NFL SUNDAY TICKET Review 2022

NFL SUNDAY TICKET is the ultimate out-of-market football TV package. We’ve spent the last two seasons putting it to the test to determine if it’s worth the price of admission.

Every out-of-market NFL game

Price: $293.94/season

Channels: 155–330+

DVR: 200 hrs. included

Contract: 2 yrs.

Package Price for first year Channel count Channels NFL SUNDAY TICKET included Details
ENTERTAINMENT All Included $64.99/mo.* 160+ ESPN, ESPN2, and FS1 View Plan
CHOICE™All Included $69.99/mo.* 185+ NFL Network, NBA TV, and regional sports networks View Plan
ULTIMATE All Included $89.99/mo.* 250+ CBS Sports Network, Golf Channel, and NHL Network View Plan
PREMIER™All Included $139.99/mo.* 330+ ESPN College Extra, Stadium College Sports, and Outdoor Channel View Plan

*For 12 months plus taxes and fees w/24 mo agmt. AutoPay & Paperless bill req’d. Regional Sports Fee up to $11.99/mo is extra & tax applies. Prices higher in 2nd year.

Includes out of the market, regular season games only. Select international games excluded. Blackout restrictions and other conditions apply.

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET is an out-of-market sports package offered exclusively through DIRECTV. It carries every regional out-of-market NFL game that airs on Sundays—making it the perfect TV package for football fanatics who want the most live games. It’s also ideal for anyone who lives in an area that doesn’t usually broadcast their favorite team.

The biggest drawback of NFL SUNDAY TICKET is that it’s pricey and likely to leave DIRECTV next year.1 But we’ll explain its features and limitations in the sections below to help you decide if NFL SUNDAY TICKET is right for you.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET pros and cons

Pros

  • Live out-of-market NFL games
  • In-game stats and multi-game features
  • Streaming option w/ NFL SUNDAY TICKET app

Cons

  • Expensive pricing
  • 2-year contract for new DIRECTV customers
  • Select international games excluded

Is NFL SUNDAY TICKET worth it?

NFL SUNDAY TICKET accomplishes its game plan of delivering live out-of-market NFL coverage. Because the TV package requires signing up for DIRECTV, you’ll also get every in-market game and most nationally televised matchups. The main exception is that Thursday Night Football now streams on Amazon Prime Video.

Pro tip: In 2022, four of the NFL’s five international games are on Sunday mornings. But these games don’t come with NFL SUNDAY TICKET. Instead, you’ll need a TV plan that includes NFL Network, ESPN, and ESPN+ to watch every international game.

If you’re obsessed with the NFL, or at least a team far from home, then NFL SUNDAY TICKET is worth adding to your TV lineup. It gets you over 200 live Sunday afternoon games that air regionally across CBS and FOX. Of course, every NFL fan would love that coverage, but the cost is as bulky as a defensive lineman.

The basic NFL SUNDAY TICKET package costs $293.94 a season. You can split that into six monthly payments of $48.99. But that’s still much more expensive than similar out-of-market packages like MLB EXTRA INNINGS® and NBA League Pass.

Another important note is that NFL SUNDAY TICKET is likely leaving DIRECTV after the 2022 season.1 Keep this in mind if you’re signing up for DIRECTV’s CHOICE plan or higher to take advantage of a free season of NFL SUNDAY TICKET. After all, going that route means you’ll sign a two-year contract where your price increases after 12 months, just as NFL SUNDAY TICKET likely moves to Apple TV+.1

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NFL SUNDAY TICKET deals and promotions

The biggest promotion associated with NFL SUNDAY TICKET is for newly approved DIRECTV subscribers. If you sign up for DIRECTV CHOICE or above, you’ll get NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX for the first year at no extra cost.

College students are also eligible for the discounted NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV U package. All you need is a verified student email address to access a streaming version of NFL SUNDAY TICKET. It even comes with RED ZONE CHANNEL and DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE CHANNEL.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET plans and prices

Package Price Details
NFL SUNDAY TICKET $293.94/season View plans
NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX $395.94/season View plans
DIRECTV (NFL SUNDAY TICKET included with CHOICE and above) $69.99–$139.99/mo.* View plans
NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV $293.94/season View plans
NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV MAX $395.94/season View plans
NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV U $119.94/season View plans

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

*With CHOICE Package or above (min. $74.99/mo. for 12 mo. before discounts; Prices higher in 2nd year. Regional Sports Fee up to $11.99/mo. applies). 24-mo. agreement required. Req’s you to select offer.

There are two primary NFL SUNDAY TICKET plans to be aware of: NFL SUNDAY TICKET ($293.94 a season) and NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX ($395.94 a season). Both offer the same amount of live games and are available only to DIRECTV subscribers.

If you’re signing up for DIRECTV primarily for NFL SUNDAY TICKET, we recommend choosing the CHOICE package or higher. This way, you’ll get NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX included for the 2022 season at no extra cost—giving you additional access to RED ZONE CHANNEL and DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE CHANNEL.

Existing DIRECTV subscribers must pay full price for NFL SUNDAY TICKET unless you have the DIRECTV PREMIER package.

What is NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV?

NFL SUNDAY TICKET is also available as a streaming package called NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV. This standalone service is for anyone unable to sign up for DIRECTV because of residency restrictions. You can verify if you fall into this category by visiting NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV’s Eligibility Check page.

