Loyal fans of the Chicago Bears are anxious to see their team hit the field for the 2018 season. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has a year under his belt and has a wider array of options in the offense. The defense is young but talented as they seek to bring that hard-nose style back to the windy city. Even though times have been turbulent for the Bears the last few years, fans are hopeful this will be the beginning of a new age for their team.
What is the best way to watch the Bears this season? There seems to be additional ways to watch the Bears play every season. Whether it is watching the Chicago Bears live stream or watching the Bears live on cable TV, diehard Chicago fans can’t go wrong. Below is a list of methods available for those diehard Bears’ fans to watch their team.
Chicago Bears 2018 TV Schedule
Week 1: at Green Bay Packers on Sep. 9 at 8:20 PM ET on NBC
Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks on Sep. 17 at 8:15 PM ET on ESPN
Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals on Sep. 23 at 4:25 PM ET on FOX
Week 4: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sep. 30 at 1 PM ET on FOX
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: at Miami Dolphins on Oct. 14 at 1 PM ET on FOX
Week 7: vs. New England Patriots on Oct. 21 at 1 PM ET on CBS
Week 8: vs. New York Jets on Oct. 28 at 1 PM ET on CBS
Week 9: at Buffalo Bills on Nov. 4 at 1 PM ET on FOX
Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions on Nov. 11 at 1 PM ET on FOX
Week 11: vs. Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 18 at 1 PM ET on FOX
Week 12: at Detroit Lions on Nov. 22 at 12:30 PM ET on CBS
Week 13: at New York Giants on Dec. 2 at 1 PM ET on FOX
Week 14: vs. Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 9 at 1 PM ET on FOX
Week 15: vs. Green Bay Packers on Dec. 16 at 1 PM ET on FOX
Week 16: at San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 23 at 4:05 PM ET on FOX
Week 17: at Minnesota Vikings on Dec. 30 at 1 PM ET on FOX
How to Watch the Chicago Bears live stream on Cable TV
Bears’ fans will have two tremendous opportunities to see how their team has improved early in the season. The Bears begin their season with national broadcasts in week one and two. Week one features the Bears against rival Green Bay on NBC’s Sunday Night Football and week two features the Bears against Seattle on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
For the remainder of Bears’ games in the regular season, local FOX and CBS networks will provide the broadcasts. The one exception will be on Thanksgiving Day when the Bears play the Lions on a national broadcast available on CBS. 11 out of the 13 regional broadcast games will be aired on FOX. Fans should remember to double check 506sports.com to make their local market is airing the Bears game.
DirecTV NOW for Chicago Bears live online
The basic package available for subscribers is the Live a Little plan at $40/month for 65+ channels. The Live a Little plan includes local CBS, FOX, NBC, and ESPN. An upgrade to the next package is required to access NFL Network, but this should not worry Bears’ fans as their team will not play on NFL Network this season. As long as subscribers do not have their local network blacked out, then DirecTV NOW will provide full coverage for Bears’ fans living in the team’s viewing area. A one week free trial is available for fans who wish to try out the service.
Sling TV to watch Chicago Bears live stream online
Sling TV is divided into two standard packages for its subscribers. The sling orange and sling blue packages are each $25/month stand-alone packages. The sling orange package provides ESPN. The sling blue package provides FOX, NBC, and NFL Network. These two stand-alone packages can be combined for $40/month. However, the handful of games for the Bears which air on CBS will not be available on Sling TV since the streaming service does not have CBS among its list of stations.
*Bears’ fans who are subscribed to Sling TV and do not want to switch streaming services can add CBS All-Access for $6/month to watch the two games on the Bears’ schedule on regional CBS coverage. Since the two games aired on local CBS markets are back-to-back weeks, only a one month purchase of CBS All-Access is required.
fuboTV for Chicago Bears live with Geo restriction
Bears’ fans hoping to watch the Bears live stream on fuboTV will have access to 86 live channels for $39.99/month. Channels include CBS, FOX, NBC, and NFL Network. ESPN is not provided with fuboTV so Bears’ fans subscribed to fuboTV will be out of luck during their week two Monday Night Football game. Every other Bears game will be available on fuboTV as long as the subscriber lives in a Bears local viewing area. A free one week trial is available for those wishing to try out the online streaming service.
Chicago Bears live on PlayStation Vue
The basic package for PlayStation Vue is the Access Plan at $44.99/month. The Access Plan provides stations such as CBS, FOX, NBC, and ESPN. This is great news for Bears’ fans as every single game on their team’s schedule will be covered by the basic plan on PlayStation Vue. Subscribers can stream up to five devices simultaneously without an additional cost and have a tremendous amount of DVR storage. A five day free trial is available for those hoping to try out the service first.
The Best Streaming Service for Bears’ Fans?
The online streaming service which will give Bears’ fans the most bang for their buck is a tie betweenDirecTV NOW and PlayStation Vue. Subscribers who live in a Chicago Bear viewing area will have access to all games for the 2018 season at $40/month with DirecTV NOW. PlayStation Vue’s basic package allows access for all Bears’ games at $44.99/month, but with a higher number of devices allowed for streaming and better DVR capabilities.
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket for Chicago Bears live streaming
For Bears’ fans that live nowhere near Chicago, DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket is alternative to watch the Bears play live. It will not be the most affordable option since base prices for DirecTV start at $35/month. NFL Sunday Ticket is an additional price of $293.94 for the 2018 NFL Season to whichever plan the subscriber purchases.
Chicago Bears live on Antenna
For Bears’ fans that live in the windy city or in its immediate surroundings, an OTA antenna can provide access to Bears’ games for free. The only game for the Bears which will not be accessible in a Bears’ local market is the week two Monday Night Football contest against Seattle.
Chicago Bears live on NFL Game Pass
If watching the Bears live stream or on cable TV is not possible, then NFL Game Pass allows fans the ability to watch every league game once it has finished airing. The service is $99 for the season and a free trial is available for those wishing to check it out.