One week before the start of the 2014 NFL season, there’s finally a way to stream live games on Windows Phone. On Thursday, the DirectTV NFL Sunday Ticket app hit the Windows Store for Windows Phone and Windows 8. You’ll need an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription in order to stream out-of-market games from your handset, however.
If you don’t have a subscription, don’t worry. This year is the first time DirectTV is offering an a la carte option. Previously, you had to have a DirectTV subscription — which comes with a hefty monthly fee and requires a satellite dish — but cord-cutters in some cities, colleges, and apartment buildings may qualify for a new online service dubbed NFLSundayTicket.TV, with mobile-only subscriptions starting at $200.
Microsoft is an official sponsor of the NFL and this season coaches and players are using customized Surface tablets on the sideline. DirectTV has them covered, releasing a NFL Sunday Ticket app for Windows 8.1 and RT as well. The NFL’s new app, NFL Now, which streams archival footage and game highlights, supported Windows 8 and Windows Phone at launch.
Windows Phone users on Verizon can access local NFL games on the NFL Mobile app, which is also a change for this year, although it might require additional monthly subscription fees depending on your plan.
Windows Phone might not have the sheer number of apps as Google Play or Apple’s App Store but slowly but surely it’s adding apps users find essential. Streaming media falls into that category: For some, there are no substitutes for football on your phone.