' ); } }) .catch(function(err) { (console.error || console.log)(err); }); }());

Verizon and NFL move forward on deal to expand streaming rights

Jonathan Weiss/123RF
Bloomberg has reported that Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S., is close to signing a new deal with the NFL that would grant it digital streaming rights.

Verizon’s current deal with the NFL allows the carrier to live-stream games to devices which have seven-inch screens or smaller, but this new agreement would allow Verizon to stream football games to any device, including TVs.

While this deal will expand Verizon’s streaming service, it will also cost it the exclusivity the previous deal offered. Under Verizon’s current agreement, it is the only company allowed to stream NFL content to smartphones. However, this new contract would allow competitors such as Sling and other mobile carriers the right to stream games through their smartphone apps.

Currently, the NFL has spread its content among multiple parties. Verizon currently has the right to stream Sunday day games in a team’s home market, in addition to Thursday, Sunday, and Monday night games. DirectTV has the rights to out-of-market Sunday day games, including on mobile devices.

For the past year or so, Verizon has been attempting to enter the already-crowded streaming market, but has failed to do so. One of the largest hurdles has been obtaining the rights to content. Rather than attempting to purchase media outlets or create its own content as Netflix does, Verizon is hoping deals such as this one will be enough to entice customers and advertisers.

Whether or not these deals will be enough to bring in customers remains to be seen. In a world with Netflix, YouTube TV, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney, and others, it may be difficult for any one company to make a dent in this market.

The NFL is likely hoping this deal will bring in new audiences as the league is currently in a bit of a slump due to declining ratings from traditional TV audiences. While cord-cutting is one of the reasons for the decline in NFL ratings, it is not the only one. Experts have cited numerous reasons, including the rising awareness of concussions, the poor performance of teams in major markets, and the recent protests by Colin Kaepernick and other players.

Deals

Stream on, value shopper: Here are the best Black Friday Amazon Fire TV deals

Save yourself some dough and a trip to the store: If you're looking for a new streaming device this Black Friday, look no further than Amazon, which is offering some pretty steep discounts on its popular Fire TV line.
Smart Home

Pandora Premium joins Alexa’s Amazon dance party today

There are quite a few streaming services that work with Amazon's Alexa but a big one just got added when the company integrated access to Pandora Premium into its smart assistant and smart speakers.
Movies & TV

How to watch NFL games online, with or without cable

The NFL's 2018 season is here, and we know you don't want to miss a moment of the action. Our comprehensive streaming guide will show you all the best options to watch the games online so you can make the right choice.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in November, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to ‘Dracula’

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Deals

You can now watch soccer games online with streaming service ESPN+

Launched back in April, ESPN+ is a direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service. For a mere $5 a month or $50 per year, you can have access to the best sports content available including multiple soccer leagues.
Movies & TV

Out of movies to binge? Our staff picks the best flicks on Hulu right now

From classics to blockbusters, Hulu offers some great films to its subscribers. Check out the best movies on Hulu, whether you're into charming adventure tales or gruesome horror stories.
Movies & TV

Stay inside this fall with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Castle Rock'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we've put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ ‘Detective Pikachu,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's new trailers for cyberpunk adventure Alita: Battle Angel, game adaptation Pokémon Detective Pikachu…
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: The Coen brothers ride again and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Nnarcos: Mexico, and more.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (November 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Business

‘Fantastic Beasts’ wins the weekend with underwhelming debut

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald won the weekend box office, but its big debut was a bit underwhelming, with the lowest opening weekend and worst reviews of any Harry Potter film so far.
Deals

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…