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How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
RedZone’s perfect for fantasy football players, as well as anyone who doesn’t like commercials. It’s worth the price to be able to stream it.
By now you’ve probably figured out how to watch ESPN without cable and streaming NFL Sunday Ticket online, but if you play fantasy football or love highlight reels, there’s one more piece to the puzzle for you to lockdown: NFL RedZone.
NFL RedZone gives you all of the killer parts of the NFL games without all of the filler. It will show you up to eight games at once, taking you from one end-zone drive to the next, ensuring that you never miss a big play. The best part? There are no commercial interruptions. If a game NFL RedZone is highlighting goes to commercial, the team will find another live game for you to watch, or take you to live commentary.
If you have a cable package, adding NFL RedZone only requires a quick call to customer service. But if you’ve cut the cord, it’s going to take a little more work. Thankfully, you have options. Below are three of the best ways to watch the NFL RedZone when you don’t have a cable provider.
How to stream NFL RedZone
There are a couple of different options for watching NFL RedZone online, and they vary substantially when it comes to your total monthly bill and other channels (if any) you’ll be able to watch. Here’s everything you need to know to get started.
1) Sling TV – $25 to $40 per month
Sling TV is an “a la carte” TV-streaming platform that lets subscribers customize their TV channel listings starting at $25 a month. That means that you can choose a variety of packaged genres like Sports, which includes ESPN and NFL RedZone.
There are two bundles you can choose from called Blue and Orange, both of which offer different options for customization. You’ll want Sling Blue, which costs $25 per month and automatically comes with the NFL Network. From there, you’d add the Sling Blue “Sports Extra” package for an additional $10 a month, bringing your monthly total to $35 per month. That add-on pack also includes NBA TV, NHL Network, NBC Golf, BeIN Sports, Tennis Channel, Pac 12 Network, and more.
LIVE TV STREAMING:
- Sling TV channels
- FuboTV channels
- PlayStation Vue channels
- DirecTV Now channels
- YouTube TV channels
- Hulu Live TV channels
The streaming service works on different devices like Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV, as well as gaming consoles and smartphones. But keep in mind you can only stream Sling TV on one device at a time unless you get the Orange + Blue plan, which costs $40 per month but lets you stream on up to four devices at once. You’d still have to tack on the Sports Extra add-on, resulting in a monthly total of $50 per month.
The combined plan is definitely your best bet. It ensures you get ESPN for Monday Night Football, local networks for Sunday games, and NFL Network for Thursday Night Football.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of the Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.
2) PlayStation Vue – $44.99 to $59.99 per month
PlayStation Vue is the gaming console’s alternative live TV service, and it’s one of the better options to snag NFL RedZone.
The cheapest service lets you watch live TV, as well as ESPN and ESPN2, for $44.99 a month. If you want to have access to NFL RedZone, you’ll need Core, a sports-heavy package that costs $49.99 per month (though it’s currently on sale for $44.99 a month for your first two months). Then you’ll need to add the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which, in addition to NFL RedZone, also includes ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks, among other things. That brings your base cost to $59.99 per month (after two months at $54.99). Even though the price is steep, PlayStation Vue comes with cloud DVR and lets customers watch whatever they want on up to five devices at once. (Here are all of the PlayStation Vue channels and our PlayStation Vue review.)
3) FuboTV – under $64 per month
Originally launched in 2015 as a way to stream hard-to-find soccer games in the U.S., FuboTV now offers one of the better all-around sports packages for those looking to cut the cord for good. Fubo’s basic package ($54.99 per month) includes the NFL Network. For an additional $8.99 per month, you can tack on Fubo’s Sports Plus package, which is what you’ll need to stream NFL RedZone. It also includes a bunch of regional Pac 12 Network and Fox College Sports channels. That brings your monthly total to $63.98 for all the football action you can possibly handle. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list and our comprehensive FuboTV review.)
NFL RedZone streaming on the NFL app
If you subscribe to NFL RedZone, you can watch it on the go on your smartphone via the NFL app. All you have to do is sign in using your satellite or cable TV credentials.
If you’re already a Verizon customer, you’re in luck. Customers automatically get live access to the NFL Network included with their plan. All you have to do is download the NFL Mobile app from the Windows Store, App Store, of Google Play, depending on your device. From there, you can add NFL RedZone as a $1.99 monthly in-app purchase.
How to watch NFL RedZone with cable
If you already have a cable package, then you’re in luck. You can add NFL RedZone as part of a larger sports package. Prices will vary based on your provider, but it’s a pretty deal no matter which cable company you’re chained to.
Dish: The Multi-Sport Pack costs $13/month with a minimum subscription and includes NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA TV, plus a full suite of Fox Sports channels and more.
Verizon: The Vios Sports Pass runs $14/month and includes NFL network but only 13 other channels.
Xfinity: Comcast’s Sports Entertainment Package is only $9.95/month for six months, which is a fantastic deal and carries you all the way through the season. It also includes Fox College Sports, ESPN Goal Line, and CBS Sports Network, among others, and allows advanced HD DVR recording.
You can watch NFL RedZone on Amazon Prime. You just can’t pay for it there. Once you’ve signed up, you can use your credentials to watch NFL RedZone on Amazon Prime. This might not be the easiest way to watch—we’d recommend using the services standalone apps on the streaming device of your choice—but if you’re looking to centralize all of your streaming to Amazon Prime, this will certainly get the job done. There are three free channels for you to work with.
1) Sling TV: As covered above, Sling TV offers the cheapest way of watching NFL RedZone online, and the service now has a standalone Amazon channel.
2) NFL Sunday Ticket: If you settled on the NFLSundayTicket.TV Max package, NFL RedZone will be viewable via the NFL Sunday Ticket Amazon channel.
3) NFL: The NFL’s official Amazon channel will allow you to watch NFL RedZone with credentials from any of the options listed above, from FuboTV to a Dish contract.
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Kristen Hubby is a tech and lifestyle reporter. Her writing focuses on sex, pop culture, streaming entertainment, and social media, with an emphasis on major platforms like Snapchat, YouTube, and Spotify. Her work has also appeared in Austin Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman, where she covered local news and the dining scene in Austin, Texas.
Austin Powell is the former managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.