Back in July, Sony announced that they had until the end of the month to renew its contract with the NFL Network to keep it on PlayStation Vue. At the end of the month, sources told Cord Cutters News that a deal was in place that would avoid a blackout on August 1, 2019.
Strangely though Sony is still warning of a possible NFL Network blackout. According to reports, Sony may have only made a short-term deal to keep the NFL Network as talks continue. This would be supported by the fact that Sony added possible Eleven Sports and NBA TV blackouts to the website but left the NFL Network listed.
Here is the warning posted on PlayStation Vue’s website:
Most of the programming/content you watch on PlayStation™Vue is licensed from programmers for the right to air their networks/channels. Once these agreements near expiration, we enter into renewal discussions where we work hard to try and obtain the best value for our customers. Though infrequent, sometimes certain licenses will not be renewed, in which case PlayStation™Vue would no longer carry the affected channels or networks. This section will be updated periodically to list channels and networks coming up for renewal. Please note that the dates listed below are subject to change.
- NFL Network
- Eleven Sports
- NBA TV
Sadly, right now Sony is not posting any updates on the future of the NFL Network. The fact that it is still live on PlayStation Vue likely means if talks are continuing, they are making progress.
Talks like this are not new. Typically, a deal is made without blackouts. And, if the NFL Network is dropped from PlayStation Vue that does not mean it couldn’t return in the future.
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