Q. I don’t want to get DIRECTV, but I want the NFL Sunday Ticket. So, Mr. Answer Man, is there a way to get my football games without putting up one of those dishes on my roof? — George, Indianapolis.
George, I have good news for you. That is, if you live in the right place.
DIRECTV offers a separate streaming edition of the popular package of ‘out-of-market’ NFL games for $293.96. (That’s the same price if you ordered it from DIRECTV using a satellite dish.)
The basic online plan gives you everything the basic satellite Sunday Ticket does — every Sunday afternoon game (minus ones played overseas), real-time stats and Short Cuts (next day game replays in 30 minutes). (The Red Zone Channel will require the Max Sunday Ticket plan, which costs $395.99.)
You can watch the streaming version of the Ticket on tablets, computers, laptops and connected devices such as Smart TVs, Fire TV boxes and sticks, and Roku.
Now, what’s the catch?
DIRECTV says NFLSundayTicket.TV, the streaming-only version, is only available to non-DIRECTV subscribers in the following categories:
1. People who live in select multi-dwelling unit buildings (apartments, condos, etc.) where DIRECTV service is not available;
2. People who live in a residence that has been verified as unable to receive the traditional DIRECTV satellite service with a dish.
So, how do you verify you are eligible? You go to this site and type in your address. If you’re eligible, you will be able to order the Sunday Ticket right there.
Last point: If you are a college student, you can also get the streaming edition of the Sunday Ticket without a dish or satellite package. In fact, the price is discounted to $99.96. Click here for more information.
George, hope that helps. Happy Viewing!
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