Are you ready for some football? Football fans in Cablevision’s New York metropolitan area footprint now have access to NFL Network and NFL RedZone, thanks to a new multi-year agreement between the cable operator and the NFL.

The NFL Network has struck multiple deals with cable operators, including Comcast, Mediacom Communications, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, AT&T, DirecTV and Verizon, as well as video providers over the past few years, but Cablevision, along with Time Warner Cable, was among the glaring exceptions until this deal was struck.

The nation’s fifth-largest cable operator will start showing NFL Network, which is owned by the NFL, tomorrow. NFL Network will be available in both SD and HD for customers who subscribe to iO Preferred, iO Silver, iO Gold or the iO Sports & Entertainment Pak.

Cablevision previously offered NFL Network and RedZone across most of the former Bresnan Communications systems that were picked up by Cablevision two years ago.

NFL RedZone will be offered in both SD and HD as part of the iO Sports & Entertainment Pak, which is now included in the new iO Gold package that was launched last spring.

“We know there is significant interest in the NFL Network and NFL RedZone among our Optimum TV customers and are pleased to have worked productively with the NFL to offer both channels in time for the upcoming season, and for years to come,” said Mac Budill, Cablevision’s executive vice president of programming.

NFL RedZone offers a look at the football action that takes place on Sunday afternoons, delivering the touchdowns and highlights live and in HD. For example, when a team goes inside its opponent's 20-yard line, fans see the important plays as they happen. The channel keeps fans up to date in real time by switching from game to game with live look-ins and highlights.

NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and provides viewers with nearly 2,500 hours a year of original programming, including “NFL Total Access,” “NFL GameDay,” “NFL Replay” and “NFL Classic Games.”

NFL Network is also the home of “Thursday Night Football,” which includes 13 NFL regular season games this year.