CBS nabs mobile rights to NFL games

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CBS is the latest network to nab NFL mobile streaming rights after Verizon lost the exclusive rights to stream the games in the U.S.

Verizon had streamed NFL games exclusively to Verizon Wireless subscribers since 2010. But the company reached a new five-year deal with the league last year, reportedly worth more than $2 billion, which gives it non-exclusive multiplatform rights for all national out-of-market games.

While CBS has been streaming football games to desktop computers, tablets and connected TVs for years, this season will be the first time it will do so through mobile phones.

It joins ESPN and NBC Universal, which in December also announced that they extended their deals with the NFL to include mobile streaming rights of live games.

As part of its deal, CBS also extended its rights to stream all games on its All Access subscription service through the 2022 season.

In February, CBS said its All Access and Showtime OTT services combined have nearly 5 million subscribers, noting that it is essentially evenly split between the two. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves has set a goal of 8 million subscribers across the two services by 2020.

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