFL+ Premium provides on-demand access to all out-of-market games. You can’t watch them live in real-time though – only replays. But if waiting for Bengals games to finish doesn’t bother you, this could be a valid option. It also broadcasts live in-market and prime-time games over mobile devices. Plus, you get to watch all preseason out-of-market games. (NFL+ review)
NFL RedZone: While you can’t use this service to watch full out-of-market games, you can use it to watch the best parts of every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game. At times, eight games can be shown simultaneously. (NFL RedZone Out-of-Market)
VPN: Instead of directly streaming games to you – whether in-market or out-of-market – a virtual private network (VPN) provides a way to watch Bengals games from a location outside the geographical broadcast area. (More information below, or check out Out-of-Market NFL Viewing with a VPN Guide.)
Sports Bars, Friends’ Homes, Etc: You may not be able to watch (or even listen) to out-of-market games at home or on your phone using these last-ditch options. But, friends and sports bars with access to out-of-market games at least offer you places to go to watch the games you want to see most. Plus, you get the social element of enjoying the game with others.
Watch the Bengals on NFL RedZone
NFL RedZone is widely available through live TV streaming services like DIRECTV STREAM: DIRECTV STREAM’s Choice plan costs :directv-price-price:. It has 100+ channels including NFL Network, unlimited cloud DVR, and streaming on unlimited devices. NFL RedZone is included in the Sports Plus add-on. (See our full DIRECTV STREAM review.)
Read our NFL RedZone page for more details.
Use a VPN to Watch Cincinnati Bengals Games Out of Market
Every cord-cutter should be using a VPN. They are powerful tools and often the only way to solve issues that we all run into. They do not, however, provide content. But they provide access to games you’ve paid for that you might not be getting.
Our VPN guide has complete information on streaming out-of-market games.
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 Cincinnati Bengals Games
The range of devices you can use to stream Cincinnati Bengals games depends on the streaming service you choose. Nearly every service streaming out-of-market NFL games supports the most popular and familiar mobile devices, including:
- Amazon Fire TV (Firestick)
- Android mobile
- Apple TV
- iOS (iPhone, iPad)
- Roku (no VPN support)
- Samsung smart TVs
Most streaming services offering out-of-market games also support other brands of smart TVs as well as the most popular gaming devices.
If you don’t live in Ohio, you need to get creative to watch Cincinnati Bengals games. One way to do this is to subscribe to YouTube or YouTube TV service and add NFL Sunday Ticket. Otherwise, NFL RedZone through Fubo or Sling TV offers an excellent alternative.
Can I use DIRECTV STREAM to watch out-of-market Cincinnati Bengals Games?
DIRECTV STREAM is a great live TV streaming service that offers all the channels you need to follow the NFL season. On Sunday afternoons, you will be limited to the four games on CBS and Fox that air in your area. Additionally, DIRECTV STREAM currently offers NFL RedZone and the NFL Network.
What radio stations are the Cincinnati Bengals on?
Cincinnati Bengals games are broadcast on their flagship stations 700 AM (WLW), 1530 AM (ESPN 1530), and 102.7 FM (WEBN). If you want to stream Bengals games audio online from anywhere, you can access NFL+ or NFL+ Premium (US only) and Sirius XM NFL Radio.
Do Cincinnati Bengals games sell out?
Many Cincinnati Bengals games sell out at times. In case you were unable to get a ticket for a game, you can always catch the action through NFL RedZone, NFL Sunday Ticket, or other options mentioned above. Note that games not selling out do not affect local viewers anymore as the NFL no longer enforces its blackout policy.
How do I watch out-of-market games from teams besides the Cincinnati Bengals?
You’ll find everything you need to know about any NFL team on HotDog. Just start with our main NFL page and branch out from there. We cover everything from the preseason to the draft as well as every game throughout the season, all the way through the Super Bowl.
We’ve got individual viewer’s guides for watching out-of-market NFL games for each team:
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