This announcement is notable for a few reasons. Firstly, the degree of DirecTV’s future NFL coverage was somewhat uncertain after YouTube TV took over Sunday Ticket from DirecTV, a deal which also resulted in the end of DirecTV’s RedZone channel. Secondly, the new agreement marks the first time that NFL Network is available to DirecTV Stream subscribers.
The new multi-year agreement confirms that DirecTV has renewed its existing rights to carry NFL Network on DirecTV via satellite. The new deal will also now result in the availability of NFL Network via DirecTV Stream and U-verse. In addition, the deal also now makes it possible for DirecTV to offer NFL RedZone across all of its platforms.
According to the announcement, both NFL Network and NFL RedZone will become available on all of DirecTV’s platforms in the coming weeks.
“With this agreement, DIRECTV continues a long-standing partnership with the NFL and maintains our sports leadership position by delivering the best of sports content to our customers,” said Rob Thun, chief content officer, DIRECTV. “This deal strengthens our NFL relationship as it includes expanded carriage of NFL Network and all the best action from Sunday’s games with NFL RedZone, which is now available to customers across all three DIRECTV platforms.”DirecTV
Even though NFL Network is now set to become available through DirecTV Stream, it should be noted that the channel is being reserved for Choice and higher subscribers. Choice is one of four main plans offered by DirecTV and costs a minimum of $99.99 per month, making it a fairly expensive live TV package to begin with.
In terms of NFL RedZone, it looks like this channel is going to be made available through a new Sports Pack, which costs an additional $14.99 per month on top of the cost of the base DirecTV Stream plan.
Once again, DirecTV has not provided a firm date as to when the channels will go live, but has said they will arrive on all platforms in the coming weeks.