Starting in January, you won't need to be a Verizon Wireless customer to stream live NFL games.
The NFL and Verizon, which have had a years-long partnership that kept live games off any competing carriers' phones, said Monday they would serve up live games and other NFL video on Yahoo for anyone to stream.
By placing one of the country's most valuable media properties on Yahoo, Verizon is aiming to boost its newly expanded media arm. Oath.earlier this year in a $4.48 billion deal and to make a media-focused division called
The companies said Monday that Verizon's properties, including Yahoo Sports, will stream in-market and national games, including preseason, regular season and playoff games, along with the Super Bowl, nationwide to sports fans – regardless of mobile network. Video will also be available on Verizon's Go90 app and the NFL mobile app. (AT&T's DirecTV still has a hold over out-of-market games -- those played by teams from cities that aren't where you live.)
The new agreement begins in January with streaming of the NFL playoffs. In addition to live games, it includes highlights and coverage of NFL throughout the week and year, as well as other video original content.
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