Get ready for NFL football on iPhone

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CBS and the NFL ironed out their differences, allowing your iPhone to stream football games for the first time.
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CBS has been struggling to find stand-out content for its All Access streaming service beside Star Trek: Discovery. That problem has been solved. 

The entire 2018 NFL ON CBS schedule, including Super Bowl LIII, will be streamed live on All Access. That includes smartphones and tablets, a significant development.

“We’re very pleased to extend and expand our partnership with the NFL and give our viewers and CBS All Access subscribers the ability to stream NFL ON CBS games on mobile phones,” said Marc DeBevoise, President & COO, CBS Interactive, said in a statement.

Games included in NFL football on iPhone

CBS pays for the rights to show regional games on Sunday afternoons, with the network generally picking AFC matches. The network also shows a Thursday night game. In the post season, CBS airs most AFC and NFC games playoff games. As mentioned, the Super Bowl is included  in this deal.

This just-announced agreement is good through 2022. That’s when CBS’s entire current contract with the NFL expires.

Verizon is out, CBS is in

CBS All Access began showing NFL games back in 2016, but Verizon held a contract to exclusively show the games on smartphones. That expired with the 2017 season though.

The games CBS has the rights can now be viewed on CBS App for iOS or Apple TV. In addition, the deal includes viewing on the Android or Windows 10 apps. They can also be watched with Roku, Chromecast, Xbox One, Fire TV, or other video players. If nothing else, there’s always CBS.com.

The costs of CBS All Access

CBS All Access costs $5.99 with commercials, or $9.99 a month with the ads left out.

Beyond football and a few exclusives, the service offers more than 10,000 on-demand episodes spanning current shows from CBS Television’s primetime, daytime, and late night lineup, as well as past seasons of select series and classic TV. 

Rival networks ABC, NBC, and Fox teamed up to create Hulu, which offers recent episodes from each of them,. CBS, as the most popular TV network, decided to create its own service.