One of the larger cable providers has finally picked up NFL Network and its companion channel, NFL RedZone. Charter Communications which serves customers mostly in the Midwest will put NFL Network on its Digital View Tier. NFL RedZone will be on Charter’s sports tiers. This agreement includes the entire Thursday Night Football schedule as well as all programming on the network.
We have the announcement from NFL Network. I know Time Warner customers are waiting for this type of announcement, but I cannot see it on the horizon.
Charter and NFL Network today announced that they have reached a new, long-term agreement for carriage of NFL Network. Charter, among the largest cable and Internet service providers in the country, will also offer the innovative NFL RedZone channel to its customers. NFL Network and NFL RedZone will be available through Charter in time for the start of the 2011 NFL regular season.
“Charter has devoted and passionate NFL fans from coast to coast. We’re extremely pleased to be enhancing the value to our customers with the addition of NFL Network and NFL RedZone,” said Allan Singer, Charter Senior Vice President, Programming. “The total football experience for Charter customers is now much more robust – high-definition picture, stats and facts to help pick a fantasy team and in-depth analysis of performance and strategy.”
“Charter is one of the top cable systems in the country and we are excited its customers will be the newest fans to enjoy the only network dedicated entirely to football,” said John Malkin, NFL Network vice president of affiliate distribution. “In addition to our Thursday Night Football games, nightly news on NFL Total Access, Emmy award-winning NFL Films programming and every NFL preseason game, Charter customers will also be able to watch NFL RedZone –featuring every touchdown from every game on Sunday afternoons – starting on September 11.”
NFL Network is the destination for all that happens around the sport of football. NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides viewers with nearly 2,000 hours a year of original programming, including: NFL Total Access, NFL GameDay, Top 10, Playbook, NFL Replay, NFL Classic Games plus the Emmy award-winning Sound FX and America’s Game series.
NFL Network is the home of Thursday Night Football, eight NFL regular season games leading up to the playoffs. This year’s schedule kicks off on November 10 with the Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers and features the new announcing team of Mike Mayock and Brad Nessler. In addition, NFL Network also features every NFL preseason game starting in August, AFL and CFL games, the Senior Bowl, plus more coverage of the NFL Draft, Hall of Fame ceremony, NFL Scouting Combine and Super Bowl than anyone else.
NFL RedZone, produced by NFL Network, whips around every NFL game on Sunday afternoons, delivering the touchdowns and most exciting moments as they happen and in high definition. When a team goes inside the 20-yard line, fans see the crucial plays live. 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. For more information on NFL RedZone, visit www.nfl.com/redzonetv.
NFL Network will be available to Charter customers on the Digital View Plus tier and in high definition to customers with high-definition service and HDTVs. NFL RedZone will be available on Charter’s sports tiers.
For more information about services from Charter, visit www.charter.com.
More later tonight.