Continuing to build its Optimum TV to Go roster, Cablevision Systems Corp. has made NFL Network and NFL RedZone available on any Internet-connected computer or tablet.
Optimum TV customers who receive the 24/football service, as well as the ad hoc scoring channel, as part of their cable service can now use the “Watch NFL Network” feature to view the network pair anywhere in the U.S. on any Internet-connected computer or tablet. As such, Optimum said it is the first television provider to offer out-of-the-home viewing of both the NFL Network, including its Thursday Night Football package, and RedZone, which shows highlights and every scoring play, on computers and tablet devices.
After years of sitting on the sidelines over pricing and positioning issues, Cablevision reached a carriage agreement with the pro football league in August. NFL Network is now included in its Optimum Preferred, Optimum Silver, Optimum Gold or the Optimum Sports & Entertainment Pak, while NFL RedZone, which airs on Sundays throughout the regular season, is available in the Optimum Sports & Entertainment Pak.
To access “Watch NFL Network” online, Optimum subscribers with NFL Network or with NFL Network and NFL RedZone can go to www.optimum.net/TVtoGO or http://nfl.com/watchnflnetwork. Then, they select Optimum as their provider and sign in with their Optimum ID and password, make their viewing selection and begin watching this "TV Everywhere" gambit.
Tablet users who are Optimum subscribers with NFL Network or with NFL Network and NFL RedZone can download the “Watch NFL Network” app for free by visiting he iTunes App store - itunes.apple.com/app/id568543007 for iOS/iPad users, orThe Google Play store - play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.neulion.android.tablet.nfl.wnfln for Android tablet users
“We know many of our customers have been enjoying access to both the NFL Network and NFL RedZone this football season. So we are very pleased to be the first to offer these popular channels on personal computers and tablets – anywhere, anytime – as part of our expanding Optimum TV to GO service,” said Bradley Feldman, vice president of video product management for Cablevision Systems Corp., in a statement.
Noted Hans Schroeder, senior vice president of media strategy and development for the NFL:“NFL Media continues to look for innovative ways to distribute our great content on as many platforms as possible and this authentication agreement with Cablevision falls squarely within that goal."