It appears to be easier to get carriers to sign for a second NFL Network channel than it was for the first one. Both Comcast and Dish Network have announced that they will carry NFL RedZone, which kicks off on September 13th, the first Sunday of the regular NFL season.
NFL RedZone, produced by NFL Network, whips around every NFL game on Sunday afternoons delivering touchdowns and the most exciting moments live and in high definition. When a team goes inside the 20-yard line, known as the “red zone,” fans see the crucial plays as they happen. The channel keeps fans up-to-date in real time, switching from game to game with live look-ins, highlights and a chance to see every important play.
“NFL RedZone is the most exciting thing to happen to football since high definition. There’s no better way to kick off the 2009 NFL season than by changing the way America watches football, and Dish Network is pleased to offer consumers an opportunity to catch every touchdown and the biggest plays as they happen,” said Ira Bahr, Chief Marketing Officer for Dish Network. “
“Inside the 20, fans are focused, leaning forward on the edge of their seats. With NFL RedZone, our customers get that intense live action experience for all the NFL games on every Sunday afternoon. The addition of NFL RedZone represents yet another major enhancement to our overall sports offering for Comcast customers,” said Derek Harrar, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Video Services for Comcast.
The NFL RedZone channel will air every Sunday from 1:00 pm ET through late afternoon games. Throughout the NFL football season, the channel will move from game to game providing live action each time a team is poised to score inside the 20-yard line. The channel will also have in-studio coverage to provide real-time scoring and fantasy updates to fans.
NFL RedZone is broadcast in both high definition and standard definition on Dish Network Ch. 155 as part of the Multi-Sport Package, which is available to most Dish Network customers at $5.99 per month.
Comcast said the offering varies by market and is offered as part of its Sports Entertainment Package (SEP).