DirecTV, Comcast to put NFL Red Zone on tablets, computers

If the NFL gets its act together and decides to play football, fans equipped with a data link and DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) or Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) might be able to tune into NFL Red Zone. Talk about a lot of things going right.

Word on the street is that the league--taking some downtime at the moment thanks to rather rancorous labor strife--is negotiating with the two pay TV providers to offer both the NFL Network and Red Zone (a service that takes viewers directly to live coverage when a team is 20 yards from the end zone) for subscribers with high-speed data links via either computers or tablets or mobile phones.

"We hope to have a few partnerships that will be ready for kickoff," said Hans Schroeder, senior vice president of media business development for the NFL, carefully avoiding any mention of when kickoff might occur.

In other tablet news, HBO Go is a go for pay service subscribers who also happen to subscribe to a "participating" cable or satellite TV service.

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- TVPredictions has this story
- LostRemote has this story

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