6 Ways To Watch NFL RedZone On A Budget

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Quick Summary

I’ve been subscribed to NFL RedZone for the last 3 years and let me tell you, as a football fan there is nothing better than watching Scott Hanson host 7 hours of commercial free football every Sunday, all season long.

NFL RedZone shows every big play and touchdown from all FOX and CBS football games live as they happen. Frankly, it’s glorious.

In this article I’ll show you the 6 cheapest ways to watch NFL RedZone without a cable subscription. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of each service and let you know what equipment you’ll need to watch, so you too can join in the fun.

Our Top 6 Budget Picks To Stream NFL RedZone

We’ll go through the streaming services that offer RedZone one by one, but if you’re short on time here is a quick list of all the ways to get RedZone from least expensive to most expensive.

NFL+ Premium$14.99/mo2
Sling TV$51/mo40+
YouTube TV$83.98/mo100+
Hulu + Live TV$86.98/mo90+
DirecTV Stream$99.97/mo75+

Each of these options has its own benefits, so the best streaming service to watch RedZone may be different for everyone. We’ll discuss each of these options in more details below

The Best RedZone Deal – NFL+ Premium

For the first time in 2023, NFL+ Premium, the NFL’s own streaming service, will offer NFL RedZone and NFL Network directly, without the need for a cable or streaming subscription. NFL+ Premium costs $14.99 per month or $99 per year (a calendar year, not just the NFL season).

In the past NFL+, and before that NFL Mobile, subscriptions limited you to watch only on your phone, but now you can watch both RedZone and NFL Network on your TV, which is great news for those of us who don’t want to huddle around a tiny 6-inch screen all season. NFL+ Premium now works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, iOS, Android and Xbox.

NFL+ Premium is the easiest way to watch RedZone and if you’re looking for just RedZone and NFL Network on their own, this is an amazing deal and one that I will be taking advantage of.

If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a service that offers more channels – like ESPN so you can watch Monday Night Football – I’ll go through all of the streaming services that also offer Red Zone in the next section.

Cheapest Streaming Service With RedZone – Sling TV

Sling Blue with the Sports Extra add on is the lowest-priced streaming service that includes NFL RedZone. For a cost of $51 per month ($40 for the base and $11 for the add-on) you get 50 live TV channels including RedZone as well as NFL Network, TNT, TBS, USA, MLB Network, NBA TV, and NHL Network.

Source: SlingTV

At $51 per month, Sling (the streaming service owned by DISH) is $33 cheaper than YouTube TV, which is the next most affordable option.

NFL RedZone and ESPN On Sling Orange + Blue

Sling TV keeps their prices low by offering smaller, more customized streaming packages. Because of this it is important to note that Sling Blue does not include ESPN.

If you’re an ESPN watcher don’t worry though, Sling’s Orange + Blue plan does include the ESPN family so you’re planning to watch Monday Night Football, SportsCenter, or First Take, you’ll need to upgrade.

Sling Orange + Blue costs $55 per month (plus the $11 Sports Extra add-on for RedZone). This gives you access to everything on Sling Blue, plus ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and Disney Channel (to keep the kids busy the NFL season is over).

Local Channels On Sling TV

Sling also does not include local channels in most markets. Since the NFL broadcasts the majority of Sunday games on either CBS or FOX, you’ll most likely need a digital antenna to receive coverage of these games. If you don’t have an antenna or can’t get signal where you live, Sling may not be the best option for you.

Sling Orange Does Not Carry NFL RedZone

Sling also also offers a third plan called Sling Orange. Sling Orange is the ESPN focused plan but Sling Orange and the Sling Orange Sports Extra add on do NOT include NFL RedZone, so if you’re looking for RedZone it is very important to subscribe to either Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue.

Sling TV works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, iOS, Android, Xbox, and most smart TVs.

For more information on Sling TV and be sure to check out our full Sling TV review.

Best If You Want NFL Sunday Ticket – YouTube TV

If you’re looking for a simpler, more complete option that includes the channels most of us are looking for all in one place then YouTube TV may be a better option for you.

Unlike Sling, YouTube TV has just one package which includes local channels, ESPN and NFL Network (along with 100 other channels).

To watch NFL RedZone on YouTube TV you’ll need to subscribe to the base package for $72.99 per month, plus an additional $10.99 per month for the Sports Plus add-on package, a total of $83.98 per month.

While YouTube TV is much more expensive than SlingTV, it includes a lot more channels including local channels and sports channels such as ESPN, FS1 and NBA TV already included. It also includes an unlimited cloud DVR and the ability to share across six accounts (three simultaneously). Depending on your needs it may be worth the additional cost.

