NFL Network launched NFL RedZone on Sunday. The new channel, available on AT&T, Comcast, DISH Network, RCN, Verizon FiOs and other distributors, was praised by media and fans who watched it.
Here’s a video link of highlights from the debut show on Sunday followed by reviews and fan comments:
Multichannel News: NFL Scores a Touchdown September 14, 2009 By Scott Greczkowski
With the official kickoff of Sunday football action the NFL scored a touchdown this weekend with fans across the country.
The NFL season kicked off with a touchdown with the kickoff of the new NFL RedZone channel. The NFL RedZone Channel is the best thing to happen to the NFL since the invention of the instant replay! I am not a big football fan but the NFL RedZone had me glued to my set on Sunday afternoon.
Whats so great about it? Every great play from the Red Zone from every team, with no blackouts, and no commercials. On air host Scott Hanson knows his football and hosted the entire days events without error.
Football fans that are Dish Network customers seemed to be thrilled with the new RedZone coverage. The online message forums at SatelliteGuys.US lit up with happy comments from many football fans.
OrlandoSGM wrote, “Enjoying the Red Zone all afternoon! It’s Sunday Football for ADD people!”
TSC said, I had no intension of subscribing to the $5.99 multi-sports package to get this channel.. but by 2PM or so, after reading people’s reactions and descriptions of the channel, I decided to get it.”
ESPN.com’s Page 2: By Gregg Easterbrook
As part of the peace pact with Comcast, the NFL offered Red Zone Channel to cable. I watched Red Zone Channel on Sunday and it is the cat’s meow — basically a live around-the-league highlights show happening while games are in progress. Red Zone Channel is an exciting new way to watch football, and if it were a network, it would out-draw many games. So far, of cable carriers, only Comcast and Verizon have purchased Red Zone Channel. Time-Warner, Cox, all the rest: Get on the stick and buy this channel. Your viewers will be pleased.
CableFAX Daily Sept. 17
“We’re hearing great things from our customers,” said Comcast svp/gm, video services Derek Harrar of the net. “Offering
customers the opportunity to monitor every touchdown from all the games is something we’re excited to continue to
offer every Sunday.”
Here’s a few fan comments from Twitter: (the official name is “NFL RedZone”)
CaliJJ: NFL Network’s Red Zone channel = Must have channel!
michaelwalling: NFL Red Zone should be illegal. When you don’t care particularly about a specific game going on, it feeds my football hunger. No commercials
DPSJ: Just finished watching NFL Red Zone Channel. It’s like giving an overeater unfettered access to a Las Vegas buffet.
kidpsu: I can’t believe how great the NFL Network’s Red Zone Live station has been today. It shows so much action!
www.MaddenHQ.com: The NFL RedZone channel is not a bad idea: In fact, I think it was a smart move by the NFL Network. I found myself going back and forth between the NFL RedZone channel and the Vikings-Browns game to see how the other games around the league were going and who was about to score. More than once I was disappointed because I saw field goals instead of touchdowns, but that’s not the NFL RedZone’s fault.
NFL RedZone is hosted by Scott Hanson from the new state-of-the-art NFL RedZone studio at NFL Network’s headquarters in Los Angeles. Produced by NFL Network, NFL RedZone whips around every NFL game on Sunday afternoons delivering the touchdowns and most exciting moments as they happen and in high definition. When a team goes inside the 20-yard line, fans see the crucial plays live. The channel keeps fans up-to-date in real time, switching from game to game with live look-ins, highlights and a chance to see every important play. For more information on NFL RedZone, visit www.nfl.com/redzonetv.