If you’re a big football fan, we’re coming up on the best part of the year: the NFL postseason!
But if you’re a recent cord-cutter, you may be a bit worried about getting coverage for all of the football games you want to watch, particularly if you’re into fantasy football, and want to keep a close eye on the playoffs.
That’s why we’re here with a guide on how to watch NFL RedZone without cable. Read on and find out how you can get coverage of “every touchdown of the week” with NFL RedZone – without a pricey cable subscription.
How Do I Get NFL RedZone Without Cable? Understanding Skinny Bundles
In the past, NFL RedZone was only offered as part of pricey cable packages. You couldn’t watch NFL RedZone without cable. But things have changed. Today, there are multiple internet TV “skinny bundle” services which allow you to watch NFL RedZone, as well as other top sports channels.
Skinny bundles are provided by OTT (over the top) internet companies. They allow you to watch a pre-selected package of channels on your internet connection, without subscribing to a cable company or satellite TV service.
This has a number of benefits. First, internet TV is usually quite a bit less expensive than cable because you don’t get unnecessary channels.
Second, there are never any contracts – you don’t have to pay extra cancellation fees, and you can cancel whenever you want. You just pay month-to-month.
Finally, you get other great benefits, such as cloud DVRs, and the ability to use your internet TV credentials to log into cable network websites and apps from channels like ESPN, Fox Sports, and more.
For these reasons (and quite a few more), skinny bundles are the best way to watch NFL RedZone without cable. Wondering which ones offer NFL RedZone? Read on, and choose from our top 3 picks.
It should come as no surprise that fuboTV offers NFL RedZone. This internet TV “skinny bundle” service has always been sports-focused. It began as a cord-cutting option for folks who wanted to watch soccer and other international sports without cable.
Now, though, fuboTV has a ton of great sports channels covering the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and more, as well as entertainment channels. Here’s what you need to know about watching NFL RedZone without cable on fuboTV.
Plans and channels
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fuboTV has two basic channel packages that NFL fans would be interested in – the base-tier “fubo” package, and the more costly fubo Extra package.
The fubo package costs $45 per month and has most of the channels NFL fans would want, such as NFL Network, as well as a number of other sports channels like Fox Sports, NBCSN, BTN, and dozens of other sports-focused channels. You get around 70 channels in total.
fubo Extra includes some extras like Cooking Channel and Hallmark Drama, as well as Stadium and some other cable channels, but it will run you $50 per month for a total of around 90 channels.
Neither of these base packages includes NFL RedZone. To get that, you’ll need to purchase the Sports Plus premium package, which will cost you an extra $9 per month. It comes with 17 channels, including NFL RedZone, a number of regional PAC 12 networks, FNTSY Sports Network, Fight Network, and SI (Sports Illustrated) TV.
Unfortunately, none of the fuboTV packages come with ESPN, so you’ll miss out on a number of top NFL games should you choose fuboTV. However, this is less of a concern in the postseason, when most games will be broadcast nationwide on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX.
fuboTV has pretty good features. First, you can watch on up to 2 devices at once, so it’s fairly easy to share your account. You can even add a third stream if you want, though that will cost you $6 for the “Family Share” add-on.
fuboTV also comes with a free cloud DVR, so you can record NFL content and watch it whenever you want. By default, you’re limited to 30 hours of storage. You can pay $10/month for Cloud DVR Plus, which boosts you to a massive 500 hours of storage, with no recording expiration dates. That’s plenty for just about any cord-cutter, even the most rabid NFL fans. You’ll be able to save all of your favorite games.
Finally, fuboTV supports almost every major streaming platform, including iOS and Android devices, as well as the Chromecast, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Roku, and Apple TV.
fuboTV is quite expensive – about $54 per month for the fubo package + Sports Plus. It also lacks ESPN, so it’s not a perfect choice for NFL fans. Still, if you love sports of all types, including international sports, it’s worth considering. You can get your free 7-day trial now at their website.
Sling TV, which is owned by DISH Network, launched in 2015 and has more than 2 million subscribers, making it the most popular “skinny bundle” internet TV service. With a dedication to low costs and “a la carte” customizable channels, it isn’t hard to see why it’s so popular. Here’s what you need to know about watching NFL Network without cable on Sling TV.
Plans and channels
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Sling TV does things a bit differently than some other internet TV providers. Their packages each have exclusive channels, with some channel overlap. The two channel packages both cost $25 per month. Sling Blue, for example, will give you Fox Sports, but not ESPN, while Sling Orange gives you ESPN, but not Fox Sports.
You can also combine both packages for $40, which means you’ll save 20% compared to purchasing both $25 packages individually.
Sling Blue and Sling Orange each have some great sports channels, as mentioned, but to get them all, as well as local broadcast networks, you’ll need to get Sling Orange + Blue for $40/month.
In addition, NFL RedZone isn’t included in any base packages. You’ll have to buy the Sports Extra package. Even more confusingly, this package has different channels (and prices) based on the base-tier Sling package you choose.
If you’re a Sling Orange subscriber, Sports Extra costs $5 per month, and includes channels like ESPN U, NBA TV, ESPNews, NHL Network, and beIN Sports, as well as ESPN Goal Line and MLB Bases Loaded.
