The NFL is the latest professional sports league expanding into the subscription streaming space.
Beginning today, the National Football League is rolling out a new streaming service, NFL+, which features live out-of-market preseason games, live local and prime-time regular games and postseason games (only on mobile and tablet), as well as live local and national audio, and on-demand access to NFL Network shows and NFL Films archives.
“Today marks an important day in the history of the National Football League with the launch of NFL+,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. “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. We look forward to continuing to grow NFL+ and deepening our relationship with fans across all ages and demographics, providing them access to a tremendous amount of NFL content, including the most valuable content in the media industry: live NFL games.”
The offering is an expansion of the league’s existing DTC offering, replacing NFL Game Pass in the U.S. But unlike with Game Pass, subscribers will be able to watch live local games. Before the NFL launched its own DTC product, those live mobile/tablet games were distributed through Yahoo and major mobile carriers through deals that have since expired.
NFL+ will be available as part of the NFL app and costs $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year.
The league is also offering a higher tier, NFL+ Premium, which includes all NFL+ programming as well as ad-free full and condensed game replays, along with the All-22 Coaches Film. That NFL+ Premium tier costs $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year.
The NFL is still looking for a partner to take over the Sunday Ticket package from DirecTV when the current deal expires in 2023. Apple and Amazon are reportedly in the lead for that package, which gives consumers access to the NFL games that aren’t broadcast in their local TV market.