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Live Sports Inches Closer to OTT Video

3 Aug, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Live sports, the last bastion of pay-TV, is slowly migrating to over-the-top video in the United States.

In a first, Sling TV Aug. 3 announced it would launch NFL Network and NFL RedZone in time for the regular-season kick-off Sept. 8.

NFL Network is a cable and satellite network owned by the National Football League and is part of NFL Media, which includes NFL.com, NFL Films, NFL Mobile, NFL Now and NFL RedZone.

NFL RedZone is a special game-day only channel — going live when a team enters within an opposing team’s 20-yardline.

Details regarding packaging and pricing of NFL Network and NFL RedZone on Sling TV — which costs $20 monthly — will be announced at a later date.

Sling TV, which is owned by Dish Network, was the first online TV service to offer ESPN, in addition to NBA basketball on TNT.

“NFL Network and NFL RedZone elevate our sports offering,” Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV, said in a statement. “This NFL season, Sling TV customers will have access to game coverage spanning across multiple networks. Our customizable packaging continues to be industry leading, benefiting Sling TV customers by empowering them to choose what they want.”

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