Just like last year, the NFL is selling standalone streaming access to its NFL Redzone channel for the 2020-2021 season. The service provides whip-around coverage of all early and late afternoon NFL games, promising to show every touchdown with no commercials.
Either way, the service has one major restriction: You’re only allowed to watch on your phone. To watch NFL Redzone on a tablet, computer, or TV, you’ll need to sign up as part of a pay-TV package. Fortunately for cord-cutters, you can get it as part of several TV streaming services.
The sign-up process for the mobile is also a bit hidden, even if you’re okay with mobile-only access.
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 should be able to hit the “Redzone” button on the main screen and follow the sign-up process from there.
Outside of gameday, finding the NFL Redzone sign-up page is trickier:
On the top-right corner of the next screen, press the profile icon.
Look under the “Subscriptions” heading on the next page for the NFL Redzone option, and then select “Access.”
Hit the “Purchase for $34.99 per year” option on the next screen and follow the sign-up process. If you’re already getting Redzone as part of a pay-TV package, you can instead select “Sign in to TV provider” to watch at no extra charge.
As of this writing, the NFL’s iPhone app shows a price of $35 per month, rather than $35 per year. This appears to be a typo; if you select the purchase option, Apple’s own in-app purchase dialog will indicate the correct price of $35 per year.
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 TV AirPlay. If you want a big-screen Redzone experience without a pay-TV package, you’ll just have to buy a giant phone.
FuboTV ($65 per month) plus the Sports Plus add-on ($11 per month)
YouTube TV ($65 per month), plus the Sports Plus add-on ($11 per month)
SlingTV Blue ($30 per month) with the Sports Extra add-on ($10 per month)
Vidgo’s “Plus” package at $50 per month
Bear in mind that you won’t have to use the NFL app to watch Redzone with these live TV streaming services. Instead, you can use their own respective apps on devices like 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.