Constantly struggling to stay on top of all things football? Or looking for more access to the NFL world? NFL Game Pass is likely the streaming service for you. You’ll find hundreds of games — both live and on-demand — on the platform, along with archive material and insightful interviews from top figures.
Two types of NFL Game Pass exist: the domestic and the international version. But viewers in the U.S. can only access the domestic app, so that’s what we’re focusing on. (Check out our full review of the NFL Game Pass here.)
So, how much is NFL Game Pass? Here’s a breakdown of the price, free trial length and major features that come with an NFL Game Pass subscription:
|NFL Game Pass|
|Monthly price||$29.99 for four months|
|Free trial length||7 days|
|Number of games||250+|
|Number of simultaneous streams||5|
|Number of user profiles||1|
NFL Game Pass packages and pricing
How much is NFL Game Pass? Well, the domestic NFL Game Pass only has one package, and it costs the same each year. However, the service does offer subscribers two ways to pay. Either pay $99 for access to the entire season or $29.99 for four monthly installment payments. Opting for the seasonal package will save you money. If you choose the latter payment plan, you’ll pay just over an extra $20 overall.
Some people may think $99 is pricey, but you get a lot of bang for your buck with this particular streaming service. Out-of-market preseason games are available to watch live in high definition (HD), so you won’t miss out on any of the action. Plus, you can watch every other preseason game as well as regular and postseason games on-demand as soon as they’ve finished broadcasting live. All on-demand content is available commercial-free. (If you want to catch a live game that isn’t outside of your market, you can listen to the audio live via NFL Game Pass.)
The NFL’s vast archive is also available for you to view whenever you like. Watch every game from as far back as 2009, including Super Bowls. And with replays of more than 250 regular-season games, you’ll never be short on football content. To top it all off, the service has a 24/7 live stream of NFL Network and even houses original titles. Examples include mini documentaries that explore the famous rivalry between the Niners and Cowboys and Hard Knocks, a series that follows NFL teams as they train for the upcoming season.
To access NFL Game Pass, you’ll need to download the NFL app. It’s accessible with a number of devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku devices and certain game consoles. You can also view its content via Android and iOS phones and tablets.
As well as an impressive number of games, analysis shows and documentaries, the platform has several handy features. Use the condensed game option when you don’t have time to watch the full thing — it’ll show key plays and scoring drives in as little as 40 minutes. And if you want to avoid spoilers, make sure you hide the scores on all your games. You can also easily watch two games at the same time on the same screen and download content to watch offline on mobile devices. One account allows up to five devices to use NFL Game Pass simultaneously, so you can watch a replay from a decade ago while your housemate catches a live out-of-market game.
It’s worth noting that the NFL Game Pass price decreases as the season goes on. If you subscribe at the beginning, you’ll pay the full $99. But if you sign up much later on, the price can decrease to around $50. You can also save your dollars for an entire week by utilizing the NFL Game Pass free trial.
NFL Game Pass add-ons
Some streaming services come with a bunch of add-ons, whether it’s the chance to invest in more content or a bundle with one or more complementary services. But you won’t find any such deal with the NFL Game Pass. Every user has access to the same content, and there’s no option to upgrade to a premium service. The platform also can’t be bundled with any other streaming service; it’s fully standalone.
NFL Game Pass pricing compared
When you compare NFL Game Pass to similar streaming services, you may notice that it falls at the upper end of the pricing market. For example, basketball’s version — NBA League Pass — is much cheaper, starting at just $28.99/yr. and ranging up to $39.99/yr. for the premium option.
Sports networks’ apps also come with a significantly lower price. CBS All Access costs $5.99/mo. or $59.99/yr., while ESPN+ will set you back $5.99/mo. or $49.99/yr. (However, CBS All Access does come with an ad-free plan which costs the same as NFL Game Pass annually. It’s $99.99/yr. or $9.99/mo.) The only service that’s much more expensive than NFL Game Pass is NFL Sunday Ticket. It gives users the chance to watch every out-of-market Sunday game live, but the price starts from almost $300 per season.
Although NFL Game Pass doesn’t come cheap, it does offer the most extensive football coverage in the streaming world. Plus, it doesn’t feature the same level of restrictions as other league-specific services. NBA League Pass, for example, doesn’t allow subscribers to watch games that are broadcast on channels like ABC or ESPN. Other sports platforms, like CBS All Access, also make you sit through commercials when watching on-demand content — unless you’re willing to pay more to remove them. But the likes of CBS All Access and ESPN+ are more suited to people who want a well-rounded sports streaming service. So if you don’t have a favorite sport or want to share the service with a non-football fan, you may want to opt for one of those instead.
Here’s the lowdown on how the NFL Game Pass cost compares to the price of other sports streaming services:
|NFL Game Pass||CBS All Access||ESPN+||NBA League Pass||NFL Sunday Ticket|
|Starting price||$99/yr. or $29.99 for four months||$5.99/mo. or $59.99/yr.||$5.99/mo. or $49.99/yr.||$28.99/yr.||$293.94/yr.|
Sign up for an NFL Game Pass free trial
The NFL’s streaming service traditionally offers a seven-day free trial. It’s the standard free trial duration in the sports streaming world and gives you just enough time to see how much content Game Pass has to offer and to try out its nifty features. The free trial remains the same length, no matter whether you decide to pay monthly or annually or whether you sign up via the website or app.
Occasionally, NFL Game Pass offers extended free trials. The domestic platform was free for people to use from March until the end of May 2020, and the international version is currently free to use until August 31.
Sign up for the NFL Game Pass free trial.
Our hot take
NFL Game Pass isn’t the cheapest way to stream live and on-demand sports, especially if you’re looking to save up for a big purchase like a house. But it’s the ultimate deal for the football-obsessed.
It’s hard to compete with the fact the platform offers one place to watch select live out-of-market games and every other game on-demand as well as games from years gone by, highlights, analyses and original shows. The features are impressive, too, encompassing offline viewing, concurrent game-watching and five simultaneous streams. But if you’re heavily into getting your sports content live, you may be disappointed with the limited live viewing opportunities.
To avoid wasting a single cent, try Game Pass for free for a week. The trial is the perfect time to play around with the app’s content and features to see if its heavy reliance on on-demand content is really right for you.