The first visible signs of last week’s announced agreement between the NFL and Verizon to deliver live NFL Network sports and entertainment programming via Verizon's consumer broadband services was yesterday’s matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns.
Through a separate agreement, Verizon already offers the NFL Network TV channel to subscribers of its FiOS TV service. It is the only Internet service provider to deliver selected NFL Network programming over broadband.
The broadband coverage deal includes live, online broadcasts of NFL Network's Thursday and Saturday regular season games, certain college football bowl games telecast by the NFL Network and other programming for Verizon subscribers who also receive the NFL Network.
Additionally, all Verizon broadband customers — including customers of both Verizon's FiOS Internet Service and Verizon Online's DSL service — will be able to enjoy a variety of additional NFL-related and NFL Network programming, including weekly previews and highlights of NFL Network games, off-season programming and links to an NFL.com fantasy football game.
To access the new, online NFL programming, customers will log onto their Verizon consumer broadband accounts and access the shows from the Verizon Surround online entertainment site. They can enjoy live programs at home or use any broadband connection to log on remotely.
Verizon FiOS TV subscribers will have access to online broadcasts as well.