Microsoft has recently partnered with video streaming company NeuLion to bring the high-speed streaming service to Xbox One. Microsoft is planning to use NeuLion to deliver the NFL Network, live, on the Xbox On at 60 frames per second. This is double the frame rate of a typical Sports networks, including ESPN. Apart from around-the-clock live sports programming, Xbox One users will also have access to on demand coverage and live status updates. Chris Wagner, executive vice president and co-founder of NeuLion commented that Microsoft’s Xbox One is among the first consoles that has a power to process video at 60 fps. If you have a slow internet, then the stream will be adapted automatically based on your internet speed.
Neulion does the encoding and transcoding for the NFL live streams delivered to Xbox One. Wagner said the company provides seven profiles that range from 6 Mbps, at 1280 x 720, at 60 fps at the high end, to 600 kbps, 464 x 264, at 30 fps; the rate depends, of course, on network conditions and viewers’ bandwidth. There will be no buffering at any rate, Wagner said.
Microsoft already had a free app for the NFL. Viewers who want to access the live NFL Network channel will need to download that app, plus subscribe to XboxLive Gold. The service is authenticated through viewers’ MVPDs.