With the 2016-17 NFL season now a few weeks in, millions of fans are likely looking for the best way to watch as much football as possible. Whether 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.
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. While Thursday games are free on Twitter, the Ticket is still the best route for any and all football.
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 continued in 2016. These include computers, smartphones and tablets or don’t want to spend $300 just to watch football. Read on for all the details.
Before we begin it’s worth mentioning this method isn’t for everyone. Nor will it work for everyone. Keep that in mind. Ahead of the 2015 season AT&T, who now owns DirecTV, announced that almost anyone can now get the NFL Sunday Ticket. Even if they aren’t a subscriber to the cable provider. Since then the company confirmed the Sunday Ticket has jumped more than 35% in terms of usage and streaming. It’s big news.
To make things even more enticing, AT&T and DirecTV have a $99 Sunday Ticket package for college students, which we’ll mention below.
That all said, 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 depending on your address you’ll be eligible. 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. Even if it is, try this method anyways.
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. Like at a college dorm. However, 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. Or at least it did in 2015. 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 watch it on a smartphone, or through an Xbox for even cheaper. 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 over HDMI with a laptop to the TV, or Chromecast. I renewed that plan for 2016.
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 in college. 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. It can’t hurt to 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, Sling TV is just $20 a month and has NFL Network, Fox, ESPN and NFL Redzone.