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 by LARams_1963
6 years 11 months ago
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United States of America   North Port, FL
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Interesting article on where NFL viewing might be heading. While I realize that change is inevitable, it's a bitch for my old Tech challenged ass. I really hope there will remain a free option. If it's all PPV or subscription that will really suck. Add to that, I need an option where I can record the game or stream it after the fact seeing I work every other weekend. On the days we have an away game and I'm at work I record the game and watch it when I get home. My coworkers mess with me all day giving me fake news and scores...LOL. I also have to internet ban myself for the day so I don't get any game info :P

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/rober ... he-future/

If you watch Thursday Night Football this year, it's very possible that you'll be getting a sneak peak of how the NFL will be airing it's games in the future.

One of the NFL's biggest issues over the past couple years has been trying to figure out how to reach cord-cutting fans. Back in 2015, the league started to experiment with streaming games when they aired a game from London exclusively on Yahoo.com. The league followed that up last season by streaming 10 Thursday games on Twitter.

For the 2017 season, Amazon won the rights to stream Thursday games, which will also be airing on CBS or NBC plus the NFL Network (You can see the full TNF schedule here).

Streaming or "over the top" viewing of NFL games is something that fans better get used to because that's the future, according to Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

"This year we're with Amazon and for us the future is [Over the top]," Kraft said, via the New York Post.

Kraft added that the league will be watching the Amazon streaming experiment closely because, for the first time, the stream will only be available to subscribers. Although fans were able to watch the Yahoo and Twitter streams for free, the Amazon games will only be streamable to customers who subscribe to Amazon Prime.

"We'll be very interested to see how Amazon goes as it's behind the paywall. The thing we have to be careful of is millennials," Kraft said. "They don't watch TV, they don't have TVs or subscribe to cable. So we have to bring that audience in. Partly it's done through fantasy games and linking to that. Over-the-top is a great opportunity."

Of course, if the NFL does change its strategy for airing games, that likely won't happen anytime soon. The league has television deals with CBS, NBC and Fox that all run thru the 2022 season while the NFL's Monday contract with ESPN runs thru the 2021 season.

After that, it will all be up in the air.

Patriots president Jonathan Kraft recently said that he doesn't expect the league to strike a similar deal with networks that it has done in the past.

"When we get to the end of this deal, what has been our traditional television deals I'm sure will change in their form and format," Kraft said in mid-June, via the Boston Globe. "I think the way [games are] distributed and the way you access them, by definition, will be different, and we will definitely evolve with the consumer. And between now and then we'll be doing a lot of experimenting so we know exactly what our consumers want."

The most interesting thing with streaming will be how much the league might charge for it. Right now, the only way to stream every game is to subscribe to DirecTV's Sunday Ticket Max, which will cost roughly $380 for a subscription in 2017.

The NFL offers most of its games for free -- you can watch a regional NFL game for free as long as you have a TV with CBS, Fox or NBC -- which means the league will have to find the balance between offering their product for free while also making money from the companies hoping to show their games.

 by BobCarl
6 years 11 months ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
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 by Hacksaw
6 years 11 months ago
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United States of America   AT THE BEACH
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Whoa Nellie, slow this down a bit. This is going to change everything. Sure you can get which ever you want to see but having to pay for the game might create a burden for some and others might not have the right equipment or know how to use it.. It will become more privatized.
Perhaps the NFL isn't making enough jack with their current tv deal. ?

 by St. Loser Fan
6 years 11 months ago
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United States of America   Saint Louis MO
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It's coming. I'm just fearing if/when games become platform specific. Like an exclusive to an Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV device, PS4, XBox etc.

Aren't you guys already getting that problem with Dodgers games not being available anywhere but cable?

 by Neil039
6 years 11 months ago
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I am not believing this for a minute. Would destroy the revenue they have in place.

 by Hacksaw
6 years 11 months ago
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United States of America   AT THE BEACH
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St. Loser Fan wrote:It's coming. I'm just fearing if/when games become platform specific. Like an exclusive to an Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV device, PS4, XBox etc.

Aren't you guys already getting that problem with Dodgers games not being available anywhere but cable?

I haven't been able to watch a regular season Dodgers game in years now.

Not all cable companies wanted to get fleeced by who has the contract (in this case Time Warner / now Spectrum ).
Amazon could charge what they want to as well. Perhaps they make it mandatory to maintain an annual Prime account.

I have always looked for a way to get $1. from every person in the LA region. That would net around $15,000,000.
Now Prime fees at what $10 per head per month. Sure it's not every person but across the USA and abroad, that's a lot of revenue every month.

So we can soon say, Alexa, turn on the Rams game and boom.

 by St. Loser Fan
6 years 11 months ago
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United States of America   Saint Louis MO
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Hacksaw wrote:I haven't been able to watch a regular season Dodgers game in years now.

And not all cable companies wanted to get fleeced by he who has the contract (in this case Time Warner / now Spectrum ). Amazon could charge what they want to as well. Perhaps they make it mandatory to maintain an annual Prime account.

I have always looked for a way to get $1. from every person in the LA region. That would net around $15,000,000.
Now Prime fees at what $10 per head per month. Sure it's not every person but across the USA and abroad, that's a lot of revenue every month.

So we can soon say, Alexa, turn on the Rams game and boom.


And thank goodness Amazon Prime Video is coming to the Apple TV this fall.

 by Hacksaw
6 years 11 months ago
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St. Loser Fan wrote:And thank goodness Amazon Prime Video is coming to the Apple TV this fall.


As long as Apple doesn't get control and go all proprietary on us. That would be just like them.

 by LARams_1963
6 years 11 months ago
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 Joined:  Aug 04 2016
United States of America   North Port, FL
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Neil039 wrote:I am not believing this for a minute. Would destroy the revenue they have in place.


I sure hope you're right! I think some change is inevitable though. Let's just HOPE there will still be some kind of viable Free, or at least affordable option.

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