With the 2016-17 NFL season ready to kickoff, millions of fans are likely looking for the best way to enjoy as much football as possible. Whether you’ll be watching on a smartphone or tablet, or at home, the NFL Sunday Ticket remains one of the best options. However, not everyone has DirecTV, nor do they want to sign a 2-year contract with them.
Here we’ll quickly explain how to get the NFL Sunday Ticket, which is hands-down the best way to enjoy NFL football games, without having to pay over $100 a month for a DirecTV cable subscription. This method isn’t available for everyone.
For one, DirecTV offers standalone packages but they’ve always been extremely overpriced, hard to find, very limited, and somewhat confusing. In 2015 though, the options were greatly expanded, and will continue in 2016. Selections like just for computers, smartphones and tablets for those who don’t need everything else, or don’t want to spend $300 just to watch football. Read on for all the details.
Just before the 2015 season AT&T, who now owns DirecTV, announced that almost anyone can get the NFL Sunday Ticket. Even if they aren’t a subscriber to the cable provider. It was huge news and since then the company confirmed the Sunday Ticket has jumped more than 35% in terms of usage and streaming.
To make things even more enticing, AT&T and DirecTV have a $99 Sunday Ticket package for college students, which we’ll mention below.
So, what we’re trying to do here is get the NFL Sunday Ticket without paying for DirecTV. Sadly this option isn’t 100% available to everyone, but most addresses we’ve tried apply. Essentially DirecTV will let users buy the Sunday Ticket without a cable subscription only if they live in an area DirecTV isn’t offered, or a home where putting up a Satellite dish isn’t an option.
Let me say that again. If you can’t get DirecTV or don’t have a home that can use a satellite dish, you can get the Sunday Ticket without being a subscriber. That said, I have access to DirecTV at my home, yet this standalone package was still available to me. One which I immediately took advantage of. We’ve also heard using a P.O. Box for the address during the online setup will show the location as unavailable, and let users select the stand-alone package. Instantly giving you the Sunday ticket. Here are the options again this year, although they do have a few new ones as well.
Shown above are some of this years options for eligible participants. Users will need to head to NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV and put in their address to see if that location is eligible, and if so, choose the package that’s best for you. Students can get the Sunday Ticket by clicking here.
See, if you don’t have DirecTV you can still get the NFL Sunday Ticket starting at $199. That’s a pretty great deal for NFL fans, not to mention there’s an option to simply watch it on a smartphone, or through an Xbox. Again, this is only for limited users who can’t get a dish installed. My location wasn’t eligible for a Dish, and in 2015 I was able to sign up for Sunday Ticket To-Go, and watch games on my mobile device and over HDMI with a laptop to the TV. I expect to take the same route for the 2016 season.
Sunday Ticket To-Go delivers everything you need for mobile devices only, at $199, or in four payments. This is strictly for mobile devices. It also works with a computer (just use HDMI out and stream it to an HDTV) as well as all smartphones and tablets. Both iOS and Android.
The same Sunday Ticket TO GO pass mentioned above can be had for even less if you’re a college student, and can’t have a satellite dish. It’s only $99 for college students, by signing up with the links mentioned above. That’s a great route for students in dorms.
DirecTV also offers a slightly more expensive “Connected Pass” option that allows access to over 200 regular Sunday NFL games on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and even Roku devices. And finally, NFL Sunday Ticket Max. This is the best route, but also costs an arm and a leg. For $359 that covers anything and everything, not to mention any and all devices. If you don’t have DirecTV give one of the choices above a try, although personally GO is the best choice at just $199.
It’s worth noting that these standalone packages do have a few disadvantages. For one, you can only stream one game at a time, on one device at a time. This means no sharing the GO plan with friends and using the same login. I tried. Data charges also apply if users stream from a mobile device, which will eat up a 2GB data plan after one NFL game. Meaning you’ll need a WiFi connection or a truly unlimited data plan.
All said and done, give the link above a try and see if you’re eligible to get the NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV. Most likely your house is able to use a Dish, so this won’t work for everyone. However, it’s worth a try. If so, enjoy some hard-hitting football all season long. Finally, there are a lot of deals and free Sunday Ticket options for new subscribers, and with AT&T being the owner of DirecTV they have some great wireless and TV bundles. Last but not least, fans can catch Thursday Football live on Twitter in 2016. Good luck.