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Moving from an exclusive with DirecTV satellite to either a mainstream streaming provider or the MLB non-exclusive model is great for NFL fans. It opens the games from <20M households to almost every household. That's a good thing. In my geography there's very few satellite dishes these days, but almost every house has access to streaming. Geez, FiOS in this area is <$40/mo for 300/300 service. And while it's usually best to never say never, it's seems highly likely that they'll be an Apple or Amazon announcement within the next few months, with long shot at Disney & Google. 99% of NFL fans that can afford it will be happy.
 

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I was hoping that Apple got Sunday Ticket, but if it goes to Google that seems fine as well and maybe better. While I have DirecTV for Sunday Ticket (forever), and FiOS for Internet (300/300)/TV/Phone, I also have YouTube TV and YouTube TV has been very nice, now that I'm used to it. Everyone has an opinion on UI, capabilities, and picture quality but I've found (personal preference) that YouTube TV is very responsive, and really nice on the Apple TV 4K box. As a comparison, I find the DirecTV app to be kinda clunky, just not as nice or responsive. (please no need to debate here, just my opinion)

Two things that I wonder about ...

First, with the NFL supposedly pushing back on Apple including Sunday Ticket for free with Apple TV+, I've seen the statement that they'd rather people view the local broadcast with commercials rather than the Sunday ticket broadcast. My experience has been that you can't watch the local broadcast on Sunday Ticket, it's blacked out. On Sundays, I have one TV on the local FiOS broadcast, and one TV on DirecTV Sunday Ticket, side by side, been great for years.

Second, lots of talk about it taking a year or two for a new provider to get Sunday Ticket working well. Wouldn't this be easy for Google with YouTube TV? They already have 100+ channels, couldn't they just add another 10-15 fairly easily? You'll only be streaming one at a time like today for regular channels, and they already have millions of customers. Now, Amazon & Apple may need to ramp up.

Just curious.

Hopefully this gets announced soon.
 

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Now The NY Times article with info from "3 people" ... moving rapidly now. Be cool if it's tomorrow.

It's the perfect landing spot. YouTube is everywhere. Just click a button and anyone can have a Sunday Ticket subscription. Every NFL out of market game for the masses, finally, in 2023. Cool.
 

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Correct. It’s both.

WSJ: Under the scenario being discussed, NFL games would be available to be streamed on two subscription services, YouTube TV and YouTube Primetime Channels, next season.
 

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As I think about Google potentially getting Sunday Ticket, it seems so easy for them to implement ...

They already broadcast every game within the local areas, so for Sunday Ticket they just need to make that content available to a Sunday Ticket subscriber.

Now they may have to handle how commercials will work, and RedZone, and other special features like 4/8 games at once, but getting the actual content (games) they already have that. Thinking some of the other bidders would have had alot more work to do.
 

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No way they can do that the locals / laws covering re-transmission? will not let that happen. And they must enforce blackouts. Also what feeds does canadian systems use? Sky Mexico deal? caribbean cable systems?
My point was that YouTube TV gets the network feed today and then broadcasts that feed in the local markets. It may be easier to make the game content available to Sunday Ticket subscribers than a provider starting from scratch. They have commercials to deal with but the content, the game content, is identical, so the input infrastructure is mostly already in place.
 

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It's official ...


"Exclusively distribute NFL Sunday Ticket to consumers in the United States"

"Add-on package on YouTube TV and standalone a-la-carte on YouTube Primetime Channels"

"Updated NFL Sunday Ticket product features and functionality will be announced ahead of the 2023 NFL season."

"The NFL and YouTube will work together to determine additional ways to support distribution of NFL Sunday Ticket in commercial establishments such as bars and restaurants."

NFL Network/RedZone: "Under the expanded relationship, the carriage agreement has been extended."

"Additionally, as part of the agreement, YouTube and the NFL will facilitate exclusive access to official content and attendance opportunities for select YouTube Creators at key NFL tentpole events."
 

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"YouTube is licensing the residential rights for seven years, the people said. Those rights are valued at roughly $2 billion per season and could increase if certain benchmarks are reached, the people said. The NFL will also seek to license the commercial rights for bars and restaurants for an additional $200 million, the people said."

 

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Yep ... and no more DirecTV RedZone ... and DVR only on YouTubeTV ... the feed comes as-is from CBS & Fox as we've known/expected in whatever format is provided ... "Multiscreen is something that we have been working on for YouTube TV. So you should expect that as part of the experience." ... no need for YouTube Premium as we expected ... and we knew "Our deal is for residential rights. The commercial rights are separate, and that’s not part of our deal." ...
 
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