DirecTV re-ups NFL Sunday Ticket carriage rights
Michelle Clancy
| 03 October 2014
Despite rumours that the NFL may go over-the-top (OTT) with its Sunday Ticket in the US, DirecTV has been able to re-up its exclusive deal with the league to carry an HD package.

The deal with the National Football League enables rights to cover every Sunday afternoon out-of-market football game in the season and gives DirecTV multiscreen digital rights. This means customers who purchase NFL Sunday Ticket Max will also have access to the online/mobile service to watch their games across devices. And, the two extended their NFL Network distribution relationship to offer customers TV everywhere access to NFL Network across devices.

"We are pleased to continue our partnership with DirecTV," said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. "DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket have served our fans well for 20 years and continue to complement our broadcast television packages. We also appreciate DirecTV's commitment to NFL Network, which it has carried since the channel launched in 2003."

The package also includes the Game Mix channel, which shows up to eight games on one screen; both the Red Zone Channel and new DirecTV Fantasy Zone channel; and Short Cuts, which offers replays of each Sunday game in 30 commercial-free minutes.

The new DirecTV Fantasy Zone channel is devoted entirely to fantasy football and fields a team of fantasy experts offering real-time game-to-game fantasy analysis and statistics powered by Fantasy.

The specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"This new agreement is a testament to the terrific long-term relationship we have with the NFL and its millions of fans across the country," said Mike White, chairman, president and CEO of DirecTV. "NFL Sunday Ticket has always been the centrepiece of DirecTV's sports leadership and we're pleased to continue our relationship with the NFL and be a part of the league's future growth and success."