Active or recently active college students can also sign up for the NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV U package. The discounted plan even comes with online access to RED ZONE CHANNEL and DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE CHANNEL.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET vs. NFL+

Service Price Live games Video Details
NFL SUNDAY TICKET $293.94/season 200+ 720p, 1080p View plans
NFL+ $4.99–$9.99/mo. 150+ 720p, 1080p View plan

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

As highlighted in the table above, NFL SUNDAY TICKET offers over 200 live NFL games per season. That’s the amount of Sunday afternoon out-of-market games the service airs during the regular season.

NFL+ (formerly NFL Game Pass) also has its fair share of live regular-season games. Its live coverage is viewable on only phones and tablets, but you’ll get local and primetime games. The streaming service also includes archived games from past seasons and premium content from the NFL Films library.

If you don’t care about watching every game live, NFL+ is a much better option than NFL SUNDAY TICKET. With its $9.99-a-month premium plan, you’ll get on-demand replays of every game after the final whistle—making it especially handy for anyone involved with an NFL fantasy football league.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET specs and features

Apart from every live out-of-market NFL game, NFL SUNDAY TICKET comes with unique features like game schedules and interactive stats. We especially like the Player Tracker feature that allows you to select players and receive alerts every time they’re involved in a big play.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET subscribers also receive two Game Mix channels—allowing you to watch a single-screen mosaic view of four or eight games. You can also use the Short Cuts feature between Monday and Wednesday of each game week to view 30-minute game replays without commercials.

The beefed-up NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX takes the features a few yards further by including RED ZONE CHANNEL and DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE CHANNEL. Both channels air content only on Sundays, beginning at 1:00 p.m. eastern.

With RED ZONE CHANNEL, you’ll get live coverage of every touchdown from every Sunday afternoon game. Sports anchor Andrew Siciliano hosts the game-day channel, reporting real-time stats from across the league. DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE CHANNEL also focuses on stats and analysis, emphasizing—you guessed it—fantasy football metrics.

Video and audio quality

NFL SUNDAY TICKET broadcasts games with a maximum resolution of 1080p. Unfortunately, games are not available in 4K.

The NFL SUNDAY TICKET app and NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV offer every game in 1080p high definition at 60 frames per second. This quality can vary based on the strength of your internet connection.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET app

For streaming access, you can download the NFL SUNDAY TICKET app on many of the connected devices listed below. Both Android and iOS storefronts offer the app on mobile Apple devices with the latest operating system. The catch is that you can stream only one game on one device at a time.

Device NFL SUNDAY TICKET app
Amazon Fire Cube, Stick, TV
Android phones, tablets
Android TV
Apple TV (4th gen.)
Apple TV 4K
Chromecast, Chromecast with Google TV
Facebook Portal
Echo Show
iPhone, iPad
LG TVs (select models)
Nintendo Switch
NVIDIA SHIELD Pro TV
PC, Mac web browsers
PlayStation 4, 5
Roku Ultra, Express, Premiere, Stick, TV
Samsung TVs (select models)
TiVo Stream
Vizio TVs (select models)
Wii
Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
Xfinity Flex, X1

Data effective as of post date.

Final take

NFL SUNDAY TICKET is the best TV add-on for NFL fans who want out-of-market access on Sunday afternoons. Because its primary plans tie in with a DIRECTV subscription, you’ll get the most comprehensive access to the 2022 NFL season—making your home the go-to destination on game days.

The major downside to NFL SUNDAY TICKET is its high price tag. Sure, newly approved DIRECTV customers with the CHOICE package or above can save on that price. But locking into a two-year satellite TV contract is less than ideal—especially since NFL SUNDAY TICKET might leave DIRECTV ahead of the 2023 NFL season.1

If you don’t need every live game, you can look to NFL+ for complete on-demand coverage of the 2022 season. Pairing that with an over-the-air HD antenna or an inexpensive live TV streaming service is a great option that doesn’t break the bank.

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NFL SUNDAY TICKET review FAQ

Can you get NFL SUNDAY TICKET without DIRECTV?

If you don’t have DIRECTV, you might be able to get NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV. The streaming version of NFL SUNDAY TICKET is open to those who live in select areas where DIRECTV is unavailable. College students can also sign up for NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV U.

Can I stream NFL SUNDAY TICKET?

NFL SUNDAY TICKET subscribers can stream live out-of-market games through the NFL SUNDAY TICKET app. But you can view only one game at a time across all devices.

Does DIRECTV STREAM have NFL SUNDAY TICKET?

NFL SUNDAY TICKET is not available to DIRECTV STREAM subscribers. But you may be eligible to sign up for the streaming alternative, NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV. This option is available only if you live in an area where DIRECTV is unavailable.

What channel is NFL SUNDAY TICKET on?

NFL SUNDAY TICKET games air on DIRECTV channels 705 to 719. The two Game Mix channels are 701 and 702. RED ZONE CHANNEL is 703, while DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE CHANNEL is 704.

Does Apple TV have NFL SUNDAY TICKET?

Industry reports suggest Apple is likely to host NFL SUNDAY TICKET following the 2022 NFL season.1 This would boost sports content on Apple TV+, following its Friday Night Baseball deal and recent Major League Soccer partnership.

Methodology

Our experts spent over two dozen hours watching and researching NFL SUNDAY TICKET to determine if it’s worth the price of admission. We tested its features across various Sundays during the past two NFL seasons and compared its game coverage to standard TV plans and NFL+.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

Endnote

  1. Nick Selbe, Sports Illustrated, “Report: Apple Likely to Acquire NFL Sunday Ticket After 2022 Season,” April 2022. Accessed June 16, 2022.

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