Get NFL Sunday Ticket Online Without a DirecTV Subscription
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. New in 2014, DirecTV has added the availability to a handful of major U.S. colleges & universities: Ohio St., Michigan, Harvard, Washington, Texas, USC, Florida, Colorado, Alabama, and Syracuse.(Double-check the fine print if you attend one of these schools, it may only be available on the main campus). If you attend one of these schools you are eligible for a student discount on the standard “Digital” package. (see description below)
Also new in 2014, is availability in Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco metro areas.
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 with DirecTV has been available to those who can’t get DirecTV for several years. DirecTV has re-branded this product in 2014 as “NFLSundayTicket.TV.” The yearly subscription, which comes in three tiers, allows eligible subscribers to watch the NFL Sunday Ticket every Sunday on your computer’s browser, iPad or Android Tablet, certain mobile phones, PS3, PS4, or Xbox One. To watch on mobile, you’ll need to download the free NFL Sunday Ticket app.
UPDATE (July 17, 2014) – DirecTV has announced NFLSundayTicket.tv, which allows fans who can’t get DirecTV service at home, fans in certain cities, and certain college students, an opportunity to sign up for NFL Sunday Ticket in one of 3 tiers of service. We’ll have a post and details coming shortly.
Here’s the breakdown of prices and tiers. The “Digital” package allows you to watch on mobile, tablet, and computer for $199.99 ($149.99 for select college students). No NFL Red Zone channel.
The “Console” package for $239.99 allows you to watch ONLY on a PS3, PS4, or Xbox One, but not computer, tablet, and mobile. No NFL Red Zone channel.
The “Max” package gives you access to all eligible devices for $329.99, plus the Red Zone, and the new Fantasy channel.
If you bought the online-only version of NFL Sunday Ticket in the past (except for last year when there was a ‘special’ Madden Anniversary deal), these tiers represent a price reduction, however, the Red Zone is no longer part of those tiers. The online version cost $300 the past few seasons.
Fine Print and Things You Need to Know
- Blackouts do apply. If the game is on local TV in your area (Fox, CBS) it won’t be available on the NFL Sunday Ticket.
- You can only be logged in on one device at a time. For example, you won’t be able to watch one game on a PS3 and another on your computer.
- According to a variety of sources, the NFL Sunday Ticket app will not work on jailbroken or rooted devices.
- iOS 7 or above is required for iOS devices.
- There are no refunds after the start of the season.
- 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.)
- You can find the page to sign up for NFL Sunday Ticket online here.
NOTE: This was my experience from a couple years ago, some things may have changed, especially with the new exceptions available in 2014.
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 in the computer browser, not on mobile, tablet, or console)
I’ve subscribed to this service for the last two seasons and my review of the NFL Sunday Ticket Online experience is mostly positive.
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