|By Business Wire
|August 15, 2014 12:08 PM EDT
DIRECTV and NFL Now are teaming up to launch “The Rich Eisen Show,” a
new, daily talk show featuring NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, which will
premiere on Oct. 6 and air exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience Network
from noon to 3 p.m. (EDT).
In addition to Audience Network, “The Rich Eisen Show” will be available
digitally on NFL Now, the NFL’s next-generation video service, providing
fans access to a customized stream of content from the largest digital
library of NFL video anywhere across an array of Internet-connected
Originating out of DIRECTV’s headquarters in Los Angeles, “The Rich
Eisen Show” is a natural progression for the host whose weekly podcast
on NFL.com garnered 16 million downloads over its four-year run. In
moving to a daily television and digital format, the new show allows
Eisen to use his engaging blend of insightful football analysis, with an
offbeat mix of humor and pop culture while continuing to attract the
most recognizable names in sports and entertainment.
“The Rich Eisen Show” will also be available on DIRECTV’s ROOT
Sports-branded regional sports networks in Pittsburgh, Denver and
“We’re looking forward to working with Rich in this new TV format that
will really showcase his wit and talent for bridging the worlds of
sports and entertainment,” said Chris Long, DIRECTV’s senior vice
president for Original Content and Production. “We think he’s one of the
best hosts in sports TV and we’re thrilled to have him head the new
“I’m thrilled by the opportunity to work with DIRECTV and particularly
honored to be following the ‘Dan Patrick Show’ -- and not just because
Dan told me to say that,” said Eisen. “I’m equally as elated to stay
with NFL Network after all these years and plant the flag for the
National Football League in the app world in the same manner I’ve been
fortunate to do on the TV and digital fronts. Plus, after all these
years of seeing TV add 10 pounds, I’m hoping phones and tablets will
only add 5.”
“We are excited to be able to distribute ‘The Rich Eisen Show’ to fans
on NFL Now. Rich’s personality and passion for the NFL will be an
excellent addition to the original and historic content from the very
best of NFL Media, the 32 NFL clubs, and NFL Films,” said Tom Brady, NFL
Media’s vice president of Content. “If the growth of Rich’s podcast is
any indication, this new show will be a 'must watch’ for NFL fans around
In addition to the new show, Eisen enters into his 11th
season at NFL Network and will continue to host Sunday’s Emmy-nominated
show NFL GameDay Morning, the most comprehensive NFL pregame show
on television, and anchor NFL Network’s special on-location coverage of
the NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction
Weekend and Super Bowl.
A three-time Sports Emmy nominee in the Outstanding Studio Host
category, Eisen was NFL Network’s first on-air talent when the network
launched in November 2003, and the original host of NFL Total Access,
which provides exclusive inside access to all 32 teams, including the
latest news, information and live reports coast-to-coast. In 2010, Eisen
expanded his presence with the network to include “The Rich Eisen
Podcast” on NFL.com which became a staple among athletes, actors,
entertainers and football fans across the country. Eisen is represented
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About NFL Now
NFL Now is NFL Media’s next-generation video service, providing
fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere,
accessible through apps and browsers across an array of
Internet-connected devices. Offered for free with a premium tier, NFL
Now allows fans to customize their own video stream of short-form videos
and highlights from NFL Media and all 32 NFL clubs.
Through NFL Now, fans can select their favorite NFL teams and players
and upload their NFL.com Fantasy roster, and NFL Now dynamically
personalizes each fan’s viewing experience. In addition to the free
version of NFL Now, fans can upgrade their experience to NFL Now Plus
which offers the deepest digital NFL highlight experience ever created.
Subscribers to NFL Now Plus will have access to instant in-game
highlights from each game, as well as the extensive vault of NFL Films
shows and documentaries ranging from America’s Game to A
NFL Now is part of NFL Media which includes NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL
Mobile, NFL RedZone, and NFL Films. For more information on NFL Now and
NFL Now Plus please visit NFL.com/Now.
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