NFL Digital Media Unveils New Product Features and Content Offering Fans a Deeper Connection to the Game

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NFL Digital Media Unveils New Product Features and Content Offering Fans a Deeper Connection to the Game

NFL Media 2018 Regular English

Newly Designed NFL App Delivers New Game Center, Stats, Insights and Access to Stream Live Games, NFL Network and NFL RedZone Across Devices

 

"The Checkdown" & "Around the NFL" Expand Brand Reach with New Live Shows on Twitter

 

NFL Digital Media announces a complete lineup of products, features and series that not only ensure fans never miss a game wherever they are, but also provides a deeper connection to the conversations, players and teams they love to follow.

Live game streaming will be more broadly available than ever before. For the first time, live local and most primetime games are available on phones and tablets across all wireless carriers at no charge through the NFL app, Yahoo Sports and other Verizon-owned mobile properties. NFL Network exclusive games are available for OTT streaming on phones and require authentication on tablets and other devices. Fans can access live games on desktop and connected TV devices by logging in with their TV provider on NFL.com, the NFL app, or the applicable TV network or provider's digital platform. NFL Sunday Ticket customers will also be able to stream through NFL and DirecTV apps and sites.​

NFL RedZone and NFL Network are available across devices on an authenticated basis through the NFL app and NFL.com.​

In addition to accessing live games, the redesigned NFL app includes an all-new Game Center that provides up-to-the-minute scoring, in-game highlights, statistical insights and animated drive charts. On phones, fans can also access NFL Network live, as well as subscribe to NFL RedZone.​

"From the redesigned NFL app to new live shows, our digital team is driven to develop products, platforms and content franchises that keep a highly engaged NFL fan base connected to the game, teams and players they love," said David Jurenka, NFL Senior Vice President of Digital Media. "We're excited to unveil more content across our digital and social channels that bring fans even closer to all the moments that make every NFL season special." ​

Complementing the live game viewing experience is a host of digital-first programming that engages a social media-savvy NFL audience.​

The Checkdown, NFL Digital Media's football culture brand, expands to a live show streaming on Twitter every Thursday and Sunday from 7:45-8:15 pm ET to engage a young and differentiated audience and drive them into the Thursday Night Football and Sunday Night Football match-ups that follow.​

Hosted by a rotating cast of personalities including NFL Network host Colleen Wolfe, NFL Network analyst James Jones and comedian Megan Gailey, The Checkdown aggregates the buzziest conversations happening throughout the week on social to a live interactive digital audience.​

"Twitter is a natural platform for us to build excitement around the NFL and leverage the live conversations fans are already having on game days, said Mark Pesavento, NFL Media Vice President of Digital Content. "As a social brand, The Checkdown show offers our audience a connection into the primetime games from a voice that resonates with them."​

Gailey and Jones will serve as hosts of the first three Thursday editions of The Checkdown, as well as the regular hosts every Sunday. Starting Week 4, Wolfe will be joined by a rotation of NFL Network analysts including Michael Irvin, Steve Smith Sr., and Reggie Bush.​

In addition to The Checkdown, NFL Media's Around the NFL podcast team – Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler and Chris Wesseling – bring their unique take on NFL storylines to the Twitter audience with a new weekly live show streaming Tuesdays from 5:00-6:00 pm ET.​

With more than 10 billion minutes of video watched across the NFL's digital and social properties last year, the NFL Digital Media team has introduced new brands that will continue to deliver compelling content for fans:​


NFL Throwback
NFL Throwback is a new cross-platform brand for historical content, connecting social audiences of today to the history of the game by celebrating classic moments, colorful characters and incredible achievements. When following NFL Throwback on social, fans are treated to a blend of historical photos, archival footage, historical game broadcasts and unique animations. 


NFL Life – Kirk Cousins & Richard Sherman
  • All episodes now available on: NFL.com, NFL app
NFL Life is a multi-platform docu-series offering an intimate look at some of the game's brightest stars at different stages of their football careers. The first two installments of the new series focus on new Vikings QB Kirk Cousins and his journey to become the face of the franchise in Minnesota, as well as 49ers CB Richard Sherman, who is back on the field with a new team following an Achilles injury last season.  


So far, episodes of NFL Life have accrued more than 6 million total views across all available platforms.  

Below is a look at additional content available this season from NFL Digital Media:


HOME ASSISTANT CONTENT 

NFL in :60
  • Offering NFL news updates in the morning, evening and all the top stories during the day
  • Now available on Alexa enabled devices with Google Assistant enabled devices coming soon  
NFL in :60 is your official daily NFL news update on the top stories from around the league. From the latest headlines to the NFL storylines you need to know on your favorite team and playmakers. Multiple updates throughout the day keep you up to speed on all the latest, straight from the NFL Network News Desk.

 
PODCASTS

RapSheet and Friends
  • Produced by Westwood One, new episodes post every Wednesday
NFL Network National Insider Ian Rapoport provides exclusive information and in-depth analysis on the biggest news in the National Football League. Rapoport is joined by fellow NFL reporters Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero to discuss the inside story on the most newsworthy topics of the week.


Around the NFL
  • Three new episodes each week, posting Monday, Wednesday and Friday 
NFL.com's Dan Hanzus, Gregg Rosenthal, Marc Sessler and Chris Wesseling break down the latest football news, with a dash of mirth.


Move the Sticks with Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks
  • Three new episodes each week, posting Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 
Former NFL scouts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks break down the latest news and action around the league from a scout's perspective, alongside NFL player personnel executives.


The Dave Dameshek Football Program
  • Two new episodes each week, posting Tuesday and Thursday
  • Special streaming video edition, sponsored by Old Navy, every Thursday at 6 pm ET on NFL.com 
Dave Dameshek sets his gaze on the NFL landscape to analyze, celebrate and, when necessary, offer improvements to America's true national pastime from a true fan's perspective. 


NFL Fantasy Live
  • Two new episodes each week, posting Monday and Thursday 
Michael Fabiano and Marcas Grant provide detailed fantasy football analysis, combining in-depth stats and film study to help you win your league and earn bragging rights over your friends, co-workers and family. 


Game Theory & Money

  • New episodes each week, posting Thursday

NFL Media analytics expert Cynthia Frelund and Matt "Money" Smith focus on the most compelling matchups and unique statistical information while projecting how players and teams will perform based on advanced analytics. 

 

ABOUT NFL MEDIA

NFL Media is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, the NFL app and NFL RedZone.

Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, fans turn to NFL Network to receive information and insight straight from the field, team headquarters, league offices and everywhere the NFL is making news. Launched in 2003, NFL Network gives fans unprecedented year-round inside access to all NFL events, including the Super Bowl, Playoffs, regular season, preseason, Pro Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Senior Bowl, league meetings, minicamps and training camps.

For fans on the go, all NFL Network programming can be streamed live through the NFL app and via Watch NFL Network on smartphones, tablets, PCs and connected TV devices tablet (Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Roku and Xbox One). Access is available for NFL Network subscribers of participating TV providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.


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