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Verizon Loses Exclusive Streaming Rights to NFL Games With New Streaming Deal

The imaginary stadium is modelled and rendered.Today it was announced that Verizon and the NFL have reached a new five year deal for streaming rights of NFL games. Well, Verizon will still be able to stream NFL games on Verizon and the Go90 streaming service they will lose exclusive mobile streaming rights to NFL games.

“We’re making a commitment to fans for Verizon’s family of media properties to become the mobile destination for live sports,” said Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon. “The NFL is a great partner for us and we are excited to take its premier content across a massive mobile scale so viewers can enjoy live football and other original NFL content where and how they want it. We believe that partnerships like this are a win for fans, but also for partners and advertisers looking for a mobile-first experience.”

“Verizon has been a key NFL partner, both in the distribution of games on NFL mobile and as a sponsor, since 2010 and we’re thrilled to be both extending and expanding our relationship with them,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Our expanded partnership with Verizon is great for our fans.  Starting with the upcoming playoffs and for seasons to come, live NFL action directly on your mobile device – regardless of carrier – will give millions of fans additional ways to follow their favorite sport.”

Now other streaming services will be able to strike deals with the NFL for mobile streaming. Now, this does not mean DIRECTV NOW or PlayStation Vue that will happen overnight. It is likely a new contract will be needed to include rights for mobile streaming. Also, this new deal won’t start until the 2018 NFL season.

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19 Responses to Verizon Loses Exclusive Streaming Rights to NFL Games With New Streaming Deal

  1. Fg December 11, 2017 at 10:28 am #

    The press release quote from Goodell says that starting with this season’s playoffs mobile subscribers can stream regardless of carrier. Sounds like this will happen starting in January 2018.

    • Me December 11, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

      Yes just use the Yahoo/Yahoo Sports app to watch the games. Doesn’t matter which carrier or ISP.

    • Cord Cutters News December 11, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

      We have talked with multiple live TV streaming services and none of them have confirmed that they would have mobile NFL streaming next year.

  2. mnsportsgeek December 11, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    If OTT providers have to cut a deal for every single program airing then this is never going to work.

    I’d be surprised if this was the case, hopefully the end of Verizon’s exclusivity means that mobile streaming will come to all these services by default.

    • TechSupport December 11, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

      Exclusivity should be outlawed especially on shows and channels that I can get over the air for free.

      • Me December 11, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

        you could get local TV over the air on a phone?

        • TechSupport December 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

          That is what I am saying. It shouldn’t matter what device you watch it on. If you are over the air then you are over the air. Don’t play both sides. If they want to charge for those channels then go pay tv only. PBS cracks me up because they BEG for donations, they get money from tax payers, they have commercials, and they cable companies that want to carry their channel. It doesn’t cost those over the air stations anything extra so why charge us extra?

    • Me December 11, 2017 at 3:39 pm #

      Not sure what you expect OTT or any service can’t just show what they want they have to cut deals with the content owners. If I own content you can’t just have it on your service unless I agree to it and we come to a deal otherwise I can sue you for copyright infringement.

      • mnsportsgeek December 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm #

        Cable providers are not working out deals for every program on every network. That would be absolutely ludicrous. They are cutting deals for networks and the expectation is that they get all programs on that network.

        • Me December 11, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

          and so what does that have to do with the article?

          • mnsportsgeek December 11, 2017 at 7:02 pm #

            “Now other streaming services will be able to strike deals with the NFL for mobile streaming.”

            The article has a false statement. No new deals are needed.

          • Cord Cutters News December 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

            We have talked with multiple live TV streaming services. At this time none of them have been willing to confirm that they will have NFL streaming on mobile next year.

          • Me December 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

            Anyone on another carrier or ISP just has to use the yahoo app.

  3. Dogman December 11, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    Now Verizon needs to lose its pitchman Thomas Middleditch – what a jerk!

  4. TechSupport December 11, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    I don’t want to watch the NFL for free anymore let alone pay extra to watch it. Besides that if it is on MY TV then I should be able to watch it anywhere.

  5. SS December 11, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    Finally. This exclusivity was a pain in the neck. Now other streaming services can provide people with full NFL service they paid for.

    • Me December 11, 2017 at 5:41 pm #

      The exclusivity only ever applied to mobile.

      • SS December 12, 2017 at 10:46 am #

        It was still a big inconvenience.

  6. Randy Smith December 11, 2017 at 2:13 pm #

    New deal starts with the new year, not next season. As a Verizon customer i love the option to watch on my phone since i don’t have ESPN.