By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man –@tvanswerman
TV Answer Man, I have been a DIRECTV subscriber but I have been thinking of switching to YouTube TV to get the NFL Sunday Ticket. I know they have a $100 discount if you order early but it says at their web site that this is the “last chance” to get the discount? Does the offer end today? — Marlo, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Marlo, YouTube TV and YouTube Primetime Channels are both offering $100 off the base price for the NFL Sunday Ticket, bringing the promotional price to $249 and $349 respectively. Those prices include the out-of-market Sunday afternoon games, but not the NFL RedZone Channel.
I can understand your concern when you look at the YouTube TV web site. The Home Page says: ‘Last Chance: $100 Off Sunday Ticket. Get Offer Now.’
However, Mario, that is what’s known as a marketing come-on. The $100 discount is available until June 6 for both YouTube TV and YouTube Primetime Channels. By saying ‘last chance’ on its Home Page, the Google-owned streamer is simply trying to create a sense of urgency to get more people to subscribe sooner than later.
And in your case, it appears to have worked.
But if you go to this page at the site, you’ll see there are nine days left before the discount expires. You still have plenty of time to make your decision.
If YouTube TV subscribers don’t get the Ticket by June 6, the base price jumps to $349 and the bundle price (with the RedZone) rises to $389.
If you order the Sunday Ticket separately via YouTube’s Primetime Channels, which does not require a YouTube TV subscription, the presale price is $349 for the season. If you wait until after June 6, the price jumps to $449.
YouTube Primetime Channels viewers will have to pay $389 for the Ticket bundle if they order by June 6 and $489 after June 6.
By the way, Google’s YouTube announced last week that it will expand the number of streams available for the NFL Sunday Ticket on both YouTube TV and YouTube Primetime Channels. Ticket subscribers will now have unlimited streams at home and two additional streams when watching away from home.
Previously, YouTube had restricted the Ticket to two simultaneous streams which was a source of contention from football fans who have multiple TVs at home and multiple friends outside the home who might want to share the cost of a subscription. However, with the new arrangement, a Ticket subscriber could put the Ticket on any TV in the house and still share his or her credentials with two people outside the household. (Also see: There Could Be a Problem With Password Sharing.)
Marlo, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!
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— Phillip Swann