NFL RedZone, the popular live-highlight channel that shows every Sunday-afternoon scoring play, will be offered as an add-on to the NFL+ streaming service this fall.
The service will also add access to the NFL Network, including its eight exclusive regular-season game broadcasts, the NFL announced Thursday. It’s the first time consumers will be able to subscribe to NFL Network and RedZone without a cable or satellite-TV subscription.
The upgrade will come with a steep price hike though — the NFL+ Premium tier with RedZone, NFL Network and game replays will rise from $9.99 a month to $14.99 a month, or $99 a year. The Standard plan, which will include NFL Network but not RedZone, will rise from $4.99 a month to $6.99 a month, or $49.99 a year.
NFL+, which launched last year, lets users stream live, in-market games and primetime national regular-season and playoff games, but it has some serious limitations — it’s only available on mobile devices, and live, out-of-market games are unavailable to stream.
However, NFL Network and RedZone will be available for NFL+ subscribers to watch on their TVs this season, the league said.
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“We launched NFL+ last season to further grow our direct relationship with millions of fans,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Thursday. “The response was excellent. And as we embark on the second season of NFL+, we are excited to add NFL Network and NFL RedZone and provide greater access to football content for NFL fans everywhere.”
The league also said it’s developing original content that will be exclusive to NFL+. The NFL did not disclose how many subscribers NFL+ has.
NFL football, long a mainstay of broadcast TV and a massive revenue generator, has been moving toward streaming for years, with exclusive weekly games on Amazon’s
Prime Video, simulcasts on Comcast’s
Peacock and Paramount Global’s
Paramount+, and a handful of exclusive games on Disney’s
ESPN+. Furthermore, this season YouTube, owned by Alphabet’s
Google, will carry the popular NFL Sunday Ticket package for the first time, allowing subscribers to stream live, out-of-market games.
The NFL’s preseason schedule kicks off today, while the regular season starts Sept. 7, with the Detroit Lions at the Kansas City Chiefs.