NFL Sunday Ticket is a must-have for die-hard football fans in the US. It’s an ideal subscription for those living away from their home area and who want to watch every local game on the go. With a NFL Sunday Ticket subscription, you also get a compatible app to stream NFL Sunday afternoon games on FireStick and other smart devices. This article will show you how.
Before we go ahead and talk about NFL Sunday Ticket, let’s first understand what it brings to the table and whether it’s worth subscribing to.
What Is NFL Sunday Ticket?
NFL Sunday Ticket gets you out-of-market live coverage on FOX and CBS channels on a Sunday afternoon. We are talking about roughly 150 games here.
Based on your current setup, you can only watch the local team’s NFL games on FOX and CBS. But what if you are in another state and still want to support your favorite team?
Think of it this way. If you are a New Orleans fan but you live in San Francisco, the game may not be broadcast on your local FOX and CBS channels, or on any streaming service that lets you watch the NFL game.
Here’s where the NFL Sunday Ticket comes into play and unlocks all the out-of-market Sunday afternoon games for you. On the flip side, do keep in mind that it won’t air games broadcast on your local CBS or FOX channels.
The NFL Sunday Ticket can also be useful if you run a bar and want to attract out-of-market fans to your shop. Based on crowd demand, you can easily switch among NFL Sunday afternoon games in under a minute.
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How to Buy NFL Sunday Ticket
America’s second-largest mobile carrier, AT&T, has the official rights to distribute NFL Sunday Ticket to fans via DirecTV. Back in 2014, the company reportedly signed a contract with the NFL to be the sole provider of NFL Sunday Tickets for $1.5 billion per year.
It was a part of AT&T’s acquisition agreement that took place in 2015. The contract is set to expire in 2022. And according to industry whispers, Amazon is currently the front runner for NFL Sunday Ticket rights at $2.5 billion per year.
As for the 2021-22 season, there are a few things you should check.
First, if you’re not a DirecTV subscriber, you should visit the DirecTV website and see whether you can purchase just an NFL Sunday Ticket (this is called NFL Standalone). It’s only for locations that cannot receive DirecTV, so most people will not be eligible for this deal.
You’ll also notice that eligible students can get an NFL Sunday Ticket Max at a steep discount.
If you’re not eligible for NFL Standalone, you can subscribe to the DirecTV Choice plan or higher to get this season’s NFL Sunday Ticket included for free. The only catch is it requires a 24-month DirecTV commitment. The Entertainment plan, DirecTV’s cheapest plan, does not include the ticket.
If you’re already a DirecTV subscriber, you can simply add the NFL Sunday Ticket to your service.
So, what are the prices for each of these options? Let’s discuss that next.
NFL Sunday Ticket Variants and Prices
There are two types of tickets: the NFL Sunday Ticket (NFLST) and the NFL Sunday Ticket Max (NFLSTM). The Max plan costs about $100 more for the season and gets you two more goodies: DirecTV’s RedZone and Fantasy Zone channels.
On paper, the RedZone channel sounds like the NFL RedZone channel, but there is a difference. Sunday Ticket Max’s RedZone channel is hosted by Andrew Siciliano and a team of experts that give you detailed coverage of Sunday NFL games. It’s commercial-free and suited perfectly for those wanting to catch every Sunday touchdown.
If you’re able to get NFL Standalone, you can choose either plan. The regular Sunday Ticket is priced at $294 for the season, which comes out to $73.49 per month. The NFL Sunday Ticket Max is priced at $396 for the season, which comes out to $99 per month.
If you have an existing DirecTV subscription, you can add either ticket to your plan. This method lets you pay in six installments of $48.99 or $65.99, depending on whether you select the regular or Max ticket.
As a student, the discounted ticket you get is the Max ticket. Current students can get it for $120 for the season. Those who are not current students but were enrolled in the last 18 months can get the ticket for $200.
If you opt for a 24-month DirecTV Choice plan or higher, you get this season’s NFL Sunday Ticket Max included for free. These plans range from $69.99 per month to $134.99 per month for the first year, but the prices increase after that.
How to Watch NFL Sunday Ticket Games on FireStick in the US
When you subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket or NFL Sunday Ticket Max, you also get access to the dedicated streaming app on major platforms. That means subscribers can stream NFL Sunday Ticket games on popular streaming devices, including Roku, FireStick and Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, iPhone, PlayStation, and Xbox.
With the Sunday Ticket app, subscribers are all set to enjoy all out-of-market NFL games on Sunday afternoons.
The app is readily available from the Amazon App Store. From the Fire TV home screen, simply go to Find and then Search, enter NFL Sunday Ticket in the search menu, and download the app from the search results.
Upon successful installation, open the app and sign in with your account credentials. Once you activate the NFL Sunday Ticket on FireStick, you are all set to watch out-of-market Sunday afternoon matches.
NFL Sunday Ticket App Features
- Watch all the NFL Sunday afternoon matches that aren’t available on your local FOX and CBS channels.
- Out-of-market NFL games in HD quality.
- NFL Sunday Ticket Max also enables DirecTV’s Fantasy Zone and RedZone channels in the app. Hardcore football fans are going to love it.
Game Mix is an interesting addon that allows you to watch four or eight live games on one screen. The app also supports PiP (Picture-in-Picture) mode so that you never miss a touchdown.
Other goodies include detailed schedules, scores, and all the stats that you need during a live NFL game.
