This is not the kind of “Hike!” NFL fans want to see.
YouTube TV on Tuesday revealed its pricing plan for the NFL Sunday Ticket package, which it intercepted from DirecTV back in December, and it’s meaningfully more than what the satellite dish service most recently charged.
NFL Sunday Ticket, for the uninitiated, makes available to subscribers all out-of-market, Sunday regular-season NFL games broadcast on FOX and CBS.
For those who already subscribe to YouTube TV’s Base Plan, the NFL Sunday Ticket add-on is available now, during a special presale, for $249 for the season — or a savings of $100 off the regular price of $349/season. There is also a bundle option that folds in NFL RedZone, for a total of $289 for the season during the presale — which is, again, $100 off the regular price of $389/season.
Those who do not subscribe to YouTube TV’s Base Plan can watch NFL Sunday Ticket via YouTube’s Primetime Channels for $349 for the season during the presale, whereas the NFL Redzone bundling option will fetch $389 for the season — with both deals saving you $100 off the regular rate.
(DirecTV most recently charged its customers $293.94 per season, or $395.94 for an NFL Sunday Ticket Max package that included extra content. DirecTV base subscriptions run $65/month and up.)
YouTube TV members will have access to features like multiview (which lets you watch up to four games at once) as well as unlimited DVR storage, personalized recommendations, the ability to view key plays, NFL Fantasy data, real time stats and a “hide spoilers” option (that conceals the scores from other games flashed on the screen).
Non-YouTube members watching via Primetime Channels will have access to multiview and key plays.
The Sunday Ticket package had been exclusively offered by satellite TV provider DirecTV since 1994, but its deal expired at the end of the 2022 NFL season. DirecTV reportedly paid $1.5 billion annually for the exclusive rights, whereas YouTube (per the Wall Street Journal) ponied up $2 billion per season, in a multiyear agreement.
I wonder how strict YTTV will be about password sharing?
They aren’t. They technically encourage it since most people have google accounts and encourage family sharing plans.
I have youtubetv; they are only allowing one to give them their email address and be notified when it’s available. As soon as it is; I’ll be a subscriber to Sunday Ticket again……like I have been for over a decade.
I am very not happy about this whole thing. I’ve had Sunday Ticket every season since 1999. I liked everything about the way DTV handled it as far as the platform was concerned. Every game was right there in the guide and we could switch to whichever one at a moment’s notice. I can’t imagine in any way that YT will be as easy to navigate. I really wish they would give us previous subscribers a trial run of some sort to see how it works for us. I don’t like the idea of plunking down hundreds of dollars for some lousy experiment and getting stuck with it.
OMG! It will cost more! Who would have thought that? Well when they $2 billion for it they have to make up that money somewhere and anyone who thought the price would not go up to make up that amount is an idiot.
This is definitely not good news. I was able to get it for free most years from Directv. I don’t think I will pay this much since I told use YouTube and as someone else said the technology and ease of use will probably not be as good.