The subject of streaming copyright protected media is an interesting one. There have not been sufficient modern cases on this topic. What does exist is contradictory and varies greatly based on country. The argument for legal is predicated on media case law that existed before the internet. A movie theater showing copyright material is the guilty party, not the people viewing it. However, in streaming media you are technically downloading data and rebroadcasting the media yourself. This both implies you are "broadcasting" and that you are, however temporarily, in possession of the copyright material. In the EU there is currently the closest thing to a ruling on this subject, and it does lean more in favor of the streamer than the content owner.
Regardless, the one thing that provides a margin of safety is that it is significantly less effort and far more effective to attack the source of the stream than the consumer. This has contributed to the lack of clarity from courts on the subject. This should be clarified in domestic and international courts in the next few years as more cases make their way through.
The one thing that is blatently clear is that a full, consumer aware, download of copyright material is illegal. Whether you view it or not you are in possession. Meaning if you have the option to stream, do it, you are in gray area as opposed to confirmed illegal.
FWIW: I pay the NFL and stream all my bills games from London or another random European location. I'm sure they wonder about my "travel schedule", but they are happy to have a paying consumer.