What's the difference between NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Sunday Ticket Max?

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The 2022 NFL season is upon us. While you can watch your local NFL games on Fox and CBS (or Paramount Plus), or national primetime games like Thursday Night, Sunday Night and Monday Night Football, if you want the ability to watch any and every single game on an NFL Sunday than NFL Sunday Ticket is something you're going to want to look into. 

NFL Sunday Ticket is a special offering that help football fans watch every live game every Sunday no matter where they are. Sunday Ticket is offered primarily through DirecTV, but can be accessed for select eligible non-DirecTV subscribers, including a special deal with college students. Non-DirecTV consumers can check if they're eligible right here.

If you are eligible, you'll than have the choice of signing up for either NFL Sunday Ticket or NFL Sunday Ticket Max. Both plans get you the main NFL Sunday Ticket experience, with live out-of-market NFL games on Sunday afternoons through the entire regular season, but what makes NFL Sunday Ticket Max the premium option?

We break down the differences between NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Sunday Ticket Max, from price to what it offers, directly below.

The differences between NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Sunday Ticket Max

We should start with the prices. NFL Sunday Ticket costs $73.49 per month, which comes out to be $294 for the entire four-month NFL season. NFL Sunday Ticket Max is $99 a month or $396 for the full season. That means there is about a $100 difference between the two plans.

So what does the extra money get you in NFL Sunday Ticket Max? The more expensive plan includes some extra exclusive channels — Red Zone Channel, DirecTV Fantasy Zone and, new for the 2022 NFL season.

Red Zone Channel is a popular whip-around service that gives you live looks at every game every Sunday afternoon. This channel is very much like the popular NFL RedZone channel, but they aren’t exactly the same. This Red Zone Channel is hosted by Andrew Siciliano and their team of experts monitor all the games and get you to the best moments. The whole thing is commercial free and perfect for a marathon Sunday of touchdowns.

The DirecTV Fantasy Zone channel is a live fantasy football special that runs during every game every Sunday afternoon. Where the Red Zone Channel focuses on the closest games and best teams, the Fantasy Zone channel is focused on individual players and performances. This becomes a fantasy focused highlights show with analysis, on screen statistics and injury news mixed in with live coverage. If you’re a fantasy freak, this channel could become a must have feature for every NFL Sunday.

NFL Sunday Ticket Max subscribers also have the exclusive option to add NFL Plus Premium to their package. With a subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket Max, consumers can sign up for NFL Plus Premium for an extra $48, down from the standard price of $79.99. NFL Plus Premium allows them to live stream their local regular season games on their phone or tablet, watch all out-of-market preseason games on any device and watch full and condensed on-demand replays of games on any device.

Here are the things you need to know about NFL Sunday Ticket Max:

  • Price: $99 per month ($396 for the full NFL season)
  • All the features of NFL Sunday Ticket
  • Red Zone Channel
  • DirecTV Fantasy Zone
  • Ability to add NFL Plus Premium

Remember that if you are a college student or you live with one who is learning online this semester, you can save big bucks on all these football games with the NFL Sunday Ticket Student Price. Eligible college students can score NFL Sunday Ticket Max for under $100 for the season.

NFL Sunday Ticket and NFL Sunday Ticket Max are both available to stream on all of the popular streaming devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Xbox consoles, PlayStation 4 & 5, Google Chromecast and Samsung Smart TVs, as well and Android, iPhone, iPad and computers.

NFL  Sunday Ticket coming to YouTube TV

There was some big news on December 22, with the NFL and Google announcing that NFL Sunday Ticket would be available on YouTube TV and YouTube Primetime Channels starting with the 2023 NFL season.

At this time we don't know what that means for NFL Sunday Ticket or NFL Sunday Ticket Max (or any other details for that matter), but as that info becomes available we'll share it here.

Roy Delgado is a freelance writer for WhatToWatch. His focus is streaming, specializing on sports. He binge-streams 32 games over the first two days of NCAA March Madness annually. He built his own DVR 15 years ago, and still tinkers to make his media setup its best. 

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