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Review: NFL Game Rewind: Watch On-Demand NFL Games Streaming Online

NFL Game Rewind is back for 2013. If you want to watch every NFL game on-demand online this season, NFL Game Rewind is your ticket. Check out our review of this season’s product.  

NFL Game Rewind is the NFL’s digital online product that allows fans to watch every NFL game on-demand and online the day after it’s original live broadcast. It works wonderfully in all major browsers and on Mac or PC.

Subscriptions

There are four different NFL Game Rewind subscription options now for 2013.

Season Plus ($69.99) – This edition gives you access to all the features of NFL Game Rewind through July 31st of 2014. You get complete coaches film for every play on 2013, plus access to all the playoff games and the Super Bowl.

Season ($39.99 or $10.99 per month) – This gives you access for just the NFL Regular season. At the end of the regular season your subscription will end and you don’t get access to the playoffs.

Follow Your Team ($29.99) – If you only care about one team, this subscription gives you regular season access to just your favorite team.

Watch For 7 Days ($9.99) – You guessed it, this one gives you access to NFL Game Rewind for one week.

All versions give you tablet access HD video, DVR controls, quad view, and archived games. The Season and Follow Your Team subscriptions only get a limited amount of Coaches Film (a few plays per game) and don’t give you playoff or year round access. The Season Plus and Season subscriptions also provide Classic Super Bowl games. (back to 2009)

New Features

NFL Game Rewind brought some significant and exiting new changes in back 2012. First, is the “All-22″ or Coaches film.  This is the same wide angle views that coaches around the league use. You actually get two views of every play. The first is a high angle view from the side, and the second is a high angle end zone view. They are run back-to-back for each play. If you get into the “X’s” and “O’s” of football, you are really going to love this feature.

The Coaches film is a cool way to view individual plays, but it’s far from an ideal way to watch a game.  First of all, there is no audio or other TV added displays. It’s just the raw tape. However, the stadium scoreboard is usually shown in between plays to give you some context.

Each play is a separate clip and the clips play one after the next. The result is you can’t easily fast forward or “scrub”  your way to the second half of the game. You need to go to the play by play and jump ahead to a particular play, and then watch in sequence from that point on.

 

When viewing a game in Broadcast mode, you can jump over to the Coaches Film without losing your place. Since the average fan probably won’t watch an entire game in Coach’s Mode, this is a pretty important feature. It’ll allow fans to quickly check out individual plays from the coaches camera and then jump back into the broadcast. You can’t however, do the same with condensed mode.

Game Views

You can watch up to four games at a time by adjusting the View along the bottom of the screen. When you are in one of the multiple screen views, click on the screen to activate the audio of that game or hit the expand button to switch that game to full screen.

Picture in Picture allows you move the second screen around the video player by clicking and dragging and the “Swap” button let’s you easily switch between games.

DVR Controls

The DVR Controls are the same as they were in the past. It’s a basic play/pause button,  jump back and forward 10 seconds, and start over. You can also jump into full screen mode with just a click of a button.

Condensed Games

Back again are the Condensed games. Each NFL game is condensed down to about 30-40 minutes. In past seasons I’ve felt that this was a great idea that was less than perfectly executed. The cuts are so quick in between the plays that it can be hard to follow the game, but they’ve add a bit of time in between plays, added penalty calls, and it’s made it a better product.

Other Goodies

If you enjoy those Top 100 NFL Player shows on the NFL Network, you are in luck. You can watch the latest Top 100 episodes from this past season under the NFL Network button at the top right. You also find an archive of NFL Gameday episodes going back to 2010. The archives have complete games, including playoffs and Super Bowls, going back to 2009.

System Requirements

You’ll need to have a broadband connection and the quality of the video could be effected by bandwidth.

Windows PC Requirements

NOTE: It also works just fine for me in the Google Chrome Browser.

MAC Minimum Requirements

Note: It also works fine for me in the Safari browser for Mac.

For support issues: http://nfl.com/subscriptionsupport

Other Important Details

  • NFL Game rewind is UNAVAILABLE DURING SUNDAY, THURSDAY NIGHT, & MONDAY NIGHT LIVE NFL GAME BROADCASTS. Apparently the NFL doesn’t want to compete with itself, so you have to wait until games are over to watch Game Rewind.
  • Watching on Multiple PCs at the same time with the same account is restricted. This also applies to the iPad app. If you log in on one device it will log you out on the other.
  • NFL Game Rewind is only available to subscribers in the United States, Bermuda, Antigua, the Bahamas, and any U.S. territories. 

