Although its 2011 season is iffy, the National Football League (NFL) is talking to pay-TV services about streaming the NFL Network’s program to tablets and PCs, according to The Wall Street Journal. The NFL Network includes an exclusive Thursday night game and a Sunday show called RedZone that shows scoring opportunities and highlights. It’s carried by Comcast, DirecTV, Dish, Cox, Verizon and AT&T.
The NFL wants more in fees for the rights to stream to tablets.
Verizon Wireless already has a $720 million four-year deal to be the NFL’s exclusive wireless partner. It includes live games on Thursday and Sunday plus RedZone, but does not include the rights to stream to tablets.
“We are looking for more ways to add more live content for our fans and that works for all of our partners,” said Hans Schroeder, senior VP of media business development for the NFL.
Disney’s ESPN, which carries some live NFL games and offers lots of NFL coverage, has apps for the iPhone and iPad that can be used for free by subscribers to Time Warner Cable, Verizon and Bright House Networks.
The broadcast networks and Viacom squealed with pain when Time Warner Cable recently announced an iPad app that its subscribers can use within the home to watch live TV. Shortly after, Cablevision announced a similar service.