NFL games will stream online and on media devices this fallBy Deon Freeman / July 21, 2015 / Tags: Cut Cable, Sports, Stream Sports
The NFL will launch ‘Game Pass’ for Android, iOS, Xbox, Apple TV and more in time for the start of this year’s football season.
The NFL is planning a new ‘Game Pass’ app for online streaming that’s expected to be available in the coming months.
The ability to watch sports without cable, including streaming live sports, has been one of the last holdouts in the evolving age of TV. Sports fans who are looking to cut the cable cord have been hamstrung over the lack of sports access without a pay-TV subscription.
But over the past year that’s been changing rapidly. In a big breakthrough for sports fans looking for alternative TV access, Internet TV provider Sling TV launched with ESPN as one of the channels in its basic package. Plus more sports apps, like NBC Sports Live Extra, MLB.com and others have started streaming live sports on more mobile and media devices.
Football fans have been able to watch NFL content on mobile devices for some time now, but streaming football games to TV screens via media devices like Apple TV hasn’t been smooth. Now, the NFL will shut down their Game Rewind service, which lets fans watch games on-demand after they’ve aired on network TV, in favor of something more flexible.
The new service, Game Pass, will let users watch all 256 season games on-demand, as well as provide live streaming of out-of-market preseason games.
The free Game Pass mobile app will work on Android and iOS tablets and smartphones. It will also play on Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, desktop computers, and other devices.
The app will include a “No Spoilers” feature that hides scores from all NFL games. Fans will be able to watch condensed, roughly half-hour versions of games on demand, as well as full replays of games from the past few years.
The app will also let fans stream Super Bowl 50 and the playoffs and on demand, plus access the Super Bowl archives for the best matchups from the past.
Apple TV is already one of the best media streaming devices for fans who want to stream live sports without cable. Access to NFL games will make the device that much more popular with sports lovers.