Good news for football fans all over the country: the NFL Network is about to make its way into millions of more households. The Tampa Bay area, in particular, just got a lot more quality football programming.
Late Friday afternoon, the NFL announced that Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks had signed multi-year deals to carry the NFL Network and the NFL RedZone channel. As the second and sixth-largest cable providers in the U.S., respectively, those were two rather sizeable voids in the Network’s reach.
The impact will be immediate for football fans in the Bay area who have their cable through Bright House, a Pewter Partner of the Buccaneers. The coverage will begin this Sunday and will be fully in place in time for next week’s Thursday Night Football Game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. The NFL Network will broadcast 13 Thursday night games this year.
The Bay area is one of 12 NFL home markets that have Time Warner and Bright House as major cable carriers. The NFL Network has been providing comprehensive coverage of the league since 1993, seven days a week. On game days, the RedZone programming is particularly popular as it bounces around the NFL providing a look at the most exciting moments in every game.