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The NFL Network May Be Coming to Sling TV

NFLThis week the NFL Network went dark on Dish Network after their contract ended without a new contract in place.

“As the only network 100% dedicated to coverage of America’s most popular sports league, NFL Network is committed to serving the millions of NFL fans by reaching fair distribution agreements with the pay-TV industry,” the league said in a statement.

“Our contract with NFL Network has expired,” Dish explained in a statement to Engadget. “We remain open to a fair offer that allows us to carry this content at an appropriate value to our customers.”

Now this situation, according to sources, is very similar to the one that happened recently with Viacom channels as Dish tied their negotiations in with their sister company Sling TV. In the end Dish Network and Viacom came to an agreement to bring Viacom channels to both Dish Network and Sling TV.

Now it is rumored that Dish is also tying to get a deal  to bring the FL Network to both Dish Network and Sling TV ahead of the 2016 season. Although there is no official word, Dish does seem to see their future in Sling TV and is pushing hard to bring content to Sling TV.

This would not be the first time the NFL Network would agree to online streaming. Last week VIDGO announced that they would include the NFL Network in their new live TV streaming service that is expected sometime this summer or fall.

Right now both sides are in negotiations and anything could happen, but Sling TV subscribers should keep their fingers crossed even if nothing is announced when the NFL Network returns to Dish Network because the NFL network, like Viacom channels, could come to Sling TV at a later date.

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8 Responses to The NFL Network May Be Coming to Sling TV

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    Bill Eastman June 20, 2016 at 6:56 am #

    If NFL Network goes to SlingTV, I might need to think about it again.

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    JeffO June 20, 2016 at 7:27 am #

    Boy, that would be a big get!

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    Ben M June 20, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    It still comes down to price and stream quality and commercials. A major reason I cut the cord and subscribe to netflix, Hulu commercial free, and Amazon Prime is because there are no commercials. I can watch a show in roughly 2/3 the time for the same show on cable or OTA. I still watch OTA because there are shows on CBS that I like and also NFL games in the fall but the amount of commercials drives me nuts.

    Now you have these streaming services being offered similar to cable where you pay them for the privilege of watching commercials and people are signing up for it. This is why I do not sign up for CBS access…I am not going to pay them $6 a month and then have to sit through 20 minutes of commercials during an hour long episod on top of it.

    I may be one of the few that feels this way.

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      Kravimir June 21, 2016 at 10:14 pm #

      It’s hard to say how many, but a lot of people are “commercial avoiders”. PlayOn Plus is a great service which allows you to avoid watching commercials on a lot of VOD streaming services that have them.

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    bobinc June 20, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    Send the MLB Network to Sling and you really have something. Problem will be internet speed connections.

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    sodsavage June 21, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    Who cares about the NFL Network, all football fans really want is the NFL Ticket available for streaming or at least the Redzone channel.

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    divadahling June 22, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    I would LOVE it if Sling got NFL Network!

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    gcfio June 23, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    If we can also get nfl red zone , that would be amazing