The National Football League will launch a paid subscription service this year, allowing fans to watch all 65 preseason matchups online.
The news comes as the league announces its preseason coverage plans for its NFL Media divisions, NFL Network and NFL.com.
The subscription service, “NFL.com Preseason Live,” will be available for $39.99 and will let subscribers watch all of the league’s games from their computer.
Taking a cue from Major League Baseball Advanced Media and its MLB.tv product, the NFL service will also feature picture-in-picture capability and a “mosaic” layout to watch multiple games at once.
Until this point, the NFL has really only dipped its toes in the online water. NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” game of the week is streamed online, but most other games remain tied to the television set.
NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers on DirecTV also have the option to add-on the ability to watch games on their computers or mobile phones, though that is still a very small group of hardcore fans.
If the fan response to the subscription service is positive, who knows, maybe we will see the NFL offering more options with regard to online viewing down the line.
The NFL announcement, which includes NFL Network coverage, is after the jump.
NFL NETWORK & NFL.COM: HOME TO THE 2010 NFL PRESEASON!
NFL.com’s New ‘NFL Preseason Live’ Offers Preseason Games Online
All 65 Preseason Games Air in High-Definition on NFL Network
NFL Network’s 10 Live Broadcasts Include McNabb’s Debut in Washington, Tebow’s First NFL Game & Pete Carroll’s Return to the NFL Sidelines
With preseason kicking off in August, NFL Network and NFL.com features the most NFL preseason game coverage ever. NFL.com unveils NFL Preseason Live to watch games online and NFL Network once again carries all 65 preseason games in HD.
For the first time, NFL.com offers NFL Preseason Live, a subscription product that delivers fans preseason games live. Users can watch available games online and choose from home or away broadcasts to complement a new viewing experience that includes movable picture-in-picture and mosaic layouts to watch multiple games at once. NFL Preseason Live is available for $39.99.
NFL Network is home to the entire NFL preseason game slate with all 65 matchups, including multiple replays, airing on the only network dedicated to football. The 2010 preseason schedule on NFL Network includes 10 live nationally-televised games, with all matchups available in high definition.
Week 1 of the 2010 NFL preseason on NFL Network features five live games highlighted by veteran quarterback DONOVAN MCNABB’s debut in Washington, the NFL debut of Broncos rookie quarterback TIM TEBOW and Seahawks head coach PETE CARROLL’s return to the NFL sidelines.
The Redskins kick off NFL Network’s live game schedule vs. the Buffalo Bills Friday, August 13 at 7:30 PM ET. Saturday, August 14 features a doubleheader with Tampa Bay at Miami at 7:00 PM ET, followed by Tennessee at Seattle at 10:00 PM ET. The weekend wraps up with San Francisco at Indianapolis Sunday, August 15 at 1:00 PM ET, followed by Denver at Cincinnati at 7:00 PM ET.
There’s no better place for Fantasy Football fans to prepare their picks and depth charts for the 2010 regular season than with NFL Network and NFL.com’s all-encompassing coverage of the 2010 preseason. All 10 live preseason games will include halftime reports featuring NFL Network’s team of analysts from its Los Angeles studios and five-minute NFL Network Now updates between game broadcasts reporting the most up-to-date news and information. NFL Network’s schedule includes a total of 162 telecasts as it includes every game, live games and game replays of all the preseason action.