We’ve all been there. It’s 1 o’clock and your favorite NFL team is about to take the field on NFL Sunday. If you’re not at a bar munching on chicken wings and sipping beers like Aaron Rodgers on game day, you’re probably at home watching whichever local NFL game is being shown on FOX or CBS.
Maybe you want to watch that player you targeted on draft day for your fantasy football team. Maybe you want to watch your entire fantasy team play at once. Maybe you just want to watch your two lifelong teams, the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins, from your home in Miami. You’ve probably even moved a second or third TV into your living room to solve some of these problems.
It’s an absolute worst-case scenario.
Unless you have NFL RedZone.
Say it with me: “Seven hours of commercial-free football starts now.”
What is NFL RedZone?
NFL RedZone is every football fan’s best friend come Sunday. (Sorry, Fido.) The channel, offered by NFL Network and hosted by Scott Hanson, shows viewers live look-ins of games in which teams are about to score inside their opponent’s 20-yard line or reach the end zone, which means you won’t miss Le’Veon Bell punching in that much-needed goal-line touchdown to win your weekly matchup. It also provides highlights and statistics geared toward fantasy owners while showing as many as eight different games (all hail the octobox) at once. On one screen and in high definition.
Oh, and it’s 100 percent commercial-free from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., or whenever the final Sunday afternoon game comes to an end during the regular season. That way you never have to leave the couch. Ever. The only thing is it does not air during Thursday Night Football, Monday Night Football or any other days or playoff games, and has aired a limited amount of times in preseason games.
It’s like freakin’ Christmas but every single Sunday.
NFL RedZone is not to be confused with DirecTV’s RedZone Channel, which is hosted by Andrew Siciliano and actually began five years before NFL RedZone debuted in 2009.
That one, however, is EXTREMELY expensive compared to the one I’m talking about. For a more comprehensive comparison of the two, Awful Announcing put out a pretty detailed one.
Anyway, NFL RedZone is an absolute necessity for diehard fans of the National Football League or casual viewers hoping to win their fantasy league. Actually getting the channel in front of you can get confusing, so here’s how you can do that.
How to Watch NFL RedZone Online
So you don’t want to just watch one game on NBC, CBS, FOX or ESPN. We’ve got you covered.
There are a few ways to stream NFL RedZone on your screen. Whether you want to watch how your fantasy team is doing on your smartphone, tablet or PC, you’ll most likely need a streaming service to get RedZone.
The very cheapest option is limited to smartphone viewing only. Download the NFL app and select RedZone for just $5 per month as a standalone streaming service. If you’re sick of squinting to view games on your phone, look into AirPlay to let you share your phone’s screen onto your TV. (This offer may be expired. Please check with NFL’s website, which has provided a breakdown here for mobile users)
Sling TV used to be your most cost-efficient option. For just $35 per month, you could select the Sling Blue “Sports Extra” add-on that features the coveted channel plus a number of other good ones. You could watch on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox One, in addition to on your phone, tablet and PC. However, that was not the case for Dish Network and Sling TV subscribers as of June 2020, meaning RedZone hopefuls have to turn elsewhere.
FuboTV is another live TV option, though it’s definitely more costly. For $64 per month, you can get NFL RedZone and about a million other sports channels. The plus here is it’s supported on basically every platform including Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast, Android TV and iOS products.
You didn’t need a PlayStation to use PlayStation Vue to watch RedZone, but you did need about $60 per month. The “Core” package and the Sports Pack add-on that comes with RedZone and a bunch of other extra ESPN channels used to make customers as happy as Patrick Mahomes with a bottle of ketchup. Last season, fans could watch their favorite Sunday channel on the PlayStation 3 and 4 as well as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV and iOS devices. Plus, the Vue had a DVR option.
Sony has since shut down its Playstation Vue service in early 2020, meaning the gaming console isn’t a viable way to watch RedZone this season.
UPDATE (September 3, 2020): NFL Network and NFL RedZone are coming to YouTube TV this season. The two sides reached an agreement for the 2020 season, meaning NFL fans that are YouTube TV subscribers will now also be able to tune in to host Scott Hanson, whose coverage is Hall of Fame-worthy.
Here’s the deal: NFL Network will be part of YouTube TV’s base package, which costs $64.99 per month. NFL RedZone will be available for those who purchase the service’s add-on package, Sports Plus, which costs $10.99 per month. Other channels included in the add-on are Fox College Sports, Stadium and GOLTV.
What Channel is NFL Redzone?
Standard cable will likely be a lot more expensive, but pretty much every major cable provider offers RedZone in its channel lineup, which you can call and add to your subscription. The added channel will likely tack on an extra $10-15 more to your bill.
Here’s a list of providers that offer the channel:
- Comcast Xfinity
- Verizon Fios
- YouTube TV
It used to NOT be available on DirecTV, which features its own Red Zone Channel with Andrew Siciliano. The NFL website lists DirecTV as a partner right now, though.
The NFL RedZone channel prides itself on what it calls “whip-around coverage” that ensures you never miss a touchdown or any other exciting moments all NFL season long across the United States. It provides everything fantasy managers need to monitor their teams, including up-to-the-minute fantasy stats that allow you to not have to constantly be looking at your ESPN or Yahoo! Fantasy app.
No matter what your reason for tuning in every Sunday, make sure its with NFL RedZone. You won’t regret it.
This article was originally published July 31, 2019, but has been updated for the 2020 season.