Cablevision to Carry NFL Network

The network debuts on the LI-based provider's lineup on Friday.

Cablevision and the National Football League on Thursday announced a multi-year deal that puts the NFL Network and the NFL RedZone channel on the Long Island-based cable operator's television lineup for the first time.

Competitors DirecTV and Verizon FiOS already carry the stations, which broadcast all sorts of football-related programming, including regular season Thursday night games.

NFL Network will be available in both standard-definition and HD for customers who subscribe to iO Preferred, iO Silver, iO Gold or the iO Sports & Entertainment Pak. NFL RedZone, which airs on Sundays throughout the regular season, will be offered in both standard-definition and HD as part of the iO Sports & Entertainment Pak, which is now included in the new iO Gold package.

"We know there is significant interest in the NFL Network and NFL RedZone among our Optimum TV customers, and are pleased to have worked productively with the NFL to offer both channels in time for the upcoming season, and for years to come," Mac Budill, Cablevision's executive vice president of programming, said in a statement.

Both Verizon and DirecTV have used the NFL Network as a way to woo sports fans to their services. DirecTV still has one advantage over both Verizon and Cablevision - the satellite provider is the only one of the three offering NFL Sunday Ticket, which allows fans to watch every regular season game.

Candyee August 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I also watch TV on my I phone and my 2 lap tops. WI FI all over so I have a connection in most areas. I can use my I phone as a remote to control any boxes I have.
Vincent August 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Chris Wendt: What consumer groups? Did it say?
Chris Wendt August 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Newsday did not identify the "consumer groups". Curiously, Huff Post Tech did identify two sources, presumably "consumer groups": Free Press, and, the New America Foundation. Two quotes were provided: One, from Derek Turner, research director at Free Press, (But consumer advocates said the concessions did not ease their concerns that the deal would hurt competition by giving consumers fewer choices for Internet service.) "By allowing Verizon and cable companies to sell one anothers' service instead of competing, they could charge consumers higher prices". "We have a serious competition problem in our broadband and wireless markets, and this deal only serves to exacerbate this problem," Turner said. Also from Huff Post Tech: "Michael Calabrese, a director of the Wireless Future Project at the New America Foundation, said the deal would also reduce those companies' incentives to upgrade their networks to faster speeds. 'Five years from now, people who don’t live in the premium markets will have the same broadband they have today and no better because there’s no competitive pressures to upgrade quality,' he said." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/17/verizon-cable-company_n_1799157.html?utm_hp_ref=technology
Vincent August 18, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Chris Wendt: Newsday Business article today. "To deal with the Justice Department's concerns about diminished competition and its effect on consumers, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications agreed not to cross-market their products in areas served by Verizon's FiOs high-speed Internet, telephone and television service. The department announced its approval on Thursday. The cable deal still needs approval from the Federal Communications Commission, which is expected to gives its OK
Vincent August 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Keeping Verizon Wireless from being too cozy with cable http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-lazarus-20120817,0,2670681.column


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