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Streaming audio platform TuneIn to offer live NFL games

Streaming radio platform TuneIn will offer live play-by-play of National Football League (NFL) games this season along with an audio simulcast of the NFL Network, The Desk has confirmed.

The simulcasts will be available to listeners with a TuneIn Premium subscription, which costs $10 a month or $100 a year.

TuneIn Premium will offer every NFL telecast to Premium subscribers, the company’s chief executive Richard Stern confirmed to The Desk last week.

In addition, Premium subscribers will get access to on-demand replays of NFL games as well as a simulcast of the NFL Network, which includes access to “Good Morning Football” and “NFL Now.”

Financial terms of the deal between TuneIn and the NFL were not disclosed. The regular football season is scheduled to begin in early September, though TuneIn began its simulcast partnership with the NFL last Thursday with an NFL Hall of Fame game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The move largely ends an exclusivity agreement between the NFL and satellite radio company SiriusXM Pandora, which was the primary service for live play-by-play of NFL games in progress.

TuneIn is the default radio streamer for Amazon and Google smart speakers and is available through the TuneIn app for smartphones, tablets, streaming TV platforms and on the web at TuneIn.com.

Along with live NFL telecasts and the NFL Network simulcast, TuneIn Premium offers access to play-by-play broadcasts of National Hockey League games; commercial-free audio simulcasts of CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Radio and Al Jazeera English; and dozens of commercial-free streaming music channels.

Earlier this month, TuneIn added hundreds of local radio stations owned by iHeart Media as part of a comprehensive, multi-year agreement between the two companies. The platform also offers access to community and public radio stations along with commercial outlets owned by Alpha Media, Bonneville and Cumulus Radio.

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Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 10 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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