The sports world has long waited for the National Football League to announce a streaming service that lets you watch any game you want from anywhere. Today is not that day. But the NFL has made official NFL Pluswith the service replacing the old NFL Game Pass service while incorporating the features.
NFL+ has two levels. We’ll call the first “regular,” or simply NFL+. It costs $5 a month or $40 a year. Then there’s NFL+ Premium, which costs $10 a month or $80 a year. There is a free trial either way. Here’s how the two services break down:
- Live local and primetime games on phones and tablets
- Play matches of preseason live out of market on all devices
- Live gameplay audio of each game
- On-demand (and ad-free) NFL library programming
- Everything from the main NFL+ subscription
- Full game replays (ad-free) on all devices
- Condensed (ad-free) game replays on all devices
- Coaches movie (no commercials), including “All-22”
“Today marks an important day in the history of the National Football League with the launch of NFL+,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. Press release. “Passionate and dedicated football fans are the lifeblood of the NFL, and being able to reach and engage with them across multiple platforms is incredibly important to us. We look forward to continuing to grow NFL+ and deepening our relationship with fans of all ages and demographics by giving them access to a wealth of NFL content, including the most valuable content in the media industry: live NFL games. NFL.”
What NFL+ is not is the holy grail of streaming the NFL, also known as NFL Sunday Ticket. That’s the high-priced subscription that lets you watch any game as it happens. That is the real moneymaker for whoever has the rights to distribute it, which has been DirecTV in recent years. Yet every tech company you can think of has been vying for it as the rights roll over.
So it remains to be seen if Sunday Ticket could at some point become part of NFL+, or if this will continue to be some sort of poor man’s streaming subscription. It’s better than nothing, of course, and if you include Monday Night Football (which requires ESPN) and Thursday Night Football (which Amazon has the rights to), you might get by, as long as you don’t mind watching it on a phone or Tablet.