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NFL Blackout Information

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NFL Blackout Information

XFINITY is your home for the most live sports, giving you access to the sports you love when and where you want. As an XFINITY TV customer, you can enjoy more sports your way - live in HD on your TV, streaming online and even through XFINITY On Demand!

It's important to remember, however, that sometimes sports can be subject to blackout restrictions. A blackout is when sports teams and leagues (or schools and conferences) prohibit certain games from being seen on certain channels due to ticket sales or games being carried on other channels.

 

National Football League (NFL)

Preseason
While select preseason games might appear exclusively on the national networks (CBS, FOX, NBC and ESPN), most preseason games are televised live only on local broadcast stations or regional cable networks.

NFL Network (available in the XFINITY Digital Preferred and Sports Entertainment Packages) carries every pre-season game on either a live or delayed basis. On occasion, XFINITY may be required by the NFL or a local team to black out the NFL Network's feed or a pre-season game because a local broadcast station is airing the same game. In this case, you may just need to change the channel to find the game you're looking for.

Regular Season
The local stations upon which regular season games appear are decided by the NFL. Typically, games where the road team is from the National Football Conference (NFC) are shown on FOX, while games where the road team is from the American Football Conference (AFC) are shown on CBS. Normally, the local team is shown on the home team's local FOX or CBS affiliate station whether they're playing at home or away. A local NFL team can also enforce a blackout of its home games under the NFL's blackout policy if the game is not sold out. This generally occurs in very few markets.

In addition, six teams play stand-alone, nationally-televised prime time games on Thursdays (CBS and/or NFL Network), Sundays (NBC) and Mondays (ESPN). The Monday and Thursday night games shown on ESPN and the NFL Network are also shown on a local station in the home markets of the participating teams. During the first half of the regular season, Thursday night NFL Network games are also shown live on CBS

XFINITY offers NFL RedZone in our Sports Entertainment Package. This channel appears only on Sundays during the regular season, and it provides live "look-ins" of all games and extensive highlights so you can see all the big plays, no matter where you are.

Postseason
All NFL Playoff games are televised nationally, and early-round playoff games are subject to the NFL's blackout policy if a game is not sold out.
 
 
More About Finding Your Favorite Sports Games & Teams
  • Overflow Channels - In many larger markets, the number of games being played at the same time frequently exceeds the number of available channels/networks. When this occurs, the second (or third) simultaneous game will be televised on a part-time, extra channel.
  • To find out what channel a particular game is going to be on or when and where to catch coverage of your favorite team, we recommend that you check the local listings on your on-screen guide or visit team, league, school and conference websites for the most up-to-date information (weather and post-season scheduling can change frequently).
  • For more information on accessing sporting events online, please see What is TV Everywhere?.



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