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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Athlon646464, Aug 21, 2013.
NetFlix sports is coming, wait and see
The NHL, MLB and NBA do it now, why couldn't the NFL?
I certainly hope it doesn't become an on-line only option, or those only with Google TV. Data caps are becoming a normal occurence with internet providers.
You bring up a good point, although a lot of cable companies offer streaming IPTV services as part of their packages, so you have wonder how far they are willing to go before they start hurting themselves?
Google's fiber service is unlimited I believe, albeit it's just in Kansas City and Austin for now. Comcast really doesn't have overt restrictions, although I heard they might resurrect them.
I think if IPTV becomes the norm, and broadband actually penetrates enough where there is more competition, one would surmise that, once one provider moves towards unlimited data packages, others will follow suit.
Not everyone has it setup to watch games streamed from the PC to their TV. I for one, only want to watch games on my iPad or phone when I have to. I do not have a setup for the ability to stream from my laptop to my TV currently. I prefer it with an actual TV provider myself.
You are missing a huge piece of the puzzle here. Since we are talking about the viewership of out of market games, what happens when everyone in every market has the right to NOT watch a local game? If you had a choice to pick the best matchup of the week or just what your local channels are offering, which would you choose? Local channels would lose viewers and while that has nothing to do with the attendance at the stadium it does affect how much money broadcasters can ask for, for commercials that air during the NFL games that they would be losing viewers on.
GoogleTV offers a $35 HDMI plugin (wireless) for your TV, while AppleTV costs $100 bucks. I got two AppleTVs, I love them both and they work through my TV.
Pretty cheap if you think about it.
And if you can't or want to watch the games on your TV but can't, then you are just out of luck?
Not to mention 3-7 hours of HD games every sunday that would count against the cap with each of our internet service providers? Thanks but no thanks.
I guess if you are unwilling to buy one of those devices (provided this actually does happen) or unwilling to setup a system that can stream from your PC or Mac, then yes, unfortunately it would be unavailable to you.
Not to mention, the FCC just sent a report to be reviewed about IPTV getting away with not paying the same fees that cable and Satellite Companies do. The inference was IPTV should have to pay the same fees. You add those fees in and more caps from internet service providers and this gets to be a big mess really really fast.
Streaming would allow for local commercials to be inserted for all games.
These people are smart. They understand the more they dilute the product the cheaper the product gets. If something as large and expensive as the NFL hit the IPTV market you would see some drastic changes in IPTV that people would scream about.
I could still see that being a problem. It works now for stations because its their site they allow the streaming from. I dont have HULU but how do they do it?
I agree. It might take a couple of years but it would start going down the tubes.
They are smart, they can figure out how to insert local commercials if that's what's required.
Netflix annual content budget is 2B. ST is too rich for its blood.
I think it's going to take an IPTV provider (not U-Verse or FIOS) to start requiring GPS chips in their devices before anything like this can happen.
That's why these tech companies could/would be willing to pay big money for the content though. You could just about force someone to buy into your "ecosystem" if they planned to watch out of market NFL games. The only company that isn't set up what way currently is Yahoo...but I would imagine that'd change if they were to buy into the NFL.
If your Microsoft and your phone/tablet sales are sagging compared to the rest of the market what could you do to increase that? "Microsoft signs The NFL," then runs some Nat'l ads stating you can watch out of market games on Xbox/Surface/Windows phones, I would guess the Microsoft stores and the Best Buy/Microsoft locations would be packed with fans going "how can I watch XXXX team play?" It's why both DirecTV and Verizon have been paying the NFL what they do.
There really isn't anything else out there that can/would drive customers in large #s to your product like the NFL and the ability to watch your favorite out of market team play.