July 23, 2015
The NFL announced that a new version of its Game Pass service will be released on July 31 to a variety of different devices, including Apple TV and Xbox game consoles. NFL Game Pass will replace NFL Game Rewind, and will include access to preseason games, all 256 regular season games, and access to archived games. The service will also include new features for accessing a range of content. Game Pass does not include live regular season, playoff, and Super Bowl broadcasts; games will be available to watch once they have aired on television.
Game Pass will replace Game Rewind, a paid service that allowed users to watch all regular season games on demand. The new service will offer tools such as the ability to condense games to 30 minutes, full game replays in high definition, and exclusive All-22 and EndZone angles to analyze games.
In addition users have the ability to fast forward and rewind, to turn off scores for current games so viewers can catch up on games without any spoilers, and access to previous games from 2009-2015.
“Game Pass is already available in different incarnation outside the U.S.,” reports AppleInsider, “but the NFL’s only domestic offers for Apple TV and iOS device owners have so far been Game Rewind.” Game Pass will also be available on Xbox One and Xbox 360 devices.
Because the service will not allow users to watch games live, Game Pass is aimed for “enthusiasts looking for replays, or those who want to watch games they otherwise would have missed,” reports TechCrunch. The service will be available to users in the United States, Antigua, the Bahamas, Bermuda, all U.S. territories, and Mexico.
Despite the new service, the NFL will continue its contract with DirecTV, and the NFL Sunday Ticket app will be available on additional mobile devices in 2015. These devices include Xbox 360, Roku, and Chromecast for live streaming.