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Cablevision to Carry NFL Network

The network debuts as part of the cable provider's lineup on Friday.

and the National Football League today announced a multi-year deal that puts the NFL Network and the NFL RedZone channel on the cable operator's television lineup for the first time.

Competitors DirecTV and Verizon FiOS already carry the stations, which broadcast all sorts of football-related programming, including regular season Thursday night games.

NFL Network will be available in both standard-definition and HD for customers who subscribe to iO Preferred, iO Silver, iO Gold or the iO Sports & Entertainment Pak. NFL RedZone, which airs on Sundays throughout the regular season, will be offered in both standard-definition and HD as part of the iO Sports & Entertainment Pak, which is now included in the new iO Gold package.

"We know there is significant interest in the NFL Network and NFL RedZone among our Optimum TV customers, and are pleased to have worked productively with the NFL to offer both channels in time for the upcoming season, and for years to come," Mac Budill, Cablevision's executive vice president of programming, said in a statement.

Both Verizon and DirecTV have used the NFL Network as a way to woo sports fans to their services. DirecTV still has one advantage over both Verizon and Cablevision - the satellite provider is the only one of the three offering NFL Sunday Ticket, which allows fans to watch every regular season game.

fuzzy August 17, 2012 at 03:18 AM
another rate increase on the way
Will McAvoy August 17, 2012 at 03:34 AM
you're on to something there
NorthCountyHound August 17, 2012 at 02:40 PM
If the NFL plays real games with these replacement refs then Goodell and his cabal should be put in prison for fraud and for creating an unsafe working environment for the players. All the prattle about concussions and bounties is nonsense compared this. I have watched a few preson games and these refs are so bad is frightening.
Ryan Buncher August 17, 2012 at 06:35 PM
It is a bit off topic, but I agree with your point. Competent officiating is a health issue. Back on topic, I am surprised that the league didn't make this happen sooner because the network does so much to promote the league.
robert pidgeon August 23, 2012 at 04:42 PM
about 5 years late fios has had this since they've been around.screw cablevision. now their messing with pix 11 who's next? switch if you can, if not get a dish.

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