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Published on September 20th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson


NFL RedZone free this Sunday on Sling TV

If you’re sick of watching professional football one game at a time and missing out on the best plays as they happen (like I am), the National Football League‘s RedZone channel is a pigskin lover’s heaven. For those who’ve never seen it, this Sunday is your chance for free on the live streaming service Sling TV.

The service has announced it will offer a free preview of the channel in HD Sunday, September 23, from 1 p.m. EDT games through the end of the late afternoon games. Sling TV subscribers wanting the RedZone channel can add it to their Sling Blue subscription for $10 per month with Sports Extra.

RedZone provides “whip around” simulcast coverage of all Sunday afternoon games airing in-progress on CBS and Fox. The channel prides itself on showing “every touchdown from every game,” commercial-free, and is closely linked to fantasy football, reporting superlatives and tracking various statistical accomplishments throughout the afternoon.

The coverage includes CBS or Fox commentary with only occasional and usually brief voice-over comments by anchor Scott Hansen as needed. Coverage sometimes switches to split-screen, with two, three, four (“quad-box”), five (“Penta-box”), or as many as eight (“Octo-box”) game feeds being shown simultaneously. Producers in the studio monitor all game feeds in-progress, and decide which game to feature at any given moment. NFL television rules are exempted for RedZone, and live look-ins of games that are subject to blackout are still allowed to be aired in all markets.

Whenever a team enters the red zone – the area of the field between the 20-yard line and the goal line – the coverage will switch to a full-screen live look-in of that game’s television broadcast. It will attempt to cover a potential touchdown or field goal. Meanwhile, the other games continue to be monitored, in case the need arises to switch to another feed at short notice. Field goal attempts from outside the red zone are sometimes shown, either live or in replay, if they pose significance to the outcome of the respective game.

It is not unusual for RedZone to switch between two or more games in quick succession, even between individual plays. Despite an effort made by producers to air all touchdowns live, some scoring plays are actually aired after a very brief time shift – ranging from as much as 30 to 60 seconds – sometimes because another scoring play is unfolding elsewhere.

The Sling TV app is available for download from the Apple TV App Store. The service has been available on Apple TV since June of 2016 starting at $25.00 a month. For more information and to set up a 7-day trial, visit

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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as,,,, and He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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