By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man –@tvanswerman
TV Answer Man, I am thinking of subscribing to YouTube TV and cutting our cable service. My question is do you need to get the NFL Sunday Ticket to get the NFL RedZone channel? I see that the RedZone is in the more expensive Ticket package, but I don’t want that. I just want the RedZone. Can you help? — Carrie, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Carrie, YouTube TV offers two versions of the NFL Sunday Ticket. The base plan, which includes the out-of-market regular season Sunday afternoon games but not the NFL RedZone channel, now costs $299. ($50 discount from the regular price). The bundled plan, which includes the games and the RedZone, now costs $339 ($50 discount). Those are steep prices although YouTube recently allowed new subscribers to pay in four monthly installments. And the $339 fee to get the RedZone with the live games is particularly daunting, especially when you factor in that you must maintain the $72.99 a month YouTube TV subscription during the season. (YouTube Primetime Channels sells two Ticket packages without need of the YouTube TV sub but the plans cost $100 more.)
So what if you just want the RedZone on Sunday? Is there a way to watch it without paying for the Ticket? Answer: Yes. In fact, there are two ways. 1. YouTube TV includes the NFL RedZone, which provides live look-ins at different NFL games on Sunday afternoons, in its Sports Plus $10.99 a month add-on plan. Sports Plus includes the following channels:
beIN SPORTS / beIN SPORTS XTRA
FOX Soccer Plus
MAVTV Motorsports Network
You can add the Sports Plus plan to your base $72.99 monthly YouTube TV sub and watch the RedZone. The second way to watch the RedZone without the Ticket is to subscribe to the NFL Plus Premium plan for $14.99 a month. It includes the RedZone channel and several other NFL-related features. You can read this article for more details.
Carrie, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!
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— Phillip Swann