Late last month we caught rumors that the NFL is on the hunt for digital streaming partners that can handle the weight of their broadcasts. Especially as their television contracts end in 2022, the NFL wants to move into a model heavily focused on streaming television.
Today, we’re reporting that Sling TV has reached an agreement with the NFL to stream Red Zone and The NFL Network, signaling once again that Goodell and Co. are ready to move into the digital age.
“NFL Network and NFL RedZone elevate our sports offering in time for one of the most anticipated sports seasons of the year,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. “This NFL season, Sling TV customers will have access to game coverage spanning across multiple networks. Our customizable packaging continues to be industry leading, benefiting Sling TV customers by empowering them to choose what they want.”
No word yet on pricing, nor has an official release date been set for the subscription, but Sling TV has confirmed with us that the change will take place before the 2016-17 season starts.
Sling TV has been adding tons of new channels as of late, splitting their package offerings up in order to keep costs lower, but it’s still becoming a major cable competitor. Initially, there were problems with buffering during major live events, but things have noticeably improved over the last six months. But there’s no question, streaming the NFL online is going to be a major test for the up and coming streaming service.
More to come…