If the initial offensive series of the Pittsburgh Steelers' ultimate preseason match is any indication, second-year wide receiver George Pickens is showcasing his prowess at a level usually reserved for midseason form.
Pickens, who captivated both Steelers devotees and NFL enthusiasts with his remarkable catch radius during his rookie season, unveiled one of the preseason's most exceptional plays in Thursday night's exhibition game against the Atlanta Falcons. In the early moments of the game, the Steelers confronted a 2nd-and-10 scenario at the Atlanta 36-yard line. Kenny Pickett, a fellow second-year quarterback, settled into the pocket and turned his gaze towards Pickens, who was running a go route.
For Pittsburgh's local NFL followers, the majority of Steelers games are broadcasted on either KDKA-TV CBS 2 or WPGH-TV FOX 53 Pittsburgh. Platforms such as YouTube TV, Fubo, DIRECTV STREAM, and Hulu + Live TV extend comprehensive coverage of the Steelers' season for local fans. Supporters outside of Pittsburgh can supplement their viewing with NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube TV, enabling them to stream games that fall outside their market.
Our recommended choice for cable-free live Steelers viewing is Fubo. With Fubo, fans gain access to local CBS and FOX affiliates, along with AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh Pirates and Penguins action, and ACC Network for University of Pittsburgh sports.
Key channels for Steelers enthusiasts
Given the NFL regular season's concentration on regional coverage, access to local CBS and FOX affiliates remains crucial for Steelers supporters, ensuring optimal viewing of most of the regular season's excitement. Local kickoff times on Sundays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. will be accessible to fans within the Pittsburgh TV market.
Nationally televised games are slated for ESPN, NBC, and local affiliates during Thursday Night Football matches.
For Pittsburgh residents
Local Pittsburgh fans have several live TV streaming alternatives to follow Steelers games. Our prime pick is Fubo TV.
Fubo TV stands out for Steelers followers for several reasons. Not only does it encompass CBS, ESPN, and FOX, providing comprehensive coverage of in-market regular season matches and NFL playoffs, but it also boasts a robust collection of regional sports networks. This includes AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, the home of the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB). This affords fans the convenience of a single streaming service for all their local pro team action, a feature paralleled only by DIRECTV STREAM. Fubo is the undisputed choice for watching in-market Steelers games.
Furthermore, college football enthusiasts can enjoy the entirety of the Pitt football season on Fubo, except for ESPN+ games.
DIRECTV STREAM furnishes extensive local coverage for Steelers aficionados within the Steel City. Upgrading to the more premium "Choice" plan extends access to in-market Penguins and Pirates games, in addition to Pitt Sports on ACC Network.
Local Steelers enthusiasts can catch games aired on KDKA-TV CBS 2 Pittsburgh using Paramount+.
While a Paramount+ subscription doesn't offer comprehensive NFL coverage, including for the Steelers, the NFL's TV contract grants CBS affiliates rights to the majority of AFC games, including playoffs.
If your aim is to save over $700 annually compared to most competitors and resort to a sports bar when games aren't available on Paramount+, this app presents an enticing bargain.
Hulu + Live TV
Hulu + Live TV is another contender to consider. It encompasses all essential NFL channels and, with the inclusion of ESPN+ and Disney+ bundles, offers a diverse selection of live sports and on-demand content. This is an ideal option if you have children at home who would appreciate the Disney+ content.
Notably innovative among live TV streaming services, YouTube TV shines in terms of watching football. Its Key Plays and Stats View features stand out, and it covers all pivotal NFL channels.
For those outside Pittsburgh (out-of-market)
The Steelers, akin to the Cowboys and Raiders, enjoy a national following. As a result, a sizable contingent of football enthusiasts across the nation, from San Diego to New York City, seeks opportunities to watch the Steelers.
NFL Sunday Ticket
Out-of-market NFL enthusiasts can tune into the team through NFL Sunday Ticket, now available on YouTube TV. Two options exist for catching out-of-market Steelers games with YouTube TV:
Enroll for NFL Sunday Ticket alongside a YouTube TV subscription for $349 per season, or
Sign up for a standalone NFL Sunday Ticket through YouTube TV for $449 per season.
Player to watch – #97
While it might be obvious to spotlight TJ Watt, the Steelers' standout linebacker and sibling of future NFL hall of famer JT Watt, I'm taking a slightly divergent route due to my football aficionado tendencies. The Steelers player that commands my attention is #97 Cameron Heyward, a former Ohio State Buckeye. As a defensive end for the Steelers, Heyward will command a salary of $22,000,000 this season. My focus when watching the Steelers centers on Heyward's performance, particularly his pressure on quarterbacks and sack tally.
Radio station for Steelers games
WDVE-FM (102.5) and sister station WBGG-AM (970) serve as the flagship radio stations for Steelers football broadcasts from Pittsburgh. A list of radio stations across Pennsylvania that carry Steelers games can be found on the Steeler Radio Network website.
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