Sling TV to add NFL Network & RedZone to live streaming this fall
Creating another option for sports-addicted cord-cutters, the NFL has confirmed a deal that will bring the NFL Network and NFL RedZone to Dish's Sling TV.
Both channels will be added to Sling TV in time for the regular NFL season this fall, the league revealed in a press release. It didn't say whether the channels will be added to Sling's basic channel lineup, or reserved for one of the service's add-on packages, like the $5 Sports Extra.
The NFL Network broadcasts live Thursday night games, along with shows like Timeline and Good Morning Football. RedZone is the league's home for Sunday games, simulcasting matches running on Fox and CBS.
Sports has long been one of the main anchors keeping people tethered to cable and satellite packages, since it can otherwise be difficult to find legal live coverage, especially in a format that plays well on TVs and mobile devices. The biggest sports network in the U.S. — ESPN — has been reluctant to support streaming platforms for fear of detracting from its lucrative cable and satellite deals.
Sling TV is available on a number of platforms, such as iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. In June subscriptions split into "Orange" and "Blue" tiers, each with slightly different channel lineups, but the latter allowing simultaneous streaming on multiple devices.