NFL Network is included with the base YouTube TV plan, making Google’s live TV streaming service a good option for homes looking to expand the amount of NFL content they have access to. While YouTube TV is a solid option for sports in general, it is not the cheapest service around. Speaking of which, NFL fans will need to pay even more each month if they also want access to NFL RedZone through YouTube TV.
In total, the base YouTube TV subscription now comes with access to more than 100 live TV channels, offering homes a varied mixture of news, entertainment, and sports channels. In terms of sports, specifically, subscribers get access to a variety of sports-related channels including BTN, CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, MLB Network, NBA TV, and SEC Network.
NFL Network is also included in the YouTube TV channel lineup at no additional cost. Considering the price of the base plan is $64.99 per month, the total cost of streaming NFL Network through YouTube TV is $65 per month. In addition to access to the live channel, subscribers also get access to a selection of on-demand NFL Network videos that are available to watch at any time, as well as an unlimited cloud DVR for recording NFL Network shows. With ABC, CBS, ESPN, and Fox, also included in the lineup, YouTube TV subscribers are pretty well covered in terms of NFL.
While YouTube TV is a good option for NFL Network, it’s not the only one, and it’s certainly not the cheapest. At present, the cheapest way to stream NFL Network with a live TV plan is Sling TV. Sling includes NFL Network in its $40 per month Sling Blue plan, resulting in a saving of around $25 per month compared to YouTube TV. However, Sling’s lineup is also more limited than YouTube TV’s, so while homes might save on the monthly cost, they also might lose out on some of the other channels they want access to.
NFL RedZone costs extra on YouTube TV
If looking to further expand the NFL content a home has access to though NFL RedZone, YouTube TV subscribers will need to pay for an additional subscription. While YouTube TV doesn’t offer NFL RedZone as a standalone subscription, it does offer a Sports Plus add-on that includes NFL RedZone.
The Sports Extra add-on costs an additional $10.99 per month and unlocks access to more than 10 sports-related channels that are not included with the base plan, such as beIN SPORTS and NFL RedZone. If adding Sports Plus to the base plan, YouTube TV subscribers will pay a minimum of $75.98 per month for access to a live TV subscription that includes both NFL Network and NFL RedZone. Sports Plus can be added directly from the Membership section and can be added or removed at any time without affecting the base package.
Another consideration to keep in mind is 4K. While the NFL is not readily available to watch in 4K, many other sports and leagues are, and YouTube TV charges extra to unlock 4K streams. At present, the cost of the 4K Plus add-on is $19.99 per month. However, many subscribers enabling the add-on for the first time will likely find they are offered a discount on the monthly price for the first year.
NFL Network on YouTube TV summary
YouTube TV includes NFL Network in its $64.99 per month base plan. The standard YouTube TV package also includes access to ABC, CBS, ESPN and Fox, making it a good option for NFL fans. However, NFL RedZone is not included with the base plan. The $10.99 per month Sports Plus add-on is required for homes wanting to stream NFL RedZone through YouTube TV. Sports Plus can be added to the base package through the Membership section.
If looking for a cheaper alternative to YouTube TV, Sling TV also includes NFL Network with its Sling Blue base package. Sling Blue costs $40 per month and unlocks access to more than 40 live TV channels, including NFL Network. Alternatively, Vidgo also includes NFL Network with its $60 per month Plus plan. Similar to YouTube TV, neither Sling nor Vidgo include NFL RedZone with their cheapest plans, although both live TV services do offer NFL RedZone through upgrades.