NBCUNIVERSAL ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO STREAM "SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL" TO ALL MOBILE DEVICES
Beginning with 2018 Season, NBC Sports will Stream Sunday Night Football to All Platforms: Mobile Phones, Desktops, Tablets, and Connected TVs
TV Everywhere Rights Extend to NBCUniversal Cable, Satellite, and Telco Partners, as well as Virtual MVPDs
NBC Sports' SNF Mobile Stream to Include National and Local Ad Inventory
STAMFORD, Conn. - December 18, 2017 - NBCUniversal has acquired rights from the National Football League to stream Sunday Night Football through NBC's TV Everywhere offering on all mobile devices beginning with the 2018 season, NBCU announced today. The agreement also allows for NBCU to extend those authenticated streaming rights to its cable, satellite, and telco partners, as well as virtual MVPDs.
Although NBC Sports Digital has been streaming Sunday Night Football to desktops, tablets, and connected TVs for years, the 2018 season will mark the first time it will have rights to stream to mobile phones. As part of this expanded distribution, NBC Sports' Sunday Night Football mobile stream available on NBCU's own properties will include national advertising and local affiliate advertising for the first time. The reach of national ads, which will continue to be sold exclusively by NBCUniversal, will be further extended by passing through to Verizon and NFL mobile platforms, per Verizon's agreement with the NFL that was announced last week.
"This is an exciting day for NBC Sports. We have been streaming Sunday Night Football on numerous platforms since 2008, but as a result of this agreement, 2018 will be the first time we can stream primetime television's No. 1 show on all digital platforms, creating a more seamless viewing experience for NFL fans," said Rick Cordella, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group. "In addition to fans, this mobile agreement benefits our distribution partners, local affiliates, and advertisers, as it significantly extends SNF's digital reach."
NBCUniversal is the only media company with two NFL primetime packages as it currently broadcasts and streams Sunday Night Football, primetime television's No. 1 show, and Thursday Night Football, primetime television's No. 2 show, as well as preseason and postseason games.
On Feb. 4, 2018, NBC Sports will broadcast and stream Super Bowl LII.
About NBC Sports Digital
A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Sports Digital consists of numerous websites, including NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics.com, GolfChannel.com, Rotoworld.com, and numerous apps, including NBC Sports, NBC Sports Talk, NBC Scores, and Golf Channel, among others. It provides sports fans with live streaming of premier events; sport-specific websites that provide 24/7 news, scores and updates; best-in-class fantasy sports information; hyper-local coverage; and entertaining and informative short-form videos -- all across desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. NBC Sports Digital also owns and operates Playmaker Media, a technology service that provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions. The Yahoo! Sports-NBC Sports Network, a digital content and promotional partnership, constantly ranks among the most-trafficked digital properties in all of sports.