Overview

NFL Game Rewind is a lesser known gem that truly deserves more attention. As in past seasons, the video quality is outstanding (assuming you have enough bandwidth) and looks great even on a large screen. If you find yourself missing games on Sundays or just want to re-watch NFL games, this is the ticket.

One small bummer is the blackouts during any live NFL games, however, this has only ever been an issue for me once or twice. For example, there was a time or two when the Monday Night game was a blowout and I wanted to watch a game from the previous day only to find that I had to wait until Monday Night Football was over.

How soon can you watch the games? Sunday afternoon games are available around midnight on Sunday (after the Sunday Night game). Any evening games are available by noon the next day. These times are general guidelines, however, I wouldn’t necessarily bank on a game being available Sunday night at 12:01.

You can also watch on your iPad and some Android tablets through a separate and free app download. (We reviewed the NFL Game Rewind iPad app separately)

I’ve been a subscriber of Game Rewind for several years and I’ve really enjoyed it. In the past I’ve found myself using it less as the season wore on, but with the addition of the iPad access I used it even more.

Purchase

You can order NFL Game Rewind from NFL.com

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  • BrianAus

    While they claim that Sunday games are available at the conclusion of Sunday night football (see here:
    http://gamerewind.support.nfl.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=363236&SPID=44870&DB_OEM_ID=22900&ATCLID=205437623 and
    https://gamerewind.nfl.com/nflgr/secure/packages?ttv=0&ttp=3) this isn’t true, at least as of week 1. Not sure when Sunday games do come available – the listed terms were true last season – but not this season. So, that’s not awesome.

  • chicagopete

    it is one hour after games are supposed to be archived, yet the only game available is the Thursday night game. Is this how its going to be. I want my $40 back. Anyone else getting access to the games?

  • nick

    when are the games available to watch after thursday night games…aaarrrggghhh i want to see the bears packers game!!!!!!!

    • sportsgeekery

      By noon the following day.

      • mygzman

        But that is not what the NFL website says. It says they will be available immediately after the end of the game. False advertising.

        • sportsgeekery

          Where does it say that? I’ve not seen that anywhere. The site does now say 2-3 hours after the end of the game for the Sunday & Thursday night games. Last year it was by noon for night games. It’s the Sunday afternoon games that are available (or supposed to be) immediately after the Sunday Night game.

          http://gamerewind.support.nfl.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=363236&SPID=44870&DB_OEM_ID=22900&ATCLID=205437623

          • http://www.facebook.com/ziondaddy David Crocker

            Actually I saw that too.. the word “immediately” is used lol..

          • Ryan Ingram

            yes. that’s very misleading. I missed Thursday Night Football last night as a result, after paying $29.99 because I saw “immediately”.
            They ripped me off through false advertising.

          • GStorm

            Even the Sunday games are not available right away. I’ve logged on after the Sunday night game and they still don’t have some of the early games up yet.

  • Ryan Ingram

    One thing no one is very clear about is HOW LONG until you can watch games, at least on Thursday nights.

    I was unable to watch the 49ers / Rams game last night (big Niner fan), because I was under the impression that right after the game (~8:30pm PT) it would be available.

    Wrong!

    It was still unavailable for viewing at 11pm PT.

    I felt like I was ripped off, after paying $29.99 for the “Follow your team” option, but then was unable to watch it within a reasonable amount of time after the broadcast.

    I’m not one of those people who is still interested in watching games a day after the fact. Once I know the score, I’m moving on and have zero interest in watching anymore. Expecting to not find out the score at work is an exercise in futility.

  • GStorm

    It’s all false advertising which should be beneath the NFL but apparently is not. They promise games 2-3 hours after conclusion. Four if lucky is the norm.

  • John Demko

    The NFL has its head you know where. If i want to watch a Rewind of a 1pm game I can’t do it after midnight or next day. Their twisted logic is so the Rewind viewing will not compete with other live games. Well due to scrolling scores and constant updates during live games I TURN OFF AND AVOID WATCHING all other games while I wait for rewind.
    I got this for my son who is 9. He isn’t going to watch after midnight and guess what, he has school on Monday and will hear the scores. Wasted $30.