NFL SUNDAY TICKET Review

NFL Sunday Ticket, although expensive, offers an unprecedented level of features and access — worth every penny to hardcore fans.
nfl sunday ticket
NFL Sunday Ticket, although expensive, offers an unprecedented level of features and access — worth every penny to hardcore fans.
Overall Rating 3.5 out of 5
NFL Sunday Ticket is only available on DIRECTV and is included with DIRECTV CHOICETM package and above for the first year. The standalone price starts at $293.94.

Football season is here, and if you’re more than a casual fan, you’ll want to get NFL SUNDAY TICKET. It’ll help you catch every out-of-market Sunday game and give you a slew of features and tools to help you master your fantasy leagues—or just keep your family and friends close by watching a game every week.

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What's an out of market game?

Depending on your location, local stations might not deliver certain games. These local stations (which can be accessed through an HD antenna) favor teams within regions. So if you’re a New England Patriots fan but you live in the Denver area, your local station may show the Broncos game and not the Patriots. This is why NFL SUNDAY TICKET is a must-have for hardcore fans.

Where to get NFL SUNDAY TICKET

DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW are the exclusive providers of NFL SUNDAY TICKET. That means you can’t get it from any other cable, satellite, or TV streaming service. In the case of a few exceptions, however, you may be able to get NFL SUNDAY TICKET as a stand-alone service (more on that below).

NFL SUNDAY TICKET plans, prices, and contracts

ProviderPriceChannelsDetails
DIRECTV (CHOICE package or above)$45–$110/mo.**155–330+View plans
DIRECTV NOW$40–$75 + NFL SUNDAY TICKET package price60–120+View plans
NFL SUNDAY TICKET$293.94/season2+View plans
NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX$395.94/season3+View plans
NFL GAME PASS$50 on top of NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX priceN/AView plans

Data effective 9/6/18. Offers are subject to change.
*For 12 months with a 2-yr contract, paperless bill, & autopay. Price increases for months 13-24

DIRECTV’s offers increase in price after the first year, and all DIRECTV plans require a two-year contract, so keep your budget in mind.

If you’re trying to get it for cheaper, or with less commitment, DIRECTV NOW is the way to go, but you can add NFL SUNDAY TICKET in a few markets only.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET cost

The steep price of NFL SUNDAY TICKET makes it hard to justify for anyone who isn’t a huge football fan.

DIRECTV includes NFL SUNDAY TICKET with the CHOICE package or above, meaning you won’t pay for your first season, but when it renews, you’ll pay the current rate. You’ll also pay a $35 activation fee, and you may face some regional sports fees around $8/mo. Remember to call to cancel if you no longer want it, otherwise you’ll keep getting charged each season.

At $293.94 per season, NFL SUNDAY TICKET’s price is pretty steep. While it isn’t exactly cheap, it’s a premium service that some fans are willing to pay to watch one or many of their favorite teams’ match-ups—including all out-of-market games, which your local affiliate like NBC and CBS don’t broadcast. Compared to football tickets, it’s cheaper but without the in-person experience (you can still wear the face paint, though).

Paying for NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX adds about a hundred bucks to your cost, but it does add features and channels that may warrant the cost for fantasy football leagues and ultra-committed fans.

The extra $50 for NFL GAME PASS on top of your MAX price gives you on-demand access to all games from 2009–2017, including Super Bowls. Out of all the pricing, this added option seems like a drop in the bucket for how much content you get.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET availability

Not every area carries NFL SUNDAY TICKET, so we recommend going straight to NFL SUNDAY TICKET’s page to check your availability. Customers activating the DIRECTV CHOICE Package or above, or MÁS ULTRA Package or above, will be eligible to receive the 2018 season of NFL SUNDAY TICKET at no additional cost and will receive a free upgrade to NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX for the 2018 season. DIRECTV is one of the best TV services nationwide, so at least the hefty price tag comes with something worthy.

And if you get the DIRECTV PREMIER™ package (the top-tier plan), it includes NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX and 35+ other sports channels.

Is NFL SUNDAY TICKET available on DIRECTV NOW?

Yes, it is available but only in the following areas (for the time being):

  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • Los Angeles, California, and surrounding area
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • San Antonio, Texas

Is there any other way to get NFL SUNDAY TICKET?

You can get NFL SUNDAY TICKET even if you don’t have DIRECTV or DIRECTV NOW, just so long as you can claim one of these exceptions:

  • College students
  • Customers who live in select metropolitan cities (check the website)
  • Customers who live in select multi-dwelling unit buildings like apartments and condos where you can’t get DIRECTV
  • Customers who live in residences where DIRECTV service can’t work due to obstructions blocking satellite signals

As always, it’s best to check with NFL SUNDAY TICKET’s website to see if you’re eligible.

What’s the difference between NFL SUNDAY TICKET, NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX, and NFL GAME PASS?

FOX and CBS might not show certain games in your location. NFL SUNDAY TICKET is the only way to watch every regular season Sunday game that’s unavailable on your local networks (which is what “out of market” means). Remember: local affiliates choose which games they broadcast, so, for example, if you live in Salt Lake City, your affiliate may choose to show a Broncos game even though you’re a Niners fan. Now, let’s go over the differences between the three tiers of service.

NFL SUNDAY TICKET

NFL SUNDAY TICKET allows you do to the following:

  • Watch every out-of-market Sunday NFL game
  • Get real-time stats and scores
  • Watch on compatible smartphones, tablets, laptops, or other devices
  • Watch 8 games at once using the Game Mix feature
  • Replay entire games commercial-free in under 30 minutes
  • Track up to 20 players with Player Tracker

NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX

MAX includes everything NFL SUNDAY TICKET does, plus it includes RED ZONE CHANNEL® and DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE®.

RED ZONE CHANNEL is a great way to recap every scoring play, along with a bunch of other stats and tracking that fantasy leaguers will enjoy. DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE provides real-time stats, player updates, and expert commentary—perfect for keeping tabs on all your fantasy football faceoffs

NFL GAME PASS

NFL GAME PASS allows you to do the following:

  • Watch all 256 regular season games on demand
  • Watch every single game from 2009–2017, including super bowls
  • Listen to live home and away radio coverage of every NFL game
  • Access this content through compatible devices

NFL SUNDAY TICKET recap

We recognize the hefty price, but we also recognize the special place NFL SUNDAY TICKET has in the TV and streaming world. While we think most people will be satisfied with the base package, we also love the idea of rewatching glory moments with NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX and NFL GAME PASS added.

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From this season’s first kickoff to its last two-minute warning, NFL SUNDAY TICKET is just the ticket for die-hard football fans.

  • NFL SUNDAY TICKET gives you all regular season out-of-market games.
  • NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX adds NFL RED ZONE and DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE.
  • NFL GAME PASS gives you every game from 2009 on, including Super Bowls.

If you want to learn more about DIRECTV, check out another one of our expert reviews.