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49ers vs. Chargers live stream: How to watch online

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The NFL has screwed people out of using the stand-alone Preseason Live app this year. Fortunately there is an option for free streaming this final 49ers preseason game. We break it down for 49ers-Chargers.

The San Francisco 49ers wrap up their 2015 preseason schedule on Thursday when they face the San Diego Chargers. The game is on KPIX in the Bay Area, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. PT. The big news is that NFL Network has picked up the game's local broadcast, and if you are outside the Bay Area or San Diego, you will also have an opportunity to live stream the game online.

If you have NFL Network, you are covered and can watch the game like normal. However, for those of you who do not have NFL Network, you do have an online viewing option. NFL.com stopped the $20 Preseason Live option. You used to be able to watch every preseason game live, except those broadcast nationally, and if you lived in the local broadcast market. This year, the NFL changed that option. The league previously offered Preseason Live and NFL Rewind (for watching regular season games after the fact, and getting coaches' film) as two separate packages. This year, they have combined those two into one package called NFL Game Pass that costs $99.99.

If you had NFL Rewind last year and auto-renewed, you got the total package for $69.99, so that is a plus. However, if you had only previously purchased Preseason Live, you're left without the same option. That's the bad news.

The good news is that Game Pass is still offering a free 7-day trial. If you have not used it yet, you can sign up and then cancel after the preseason game. Or keep it if you want! If you elect to cancel it, click on your username after you log in. Then down below you'll see "Payment Method" and a "Cancel Subscription" option.

Reminder: If you sign up, you have to actively go in and cancel your subscription before the seven days is up.