Want to watch whip-around, commercial-free football across all early and late Sunday day games without a big pay TV bundle? Of course you do! Here’s the easiest way to sign up for the NFL RedZone streaming channel.
As in previous years, there’s a catch: This standalone NFL RedZone subscription only lets you watch on your phone. While the mobile-only version of RedZone costs $35 for the full season, you’ll need a much more expensive pay TV subscription to watch RedZone on your TV, tablet, or laptop.
You should know that the mobile NFL RedZone subscription is entirely separate from NFL+, a new service for streaming in-market and nationally televised games on your phone. NFL+ costs $5 per month, or $10 per month for a Premium tier that also includes replays of out-of-market games, but you don’t need either of those services to watch RedZone.
With those disclaimers out of the way, read on for instructions on signing up for a mobile-only NFL RedZone subscription:
How to sign up for NFL RedZone streaming
Start by downloading the free NFL app for iPhone or Android. If the NFL RedZone telecast is already in progress, you may see a “RedZone” option on the main screen.
Outside of gameday, the NFL RedZone sign-up page is buried a bit deeper:
On the top-right corner of the next screen, press the profile icon. (Do not select NFL+, which is a separate subscription.)
On the next page, scroll down to the RedZone banner and select “Subscribe to RedZone Mobile.”
Hit the “Select” on the next page, which lists the $34.99 full season price.
Use the in-app purchase systems for the iOS App Store or Google Play to complete the subscription.
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Note that if you’re already paying for RedZone as part of a pay TV package, you don’t need to pay to watch on your phone. Just tap on your profile icon, scroll down to “Connected Accounts,” and hit “Connect,” next to “TV Provider.” You’ll be able to sign in with your pay TV credentials and stream RedZone at no extra charge.
How to watch NFL RedZone on TVs and tablets
As with the previous season, the NFL doesn’t allow standalone RedZone streaming on any devices except for smartphones. It will even block attempts to mirror your phone’s screen to a television via Chromecast or Apple AirPlay. If you want a bigger-screen RedZone experience without a pay-TV package, you’ll just have to buy a big phone.
FuboTV ($70 per month) plus the Sports Plus add-on ($11 per month)
You won’t need to use the NFL app to watch RedZone with these live TV streaming services. Instead, you can use their own respective apps on devices such as Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast to access the channel, just like any other.
Jared Newman has been helping folks make sense of technology for over a decade, writing for PCWorld, TechHive, and elsewhere. He also publishes two newsletters, Advisorator for straightforward tech advice and Cord Cutter Weekly for saving money on TV service.