How to Watch NFL Sunday Ticket Games for Free on FireStick
Canada also distributes NFL Sunday Tickets. They’re available via its DAZN streaming service and, for cable subscribers only, its Roger carrier.
DAZN (pronounced Da-Zone) is often known as the Netflix of sports streaming. In fact, DAZN is the only source that lets you stream all NFL matches during the 2021 season, including Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, and Sunday afternoon matches, all in one subscription. Plus, you can watch them all live or on demand.
A DAZN subscription costs $20 per month or $150 per year. However, the company does offer a 30-day free trial that includes all DAZN content, such as La Liga, Champions League, Bundesliga, NFL Game Pass, and more.
Here’s how to get started with DAZN’s 30-day free trial.
1. Click HERE and subscribe to ExpressVPN. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can freely use it for the first 30 days.
2. Check your email. You should find a Welcome email from ExpressVPN (as shown in the screenshot below).
3. Click Set Up ExpressVPN to get the app on your device.
4. Now open the ExpressVPN app, select a server in Canada, and hit the Connect button.
5. Now visit DAZN’s official site and start your 30-day free trial.
Now that you have started your free trial, here’s how to Install and Watch DAZN on FireStick.
Also, don’t forget to install the ExpressVPN app on your FireStick before trying to stream. You need to browse DAZN’s Canadian library on FireStick to view NFL Sunday Ticket content. To do so, open ExpressVPN on FireStick and change your location to Canada, just like we did above.
Now, open the DAZN app and sign in with the account credentials signed up with on the website. Upon successful login, you will see all the DAZN content loading on your FireStick. Watch live and on-demand content for free for one month, and be ready to cancel the free trial before the first payment.
If you like what’s on offer, you can always pay for DAZN’s annual subscription for $150. Just keep in mind that if you’re outside of Canada, you need to use ExpressVPN whenever you try to access DAZN content on FireStick. The service doesn’t support NFL games in the US or other regions.
How to Watch NFL Sunday Ticket Games for Free on FireStick (Unofficial Apps)
NFL Sunday Ticket games include all the Sunday afternoon NFL matches that aren’t available in your local area. Both FOX and CBS have the streaming rights to air Sunday afternoon matches in various parts of the US.
With the right IPTV service or Kodi addon, you can comfortably watch your preferred Sunday afternoon match on FireStick.
FireStickTricks.com can’t verify the legal status of these options though. You need to invest in a VPN app such as ExpressVPN to keep your browsing activity as anonymous as possible.
I will recommend some unofficial apps and services in the section below. It’s best to set up ExpressVPN on FireStick before you start browsing NFL Sunday Ticket content on them.
IPTV services are definitely in high demand now. They offer countless live TV channels, movies, and on-demand content for a small monthly price.
Here is where it gets tricky for Sunday afternoon games.
Most IPTV services do carry relevant sports channels to stream Sunday afternoon matches. But I can’t verify which Sunday afternoon games these sports channels will air each weekend. You may end up streaming a completely different game from the one you’re interested in.
Third-Party Apps and Kodi Addons
You can easily install third-party streaming apps and Kodi addons on FireStick to stream every Sunday afternoon match.
Alternatively, check out my list of third-party streaming apps for the best video streaming apps currently available.
These apps and Kodi addons are free to use, so it won’t hurt your wallet while browsing through your favorite teams’ Sunday games.
Sports Streaming Websites
Some free sports streaming websites also claim to offer Sunday afternoon matches without an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription.
You will need to use the Amazon Silk browser to stream the content on FireStick. Although these sites have no price tags, you may run into some trouble due to the excessive number of ads and trackers on these sites. Not to mention the quality is usually low.
If you are not satisfied with the whole streaming experience on free sports websites, you can always go back to using the recommendations that I mentioned above.
NFL Sunday Ticket FAQ
Is there a free trial for the NFL Sunday Ticket?
There is no free trial for the NFL Sunday Ticket in the US if you go through DirecTV. However, NFL Standalone does offer a one-week trial for eligible new subscribers in the US. You can also watch every NFL match free for 30 days using the DAZN free trial, as I showed you in the guide above.
Does the NFL Sunday Ticket come with RedZone?
No, the regular NFL Sunday Ticket doesn’t come with the RedZone channel. For that, you need to upgrade to NFL Sunday Ticket Max at $100 more for the season (if you’re an existing DirecTV subscriber). If you’re an eligible student or you get this season’s NFL Sunday Ticket included with a 24-month DirecTV subscription, you’ll automatically get the NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Do I need a DirecTV subscription for the NFL Sunday Ticket?
If you’re a student or if your address is not eligible to get DirecTV, then you don’t need a DirecTV subscription. You only need to purchase the NFL Sunday Ticket from DirecTV and then use the official app to stream Sunday afternoon matches on FireStick. You can also watch all of the NFL through DAZN. Otherwise, you need a DirecTV subscription to get an NFL Sunday Ticket.
What’s the difference between NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Game Pass?
NFL Game Pass streams every NFL game after it airs. NFL Sunday Ticket lets you stream out-of-market Sunday afternoon matches live.
NFL Sunday Ticket is a worthy addon for those who moved away from their local team or who travel during weekends. You can easily catch your local team’s performance on FireStick with the NFL Sunday Ticket. It’s also perfect for NFL fanatics who want to catch every out-of-market Sunday match.
- How to Watch NFL RedZone on FireStick
- How to Watch Monday Night Football on FireStick
- How to Watch Sunday Night Football on FireStick
- How to Watch NFL Game Pass on FireStick
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