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Verizon Deal With NFL Network Puts Viewers in Control

Verizon has inked a deal with the NFL Network to create “NFL Network Game Extra” for Verizon’s broadband service that will put viewers in a virtual control booth, enabling them to select from among multiple camera feeds during live online broadcasts of Thursday and Saturday pro football games.

The service will be available online through any broadband connection. It’s the only official broadband outlet for the NFL Network’s games.

“The best NFL experience this year is with Verizon,” said Bill Heilig, vice president of Verizon’s consumer broadband product development. “We’re bringing our customers exciting new ways to expand their already rich television viewing through a highly interactive, online experience that gives them unprecedented control over what they see and hear on the field, plus the ability to take the action with them wherever they go.”

Other features include live online chats with other NFL Network Game Extra viewers during the live games; game statistics, highlights and drive-chart simulations during the games; on-demand video highlights of the games; and special events, including college bowl games and college all-star games such as the Insight Bowl, Texas Bowl and Senior Bowl.

“The powerful combination of TV and online programming allows fans to view alternate camera angles, watch replays and tap into game stats and highlights, whenever and wherever they find a broadband connection,” said Brian Rolapp, NFL senior vice president of media strategy and digital media.

The NFL Network Game Extra service is available to consumers who subscribe to either Verizon FiOS or Verizon High Speed Internet service, plus either Verizon FiOS TV or DirecTV through Verizon.

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