The first Sunday of the NFL season launched a new era for the programming package of out-of-market regular season NFL games, as it marked the first time the package was not available through DirecTV.
NFL Sunday Ticket has been delivered by DirecTV since it launched in 1994, Google won the rights to the package in December 2022 by outbidding Amazon and ESPN and paying about $2 billion annually over seven years, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The package is now available exclusively through YouTube and the YouTube TV streaming service.
Here's what you need to know about NFL Sunday Ticket, including the price and how to subscribe.
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YouTube TV subscribers. Regular prices start at $299 for YouTube TV subscribers – about the same price DirecTV charged most subscribers last year ($300). A YouTube TV subscription includes live TV from more than 100 channels for $72.99, plus unlimited DVR space and up to three simultaneous streams. With a $50 discount that goes away Sept. 19, YouTube TV subscribers can get NFL Sunday Ticket with NFL RedZone for $349. After Sept. 19, the price increases to $349, or $389 for NFL Sunday Ticket with NFL RedZone.
Non-YouTube TV subscribers. If you don't get YouTube TV, you can order NFL Sunday Ticket through YouTube's Primetime Channels. You pay more than the package cost on DirecTV, but you have to sign a contract for live TV service. The price starts at $399 ($439 with NFL RedZone); After Sept. 19, the prices increase to $449 ($489 with NFL RedZone).
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How much is the NFL Sunday Ticket student discount?
But students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket for $109. They can also pay $119 for NFL Sunday Ticket plus the NFL RedZone channel. To get the student plan, go to YouTube's NFL Sunday Ticket subscription page. Student status verification is required to get the discount.
NFL Sunday Ticket monthly payment plan
YouTube is offering a monthly payment option for NFL Sunday Ticket: pay four monthly payments, starting at $74.75 for YouTube TV subscribers. The monthly payment for non-YouTube TV subscribers would be $99.75 or, with NFL RedZone, $109.75. (YouTube cannot offer monthly payments in some states.)
How do I subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube or YouTube TV?
YouTube TV subscribers: Go to your add-on options and choose to add NFL Sunday Ticket.
Non-YouTube TV subscribers: Go to the NFL page on YouTube and click on the Get NFL Sunday Ticket button. (You can also click the Movies & TV option on the left side panel of your browser, under Explore, then you will see NFL as an option. It's a good idea to subscribe to the NFL YouTube channel so it remains in your subscriptions list on the left.) After that, choose whether you want to pay in full or monthly and, if you want NFL RedZone, too, you may need to click the red YouTube icon to access that offer.
How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube TV and YouTube
YouTube TV subscribers: On Sunday, Sunday Ticket will show up similar on YouTube TV similar to how any other content does: in the Home, Live Guide, and Library tabs, and on the NFL page. On the Home tab, subscribers will see an entire row showing local and out-of-market games.
Non-YouTube TV subscribers: In the Movies & TV tab on YouTube, you will find a dedicated NFL row for out-of-market Sunday Ticket games. If you subscribed to the NFL page, you can also click that under your subscriptions.
NFL Sunday Ticket available in multiview
Yes. The multiview option lets you watch two, three or four NFL games – or NFL RedZone – at the same time on Sunday. Just look for the "Watch in Multiview" option while watching on a smart TV or streaming TV device – the multiview feature is not available on mobile devices or on web browsers. Currently, you cannot choose which games to fill your multiview windows because YouTube does the processing on its own servers.
How many family accounts can share NFL Sunday Ticket?
When you create a Google family group, you can share YouTube TV or NFL Sunday Ticket or other Primetime Channels you've subscribed to with up to 5 other members at no extra cost.
How many devices can stream NFL Sunday Ticket at the same time?
NFL Sunday Ticket can be watched on as many devices simultaneously at home as you want, but outside the home, you can only watch on a maximum of two separate streams. With the student plan, users can watch on one device at a time and family sharing is not included.
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