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Bottom line: Is NFL SUNDAY TICKET worth it?

NFL SUNDAY TICKET gets you every out-of-market game. Yes, you heard us right. Every. Single. Game. That’s around 150 games total. We think every NFL fan would love that kind of coverage, but the cost might scare a few away.

That said, NFL SUNDAY TICKET will run you $293.94 a season. While we know that’s a lot up front, it might be the best way to get all the games—especially if your NFL team is far away because your team will probably be classified as out of market. And it’s a lot cheaper than flying out to every game, right?

Basically, if you’re obsessed with a football team far from home, or just football in general, then NFL SUNDAY TICKET is a dream come true. But if you’re a local NFL fan, you might consider passing it up.

Price is for 2019 NFL Season and is subject to change.

What’s an out-of-market game?
Wondering why we keep going on about out-of-market games? Out-of-market games are the games not covered by your local broadcasting system or the ones not considered important enough to be broadcast nationally on primetime.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET deals and promotions

If you sign up for DIRECTV CHOICE™ or any higher package, DIRECTV will include NFL SUNDAY TICKET for the first year at no extra cost.

Right now, it’s even offering an upgrade to NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX (which usually costs even more) for free. MAX comes with delectable extras like NFL RedZone and DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE for even more chances at Sunday afternoon glory and Monday morning bragging rights. So overall, that’s a pretty sweet deal for sure.

Just remember you’ll be paying full price during the second year of your contract. And if you want to cancel, you’ll have to pay $20 for every month left on your contract.

What’s the big deal about NFL RedZone?
NFL RedZone will take you from redzone to redzone to show whatever team is inside the opponent’s 20-yard line with a chance to score. Basically, it’s the lazy football fan’s dream—you get all the best moments without scrambling to find the right channel.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET plans and prices

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NFL SUNDAY TICKET$293.94/season
DIRECTV (CHOICE package or above)$59.99–$110/mo.*
SUNDAY TICKET TV$293.96/season
SUNDAY TICKET TV U (university student) $99.96/season

/mo. for 12 mos plus taxes and RSN fee.

Since NFL SUNDAY TICKET is available exclusively from DIRECTV, it makes sense that you need to have DIRECTV to get it (with one exception, but we’ll talk about that later). If you sign up for a basic DIRECTV package or already have a DIRECTV package, you can add NFL SUNDAY TICKET for $293.94 a season.

While this will get you all the awesomeness of the NFL, you should consider upgrading to a DIRECTV CHOICE package or higher. With these packages, you’ll get NFL SUNDAY TICKET included free for the first year. Even with the package’s price increase, that saves you money overall on the first season.

Be warned: DIRECTV, like other cable companies, does have little fees that start to add up. For example, there is a $19.95 activation fee and a $8 monthly regional sports fee. Those aren’t big expenses on their own, but keep an eye on them so they don’t run away with you.

Wishing you could get NFL SUNDAY TICKET without DIRECTV?

For most of us, getting NFL SUNDAY TICKET without DIRECTV is a no-go. But for a select few, DIRECTV offers NFL SUNDAY TICKET as a stand-alone streaming service. With it, you can stream the game on any compatible device.

Sounds like a great deal, huh? Unfortunately, it’s available only if you meet the list of super specific requirements. You must live in select ZIP codes, somewhere without access to DIRECTV, or be a registered college student at select schools. Since that’s a pretty slim group, be sure to check your eligibility before you get too excited.

If you are eligible, then it’s $293.94 a season (or if you’re an eligible college student, $99.96 a season)—an absolute steal for mega football fans.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET specs and features

NFL SUNDAY TICKET is all about getting you as much football as possible, and with the Game Mix viewing feature, you can watch four to eight games simultaneously. Now try and tell us that’s not enough football!

We also love the Short Cuts feature that shortens every game to as little as 30 minutes. Skipping the commercials and timeouts, you get all the big moments with none of the waiting. You’ll never miss a big story again.

Plus, the NFL SUNDAY TICKET app lets you watch the game from any device. But be warned—you can still stream on only one device at a time, so this isn’t a service for sharing with old college buddies living across country.

Finally, if fantasy football is your game, then you’ll love the Player Tracker feature. Keep up-to-date on your players’ performances and be ready with all the trash talk you need when your team claims victory.

Final take

NFL SUNDAY TICKET is pretty awesome at covering all your out-of-market-game needs, but the service will cost you a lot. Sign up or upgrade to the CHOICE package if you want to save yourself the first-year price tag of around 300 bucks.

We say, if you’re obsessed with the entire NFL, or if you live far away from your team, then go for it. Otherwise, you might try a streaming service, like Sling TV, that offers good NFL coverage for cheap.


Can you cancel NFL SUNDAY TICKET?

You can cancel NFL SUNDAY TICKET before the season starts, but as soon as Week 1 kicks off, you won’t be refunded anything. You can still upgrade at any point, moving from regular NFL SUNDAY TICKET to NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX.

Can you get the NFL SUNDAY TICKET without DIRECTV?

For a rare few, yes. If you’re a college student at certain schools or live in certain areas without access to DIRECTV, you can stream NFL SUNDAY TICKET at your house. Check your eligibility to see if you can sign up.

Does NFL SUNDAY TICKET come with RedZone?

No, traditional NFL SUNDAY TICKET doesn’t include NFL RedZone, but if you upgrade to the MAX package, you’ll get the channel. MAX will cost you another $100 a season.


No. DIRECTV used to offer NFL SUNDAY TICKET with its now-defunct streaming service DIRECTV NOW in some areas, but it no longer does. (DIRECTV NOW has rebranded to AT&T TV NOW, which might have something to do with the change).

Is the first week of NFL SUNDAY TICKET free?

No, there is no free trial of NFL SUNDAY TICKET. You have to sign up for the whole season or not at all.

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