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49ers vs. Ravens TV schedule: The first of 3 nationally televised games

The 49ers and Ravens square off on Thursday to open their respective preseasons schedules. Turns out the game will be nationally televised!

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Fooch's Update: Recap of the 49ers 23-3 loss.

The San Francisco 49ers kick off their 2014 preseason on Thursday when they travel to face the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. For Bay Area fans, all four games will be televised where you live. Weeks 1, 2, and 4 will be on the local CBS affiliate, while Week 3 will be nationally televised on FOX.

The good news for the rest of us is that the first two games will also be simulcast on NFL Network. I double-checked the NFL Network TV schedule page, and it shows both games airing live this Thursday against the Ravens, and a week from Sunday against the Broncos. The preseason finale against the Houston Texans will be broadcast in the 49ers broadcast zone (basically Bay Area, parts of Northern and Central California, and parts of Nevada and Oregon), but not nationally as far as I can tell.

If you get NFL Network, you're in luck. If you don't get NFL Network, and you don't live in the 49ers broadcast zone, you have two legal options. The first is to check out our Sports Bar Thread, and find a place to watch the game. The other option is to stream it on NFL.com's Preseason Live. However, given that the 49ers first two games will be on NFL Network, they might be blacked out the day of the game. You can watch replays of all the games with Preseason Live, but nationally televised games are not available live. I'm still trying to clarify this.