Reduces obstacles to cord-cutting
Satellite TV provider DirecTV has announced its first digital-only subscription plans for NFL Sunday Ticket. Subscribers will have to wait until September 7th for the first games, and will only be able to watch out-of-market events, but will have access to them on phones, tablets, computers, and/or consoles without also having to have a satellite or cable package. Costs begin at $200 for a subscription covering phones, tablets, and computers. A separate console-only plan is $240; the $330 Max plan covers all devices, and further includes access to the Red Zone channel and DirecTV's new Fantasy Zone.
NFL begins limited deployment at Super Bowl
Beginning next week, Major League Baseball will be deploying "thousands" of iBeacons to ballparks around the US, a source claims. The organization is reportedly aiming to have 20 stadiums equipped with roughly 100 iBeacons each by Opening Day, which is at the end of March. These include the parks for Boston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco, and the LA Dodgers.
Archive NFL videos, highlights, analysis in NFL Now app
The National Football League (NFL) is introducing a new online streaming initiative for fans of the sport, that allows them to follow their teams on any digital platform they choose, alongside its existing apps. NFL Now is billed as a digital network that offers fans the ability to watch a range of video content produced by the teams as well as NFL Films, as the organization moves to embrace Internet distribution.
Reflects growing importance of digital viewing
CBS will stream its full coverage of NFL playoff games to computers and tablets beginning this year, according to an announcement. That entails AFC playoff games -- including one wildcard -- and any divisional and championship rounds. People will generally have to watch through CBSSports.com, as the network hasn't said anything about app support.
Major sports leagues back broadcasters in Aereo struggle
The National Football League and Major League Baseball have come down firmly on the side of the broadcasters in their ongoing struggle to overcome Aereo in the courts. Filing an amicus brief last week, the two sports leagues said that they could move all of their games to cable television if Aereo is allowed to continue retransmitting content from the major broadcasters. The brief was the latest development in a wide-ranging legal struggle over what the broadcasters deem to be illegal retransmission of their protected content.
Cross-platform NFL Mobile app offers news updates, limited video streams
The NFL is introducing its new mobile app for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. The revised cross-platform app will provide news, video highlights and other game data, with Verizon customers paying $5 per month being able to watch selected full games through the device and view extra RedZone content, according to All Things D. Other users with subscriptions to certain pay TV services can also gain access to certain types of content, though the Wall Street Journal reports that current rights allocations to companies will be shaken up next year.
Joint venture accused of hypocrisy
Vevo, a joint venture owned by several major music labels, has been accused of streaming a pirated NFL game at an event the company hosted during the Sundance Film Festival. Attendees were reportedly able to watch a football playoff game featuring the Patriots versus the Ravens, however the video feed was being illegally streamed from the Spanish site TuTele.tv via sports stream aggregator Frontrow.tv.
Free app guides attendees around Indianapolis
The NFL has released its official app for Super Bowl XLVI. The app provides fans attending Sunday's upcoming contest between the New England Patriots and New York Giants a guide to Lucas Oil Stadium and the surrounding areas of Indianapolis (free, App Store, Android Market). The app provide viewers with a virtual 3D view of the stadium as well as a guide to nightlife and official NFL events.
Super Bowl leaves TV-only limits
The NFL on Tuesday dropped a longstanding barrier and said it would stream the Super Bowl, and the Pro Bowl, online. Both its own site and NBC's will provide the games alongside Verizon's NFL Mobile apps for the iPad and iPhone (free, App Store) and Android (free, Android Market). Either version will be an improvement on the TV version, with multiple camera angles, highlights, and live stats.
Extends contract for 8 years, adds digital content
ESPN and the NFL have extended their agreement for coverage of Monday Night Football for an additional eight years. As part of the extension, ESPN will be augmenting its rights package to include distribution of 3D content, expanded highlight rights across ESPNís television and digital platforms, and simulcast network coverage of ESPNís MNF and NFL studio programs on tablet devices through ESPNís WatchESPN App.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers using iPad 2 for training
The iPad 2 crept into an unconventional corporate deal on Thursday with new word that the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers players would get the tablet. Team members will use them both to carry their playbooks, an unintentional dig at RIM, as well as watch game videos to study plays. Before, they either had to ask for a burned DVD copy for home or else have to visit the training venue, both of which led to a reduced amount of control over what they saw and when.
PS3 owners to get access to NFL games for $340
DirecTV and Sony have joined forces to offer NFL Sunday Ticket subscriptions to PS3 owners. The deal gives the game console's owners access to up to 14 out-of-market NFL games every Sunday as well as DirecTV's Red Zone Channel. The special subscription is priced at $340 for those who don't have DirecTV's satellite service.
DirecTV hints Apple TV getting NFL Sunday Ticket
The Apple TV other unsupported platforms may get NFL Sunday Ticket in what could be a major coup. A leaked DirecTV research survey has suggested that those who subscribed to the Internet version of the live sports service could watch on an "Apple TV, Boxee or Roku player," adding dedicated media hubs that haven't had service at all before. Blu-ray players, game consoles and direct TV connections were likewise mentioned in Engadget's tip.
NFL wants video on Verizon tablets
The NFL tonight said it was talking about bringing American football video to Verizon tablets. It didn't have details but was determined that a deal was just a "question of what shape or form." Verizon declined to comment to the WSJ but admitted that video was an important part of how it pushed data use on its networks.