NFL Network is a television network offered in the pay-per-view system. As part of NFL Media, the NFL Network is owned by the NFL (National Football League). Other branches of NFL Media include NFL Films, NFL Mobile, NFL.com, NFL RedZone and NFL Now.
The history of the NFL Network began on November 4, 2003, after the owners of the First League teams unanimously decided upon its creation. Then, over $100 million was invested in starting the project.
The television is entirely dedicated to the NFL and includes live or replay matches, programs in which games are analyzed, exclusive shows and documentaries. The network is based in Los Angeles, but relocation is scheduled for 2021 in Inglewood, California. It will have offices and a studio near SoFi Stadium.
Statistics show that in 2015, the NFL Network was viewed in approximately 72 million households across the United States which have pay TV. In total, this equates to 61.7% of the market. The 2006 season was the first in which the NFL Network started broadcasting 8 live games in the same evening. This moment was marked by the NFL Network as Thursday Night Football.
The NFL network has been competing with ESPN and ESPN2 on the NFL Draft since 2006. In 2018, in addition to live broadcasts, they had a one-year partnership with Fox Sports on a co-production, but the exclusive broadcasting rights went to ABC in 2019.
In 2012, the NFL Network began broadcasting a live game on Thursday nights for weeks 2 through 15 of the season. They also showed a game on Saturday night for week 16. This change made each NFL participating team have at least one game broadcast exclusively nationally (either on Monday Night Contest, Thursday Night, Sunday Night or the Thanksgiving game).
The announcers and game analysts who have appeared in the past on the NFL Network are famous people such as Bryant Gumbel and Cris Collinsworth. The latter is a current analyst at NBC who won a Sports Emmy for Best Match Analyst at NFL. Others include Dick Vermeil, Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders.
Before the 2014 season, the NFL Network only occasionally aired preseason games, and these were only matches selected and presented as special editions on Thursday nights. Now, all 65 preseason games are televised by the NFL Network each August.
On weekdays, NFL Network broadcasts live for three hours, from 7 AM to 10 AM. Furthermore, on Sunday mornings between 9 AM and 1 PM viewers can enjoy pre-games. These are followed by live broadcasts until 7:30 PM. The main highlights are presented in the next hour, finishing with a Prime transmission from 11:30 PM to 12:30 AM.
There are also other football offerings. Alliance of American Football broadcasts two matches per week, on Saturday and Sunday. Others, such as High School Football, were canceled a few years ago. Arena Football League stopped broadcasting in 2012, as the rights were sold to CBS Sports Network. Lastly, there is one match of College Football each Saturday afternoon.
How to Stream NFL Network Without Cable
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- Cinemax and HBO are available as extras
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