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NFL, DirecTV Reach Deal for NFL RedZone Channel

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 02: A detail view of the NFL crest and logo is seen in game action during the Super Bowl LIV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers on February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami Gardens, FL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

DirecTV and the NFL have reached an agreement that will add NFL RedZone across all of the company’s platforms, the league announced on Tuesday.

DirecTV has been a carrier of the NFL Network and was formerly the home of its own version of NFL RedZone as part of the package to carry NFL Sunday Ticket. With that deal expiring in 2022 and moving to YouTube TV for 2023, the DirecTV version of the red zone whip-around network died.

The new deal will ensure that DirecTV customers will continue to be able to access NFL RedZone, as well as NFL Network, and will expand the carriage of both of those networks to not only its satellite customers, but DirecTV Stream and AT&T U-Verse.

“DIRECTV was an initial launch partner of NFL Network over 20 years ago and we’re thrilled to continue our long-standing partnership which caters to millions of DIRECTV customers who are NFL fans,” NFL vice president Hans Schroeder said. “This renewal will provide fans across all DIRECTV platforms the ability to watch NFL Network’s award-winning coverage of America’s most popular sport while also giving greater access to the wildly popular NFL RedZone.”

Scott Hanson will continue to host NFL RedZone, which is produced in-house by the NFL.

The new deal for NFL Sunday Ticket between the NFL and YouTube has been valued at $2 billion annually. The terms of the deal between the NFL and DirecTV, which had been paying $1.5 billion per year for Sunday Ticket, have not been revealed.