New National Football League NFL+ streaming service launches at $4.99 per month

Ja’Marr Chase #1 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a catch on Jalen Ramsey #5 of the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California.

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The National Football League now has its own streaming service.

Premiering Monday, the NFL is launching NFL+ for $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year.

A subscription will include all out-of-market preseason games, which were previously only available with an NFL Game Pass subscription for $99.99 per year. The NFL preseason kicks off August 4 with the Jacksonville Jaguars facing the Las Vegas Raiders. As this will be a nationally televised game, it will not be featured on NFL+.

NFL+ will also include live access on mobile devices to local and primetime games from the regular season and playoffs, previously available for free on the Yahoo Sports app.

NFL+ marks the first time the NFL has operated its own streaming service, giving the league a new future platform to potentially show exclusive games. Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association already sell subscriptions to their own streaming services that include out-of-market games.

NFL+ will not initially include exclusive regular season games, but may depend on how viewing habits change in the coming years, said Hans Schroeder, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NFL Media. . The league has locked in its local broadcast rights for the next seven to 11 years.

“It’s another option that we will consider along with all of our other options,” Schroeder said. “We’re really excited about where NFL+ can go. As quickly as the media and the sports distribution industry continues to change and evolve, there are many different factors.”

The NFL is in the process of renewing its Sunday Ticket package and will choose a streaming partner, possibly Apple or Amazon, by the fall. This package costs around $300 per month and provides access to all out-of-market games on Sundays. DirecTV has held the rights to Sunday Ticket since 1994, but is not bidding for the rights after the current contract expires this season. The length of his new Sunday Ticket contract is yet to be determined, but the league wants to give a new partner “the right track to success,” Schroeder said in an interview.

Additional NFL+ Benefits

In addition to games, NFL+ will include on-demand NFL Network shows and archived programming from NFL Films.

For $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year, NFL also sells NFL+ Premium. This subscription includes full, condensed replays of the game and access to the “All-22” movie, an overview of the game that coaches use to see how all 22 players move in a given game.

“We look forward to continuing to grow NFL+ and deepening our relationship with fans of all ages and demographics, giving them access to a tremendous amount of NFL content, including the most valuable content in the game. media industry: live NFL games,” said NFL Commissioner Roger. Goodell said in a statement.

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Disclosure: NBC Sports, which shares parent company NBCUniversal with CNBC, airs NFL games.

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