There’s good news for New York-based football fans in DirecTV’s new $4 billion deal with the NFL.
The deal, which keeps satellite TV provider DirecTV (DTV) the exclusive carrier of the NFL’s out-of-market games through 2014, includes a loophole for those of us who live in apartment buildings that don’t allow satellite. It sounds like we’ll be able to watch the games online.
The agreement with the El Segundo, Calif., company allows the NFL for the first time to pursue deals with cable operators and Internet providers to offer subscribers the Red Zone Channel, which provides cut-ins to the crucial moments of NFL games. In addition, cable subscribers living in areas where satellite service isn’t available will be able to buy the full Sunday Ticket package over the Internet.
This is great news — mostly for the NFL. Because though we’ve been happy to pay, ’til now we’ve been forced to watch live streams of NFL games through sites like Justin.tv, Mogulus or Ustream.
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