The dust is starting to settle after Verizon lost its long-held exclusive rights to stream games on mobile devices. ESPN and NBC have announced they will stream their respective primetime games to mobile devices starting in 2018, meaning a big shift in the way people consume primetime NFL games is coming.
NBC is the owner of Sunday Night Football and ESPN of Monday Night Football, and each was able to stream the games to TVs, tablets and other devices, but mobile devices were left out of the list due to Verizon’s exclusive rights. Now that that deal has ended, NBC and ESPN wasted no time in announcing they will stream their marquee NFL programs on mobile devices.
What this means for people is that they will be able to stream Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football through mobile devices not just on NBC and ESPN’s respective apps, but also some of their other partners, including DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV and Hulu. Previously, games were blacked out on these services through mobile devices.
There are still some requirements to watch these games on mobile devices. You’ll have to be a pay TV customer as authentication is still required. That shouldn’t be a problem as most people either subscribe to a streaming service or still use some form of cable service.
NBC and ESPN’s new streaming procedure will take effect when the 2018 NFL season begins next September.