Tech to help you watch football like a pro

A few options for watching football this weekend now that the "real" games are on and it's not just pre-season

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Football season is upon us, and that means it’s time to explore some of the best options for watching in widescreen glory, catching every turf-pounding tackle, and catching up on games in other cities. This roundup will help you set up the perfect entertainment room.

1. LG Smart Curved 4K OLED 65-inch ($7,000)

It all starts with the television, of course. One of the advantages of using a curved television like this LG model is that it cuts down on glare so anyone can see the action all around the room. The 65EG9600 also has deep blacks and rich colors that pop off the screen. In previous tests, I also found it easy to watch highlights and clips using the YouTube app, which syncs to your phone or tablet for browsing, searching and hitting play so you watch on the TV.

2. TCL Roku TV 40-inch ($350)

In another room in your house, consider the TCL Roku TV in the 40-inch model. There are apps for watching college games including Watch ESPN and Sling TV, both of which include ESPN. The Watch ESPN app requires a subscription through your satellite or cable provider and includes ESPN, ESPN2, and EPSNU. Sling TV’s “Best of Live TV” package costs $20 per month and includes ESPN and ESPN2 with access to ESPN3. For $5 extra per month you Sports Extra pack, which includes ESPNU, ESPN News, SEC Network, and ESPN Goal Line. For NFL games, you can also use the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket as a Roku app.

3. DISH Network ($50 per month)

For college football fans, DISH offers the best packages for making sure you can watch live games and catch up on recorded games on a mobile device. You can then use the service on a browser or through the DishAnywhere app on mobile devices to watch live or recorded games. A “2-year TV Price Lock” plan for $50 per month includes NFL RedZone highlight channel with the Multi-Sport Pack for one year

4. DirecTV 4K Genie set-top box and NFL Sunday Ticket (Varies)

The NFL has not quite embraced 4K yet — there are rumors games will be broadcast at that resolution in the next year or two — but it’s always good to be prepared. DirecTV offers the Genie 4K set-top box that lets you access 4K movies and shows. The NFL Sunday Ticket service for watching multiple games now works with your television, tablets and smartphones as well.

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 ($548)

It’s one thing to be able to camp out in your living room and watch live games. The Samsung S2 tablet is powerful enough to let you watch recorded games in HD using either the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket app for Android or using a browser to access Sprint offers a version of the S2 that can stream over 4G LTE or over Wi-Fi to watch recorded games. The LTE version weighs under a pound and it’s only 0.22-inches thin, so it’s highly portable.

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