Yes, football fans, the National Football League is punting NFL Plus (styled NFL+) into your end of the field. The service just became more than rumors, and it will offer NFL live streams — but only certain kinds. But what is the NFL streaming service going to offer?
The NFL Plus era will kick off with the August 4 Hall of Fame Game, which sees the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Las Vegas Raiders. David Jurenka, senior vp of NFL Media told The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab) “I think the offering we have put together is robust, and at a really attractive price.”
But since you may not agree (we don’t) it’s fair to recall commissioner Roger Goodell telling CNBC (opens in new tab) “It’s really in an early stage, I think over the years you’l see that continue to grow…. It will be an important strategy for us going forward.”
So, what will NFL Plus offer? How much will it cost? Let’s dive into all the things we know, and what we expect to learn soon.
NFL Plus release date confirmed
NFL Plus, as noted above, will stream its first game on August 4. That pre-season game is the Hall of Fame Game, which features the Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders.
NFL Plus cost and pricing tiers
NFL Plus starts at $4.99 per month, with an annual price of $39.99 per year (savings of $20.01.
Then there’s NFL Plus Premium, which is $9.99 per month (or $79.99 per year, savings of $40).
NFL Plus apps
You (probably) won’t need a new app for NFL Plus.
It will be available in the NFL app and on NFL.com.
NFL Plus streaming service features: What will it offer?
Frustratingly, NFL Plus is limited at best. When it comes to live games on both tiers, NFL Plus offers live local and national primetime games, but only on mobile devices. Out-of-market pre-season games will be available on all devices. If audio is enough for you, NFL Plus will also offer live audio for every game of the season.
NFL Plus Premium includes full-game replays and condensed-game replays. The latter will date back to 2009. Coaches film is also included. NFL Plus Premium is ad-free.
NFL Plus outlook: Will this be a hit?
Only putting live games on mobile devices is a very disappointing decision, as who actually wants to follow their team on just their smallest screen. If this was available on some of the best streaming devices, such as Rokus and Fire TV Sticks, it would be more appealing for cord-cutters who only subscribe to one of the best cable TV alternatives for the sake of watching their local games.
That said, this is only one of two major NFL streaming deals in play right now. Goodell said that he expects NFL Sunday Ticket will have a new partner by this fall. ESPN, Apple and Amazon are all reportedly suitors.