You’ll need Sling Blue to get NFL RedZone. The Sports Extra package for Sling Blue costs $10/month, and comes with NFL RedZone, NBC Golf, Outside.tv, and several of the channels from the Sling Orange package, as well as the Olympic Channel.
Sling TV has a pretty good set of features, but again, they vary based on your subscription package. For example, you can watch only 1 channel at a time using Sling Orange, but up to 3 channels simultaneously on Sling Blue. This limit is increased to 4 if you have Orange + Blue, and are watching a channel that’s “shared” between both packages, like Lifetime.
Sling TV also has a DVR available, but it’s not free. You’ll pay $5 extra per month to record up to 50 hours of content, which is fairly generous.
One of the biggest advantages of Sling TV is that it’s supported on an enormous range of devices. Beyond the standard iOS/Android support and Chromecast/FireTV/Roku/Apple TV support, you can watch Sling on AirTV Player, Xbox One, LG and Samsung Smart TVs, and more.
Sling TV is the cheapest way to watch NFL RedZone without cable. Sling Blue + Sports Extra will cost you $35 per month, so that’s a reasonable choice for those looking to save some cash. However, you won’t get a DVR, which will cost you $40 per month. You also won’t get ESPN, which is a big issue.
For full sports coverage, though, you’ll need Sling Blue + Orange, and the Sports Extra package, which will cost you $50 per month. Add a DVR to that, and you’re paying $55 per month – which is more than fuboTV!
However, you will get full access to popular sports networks, local channels, and NFL RedZone, so it’s worth it if you’re a serious NFL fan. So give it a shot with a free 7-day trial now, at Sling.com.
PlayStation Vue has always struggled to gain market share, despite its great features and reasonable selection of channels. It’s probably in the name – contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a PlayStation console to use this service. Let’s get into the details now.
Plans and channels
PlayStation Vue has many more channel subscription options, compared to our other internet TV services. You can choose from the following four packages:
- Access – 45+ channels, $45/month
- Core – 60+ channels, $50/month
- Elite – 84 channels, $60/month
- Ultra – All channels from Elite, plus HBO/Showtime, $80/month
Even the base-tier Access package comes with some good sports channels, including ESPN and ESPN2, and Fox Sports 1 and 2.
To get NFL RedZone without cable, though, you’ll need to pay $10 extra for the Sports Pack – and you can only add the Sports Pack to a “Core” ($50/month) subscription or higher. With your Core subscription, you’ll get other sports networks like BTN, CBS Sports, MLB Network, and ESPN U. That brings your total price to $60/month.
The Sports Pack comes with NFL RedZone, as well as NBC Sports, Eleven Sports, MLB Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, and ESPN Goal Line, as well as a few other select channels.
PlayStation Vue has great features. First, you can stream on up to 5 devices at once, depending on the devices you’re using, making it great for larger families or households who are looking to share a single internet TV account.
You also get unlimited DVR storage for 28 days at no extra cost, which means you’ll have plenty of time to catch up on NFL highlights.
Finally, PlayStation Vue supports most widely-used mobile and living room streaming devices, like iOS and Android phones/tablets, as well as Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Apple TV. You can also watch on PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles (naturally), and on Android TV, as well as your web browser.
PlayStation Vue is the most expensive option on our list if you want NFL RedZone. The Core package + Sports Pack will run you $60 per month. That’s not cheap, although it is still significantly cheaper than a traditional cable bill, which averages about $100.
However, in return, you’ll get a great DVR, streaming on 5 devices at once, and just about every sports channel you could want as an NFL fan, so it’s a reasonable choice for large households, despite the higher cost. You can try it with a free 5-day trial now on the PlayStation Vue website.
What’s on NFL RedZone?
NFL RedZone is owned and operated by the NFL Network, and it’s been operating since 2009. It operates throughout the entire football season, providing viewers with highlights and other information about every major game played during the NFL regular season, and it broadcasts on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
NFL RedZone allows football fans to get their fill of the biggest games of the week, by providing simulcast coverage of all of the regular season games occurring on NFL Game Day.
The channel is commercial free, providing “whip around” coverage (and often picture-in-picture) coverage of all of the action happening each Sunday.
How do I Watch My Local Games Without Cable?
So, you’ve subscribed to one of the above three internet TV services, and you’re ready to watch NFL RedZone without cable. But how can you watch your local games, carried by networks like FOX, CBS, and NBC?
If you have a subscription to Sling TV, fuboTV, or PlayStation Vue, you may already have access to your local broadcast network affiliates, but this is not always the case. You see, each individual FOX, CBS, and NBC affiliate is actually a separate company. Internet TV providers have to negotiate with each one individually.
This means in some cases you may not get all of the “Big Four” broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX) in your area. But don’t panic – you can still watch your local teams. The best part? It’s free!
All you have to do is purchase an Over-The-Air (OTA) antenna. This allows you to pick up the broadcast of all of your OTA networks, including FOX, CBS, and NBC, which regularly show local NFL games.
For more details about OTA TV, and information about which channels you can get in your area, check out the below guide: