NFL Sunday Ticket is the magical key to watch every regular season Sunday afternoon NFL live stream. It gives you access to every out-of-market game that kicks off at 1 p.m. ET or 4 (ish) p.m. ET. So if you're a 49ers fan living in Atlanta, for example, it can be a lifesaver.
YouTube TV is now the home of Sunday Ticket for the second year in a row. It offers unlimited streams inside your household and condensed game replays. If you have a Google TV, Google even integrates Sunday Ticket right into your homescreen, making it easier than ever to watch.
NFL Sunday Ticket provides all of the above for a single per-season fee, regardless of what local games are available. This is, of course, because NFL Sunday Ticket only shows you out-of-market games. For local games, you'll still need to stick to your local channels (subject to blackouts).
Here's how to get signed up for NFL Sunday Ticket in 2024, along with everything else you need to know.
NFL Sunday Ticket TV: Pricing
For a standalone NFL Sunday Ticket TV subscription, you'll want to sign up through YouTube Primetime Channels. Here, you can get a standalone subscription to Sunday Ticket.
If you're currently subscribed to YouTube TV though, or planning to make the switch to YouTube's cable TV alternative, you'll want to sign up for Sunday Ticket using your YouTube TV account instead. YouTube TV subscribers do get a discount on Sunday Ticket. In both cases, you can get access to NFL RedZone for an additional fee and you can opt for a monthly payment plan split over four months rather than paying for everything all at once.
While the 2023 NFL regular season is now over, you can sign up for NFL Sunday Ticket for the 2024 NFL regular season. Just head over to the NFL Sunday Ticket landing page and select "Notify Me" for your preferred plan.
Currently, YouTube TV is offering a $50 discount on Sunday Ticket for new subscribers — but act fast. This offer is disappearing on February 28.
|Header Cell - Column 0
|NFL Sunday Ticket
|NFL Sunday Ticket w/ RedZone
|YouTube TV subscribers pay:
|$349 ($87.25 a month)
|$389 ($97.25 a month)
|YouTube Primetime Channels subscribers pay:
|$449 ($112.25 a month)
|$489 ($122.25 a month)
If you had NFL Sunday Ticket this past season and don't want to commit to another year, make sure to cancel your automatic renewal now.
NFL Sunday Ticket: Student pricing
Are you a college-bound NFL junkie on a budget? Good news! YouTube TV offers a student discount. To be eligible for the student plan, you just need to be 18 years of age or older, be enrolled as a student at an accredited college or university and be able to be verified through SheerID, the verification tool that YouTube is using for the student discount.
Students eligible for the student discount can buy an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription from YouTube Primetime Channels. Students can not sign up for Sunday Ticket via YouTube TV and are limited to one device and one concurrent stream at a time.
Currently, you can sign up for a student discount for NFL Sunday Ticket 2024. For $199 you get an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription for the entire 2024 regular season and for just $10 more you get NFL Redzone bundled with your Sunday Ticket plan.
NFL Sunday Ticket: Where to watch
Whether you just dropped cable or are about to move into a new dorm room, you can stream Sunday Ticket on just about any device that connects to Wi-Fi. YouTube has said that NFL Sunday Ticket will work on the YouTube and YouTube TV mobile apps.
For those subscribing through YouTube Primetime Channels, you'll use the YouTube app and web platform to watch NFL Sunday Ticket. If you subscribe through YouTube TV, you'll use that platform and its apps instead. However, real-time NFL highlights will be available to everyone through the YouTube Shorts tab, which will allow Sunday Ticket subscribers to go from highlights to live games with just a tap or click.
That includes iOS and Android devices, Windows PCs, streaming boxes such as Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Android TV devices as well as game consoles such as Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. And smart TVs with a YouTube or YouTube TV app will work as well.
NFL Sunday Ticket: Features
Aside from giving you access to every Sunday out-of-market game (excluding night games), there are a few other perks to getting NFL Sunday Ticket that YouTube has announced.
First, multiview is going to provide users with multiple options to watch two to four games at once. It will even offer options that combine your local games with your Sunday Ticket out-of-market games so you don't have to abandon your local team to enjoy your extra games.
And if you have RedZone, YouTube says it will offer multiview options that have RedZone as one of the two to four games. That means you could be watching your local team, two other games and RedZone — all at once. The only downside? YouTube curates these multiview offerings. You can't just create your own combinations.
There's also a new live chat that will be brand-new to the 2023 season. This allows fans to interact as they watch the games in a way they couldn't before with DirecTV. YouTube says it also plans to integrate more interactive features like NFL Shop support and more.
You'll get a couple of options for watching highlights with Sunday Ticket. First is catching up with key plays, which allows you to catch up to a game already in progress through a playlist of all the big highlights. I (Malcolm) personally use this feature when watching sports on YouTube TV all the time, and it's one of my favorite ways to watch games when I'm busy.
Then there are real-time highlights through YouTube Shorts. YouTube says that there will be real-time highlights for every NFL game this season on the Shorts tab. Even better, if you click the red “Live” ring on the NFL channel avatar in the Shorts player, it will take you to the game live — provided you have NFL Sunday Ticket.
And finally, if you have a Google TV, Google is giving your viewing experience an upgrade. NFL Sunday Ticket will integrate into your homescreen, showing you games and highlights right as you open up the user interface. And if you have YouTube TV, Google TV will even integrate the games into your Live tab so they're easy to find while browsing what's on TV.
- Read more: I spent the weekend watching NFL Sunday Ticket on YouTube TV — this feature makes it worth it
NFL Sunday Ticket: Does it cover the playoffs?
Unfortunately, no. NFL Sunday Ticket only covers regular season, Sunday afternoon games that are out of your market. If you want playoff games, you can subscribe to a streaming service such as Sling TV or YouTube TV, both of which give you access to NFL Playoff channels such as FOX, ABC and CBS. You can also pick up an HD antenna to get those same channels over the air.
NFL Sunday Ticket schedule
There are no more NFL Sunday Ticket games for the 2023-2024 NFL season.
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Malcolm McMillan is a senior writer for Tom's Guide, covering all the latest in streaming TV shows and movies. That means news, analysis, recommendations, reviews and more for just about anything you can watch, including sports! If it can be seen on a screen, he can write about it. Previously, Malcolm had been a staff writer for Tom's Guide for over a year, with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI), A/V tech and VR headsets.
Before writing for Tom's Guide, Malcolm worked as a fantasy football analyst writing for several sites and also had a brief stint working for Microsoft selling laptops, Xbox products and even the ill-fated Windows phone. He is passionate about video games and sports, though both cause him to yell at the TV frequently. He proudly sports many tattoos, including an Arsenal tattoo, in honor of the team that causes him to yell at the TV the most.
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