I know, right? Another streaming service in this country.
On Monday, it was announced that the NFL is launching its own streaming service for the first time, called NFL+. For $4.99 a month or $39.99 a year, the service will offer access to live local and prime time games. That’s the same content the league had offered for free on its NFL mobile app for the past several years.
It should be noted that NFL+ is also available exclusively on phones and mobile tablets. Users won’t be able to stream games to TVs using the service.
“Today marks an important day in the history of the National Football League with the launch of NFL+,” Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, said in a statement Monday. “The passionate and dedicated football fans are the lifeblood of the NFL, and being able to reach and interact with them across multiple platforms is incredibly important to us.”
NFL+ marks the first time the NFL has operated its own streaming service, giving the league a new future platform to potentially show exclusive games.
NFL+ won’t initially include exclusive regular-season games but could look ot take that route depending how viewership habits evolve in the years to come, said Hans Schroeder, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NFL Media.
“It’s another option we’ll consider with all of our other options,” Schroeder said. “We are really excited about where NFL+ can go. As quickly as media and the sports distribution business continues to change and evolve, there are lots of different factors.”
Last year, the NFL signed a 10-year deal beginning in 2023 with its TV partners that’s valued at more than $100 billion.