YouTube TV works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, iOS, Android, Playstation, Xbox, and most smart TVs.

Sunday Ticket

What sets YouTube TV apart from every other streaming service is that YouTube TV is now the exclusive home of Sunday Ticket, the plan that shows all out of market NFL games in their entirety. It is significantly more expensive than RedZone however ($299 at the start of the season), so it may not be for everyone.

Best For Sports Fans – fubo

If you can’t get enough sports then you may want to consider the lesser known fubo, which is a streaming sports fan’s dream come true.

The least expensive way to get RedZone on fubo is to subscribe to the Pro (base) plan for $74.99 per month as well as the Sports Plus With RedZone add-on for an additional $10.99 per month, for a total of $85.98 per month.

If you’re looking for more content than the fubo Pro plan provides, you can also upgrade to the Elite and Ultimate plans, which offer even more channels.

What sets fubo apart is that they skew their package heavily to sports fans. In addition to the national sports channels included by most services, fubo includes channels targeted toward College sports, International Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Motor Sports, and Esports.

fubo works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, iOS, Android, Xbox, and most smart TVs.

Best for ESPN/Disney Fans – Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV now includes NFL RedZone in their channel lineup (with the sports add-on package). While their plan looks a bit pricier than the competition at $86.98 ($76.99 per month + $9.99 per month for the sports add-on), it includes both ESPN+ and Disney+, which would cost $17.98 more per month if you bought them individually. If you’re a Disney or ESPN fan and would buy their package separately this is a great deal.

Hulu + Live TV comes with over 75 channels, including sports channels like ESPN, FS1/FS2 and NFL Network. It also comes with unlimited DVR so you can record all your games when you’re not able to watch live.

Hulu + Live TV works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, iOS, Android, Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and most smart TVs.

Best Service With Everything – DirecTV Stream

The last, and most expensive way to watch RedZone is DirecTV Stream.

The most affordable way to get NFL RedZone on DirecTV Stream is with their Entertainment (base) plan for $84.98 per month along with the Sports Pack add-on for an additional $14.99 per month, for a total of $99.97 per month.

The DirecTV Sports Pack also gives you access to NFL Network, as well as college channels like SEC Network, ACC Network, Big Ten Network, and CBS Sports Network so whether it’s pro or college, you’ll get your football fix all weekend long.

DirecTV Stream works on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, iOS, Android, and most smart TVs.

How To Watch NFL RedZone – My Recommendation

If you only want RedZone (and maybe NFL Network) then the NFL.com package is a no-brainer for $14.99 per month.

If you’re looking for a more robust streaming service with channels other than RedZone then it really depends on how much money you’re willing to spend.

If you’re trying to save as much money as possible then I would recommend Sling TV at $51 per month, but know that you’ll also need an antenna to watch CBS and FOX games since Sling doesn’t include local channels in most areas.

If you’re willing to pay a little bit more for a better overall service then I would recommend one of YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, or fubo, which are all around the same price and include a lot more channels, including the local channels you’ll need to watch NFL games.

Personally, I have been using YouTube TV for the last two years and I like it, but I’m considering switching to fubo so I can watch MLB Network, which was dropped by YouTube TV in 2023.

If you’re a sports fan looking for other ways to watch your favorite teams, be sure to check out our article on How To Watch NBA Games Without Cable too!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Get NFL RedZone On its Own?

NFL RedZone is now available by itself through the NFL+ Premium package for $14.99 per month or $99 per year.

What Apps Have NFL RedZone?

The NFL app has RedZone if you are subscribe to NFL Plus Premium. You can also watch RedZone on the apps for Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV and fubo if you are a subscriber.

Is NFL RedZone the same as NFL Sunday Ticket?

NFL RedZone and NFL Sunday Ticket are two separate services and are not the same. NFL RedZone shows live in-game highlights of every Sunday afternoon game for all NFL teams but does not show the full game in its entirety. NFL Sunday Ticket shows every out-of-market NFL game in its entirety.

Is NFL RedZone only on YouTube TV?

NFL RedZone is available on Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, or fubo. NFL Sunday Ticket, which is often confused with RedZone, is exclusively offered on YouTube TV (for an additional fee) and not available on any other service.

Is RedZone on NFL Network?

Although both channels are owned by the NFL, RedZone is not shown on NFL Network.

Can You Get RedZone Without Sunday Ticket?

You do not need to subscribe to NFL Sunday Ticket to watch RedZone. You can buy RedZone on its own with an add-on plan from Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, or fubo.

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