There has been quite a bit of exciting stuff going on both with the Lions and behind the scenes here at SB Nation lately, and one of those things is that Comcast has come aboard to sponsor Pride of Detroit for the rest of the season. Several other NFL blogs here at SB Nation are involved, with the reason being that Comcast wants to promote the NFL RedZone channel. It is a new channel that came about this season, and the concept behind it is to show every game as a team enters the red zone.
Although my cable lineup here at college is pretty great, one of the things I'm missing out on by not being at my house is the new RedZone channel. Obviously I'm going to be busy watching Lions games no matter what, but I've heard from my brother a few times about how great RedZone is. He said something to the effect of how it's even better than Sunday Ticket, as he gets to watch the most important plays and doesn't have to worry about flipping around from game to game. (Note: He told me this well before I found out about this advertising deal.)
If you have Comcast's "Sports Entertainment Package" on digital cable, then you already have NFL RedZone. If you don't, then this Sunday is your chance to see what you're missing, as Comcast is offering a free preview of the channel from 1-4:15 p.m. ET. (Also check out Comcast's On Demand video library, which includes tons of content from NFL Network.)
If you're worried about this or the other sites becoming a billboard for Comcast, then stop right now. This will be the only post solely dedicated to Comcast, as in the future my plan is to talk about how the Lions did both offensively and defensively in the red zone in the past week's game. That post will be sponsored by NFL RedZone brought to you by Comcast, but it will actually allow a new feature to come about that I think will be pretty interesting.
So welcome to the site, Comcast.
Here is some more information from Comcast that I wanted to pass along:
- Recently moved all of the major sports networks to their most popular tier of service giving it to millions more people at no additional charge, and launched ESPNU. Also offering ESPN360 to their internet customers for free.
- Comcast also has the new NFL Redzone on its Sports Entertainment Package (about $5-7) this channel is getting a ton of buzz, and fans love it. This weekend Comcast will offer the NFL Redzone for free to all of its 17 million digital customers. The ³free-view² will be available , to 4:15 PM EST.
- This weekend, NFL RedZone joins Comcast¹s current offering of live sports programming, as well as NFL Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, ESPNU, MLB Network, ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Golf Channel, Speed and Versus among others on its Digital Preferred package, and will also be available to its Digital Starter customers. Comcast¹s SEP, the usual home for NFL¹s RedZone, also includes the major professional sports networks, as well as CBS College Sports, Fox College Sports, Fox Soccer, Gol TV, the Tennis Channel and other networks.
- We also have On Demand content from the NFL network whose game recaps of every game every week, draft profiles, player profiles, etc. We also have this type of content for specific teams including the Eagles, Steelers, Bears, Broncos, Seahawks.