The Direct TV days of owning NFL Sunday Ticket are officially over and in three weeks, the satellite company will no longer host the game pass.
The NFL announced today that the package has been sold to YouTube TV who will begin their broadcasts next season. Details of the deal have the subscription service paying $2 billion annually for the contract but it is not clear what all will be included. Will NFL RedZone continue to be broadcast or will there be a new iteration of that channel?
The NFL declined to say what the new features will be or what will be returning instead saying that information will come out closer to the start of the season next year.
One thing we do know is that Sunday Ticket will be part of the subscription service as an add-on to their $65.99 monthly subscription service or as an a-la-carte addition to the premium services. Much like Direct TV, you will need to subscribe to YouTube in some fashion to watch. In addition, you will of course pay for the add-on as well. DirectTV through ATT&T charged upwards of $399 for Sunday Ticket.
Google, the parent company of YouTubeTV outbid Amazon and AppleTV, both of whom were considered the front runners for the program.
A far cheaper option that may or may not be available next season is the NFL+ subscription that can be purchased both on a yearly and monthly plan. The monthly plan for 2022 ran for $4.99. The service provided NFL games to be watched live regardless of location provided you did so on a tablet or phone.
That service may not return next year depending on what was negotiated between the league and Google. If there is one bit of good news, not that this is horrible news, YouTubeTV is a standalone internet service unlike DirectTV that required the installation of a satellite dish and receiver rentals. Even after the company began allowing their broadcasts via the internet, it was only available to those who could not use a traditional satellite.