NFL Game Rewind for Tablets Fumbles Thanks to Restrictions

The NFL comes a little closer to offering a great mobile viewing experience with the NFL Game Rewind app, but sadly fumbles the ball with silly restrictions and an overpriced subscription model that only appeals to super fans.

The app lets users watch football on their iPad or Android tablet. So far that’s awesome. Unfortunately, the sports fan can’t watch them live. That might not suck too bad but the viewer can’t watch them until all the games on Sunday end. If my team finishes around 4 PM I can’t view the game till probably midnight or later on the East coast thanks to this silly restriction.

What’s Included

Here’s what subscribers do get. The app offers an HD stream of the game after it’s over. Coaches Film comes with lots of cool viewing angles and an onscreen telestrator feature (see below). That’s that thing the announcers use to draw on the replays. Watch a condensed version of a game in 30 minutes with all the boring stuff edited out. Go directly to big plays, like touchdowns and turnovers. See all the league’s scores and stats. Get play-by-play analysis of the games.

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This app makes sense for really hard-core NFL fans who like to watch game film or for people who cover the NFL for a living. I can see players and coaches lining up for this app. For even an avid fan like me, the restrictions of this app combined with the cost of the subscription makes it a disappointment.

Draconian Restrictions

Even if I could get behind an app that lets me watch delayed showings of my Packers late Sunday night when the Sunday Night game ends, there’s a few more restrictions. The fan can’t watch the Monday night game until 24 hours later. Who wants to crawl inside a hole and ward off those terrible people who love to tell me the score of the game I just recorded while I was working. I don’t like watching a game when I know the outcome.

Another restriction keeps the user from watching any games during live games. So, I can’t watch Sunday’s game during Monday’s, Thursday’s or Saturday’s games, once they start.

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The app requires a $34.99 subscription for just one team’s games. For just this season, the fan pays $39.99 and access to the past three plus playoffs and the Super Bowl bumps the cost to $69.99.

The cost feels like I’m taking an illegal block in the back from the NFL and their TV partners. I can’t see paying that much for games that I already know the outcome of, which will almost certainly happen with the restrictions and delays. Take away the restrictions and the price is cheap. Make a $20 app for all the features and I’m buying.

One more kick in the pants hits when I realized that only Android tablet users can enjoy the app. My Samsung Galaxy S III or my son’s Galaxy Note aren’t on the list, but the Nexus 7 Tablet is. All iPad models can use it, but iPhone users can’t.

Other Options

DirecTV offers an expensive alternative that lets me stream the games live. Subscribers of the Satellite service can get the NFL Sunday Ticket Max and use the mobile app to view games live. The Android app works on most devices including phones. It also comes on the iPad and iPhone. It’s expensive. Really expensive at $299.95 for Sunday Ticket Max which includes the mobile capability. Plus users must subscribe to DirecTV. Also, Verizon users can get NFL Mobile.

Comments

  1. George says

    12:30 am here on the east coast, Sunday Night Football has been final for 30 plus minutes now, and still unable to watch the Niners play. Not to mention that just to access game rewind, you have to go through nfl.com homepage, and it has all the scores right below.

  2. Bearfan says

    Seriously? I guess the NFL is as big as it is because it is able to accommodate even the most mediocre of fan and turn a dollar. In all reality, this app is fairly good, especially when considering the alternatives. The NFL Sunday ticket??? $299? Are you crazy. I’ll turn off any score keeping devices and be happy paying for game rewind. If you can’t enjoy a game while knowing the outcome, are you really a fan? Or why do you waste 3.5 hours every week just to know the result?? This app is great for people who live out of their team’s coverage area.

    Anyone interested should not let this short sighted article dissuade them. Media restrictions are becoming harder and harder to get around (like the CBS app I downloaded thinking I could listen to Sunday’s game, paid for the app as well, and fricken CBS blacked out the audio for the game!!!)

  3. Bob evans says

    I’ve been using this app on my iPad for several weeks now and suddenly tonight it tells me it’s only available to users in the United States . I’m in Alaska , last I heard Alaska is part of the u s

  4. Dan says

    It also sucks that even if you purchase rewind you can not use it in Europe. I am traveling for 5 weeks in Germany and Italy. That is the only reason I purchased it was to see replays of the games that I am missing.

    • Bill says

      I had same experience in Australia. When I got back, I found a proxy program that makes your iDevice think it is in a different country than it is in. You can pick several countries. Look up proxy in App Store. I also dislike that Sunday day games are nit available until some times an hour after SNF ends.

  5. wsmyth says

    Go to gamerewind.nfl.com. Purchase a subscription. Turn scores on or off, depending upon whether you want to see them before you watch the game. Select the game you want to watch. The default is broadcast, which is the entire network telecast without commercials. The other one I use is condensed, which is each play, start to finish. There are other options that I do not use.

  6. Jane Bellmyer says

    NFL Rewind only works on tablets that cost $400 or more. I got the list from NFL Rewind…REAL short list of pricey models. Shills. The $100 model I bought my son for Christmas was traded up for the $130 model and still it’s no go even though it has Google Play and Android. Money grubbing jerks

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