The NFL season opener is in the books, and now the league is getting ready to roll with mobile-only viewing options.
The NFL is adding more and more ways for fans to watch games on their phones, tablets and TVs, including apps for both Roku and Apple TV.
For the first time in years, the league said Tuesday it will be giving viewers the ability to watch online through a third-party app for the first two games of the season.
The apps allow fans to schedule viewing for specific times of the day, for example, allowing fans to get a first-hand look at how the first half of the Browns-Steelers game might turn out before the season gets underway.
The NFL will also be allowing viewers to schedule their viewing through their devices or through a social media service.
“We are looking at a lot of different ways that fans can experience the NFL on their smartphones, tablets, TVs and any other device,” NFL Media Executive Vice President of Product Marketing Jon Miller said in a statement.
“This year we are excited to introduce the new NFL Mobile App and offer the opportunity to watch any live game on any device, no matter the size of the device.”
There are several ways that the NFL is going to give fans access to the games they want to watch.
First, the NFL will be introducing an on-demand viewing option for each game.
Fans will be able to stream a game through an NFL Mobile app, watch a live feed, and watch all games on demand for $3 per month.
The new app will be available in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Second, the teams that are playing in the game will be announced.
This week, the Browns and Steelers are expected to have their first live streaming debut.
And next week, fans can get a sneak peek at the game between the Bills and Vikings.
The third way fans can watch the games will be through the NFL’s live feed.
Fans can access the NFL Live app for free to get their first look at the games on Monday, Aug. 29, and for a preview of the next two games on Wednesday, Aug, 31.
NFL Live will also offer fans the ability view games on-the-go and stream them on their iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices, for $5 a month.
This week, NFL Network is also offering fans a free live stream of the first game of the 2017 season.
The network has also been working on a streaming option for its game broadcasts, and the league expects to unveil that option later this year.NFL.com has also launched a mobile app to offer fans a live view of the game as well as streaming the games as they unfold.
The app allows fans to view games, watch highlights and pregame shows, and also watch the first 30 minutes of each half of each game and the entire game in one go.NFL Live has been available on iOS devices since April, but that service has been limited to subscribers.
That has been changed to include fans with streaming plans.
The league also said it is looking into adding on-site viewing for teams and stadiums.
The league said in the statement that it is exploring how to improve on-field access for fans who live outside of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.
The app for NFL Mobile also lets fans stream games and other games for a fee of $10 a month, per mobile device.
And, for the second time this season, fans will be offered a free game with the purchase of an NFL app.