It is possible to watch Pittsburgh Steelers games online or on TV without an expensive Cable TV package. Usually these games are on CBS, but that may change depending on schedule, type of game or national interest.
Certain popular streaming services are beginning to carry local broadcast stations. This means that if you already subscribe to one of the "green" services below, you may be able to stream the game without an issue. The only hiccup that may occur is that the game ends up being blacked out, for which you'd need to use a VPN to get around that.
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If the game is on either CBS, NBC, FOX or ABC, you can likely watch it with a inexpensive device called a digital TV antenna. A TV antenna allows you to watch your local broadcast channels for free once you've bought the antenna. This however requires your home to be within range of the local station that is carrying the game.
While using an over-the-air TV antenna is still the best way to watch NFL most games, if the Pittsburgh Steelers game is on ESPN, NFL Network or is blacked out for attendance reasons, you can still watch it, albeit with a little bit of work involved.
If you are looking to stream NFL games online using one of their official apps, you have a few options:
If the NFL attempts to blackout streaming of Pittsburgh Steelers games due to you being within the their home viewing area, use a VPN to get around it.
By using a VPN, or virtual private network, your home's exact location is masked. Teams then cannot determine if you are within their blackout "range", thus allowing you to watch whatever sports team you want.
Our favorite VPN service — and one of the most respected — is ExpressVPN. I personally use ExpressVPN, so I can vouch that they work for this exact use-case.
A VPN hides where you actually are on the internet. After purchasing their service, you get an IP address that is registered from some far-away place (think Germany, Italy or Seattle), and that IP is either entered into your home internet broadband router or via their downloaded "VPN app". This IP address acts as a disguise to the various major sports teams that attempt to "blackout" their streaming services for those of us that can simply watch it on our TVs or computers.
Are VPNs Legal?
When used for watching TV and your local sports teams, VPNs are not illegal and anyone can use a VPN service to watch sports without fear of the police coming knocking at your door. The act of surfing the web or streaming shows through another IP is completely legal, and is something even the largest companies in the world do all the time. However, if you hide behind a VPN service to perform illegal activities, then you're of course violating the law - and we would never condone that.