You're all ready to go for the beginning of football season. You've got your lucky jersey on, all your favorite football snacks are laid out in front of you like a giant buffet, heck, you even painted your face the team colors. You flip on the TV just in time for kickoff, but your team's game isn't on its usual channel. In fact, it's not on any channel available to you in your TV line-up. A recent change in your football TV package means that you can no longer see the games you so crave. It's time to switch.
But, how do you know which football TV package you'll need to see all your favorite teams play? Depending on the television provider you have, your options could be severely limited or very extensive. Here are our top three TV packages for football lovers.
1. NFL Sunday Ticket DIRECTV
Advertising every minute of every out-of-market game, every Sunday, DIRECTV's NFL Sunday Ticket is a favorite among football fans everywhere. On top of offering the Red Zone Channel, DIRECTV also has Fantasy Zone, a channel specifically dedicated to fantasy football. This channel provides game-to-game analysis and statistics of players, which are updated in real time. The Red Zone channel, which airs exclusively on Sunday, will feature Katy Adams, Dhani Jones, John Hansen, and Mark Adickes.
NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers will also be able to watch games on their computer, tablet, or phone, and can watch up to eight games at once on the Mix Channel. If watching on the go or watching games simultaneously isn't your style, you can get all NFL Sunday Ticket games on demand as well. First time customers can often get NFL Sunday Ticket for an entire season at no extra cost. DIRECTV runs this promotion at various times throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled for that amazing offer. When it comes to the NFL, DIRECTV definitely scores big.
2. Multi-Sport Pack DISH
If the NFL is only one of your many sports addictions, the Multi-Sport Pack from DISH is your best option. With this package, sports lovers have access to a variety of channel options. Subscribers can receive the following networks:
- Pac-12 Networks
- Big Ten Network
- NFL RedZone
- NFL Network
- Fox Sports 2
- MLB Network
- MLB Strike Zone
- Universal Sports Network
- Over 20 other regional sports networks
Through DISH's Game Finder, you can find the games you need to see in one easy to access chart. So, you don't even have to flip aimlessly through the 35 channels of sports that you get with this package. Game Finder also uses an excitement rating provided by Thuuz, so you can tune into the game that's causing the most hype and excitement. You can even watch your favorite games live from a computer, smartphone or tablet, anywhere you are. You'll never miss a touchdown, goal, or home run with DISH.
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3. ESPN College Extra
If you're all about college sports, ESPN College Extra is the package for you. You'll get access to all the college football, basketball, and baseball games you love, no matter the conference. College Extra is great for catching those out-of-market games that might not always air on other sports networks. ESPN College Extra is available from the following providers:
- AT&T U-verse
- Verizon Fios
Though all of these options offer most of your favorite NFL and college teams, blackout rules still apply. Basically, the blackout rule is a policy that states that people living within a 75-mile radius of a team's home stadium cannot have television access to a game unless it is 85 to 100 percent sold out. Fans within a 75-mile radius of the Buffalo Bills, the Cleveland Browns, the Indianapolis Colts, and the San Diego Chargers cannot access a game unless it is 100 percent sold out.
None of the TV football plans out there override this rule. If a game is blacked out in your area, there is no way of getting around it by purchasing a better TV plan. The best solution to this problem is to simply go to the game. That way, you can still enjoy the game.
No matter what type of football fan you are, there is a sports plan out there for you. Shop our cable TV plans to find your best option. You're just a phone call away from a perfect football season.