NFL RedZone Review

NFL RedZone’s constant action will get you more hyped than a glass of Monster mixed with Red Bull and 5-hour ENERGY.
NFL RedZone logo
Jump from game to game and never miss an exciting moment.
Available as add-on for most TV networks
$8.99-$13/mo. depending on provider
No commercials

Overview

Hunkering down on the couch for some Sunday afternoon football? If you’re more into adrenaline-pumping plays and not so much into yawn-worthy defensive maneuvers, NFL RedZone might be the ultimate sports channel for you.

Seriously. We’ll tell you why—and how to get it.

How to watch NFL RedZone

Provider and packageAdd-onCostLearn more
DISH America’s Top 120 Plus or aboveMulti-Sport Pack$13/mo.View plans
Xfinity Digital Starter or aboveSports Entertainment Package$9.99/mo.View plans
fuboTVSports Plus$8.99/mo.View plans
PlayStation Vue Core or aboveSports Pack$10/mo.View plans
Sling TV Sling Blue or Sling Orange + BlueSports Extra$10/mo.View plans

Data effective 10/15/2018. Offers subject to change.

What is NFL RedZone?

Football-loving adrenaline junkies will love how RedZone snaps between the best red zone plays happening right now.

First things first: What the heck is NFL RedZone, anyway? We’re glad you asked.

NFL RedZone is a channel that’s not for the faint of heart, since it jumps between every Sunday game to show you what’s going on in the red zone (the space between the 20-yard line and goal line). If that sounds like a dream come true, you can get NFL RedZone with DISH, Xfinity, fuboTV, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue, along with many other providers.

“It basically ensures that you get to see all the big scoring drives,” says Courtenay from HowtoWatch.com, a football fanatic who plays fantasy football with her husband. “If on the off chance a team throws a Hail Mary pass or there’s a pick-six, they’ll show replays of that too.”

“It basically ensures that you get to see all the big scoring drives. If on the off chance a team throws a Hail Mary pass or there’s a pick-six, they’ll show replays of that too.”

The next best part of NFL RedZone? You get hours of non-stop football action. That’s right, there are no commercials. It’s almost like meditative TV, with no one yelling at you to be a responsible adult and renew your car insurance or watch your alcohol consumption.

But if you prefer to watch out-of-market games from start to finish, you should know you’ll miss most plays that happen outside of the red zone.

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What do you mean by out-of-market game?

Typically, your TV station will only show local teams. So, if you’re a Steelers fan but you live in San Francisco, your local TV station may show the 49ers game—but not the Steelers. To tune into teams not based in your home region, you’ll need access to out-of-market games, and that’s where NFL RedZone shines.

“It took 22 minutes for either the Bears or Rams to reach the RedZone, so we never saw a second of the game; I didn’t even know they were playing until Robbie Gould hit a 54-yard field goal,” says Will, a sports writer. “If a Rams-Bears game goes scoreless in a forest, does anyone hear it?”1

That’s the age-old question, isn’t it?

What is there are two or more games in the red zone?

Well, NFL RedZone will either let you watch each play as it happens—or, if the snaps are happening simultaneously, you’ll get a double box, triple box, or even quad box to watch all those plays at the same time.

What if no games are in the red zone?

Don’t worry, the show won’t cut to a commercial. Instead, host Scott Hanson will show games that are closest to the red zone or jump to big plays happening just outside the red zone.

How to get NFL RedZone

Got a TV or streaming subscription? You just need to add NFL RedZone to your channel list.

All you really need to watch NFL RedZone is a screen. Okay, it’s not quite so simple, but really, you need a screen and a TV or streaming subscription.

How to watch NFL RedZone

Provider and packageAdd-onCostLearn more
DISH America’s Top 120 Plus or aboveMulti-Sport Pack$13/mo.View plans
Xfinity Digital Starter or aboveSports Entertainment Package$9.99/mo.View plans
fuboTVSports Plus$8.99/mo.View plans
PlayStation Vue Core or aboveSports Pack$10/mo.View plans
Sling TV Sling Blue or Sling Orange + BlueSports Extra$10/mo.View plans

Data effective 10/15/2018. Offers subject to change.

DISH is one of our top TV provider picks that offers NFL RedZone, but cable providers also offer this channel when you purchase a sports add-on package. (Xfinity is also one of our faves.)

Your other option is streaming, and fuboTV, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue are three of the best ways to stream the most exciting moments of every game on Sunday.

NFL RedZone cost

For a handful of dollars a month, NFL RedZone costs an arm and a leg less than NFL SUNDAY TICKET.

We’re guessing you’re here because you’re weighing the benefits of NFL RedZone against NFL SUNDAY TICKET. We can’t blame you—both channels are hands-down the best ways to catch out-of-market games.

NFL RedZone price

  • $8.99–$13/mo. depending on your TV provider

NFL RedZone’s cost depends on which TV provider you go with. We’ve found that cost ranges from $8.99 to $13 extra a month if it’s included in a sports add-on. (Other providers include RedZone in some of their more expensive channel packages.) And hey, that price comes with a handful of other sports channels to keep you entertained the rest of the year.

Let’s compare that to NFL SUNDAY TICKET. For your first year of binge-watching, the price of this coveted channel is included in your monthly DIRECTV bill. (As long as you grabbed a package that includes NFL SUNDAY TICKET, of course.) But for the second year and beyond, you’ll pay just under $300 for the season.

And we should add that DIRECTV’s cost quickly out-prices DISH. That escalated quickly.

We think NFL RedZone is better priced and well worth it. But don’t take it from us.

“For most fantasy football players, NFL RedZone is a good solution. It doesn’t cost $300 for the season, and it gets you the biggest plays from across the league,” says Courtenay.

Convinced yet?

What’s the difference between NFL RedZone and NFL SUNDAY TICKET?

RedZone keeps your heart in the “red zone” with action-packed plays—but you won’t see the full game.

We just went over a major difference between NFL RedZone and NFL SUNDAY TICKET: price. But there’s more that sets these two channels apart.

Here’s how they match up:

NFL RedZone

  • Jump between out-of-market Sunday NFL games that are in the red zone.
  • Watch kickoffs for about eight different NFL games.
  • See every big score.
  • Enjoy play-by-play commentary with Scott Hanson.
  • Watch it on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET

  • Get eyeballs on every out-of-market Sunday game.
  • Check stats and scores in real time.
  • Watch it on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
  • Watch 8 games at the same time with Game Mix.
  • Missed a game? Replay the whole game without commercials.
  • Use Player Tracker to keep tabs on your favorite players.
  • Pay $300 per season (you get your first year free with some DIRECTV plans).

NFL RedZone recap

NFL RedZone is a must-have for fantasy-football players and sports lovers alike.

NFL RedZone is well worth it if you need a jolt of adrenaline straight to your football-loving heart. Seriously, the interwebs are filled with praise for this commercial-free, non-stop action channel

And all that excitement comes with even more reasons why you should suck it up and get this channel:

  • No commercials—not ever
  • Constant coverage of the most exciting plays every Sunday
  • Scott Hanson telling you to “buckle up” and get ready for football
  • Double, triple, and quad box footage so you can watch all the plays
  • A chance to lose your voice cheering for your team, even if they’re out of market

Do you have NFL RedZone? Tell us what you love (or don’t love) about it in the comments below.

Sources

All interviews conducted by Reviews.org.

1. Sports on Earth, “I Entered the RedZone