DIRECTV is now bundling the Max streaming edition of the 2022 NFL Sunday Ticket with the premium edition of NFL Plus for $31.99 off.
Update, September 11: The Sunday Ticket Max plan comes with an NFL Plus sub. If you’re having trouble accessing NFL Plus, you should have been sent a code via e-mail when you signed up for the Max plan.
The Sunday Ticket streaming price has not increased over the 2021 season with the base ‘To Go’ plan now available for $293.96 and the Max plan available for $395.99. Max subscribers can now add the premium version of the league’s new NFL Plus mobile service for $48 for a year. That’s $31.99 less than the current promotional price ($79.99) for the premium NFL Plus at the NFL mobile app.
NFL+ Premium, which is also available at the NFL mobile app for $9.99 a month, includes:
* Live out-of-market preseason games across all devices.
* Live local and prime regular season games available in your market. Mobile devices only.
* Full game replays (ad-free)
* Live game audio for every game.
* Condensed game replays across all devices. (ad-free.)
* Coaches film (ad free)
NFL Plus Premium is basically a new version of the NFL’s GamePass. In fact, existing GamePass subscriptions have automatically rolled over to NFL+ Premium.
NFL Plus also includes a $4.99 a month (or $29.99 a year) version that includes:
* Live out-of-market pre-season games across all devices.
* Live regular season or postseason games on your phone or tablet.
* Live primetime regular season or postseason games on your phone or tablet.
* Live game audio (home, away and national broadcasts) of every game.
* NFL library of on-demand programming.
DIRECTV, which has sold the Sunday Ticket to its satellite customers for 28 years, has also offered a separate streaming version of the package of out-of-market games for several years. However, it’s not available to everyone. The Sunday Ticket streaming eligibility requirements state:
“NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV service is only available to non-DIRECTV customers who live in select multi-dwelling unit buildings (apartments, condos, etc.), nationwide in the U.S. where DIRECTV service is not available, live in select areas within various metropolitan cities, live in a residence that has been verified as unable to receive DIRECTV satellite TV service due to obstructions blocking access to satellite signals, actively or previously enrolled college students. NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV U only available to students actively enrolled or previously enrolled within the last 18 months in post-secondary educational institutions from the date of purchase.”
For years, many football fans believed the streaming Ticket was only available to people who could prove they could not install a dish at their residence or were university students. (The university plan, which was expanded last year to students who were enrolled within the last 18 months, is less expensive than the regular streaming plan. See the DIRECTV web site for details.)
But the TV Answer Man reported a few years ago that more people are eligible than once thought.
The ‘select areas within various metropolitan cities’ clause represents certain areas in 29 markets, which are mostly large and mid-sized cities where NFL teams are located. (You can see the 29 markets here.) But the only way to determine your individual eligibility in those 29 markets is to input your address at the eligibility page of the streaming Sunday Ticket web site. DIRECTV will not reveal the exact areas within the 29 markets that are eligible.
A DIRECTV spokesman last year told the TV Answer Man that “areas identified in pockets of the 29 markets are strong candidates for streaming NFL Sunday Ticket because of satellite limitations due to building density or topography.”
You can check here to determine if you are eligible to subscribe to the streaming version of the 2022 NFL Sunday Ticket.
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— Phillip Swann