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#1 OFFLINE   Doug Brott

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:13 PM

RAD found it here and another poster sent me a note earlier today as wall.

Looks like DIRECTV may have Mobile Live Streaming of NFL games this year .. Could make the season interesting ...
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#2 OFFLINE   Maui

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:24 PM

That would be cool. I might have to reconsider the NFL package.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:29 PM

Well, only certain phones would be able to support this? Probably the Iphone is going to be one of them. THis is a really cool feature for some hardcore fans. Go to chruch and start watching the game!!! :)

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:37 PM

Well, only certain phones would be able to support this? Probably the Iphone is going to be one of them. THis is a really cool feature for some hardcore fans. Go to chruch and start watching the game!!! :)


I think it's too early to tell what phone will support this feature ... I'm sure we'll know more by the time NFL games start ...
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 02:31 PM

I think it's too early to tell what phone will support this feature ... I'm sure we'll know more by the time NFL games start ...


I think the IPhone would be a definite choice since D* and AT&T are bundling and IPhone only works on AT&T.... I mean I could be wrong but...

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 02:38 PM

This is great!! I hope when they say putting content on mobile devices they also mean iPods and other potable media players like Archos.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 02:39 PM

If the iPhone supports it, I will seriously consider re-subbing to NFLST this year. I've had it every single season since 1997 but was considering not renewing because I'm spending too many fall Sundays away from from home. This might tip the balance back.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 02:49 PM

I hope it is not only for the iPhone. The only thing that has been holding me back is At&t's cell phone service in my area is nowhere near as good as verizon.
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 02:54 PM

Thats cool if they make that happen. I don't know if AT&T would allow it though. They won't let a slingbox app for the Iphone be approved. They may let the NFL streaming and Sling app happen if its for WIFI only. I know that Apple has the say what apps get approved and not approved. I've just seen some news about the Slingbox app and how AT&T is holding that one up because of bandwith issues on their network. We shall see though. I think its a great idea.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:13 PM

Is the Sprint/Nextel contract up? I remember those commercials saying you could watch games on your phone with Sprint. I use my Slingbox to watch games on my phone so I am not sure I'd use this or not. Still interesting though as D* expands to markets beyond the familyroom TV.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:21 PM

I already have the NFL Network on my Treo through Sprint. Not impressed though. Now, if they carried the NHL, then I'd be excited!

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:14 PM

Is the Sprint/Nextel contract up? I remember those commercials saying you could watch games on your phone with Sprint.


This was for the NFL Network games only (Thursday night), and included some highlights. It wasn't for every live game.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:23 PM

Well, only certain phones would be able to support this? Probably the Iphone is going to be one of them. THis is a really cool feature for some hardcore fans. Go to chruch and start watching the game!!! :)


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Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:36 PM

Wow. This is definitely going to make me think twice about dropping NFLST this year. :eek2:

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 07:56 PM

I would bet streaming could be done on the BB too......its already been enabled
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 08:18 PM

I already have this covered. There's this wonderful invention called 'Slingbox' :P :D

Actually, depending upon how this is implemented, if it is implemented, by DirecTV and the NFL, this could be really cool or it could be something that will just serve to frustrate fans.

As I type this, I'm reminded that I gotta send an e-mail into MLB because their crappy Gameday Audio service doesn't work properly on my Samsung BlackJack II phone. It works, but only when it wants to, and about 98% of the time I just get 'An error has occured' and can't connect to the streams. A co-worker has an iPhone with the MLB @bat application and it's great. Gameday audio comes through on it perfectly, as well as the Gameday animations. Is it Samsung's fault that my phone can't seem to support the Gameday audio while the iPhone does? Nope. I'm not sure I blame Microsoft either (though they wrote the OS for my phone). I put the blame at the feet of MLB who apparently has gotten these complaints in the past and not pushed back on their vendors to fix it.

If the same sort of problems exist for any NFL streaming to phones that DirecTV or the NFL undertake it'll just make customers mad. Not to mention the possibility that fans get all bent out of shape over the idea that the phone they just got doesn't support the feature, or that only certain model or manufacturer phones do.

The NFL is pretty smart about delivering a good experience to fans, and certainly there are bad examples to look at and learn from. They'll hopefully put out a great product (with whomever they partner with) and leave everyone wondering why it took so long for something so great to be available.
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Posted 21 April 2009 - 09:11 PM

I already have this covered. There's this wonderful invention called 'Slingbox' :P :D

Actually, depending upon how this is implemented, if it is implemented, by DirecTV and the NFL, this could be really cool or it could be something that will just serve to frustrate fans.

As I type this, I'm reminded that I gotta send an e-mail into MLB because their crappy Gameday Audio service doesn't work properly on my Samsung BlackJack II phone. It works, but only when it wants to, and about 98% of the time I just get 'An error has occured' and can't connect to the streams. A co-worker has an iPhone with the MLB @bat application and it's great. Gameday audio comes through on it perfectly, as well as the Gameday animations. Is it Samsung's fault that my phone can't seem to support the Gameday audio while the iPhone does? Nope. I'm not sure I blame Microsoft either (though they wrote the OS for my phone). I put the blame at the feet of MLB who apparently has gotten these complaints in the past and not pushed back on their vendors to fix it.

If the same sort of problems exist for any NFL streaming to phones that DirecTV or the NFL undertake it'll just make customers mad. Not to mention the possibility that fans get all bent out of shape over the idea that the phone they just got doesn't support the feature, or that only certain model or manufacturer phones do.

The NFL is pretty smart about delivering a good experience to fans, and certainly there are bad examples to look at and learn from. They'll hopefully put out a great product (with whomever they partner with) and leave everyone wondering why it took so long for something so great to be available.


Well, NFLST Supercast worked really well last season so I'm hopeful. :) Admittedly, the two MacBook Pros in the house have better horsepower than our iPhones, but the technology for streaming video isn't that high so if AT&T can handle the bandwidth demands, there shouldn't be many problems.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 09:17 PM

Actually AT&T has recently modified its data plan contract to prohibit any video, audio, streaming content. It basically forbids doing anything with your phone, even their own content if you take it literally. They probably won't enforce it unless you are constantly using it though as they don't really enforce the tethering rules unless you do it too much.


I would love to be able to watch the game I was at for better replays or watch another game during commercial breaks.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 09:34 PM

The recent iphone apps for March Madness (every game) and the Masters (2 separate live feeds on the back nine) were simply awesome. The iphone is ready, bring it on!

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 09:43 PM

Actually AT&T has recently modified its data plan contract to prohibit any video, audio, streaming content. It basically forbids doing anything with your phone, even their own content if you take it literally. They probably won't enforce it unless you are constantly using it though as they don't really enforce the tethering rules unless you do it too much.


I would love to be able to watch the game I was at for better replays or watch another game during commercial breaks.


Looking at this:
http://http://www.sl...rms-of-Service/
It seems that AT&T had a change of heart

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