Would you like to get the NFL Sunday Ticket but can’t get DirecTV at your house? No problem! Although DirecTV holds the exclusive broadcast rights to NFL Sunday Ticket, DirecTV was required in the NFL Sunday Ticket deal with the NFL to provide an online solution for fans who can’t get DirecTV.
Here’s the scoop. The NFL Sunday Ticket online and mobile is specifically for people who can’t otherwise get DirecTV service due to line of sight issues or other such reasons. I can’t get DirecTV at my place, so this is right up my alley. The yearly subscription allows you to watch the NFL Sunday Ticket every Sunday on your computer’s browser, iPad or Android Tablet, iPhone, and select Android phones.
For the uninitiated, NFL Sunday Ticket provides live out-of-market coverage of every NFL game every Sunday. This means if the game is on CBS or Fox in your area, you won’t get it on NFL Sunday Ticket. You will, however, get every other early & late Sunday afternoon game live. It does not include Sunday Night, Monday Night, or Thursday Night NFL games. You get the live stream of the games as they happen. No replay or on-demand capabilities.
NFL Sunday Ticket for Computer, Tablet, and Phone
UPDATE (8/26/2013) – The link to order NFL Sunday Ticket Online for 2013 is now active.
The new price in 2013 for the NFL Sunday Ticket online & mobile package for computer, tablet, or phone is $300. That’s an increase of $50 from last season. It appears as though this offering is essentially the NFL Sunday Ticket Max package without the DirecTV subscription. (In previous years it went by the name of NFL Sunday Ticket To-Go) In addition to the NFL Sunday Ticket, you also get the incredibly glorious NFL Red Zone Channel which provides commercial free on-the-fly live look-ins of every NFL game every Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, there is no payment plan option. It’s one lump sum payment or nothing, which is a bummer for those who maybe a bit strapped for cash. Access is available on PC or Mac, iPads, iPhones, and certain Android devices. Check here for the entire list of supported mobile devices. UPDATE: According to a variety of sources, including the list of supported devices linked above, the NFL Sunday Ticket app will not work on jailbroken or rooted devices.
You can find the page to sign up for NFL Sunday Ticket online here.
If you have any questions about the product itself, call the number on that page (800-670-7288). If you call the main number to order DirecTV service, they will likely tell you that you can’t get online access without subscribing to DirecTV. (At least, that’s what they tried to tell me when I called to ask some questions. After being transferred to a supervisor and convincing him that I was looking at a page on the DirecTV site that told me I could get online only NFL Sunday Ticket, he reluctantly told me I needed to call the number on that page for more information.)
Sign up was quick and easy. There isn’t much in the way of actual validation other than a few check boxes you need to select before ordering. The checkboxes ask you to certify that you’ve never subscribed at your current address, or can’t otherwise get DirecTV service at your current address. I’m not sure if they have some sort of follow up validation or not.
After logging in, I launched the NFL Sunday Ticket Player just to check it out. There isn’t much to see at this point as there haven’t been any NFL Sunday Ticket games yet. It does appear to give you the option to watch 4 games at once, has a picture-in-picture mode, as well as a full screen and mini mode. (UPDATE: Yes, you can watch 4 games at once)
Madden 25 Anniversary Edition with NFL Sunday Ticket
UPDATE (9/6/2013): It appears this deal is now SOLD OUT. Both XBox 360 and PS3 editions of the game are now listed on Amazon as “Currently unavailable.”
For 2013, DirecTV, Amazon, and EA Sports have a limited-time special offer FREE NFL Sunday Ticket online with purchase of the Madden NFL 25 Anniversary Edition for XBOX 360 or PS3. The offer includes NFL Sunday Ticket only on computers, tablets, and mobile and does not require you to have a DirecTV subscription. The Madden 25 Anniversary Edition retails for $99.99 and is ONLY AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON. For more information, check out the FAQ at Amazon.com, or the Madden NFL 25 Anniversary Edition page at Amazon.com.
UPDATE (August 2013): The NFL Sunday Ticket will NOT be on the PS3 in 2013.
IGN has confirmed from Playstation that the NFL Sunday Ticket won’t be coming back to the PS3 in 2013.
NFL Sunday Ticket for PS3 You can also order this through the PS3 for $299.95. (I have no idea why it costs more on PS3… perhaps they think people will be willing to pay more to have it easily hooked into their TVs) You’ll first install the NFL Sunday Ticket app from the Playstation Store. It can be found under Media & Apps. After downloading, open the app and go through the process of ordering the subscription. NOTE: I purchase the NFL Sunday Ticket Online ($250) and was able to use my login for the PS3 as well. Check out my full review of the NFL Sunday Ticket online experience for more details.
I’m even more excited than ever to watch football this season. The price of the Sunday Ticket is a bit high, especially if your favorite team is in market, but I’ve never had the NFL Sunday Ticket before and have always wanted to give it a try. (Note: In case you’re wondering, the $300 price tag equates to a per week cost of $17.65 when you divide it up between 17 weeks. )
UPDATE (9/10/2012): Here’s our review of NFL Sunday Ticket online and on PS3.
UPDATE (7/12/2013): Just to clarify further, the online versions of NFL Sunday Ticket will probably not be made available on the DirecTV website until about a week or so before the season starts. Keep an eye on the DirecTV website in late August / early September.
UPDATE (8/26/2013) - The order form for NFL Sunday Ticket Online and mobile is now active. The new price for 2013 is $300.
UPDATE: 8/27/2013 - The Madden 25 Anniversary edition arrived today so here’s an update about what you can expect. Included in the case is an insert with a unique username and password to access the NFL Sunday Ticket online or via mobile along with brief instruction on where to go to log in. I haven’t tried to login yet, but seems pretty simple. Although, the username and password are both quite long which will make it a bit annoying if you plan on logging in and out of multiple devices during Sunday afternoons. (You can only be logged in on one device at a time)
Other Links for more information
If you have additional questions, check out the following links for more information. The first is my review of the NFL Sunday Ticket Online experience from the 2012 season and the second one is the link to the Amazon Madden 25 Anniversary edition with NFL Sunday Ticket with plenty of information and explanation of that product.
Looking for the link to sign in and watch on your computer? Here it is. For mobile, download the NFL Sunday Ticket App from one of the links below.
Download NFL Sunday Ticket Apps
Android: NFL Sunday Ticket for Android phones
Android Tablets: NFL Sunday Ticket for Android Tablets