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If You Haven’t Seen NFL RedZone, You’re Missing Football’s Greatest Invention
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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, 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.”

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 or in 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, and has aired a limited amount of times in the preseason.

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

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.

Sling TV may be your most cost-efficient option. For just $35 per month, you can select the Sling Blue “Sports Extra” add-on that features the coveted channel plus a number of other good ones. You can watch on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox One, in addition to on your phone, tablet and PC.

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 don’t need a PlayStation to use PlayStation Vue to watch RedZone, but you will need about $60 per month. Go with the “Core” package and the Sports Pack add-on that comes with RedZone and a bunch of other extra ESPN channels and you’ll be as happy as Patrick Mahomes with a bottle of ketchup. You can watch your 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 has a DVR option.

What Channel is NFL Redzone on Cable?

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 cable providers that offer the channel:

  • Comcast Xfinity
  • Verizon Fios
  • Spectrum
  • Dish Network
  • Optimum

It is NOT available on DirecTV, which features its own Red Zone Channel with Andrew Siciliano.

NFL RedZone prides itself on what it calls “whip-around coverage” that ensures you never miss a touchdown all season. 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.

READ MORE: The 7 Simple Steps to Winning Your Fantasy Football League

Patrick has spent parts of the last four years covering University of Florida athletics and spent two seasons with Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. A recent Gator grad, Patrick currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.
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