Lions vs Chiefs live stream: how to watch NFL Kickoff Game 2023

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Watch a Lions vs Chiefs live stream

You can watch a Lions vs Chiefs live stream on NBC and Peacock TV in the US. NFL fans in Australia can watch the game on Kayo Sports. In Canada, Lions vs Chiefs is being shown on DAZN, TSN and CTV, while viewers in the UK can tune in on Sky Sports or the NFL Game Pass. Full details below.

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Date: Today (Thursday), September 7
Kick-off: 8.20pm ET / 5.20pm PT / 1.20am BST (Sep 8) / 10.20am AEST (Sep 8)
TV channel: NBC
Live stream: Peacock TV (US) | DAZN (CA) | Sky Sports (UK) | Kayo Sports (AUS)
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Lions vs Chiefs preview

All through the offseason the Lions have been hyped up as NFC North champions in the making, and Dan Campbell's men will get the chance to show what the fuss is about under the bright lights of the NFL Kickoff Game. A meeting with reigning Super Bowl champions the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium doesn't fit most people's idea of fun, but Kansas could be missing two of their top stars for the season opener. It's a warm evening tonight in Missouri with kickoff just around the corner.

Stud tight-end Travis Kelce looks set to miss out after hyperextending a knee in training on Tuesday, while the standoff between defensive tackle Chris Jones and the franchise is still rumbling on. If Kelce is the down to Patrick Mahomes' touch, Jones is the bedrock of the Chiefs' defense, and without him on the field, the Lions' high-powered offense could feast.

Jared Goff has rebuilt his reputation under OC Ben Johnson, with the duo conspiring to turn Detroit's offense into the most prolific unit in the NFL, at home at least, last season. Rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs and linebacker Jack Campbell are expected to be thrown straight into the mix after being selected in the first round of the Draft, and they could hardly hope for anybody better to learn from than Rookie of the Year Aidan Hutchinson.

The 2023 NFL season is about to begin, so follow our guide on how to watch Lions vs Chiefs wherever you are and get an NFL live stream for the season.

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Lions vs Chiefs live stream: how to watch NFL Kickoff Game in the US without cable


Fans can watch the Lions vs Chiefs game on NBC in the US, with kick-off set for 8.20pm ET / 5.20pm PT this evening.

How to watch Lions vs Chiefs without cable:

The cheapest option by far is to pick up NBC's standalone streaming service Peacock TV, which starts at $5.99 a month. It also offers live coverage of every big WWE event, plus the EPL and plenty more live sports. You can pay $11.99 a month for commercial-free coverage.

Sling TV is an OTT service that's especially good for NFL fans.

The Sling Blue package offers local NBC and Fox channels in most major markets, thereby covering a large number of NFL games including both primetime and local broadcasts. The usual cost is $45 a month, but if you're new to the service you can get a discount on your first month.

An extra $15 a month for the combined Sling Blue + Orange bundle adds access to ESPN 1, 2 and 3 to your NFL viewing arsenal - as well as a raft of other premium channels.

A costlier but even more thorough alternative is FuboTV, which includes NBC, CBS, Fox, ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC and NFL Network - all the TV channels you need to tune into the NFL this season.

Prices start at $74.99 a month after a FREE FuboTV trial.

If you subscribe to Sling TV, fuboTV, Peacock or any other US streaming service and find yourself unable to access coverage because you're out of the country, consider using a VPN as outlined below – IPVanish is fast and starts at $2.49 per month.

How to watch Lions vs Chiefs from outside your country

We've set out how you can live stream Lions vs Chiefs in a number of countries around the world. However, if you're away travelling for pleasure or for work, you probably won't be able to tune in like you normally would at home. This is the result of geo-blocking - best understood as digital borders that restrict certain services and content to specific parts of the world.

You can get around these digital borders by using one of the best VPNs, which can also offer robust protection from cybercriminals and government snooping. They're really easy to use too.

Use a VPN to live stream Lions vs Chiefs from anywhere:


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How to watch Lions vs Chiefs: live stream NFL Kickoff Game in Canada


The Lions vs Chiefs kicks off at 8.20pm ET / 5.20pm PT today, and is being shown on DAZN, which is live streaming every single NFL game this season.

DAZN costs CA$29.99 a month or $199.99 a year. Away from home? No problem.

Use a VPN to watch Lions vs Chiefs on DAZN while abroad.

Not only do you get every single NFL game, but DAZN is also the exclusive Canadian streaming home of Champions League, Europa League and EFL Championship soccer!

It also comes with support for iOS, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, PS4, and laptop/PC streaming (including Mac devices). 

Lions vs Chiefs is also being televised by TSN and CTV. If you don't have cable, you can live stream Lions vs Chiefs on TSN Direct, which costs CA$19.99 a month or CA$199.90 a year, or TSN Plus, which is $8 a month or $80 a year (both before tax). CTV doesn't offer a streaming-only sub.

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Lions vs Chiefs live stream: how to watch NFL Kickoff Game in the UK


The Lions vs Chiefs game is being aired in the UK on Sky Sports, but be warned that kick-off is set for 1.20am BST on Thursday night/Friday morning.

The network shows up to six NFL games live each week on its dedicated Sky Sports NFL channel, as well as the live RedZone highlights show each Sunday.

Subscribers also get to watch on the move using the Sky Go app, which is available on nearly all modern phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and consoles.

If you want to sign up to Sky Sports, you can check out our guide to Sky TV deals and packages for today's best prices.

Don't fancy being locked in to a long, expensive contract? Consider the more flexible streaming option, Now, (formerly Now TV). Now sports passes start at £11.98.

Hardcore NFL fans may instead want to look at NFL Game Pass, which costs £14.99 per month or £150.99 for the season and shows every out of market game live.

Away from the UK but still want to catch the action? Use a VPN to live stream Lions vs Chiefs as if you were at home.

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How to watch Lions vs Chiefs: live stream NFL Kickoff Game in Australia


The Lions vs Chiefs kicks off at 10.20am AEST on Friday morning, and NFL fans in Australia can watch it live on ESPN and Kayo Sports.

While ESPN is available via a Foxtel subscription, Kayo Sports is an ideal option if you don't want the commitment of a lengthy (and pricey) contract.

Kayo lets you stream on one device with its $25 per month One plan, two devices with its $30 per month Basic plan, and three devices with its $35 Premium plan.

It also gives you access to over 50 other sports including cricket, NRL, PGA Tour golf, F1... the list goes on! Handy if you don't want to go all out on Fox.

For the complete package, NFL Game Pass is showing every game of the season live, with a subscription available for AU$28.99 per week or AU$279.99 per season.

Not in Australia right now? Use a VPN if you're away from home, in order to tap into your home coverage.

Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.