DIRECTV NOW added the NFL Network on July 31, 2018. This gives DIRECTV NOW users the opportunity to watch the most out-of-market footballs games of every team in the National Football League (NFL). Some football fans might have hoped this addition would include the NFL Redzone channel, but this specialty sports channel was not included in the addition. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who reads our coverage of DIRECTV NOW and other streaming service providers.
What is the NFL Network?
This specialty sports channel is a pro football lover’s dream come true. It provides on-the-field coverage, as well as coverage from team headquarters, league offices, and everywhere else the NFL makes the news. It also gives fans access to the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football games, NFL Network shows, wall-to-wall news, and fantasy coverage.
NFL Network on DIRECTV NOW
The NFL Network is available to anyone who subscribes to DIRECTV NOW’s Just Right and higher-level packages. This makes DIRECTV NOW’s packages that include NFL Network the most expensive among the streaming services. (Note: It’s only $5/month more than the next highest-priced streaming service.) Here’s how it stacks up against some of its biggest competitors:
- DIRECTV NOW Just Right package: $55/month
- fubo TV: $45/month
- PlayStation Vue: $50/month
- Sling TV Orange & Blue: $40/month
This makes DIRECTV NOW the only streaming service provider with the NFL Network that does not offer an option for NFL Redzone. (Sling TV and PlayStation Vue offer Redzone options.)
AT&T Streaming Services
It really shouldn’t be a surprise that DIRECTV NOW doesn’t have the NFL Redzone channel. DIRECTV satellite TV is AT&T’s premiere entertainment service. The various DIRECTV packages are designed to give viewers the best of everything. It’s streaming services – DIRECTV NOW and AT&T Watch TV – are designed to be more affordable versions of its satellite TV. Because this is the way AT&T has positioned these services in the market, it makes sense that NFL Redzone isn’t available on DIRECTV NOW.
DIRECTV satellite customers have the opportunity to get the best pro football viewing package – NFL SUNDAY TICKET MAX. This is truly a football fan’s dream come true. With SUNDAY TICKET MAX, you get to watch every out-of-market game from every NFL team. You also get the NFL Network and the Redzone Channel, as well as:
- DIRECTV FANTASY ZONE CHANNEL
- NFL.com fantasy channel
- The Game Mix channel, which lets you to watch multiple games at the same time
- Picture-in-picture mode with a DIRECTV Genie DVR
- Your choice between home and away team broadcasts
When you compare what streamers get to what DIRECTV satellite customers get, it’s easy to see which is the premiere entertainment option. That’s the way AT&T wants to keep things, at least for the moment. Who knows what the future of AT&T’s streaming services might be as the communications giant continues its 5G tower rollout across the country. While that plan won’t come to fruition for at least the next 18 months, it definitely hints at a strong future for DIRECTV NOW and AT&T Watch TV. The improvements 5G will bring could very well be a gamechanger for AT&T’s streaming options.
DIRECTV NOW Still a Strong Streaming Service
DIRECTV NOW has other advantages over its competitors in the streaming service market. For example, in addition to a huge variety of national channels, DIRECTV NOW continues to add to its massive list of local live TV affiliates. In addition to its many current advantages, DIRECTV NOW recently said its customers will be able to stream NFL Network across connected TV and mobile devices through Watch NFL Network (NFL.com), and the NFL app. All told, DIRECTV NOW still remains one of the strongest players in the streaming service provider game, and it’s future looks even brighter, thanks to huge steps being taken by AT&T. Stay tuned!