With the 2017-18 NFL season quickly approaching millions of fans are looking for the best way to watch live and enjoy the upcoming season. Whether you’re 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 will stream to Amazon Prime this year, the Ticket is still the best route for every other game.
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. Streaming options inside computers, smartphones, and tablets. If you don’t have DirecTV or don’t want to spend $300 just to watch football read on for more 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 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.
How to Get the NFL Sunday Ticket Without DirecTV
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 it should be. Essentially DirecTV will let users buy the Sunday Ticket without a cable subscription only if they live in an area DirecTV isn’t offered. As in a home where installing a Satellite dish isn’t an option. A similar option is available for college campuses. Even if you can get a dish, this method could still work for you.
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 still get the Sunday Ticket. College dorms are a good example. However, I have access to DirecTV at my home, yet this standalone package is 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 2016. Instantly giving you the Sunday ticket. Then sign in on a smartphone, laptop, or streaming device for all the action.
Here are some of the best options, and they have even more on the website. Keep in mind that these will get updated near the end of July for the 2017-18 season.
Shown above are some of the options for eligible participants in 2016. 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. Something could change with this option for 2017-18, as the website says, “see you in July”. Students can get the Sunday Ticket doing something similar 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. Well, with iOS and Android devices.
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. We could see different pricing or a tie-in with AT&T for this upcoming season, so stay tuned.
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. With MAX $359 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. Then again, 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. It isn’t the ticket, but it is close enough.