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NFL Network, RedZone agree to deal with Hulu

A landmark carriage deal between Hulu and NFL Network and NFL RedZone means pro football coverage will expand to streaming in a big way in 2021.

NFL Network and its celebrated program NFL RedZone have struck a carriage agreement with Hulu + Live TV, and will begin airing pro football coverage on the streaming service later this summer.

An official news release from NFL Communications stated that August 1 is the target date to bring NFL Network and NFL RedZone to Hulu audiences.

“One of our top priorities as a League remains broadening the distribution platforms for NFL content, and so we’re very pleased to bring our lineup of award-winning shows and live games to Hulu’s live subscribers starting in the 2021 NFL season,” said NFL Media COO and EVP Hans Schroeder.

NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson provided a notable reaction to Tuesday’s news, hinting at the massive platform and audience Hulu stands to reach with this new deal:

NFL Network already has a deal with the league for exclusive live-game telecasts for prime-time matchups. With a 17th game added to the 2021 regular season, Hulu + Live TV subscribers will definitely be getting their money’s worth if they’re fans of the National Football League.

As big players in the streaming game continue to make bold moves, Amazon Prime Video is aiming to become the sole provider of Thursday Night Football by 2023, so they’re in an advantageous position to expand NFL coverage into the future.

Hulu’s carriage arrangement begins right on the 2021 campaign. Suddenly, Amazon may have some real competition from the Disney- and NBCUniversal-backed streamer when it comes to NFL broadcasting rights in the coming years.

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