The Alliance of American Football (AAF) has created a buzz in the sports world ever since the upstart league kicked off on Feb. 9. But despite all of the press, social media exposure, and Internet clicks the league has generated, there is still some slight confusion as to how to watch their games. Thankfully the AAF can both be watched on television and streamed online for the cord-cutters out there.
The AAF does live stream most of its games, but broadcasts on CBS Sports Network do not get the same treatment. The agreement with the league and CBS Sports does not cover those games when they are in progress, but these can be viewed in their entirety on the site after the game has finished.
There's also the Alliance app, which offers real-time visualization that allows fans to take part in the "most interactive, real-time, play-by-play fantasy football game on the planet," according to the AAF's web site.
As one of the AAF's media partners, the league's first two games were aired on CBS on Feb. 9, just a week after Super Bowl LIII. It turned out that die-hard fans were still very much in need of a football fix as the regionally split broadcasts of Atlanta at Orlando and San Diego at San Antonio averaged 3.6 million viewers, surpassing ABC’s NBA telecast that night. CBS is scheduled to air the "Alliance Championship," the inaugural title game, on April 27 while CBS Sports Network continues to air the Sunday afternoon game at 4 p.m. ET (except Week 10, which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET).
The goal of every AAF player is to reach the NFL, so playing on the league’s flagship media outlet will lend a huge hand in that regard. NFL Network is the most notable of the AAF’s media partners and they carry the league’s primetime games (8 p.m. ET) on both Saturday and Sunday.
TNT's first AAF broadcast came back in Week 2 as a little more than a million viewers saw the Birmingham Iron host the Salt Lake Stallions. The network will kick off the Week 5 slate with Orlando taking on Birmingham on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. ET. TNT also is scheduled to air the Week 7 opener between Orlando and Atlanta, and at least one of the playoff games in late April.
Since Week 3, B/R Live, Turner's sports stream service, has been carrying the AAF’s Saturday afternoon slate with games starting between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET. B/R Live also is scheduled to air the Friday night game (8 p.m. ET) in Week 10. There are two ways to watch the AAF on B/R Live, you can either become a monthly subscriber or pay on a per-event basis.
If you sign up for PSV’s “Core Package” ($49.99 a month) you’ll get access to NFL Network, CBS, CBSSN, and TNT. The best part about it is that you don’t need to have a PlayStation in order to use the service.
You’ll have to spend a little more money here. But if you sign up for DTVN’s “Go Big” ($65 a month), or “Gotta Have It” ($75 a month) packages, you’ll be able to watch both NFL Network and CBSSN along with TNT and CBS.
This service starts with a seven-day free trial, then you pay $44.99 a month from there. Once you sign up you can watch the AAF every week as Fubo also carries the AAF family of networks (NFL Network, CBS, CBSSN, TNT).