Fox Sports is taking the next step with the NFL and will stream all of its games online through computers and tablets. Users of the Fox Sports Go app will be able to watch NFL games online and this marks the first of the Sunday afternoon broadcasters to stream games.
Both NBC and ESPN stream their NFL games. NFL Network streams Thursday Night Football on the NFL Mobile app, but only for Verizon cell phone customers.
It leaves CBS as the lone holdout not to stream its regular season games. E-mails to CBS Sports regarding online streaming have gone unanswered.
Fox will stream all 97 NFC regular season games as well as its postseason games (one Wild Card game, two Divisional playoff games and the NFC Championship Game) on Fox Sports Go.
However, there’s a catch. Fans will only be able to access the games that are sent to their local markets. For instance this Sunday, if your Fox station carries New Orleans at Atlanta and San Francisco at Dallas, that’s what you will be able access on Fox Sports Go. You won’t be able to access out-of-market games.
DirecTV and Verizon have the out-of-market streaming rights so Fox Sports Go won’t be providing anything outside of your local viewing area.
In addition, you can watch the games online only if your cable or satellite provider has an agreement with Fox. Only a handful of providers have agreement for Fox Sports Go, but with the NFL, the network can use the games as leverage for more companies like DirecTV to pick up FSGo.
So as the 2014 NFL regular season begins, Fox is hoping to push more providers to get on board so more people can watch games on their computers and tablets.
The next few months will be interesting to see if more providers get on board with Fox Sports Go and give the NFL more viewers online.