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Review: DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket TV Live Streaming App

by Paul Strauss

If you’re a football fan, you want to be plugged in to your favorite teams wherever you go. DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket TV is designed to offer NFL games streamed to all of your digital devices so you don’t miss a minute of the game. The service requires no satellite, instead working on your mobile device, laptop or game console.

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I recently had the opportunity to check out the Sunday Ticket TV service, and overall was pleased with my experience. The service provides live streaming of every out-of-market NFL game, every Sunday afternoon. You can also watch live streams of the NFL Red Zone and Fantasy Zone shows.

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Sunday Ticket TV works with all popular web browsers, iOS and Android gadgets, as well as Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and Roku devices, among others. My testing was on the iOS version, so your mileage may vary on other devices.

The most important thing you want a streaming video app to do is stream video well, and I’m happy to say that the video for every game I checked out was smooth, fast and sharp on the screen of my iPhone 6 Plus.

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Here’s a direct screen grab from new Patriots-Bills game from last weekend to show you just how detailed the picture was on my phone (click to zoom):

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The Sunday Ticket app lets you drill right into a list of all of the games being played, along with their current scores and time remaining. Simply tap the game you want to watch, and it starts streaming. This works quickly and easily, though I was disappointed when I tried to watch the Bears-Cardinals game, and was told that I couldn’t watch it because it was a local market game. That’s because the NFL’s local blackout rules want to encourage you to watch on your local CBS or FOX station instead. Of course, the way the Bears played, I was probably better off not watching.

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Other than viewing live gameplay, you can also check in on team standings, live stats by player or team, and instantly jump to game highlights as they’re recorded. While the stats interface isn’t particularly deep, it’s serviceable, and the video highlights are great. You can also check out previous weeks’ scores, though I wish you could also view those games or at least their highlights. But the video service is strictly for live streaming and the current week’s highlights.

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NFL Sunday Ticket TV costs 4 payments of $49.99 per month. There are some restrictions on availability, so you’ll need to go to their website to check availability at your address. That’s not a bad deal to be able to watch so many NFL games on so many devices. The video quality is excellent, and my only concern is the various geographical restrictions. I’d love to see them offer every game no matter where you are.

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Comments (7):

  1. Daniel Melocik says:

    I hate to disagree with you, but my experience has been quite different. I have 100mbps internet and the app on my ps3, and it has to rebuffed every few seconds. It’s ridiculous. The more popular the game, the worse it is, which to me suggests inadequate servers. I paid a lot of money to barely be able to watch the game. Very disappointed.

  2. Tiffany says:

    I am paying for this service and I ABSOLUTELY HATE IT!! It is constantly skipping, freezing and buffering and they will not reimburse me. I have reported Direct TV to Better Business Bureau and the FCC. I would not recommend anyone buy this awful service! Completely disgusted!

  3. Paul Strauss says:

    Sorry to hear that you guys are having problems. I didn’t encounter any of these issues during my review, but I’d definitely contact DirecTV customer service and see if you can get any satisfaction there.

  4. Josh says:

    This is the worst waste of money ever. I also have a great internet connection yet it buffers and reloads constantly. You also cannot watch multiple games on the screen like you can do with a true direct tv subscription. The picture quality is also pathetic. Most games look like I’m watching on a TV from 1994. Biggest waste. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS APP!

  5. Jason says:

    I can’t even get in the app anymore keep telling me i ran into pass interference. They just ripped me of bastards

  6. Ryan says:

    i agree with everyone else. This is the biggest waste of money! I attempt to stream it legally through NFL Sunday Ticket app every week only to give up by the first quarter and use a pirate stream.

  7. Bob says:

    Sooooo frustrating. I’ve been watching at home with over 300Mbps internet and it freezes every few minutes. It usually starts off worse in the morning for the first half of the 1pm games, and is sometimes watchable (if you’re lucky) later in the afternoon. I watch several streaming services on a regular basis (Netflix, HBOGo, etc.), and DIRECTV is the only one with consistent problems like this. It’s a total rip-off for the shabby service they provide. It just doesn’t seem like they’re willing to add the additional server capacity or bandwidth that they need (this is not a new problem, but some years are better than others). I do hope that at some point the NFL will take notice and put pressure on DIRECTV to address the issue or lose their exclusivity.

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