Never miss an NFL game with the official NFL Game Pass for Windows Phone
I can hear all you reading the title shouting “YES!” at the top of your lungs. At least you would be doing that if you’re diehard NFL fan, never want to miss a game, and happen to live outside the United States and Mexico. NFL Game Pass is now available for Windows Phone.
Before we go any further and look at the app, you need to understand NFL Game Pass. It’s a service that is so awesome for football fans that I wish it was available to users in the United States and Mexico. NFL Game Pass allows you to watch live and on-demand football games. It’s now on Windows Phone 8 (can’t find it on Windows 8 yet, if you do let us know) and was previously only for Android or iOS devices. Unfortunately for sports fans in the United States, the NFL and DirecTV signed a deal that won’t let such a service exists within our borders. Outside the US? Read on to see what you’ll be getting.
- Live and On-demand Football Games – Stream 2013 NFL games live or on demand on your Windows 8 device.
- NFL RedZone – See every touchdown from every game live on Sundays, or browse the RedZone archives.
- NFL Network Live Stream – Watch NFL Network programming live 24/7.
- Condensed Football Games – Watch entire NFL games from snap to whistle in approximately 30 minutes.
- Scores – View scores from around the league. (*Includes the option to turn off scores).
- Stats – Full box score of stats for live and archived games.
Right now, I am so jealous of every single one of you who will get to take advantage of that. DirecTV and Windows Phone don’t exactly have a promising relationship, so I don’t suspect we’ll be seeing their Sunday Ticket anytime soon.
To take advantage of NFL Game Pass you’ll need to have a paid subscription to the service and be outside the United States. Learn more over at NFL.com/Gamepass (opens in new tab)
It’s nice to see the partnership between Microsoft and the NFL paying off. In the U.S. and still want some NFL action on your Windows Phone? Be sure to check out the NFL Mobile app for Windows Phone.
Now I’m curious, are there any fans of the NFL outside the United States? Sound off below.
Want to download NFL Game Pass to your device? You’ll need to on Windows Phone 8 to take advantage. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store, use the QR code below, or swipe to the right in our app.
Via: Windows Phone Central Forums
Thanks for the tip Parktreeone!
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Saw this shit and was cool lol
I was at work reading between customers...
Also, I had just posted a thread over on the DirecTV forums, and emailed them yesterday for the 3rd year in a row asking where these apps are. It's horrible that I'm a paying consumer of their service, and they would keep me out in the dark from watching content on the devices I CHOOSE, not what they say I can use.
Without the NFL package direct tv will lose a good chunk of subscribers.
I wonder how the money would compare from the direct tv exclusivity deal, to nfl just making a deal with every network, just like the redzone did.
On a related note I should see if I can get my Slingbox to work with my 1020 - . I think football is about thet only thing that will convince me to I spend the $15 on the app.
But this isn't even about that -- it's about the team owners who also need some people to buy tickets and see it at the stadium and local TV stations who have also paid market-set prices for the right to broadcast the majority of the games so they can in turn sell advertising, so the people who do want to sit at home can watch it for free (paid by advertisers). I'm not sure how the NFL's deal with DirecTV works, but in general, it's the local teams and TV stations who demand certain forms of exclusivity in their local markets from the NFL.
If you watch it on the Internet, you are not watching on your local station. That means your money is going to the Internet provider selling ads instead of to a local business. If anything, that would be unethical. (Admittedly, this is not 100% fair, because some local stations are owned by the parent network, but that's relatively rare.)
There is nothing unethical about any of these practices. It would only become unethical, if someone was lying or defrauding their business partners in closing the deals or lying to consumers about how they can access the games. Otherwise, it's just people coming to terms that are best for their businesses and their customers. I suppose you could also say it's unethical to rip off the team, local TV station, and NFL by watching pirated games, but even I'm not going to weep for the NFL or its players over the handful of people who do that. :-)
However, this only applies to games outside of your home area (you can always watch your home team play on your local channel) and until the advent of the Internet and Satellite TV, you could never watch anything but your home team, plus the extra Sunday network game(s), Monday Night Football, etc. The NFL would argue that it can't be an anti-trust violation for something that has only been recently enabled by technology advances. The fact that DirecTV was willing to pay more for NFL than Dish is a credit to the value, but the fact that not all customers who could suddenly dumped Dish for DirecTV (you and I included) is proof that any harm to consumers is minimal.
This is the market working as it should: DirecTV paid big bucks for the service in the hope it would help them win customers from Dish.
For your analogy, that was the exact situation for quite some time when only AT&T had the iPhone. That was also legal. Ultimately, Apple (not the government) concluded it was in their financial interest to sell through more carriers than it was to stick with only AT&T with its added payments for exclusivity. And that's less clear to me than the NFL issue, because you could truly live (as I do) in an area w/o any AT&T coverage so there was no way to use the iPhone, whereas I don't think anyone lives in a place where they can get Dish but couldn't switch to DirecTV if they really wanted the NFL access -- basically if you can see the sky to the south, you can use either (if there are users who can get one and not the other, it's a tiny, tiny number).
Anyways, this is getting annoying. First dominos (now available for US, but wasn't at first) Starbucks, now this for non US? Don't they know that more people in the US enjoy these stuff?
I've had this for the last two years. The streaming was really jerky this last weekend. Not sure if it was something with my computer settings (firewalls, etc.), or something on DirecTV's end. Based on about a year's worth of experience with this service I can say that I find it to be not as smooth as getting it through the satellite dish.
I'm pretty sure that DirecTV's exclusive contract is in it's final year. I know an analysis from a few years ago basically showed that DirecTV was only breaking even. (Basically, they agreed to pay the NFL $X millions per year, and then have to hope they can make that up via their customers). My sister works for DirecTV, and recently told me the scuttlebutt in the company is that they are not going to renew the exclusive contract because it has turned out to be too expensive. But I have no idea if someone else will pick up the exclusive contract, or if the NFL will try allowing multiple companies to carry it.
I would imagine that the Verizon NFL exclusive is a similar situation where they agree to pay the NFL for the exclusive contract, and hope to make it back from subscribers.
The nice thing (from the NFL's point of view) is that by having the exclusive long term contracts it makes it easier to determine what the salary cap is going to be for several years down the road. Having that go up and then down can really throw a wrench in future planning. Also, having companies bidding against each other might drive up the total revenue for the NFL.