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Published on December 11th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson


Verizon gets streaming TV rights to NFL starting 2018-19 season

Verizon has lost the exclusive U.S. mobile carrier rights to NFL games, but gained the rights to live-streaming to any mobile, web and connected-TV device under a new five-year deal with the league.

The pact is worth $2 billion through the 2022-23 season, according to Wall Street Journal sources.

The big change between the old deal and the new one is that Verizon won’t make the streams exclusive to its subscribers anymore. Instead, it will stream the games on a variety of Verizon-owned properties, primarily Yahoo and Yahoo Sports.

The deal allows Verizon to stream all live in-market NFL games – preseason, regular season, playoff games, and the Super Bowl – on any one of its websites, with the exception of Sunday afternoon out-of-market games. DirecTV will retain those rights in its NFL Sunday Ticket package through the end of the 2022-23 season.

The package includes live-streaming rights to the NFL’s Thursday, Sunday and Monday Night Football games, and the Sunday day games that air on TV in a viewers local market.

The deal won’t go into effect until the 2018-19 season, but certain parts of it will roll out this postseason. NFL postseason games will be available on Yahoo, Yahoo Sports, and Go90 ]beginning no later than the conference championships on January 21st, the league said.

In addition to live streaming, Verizon will have broader highlight rights and plans to experiment with augmented reality and virtual reality. It also hopes to use the NFL deal to produce original content across Verizon’s network of sites organized under a new content company called Oath.


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Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as,,,, and He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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