Last Updated on July 24, 2020
The following step-by-step guide will provide you with instructions to Watch CFL on FireStick / Fire TV & Roku.
CFL stands for the Canadian Football League, which is the highest level of the professional football championship in Canada. With its first debut over 60 years ago, CFL is still one of the most popular sports events in the North American region.
The Canadian Football League has a respective follower base in the United States as well, which is why many people search for different ways to watch CFL matches on the web. Now that there are more streaming choices than ever, it’s possible to stream Canada’s biggest football league online, whether you have a dedicated streaming device or not.
For those who use a Firestick or Roku device for online content consumption, we have prepared this guide to watch CFL on Firestick and Roku. Note that you won’t need a cable connection for any of the streaming services.
- 1 Watch CFL on Firestick and Roku with ESPN+
- 2 Watch CFL on Firestick & Roku with Live TV Services
- 3 Final Words
Watch CFL on Firestick and Roku with ESPN+
ESPN has had a long-term partnership with CFL. In 1980, ESPN aired its first CFL game, and then it lost the broadcasting rights to CFL after a few years. Once again, in 2013, ESPN was selected for CFL coverage in the United States.
As of now, the network has the rights to broadcast at least 20 matches from the Canadian Football League, which includes one division final, along with the Grey Cup Championship game across ESPN’s pay-TV channels. The ESPN+ streaming service will handle the broadcasts of 65+ regular-season games.
Since the majority of CFL games will be broadcasted on ESPN+, you can sign up for a monthly $4.99 ESPN+ subscription and enjoy streaming CFL on your Firestick or Roku device. The following section in this guide will show you the process of signing up for an ESPN+ subscription.
How to Sign Up for an ESPN+ Subscription?
You have to go through a relatively straightforward process to sign up for an ESPN+ subscription. The step-by-step instructions below will help you do it.
- First, go to plus.espn.com from a modern web browser on your smartphone or PC.
- Click the “Subscribe to ESPN+ only” It will redirect you to the account creation process.
- Enter your first and last name, email address, and password in the respective fields, then click the Sign Up button to proceed.
- Now choose between the Monthly ($4.99) or Yearly ($49.99) plan, and select your payment method.
Once your payment for the ESPN+ subscription is successful, a confirmation message will be sent to your email address. You can now log in to the official ESPN app/channel on Firestick or Roku device to enjoy CFL and other live sports.
How to Install the ESPN App on Firestick or Roku?
To access your ESPN+ subscription and stream CFL matches on Firestick or Roku device, you first have to install the official ESPN app. You can follow the instructions for your streaming device below.
Install ESPN for Fire TV
- Go to the search menu by selecting the magnifying glass icon on the top-left hand corner of the Fire TV home screen.
- Search for the ESPN for Fire TV app using the voice search feature. You can also opt to type in the app name manually using the on-screen keyboard.
- Select ESPN for Fire TV from the instant search options.
- Scroll over to the Apps & Games row on the search results and click the ESPN app logo.
- Click Get to download and install the ESPN for Fire TV app.
When the installation is successful, you can return to your Fire TV home screen, scroll down to Your Apps & Channels section, and launch the ESPN for Fire TV app on your Firestick.
Install ESPN channel on Roku
- Scroll down the Roku home screen and select Streaming Channels.
- Now click Search Channels, and enter “ESPN” in the field.
- Click the ESPN channel in the following search results page.
- Click Add channel on the ESPN channel page.
You can now launch the ESPN channel from the Roku home screen.
How to Activate ESPN+ on Firestick and Roku?
The ESPN app has the same user interface on Fire TV and Roku devices. The following steps will guide you through the ESPN+ activation process:
- Launch the ESPN app/channel on your Firestick or Roku.
- Click the cogwheel icon in the top-right corner of the home screen.
- Scroll right and select the Subscription option, and select ESPN+.
- Now click the Log In An activation code will be given to you.
- Go to espn.com/activate from your PC or mobile web browser, enter the activation code in the space, and click Continue.
- Complete logging into your ESPN account that you have created earlier.
That’s it! You should now be able to access the ESPN+ live and on-demand library from the ESPN+ section in the app. CFL matches will be available to stream on the match days.
Watch CFL on Firestick & Roku with Live TV Services
OTT live TV services are used by the vast majority of cord-cutters in the United States, thanks to their channel lineups and affordable subscription plans. Since select regular-season games, as well as the playoffs and Grey Cup, will be aired on ESPN networks (ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNews), you can grab a live TV subscription from one of the following live TV services and enjoy pay-TV CFL coverage on your Firestick and Roku:
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu’s $54.99 Hulu + Live TV subscription gives you access to more than 65 local and national American channels, which does include ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPNews. So, you get not only full coverage of CFL but also additional entertainment, sports, and news coverage with Hulu’s Live TV subscription.
Hulu’s 50 hours of cloud DVR storage gives you the opportunity to record CFL games while you are not at home. You can upgrade DVR storage to 200 hours with the Enhanced Cloud DVR ($9.99+) add-on if you need the extra recording capacity. Also, Hulu limits users to run up to two simultaneous streams, which can also be upgraded with the Unlimited Screens ($9.99+) add-on. You can get both of the add-ons as a $14.99 bundle.
YouTube TV is a direct competitor to Hulu + Live TV, offering 85+ channels at a monthly subscription price of $64.99. In case you are wondering, YouTube TV has recently seen a $15 price hike due to the addition of new channels.
You do get ESPN, ESPN 2, and ESPNews with YouTube TV’s vast lineup of channels, which means you get complete coverage of CFL season, including the division playoffs and Grey Cup championship.
Unlike Hulu, YouTube TV offers unlimited cloud storage for DVR, along with three simultaneous streams without asking for additional fees.
Sling is the most affordable live TV solution in the bunch, offering subscription plans starting from only $30/month. With the $30 Sling Orange monthly plan, you get access to ESPN, ESPN 2, and the ESPN 3 channel, along with 27+ other channels.
You can watch the Canadian Football League live on Sling without breaking your monthly budget. For ESPNews or other sports channels like MLB Network, NBA TV, ESPN U, ACC Network, NHL Network, and ESPN SEC Network, users will have to add the Sports Extra ($10+) add-on to their base Sling subscription.
The Sling Orange plan only offers ten hours of cloud DVR space and one stream at a time. You can upgrade the storage space to 50 hours with the Cloud DVR Plus ($5+) add-on.
AT&T TV NOW
You can log in to the AT&T TV app on Firestick or Roku device with an AT&T TV NOW subscription. For CFL live matches, you can choose to pay for either the $55 PLUS or $80 MAX package. Both of the packages include ESPN and ESPN 2, while ESPNews is found in the MAX package only. It’s worth mentioning that the MAX package also unlocks access to the HBO MAX streaming service.
You get 500 hours of DVR space with both AT&T TV NOW’s featured plans, as well as concurrent streaming on up to three devices.
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This guide has everything you need to watch the Canadian Football League (CFL) on Firestick and Roku. Alongside ESPN+, you can also log in to the ESPN for Fire TV app or ESPN Roku channel with your Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling, or AT&T TV NOW subscription for live and on-demand CFL coverage.
It’s worth noting that the subscription prices and availability of specific channels can differ based on your location. Blackout restrictions may also apply.