Having both Time Warner Cable and DirecTV, I had to opportunity to extensively compare the two versions of the Red Zone channel this past season. It was my first Red Zone experience since as we all know TWC didn’t carry NFL Network or NFL Red Zone until the end of September of this year, and in my previous two year stint with DirecTV (2004-2006), I did not subscribe to NFL ST and Red Zone wasn’t around at that time anyway. IMO, they are both excellent but I like the host on NFL Red Zone better. I’m not sure if DirecTV Red Zone does this as about 70% of my Red Zone viewing was on TWC, but I do not like when NFL Red Zone goes ‘Six Pack’. Too much action for too small of windowed screens to see what’s going on.
For a 6-8 weeks in the middle of the season I’d channel surf between all the games on Sunday Ticket while streaming NFL Red Zone on one tablet using the TWC Android app and I’d stream DirecTV Red Zone using the DirecTV Android app on my other tablet. It was football overload. It was awesome!!! Granted having a wall with 8 TVs mounted on it would have been better, but hey, this was the best I could do
I will definitely be subscribing to NFL Sunday Ticket next year, hopefully I can get Max for free again.
Time Warner Cable – Signature Home Premium View w/Epix, Sports Pass, HD Pass, Spanish Tier, Cisco Explorer 8642HDC, Cisco Explorer 8742HDC Both Running ODN 7.3.0_29
DirecTV – Premier, HD Extra Pack, NFL ST Max, NHL CI, MLB EI, Whole House DVR, HR34-700 Running 0972, HR24-200 Running 0802