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KBode
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9/29/2015 | 10:57:38 AM
Re: Sports gets bundled
Getting access to past games is just about the only type of deal I see Netflix striking, unless we're talking minor league stuff. Most companies (Verizon, AT&T) have stuff like the NFL pretty well locked up at this point.
Nitin Narang
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9/28/2015 | 10:04:51 PM
Sports gets bundled
Does it looks like a distant possibility that Netflix get rights for past games form ESPN etc. and has it as part of its content library? 
cnwedit
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cnwedit,
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9/28/2015 | 5:59:23 PM
Re: Price Point
This is very cool and gets me thinking we should run a series of articles on great ideas that were ahead of their time or unfeasible for some reason. 
jabailo
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9/28/2015 | 5:33:23 PM
Re: Price Point
I was a part of a couple of these pre-web interactive efforts.  One in particular absorbed a bit of my time back in 1993-94 and was called Action America.   Here's an article that refers to the founder and an acquaintence of mine, Gordon Bizar:

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How To Start Your Own TV Network

https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2199&dat=19940413&id=cHs1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=4-YFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4627,4348068&hl=en

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It was a bold schme to unite TV, cable, and other interactive media into a AOL format.   So the idea is people would be able to participate in everything from electoral politics to sharing vacation experiences via interactive, computer mediated TV. 

It was a bit Facebook a bit AOL, a bit Howard Dean and largely before the Web appeared.  The idea was to unite current computer tech with existing TV/cable infrastructure.  So you could have TV shows that were more like talk radio and so on.  Then you would be able to create your own video opinions (YouTube...right) and upload them to the channels.

In the end, as a total idea it was great, but a bit too much for one organization to handle (and get enough funding for).   But like many great big ideas, it found its applications in bits and pieces.  

Still, I don't think we've yet achieved its ultimate goal which was a true participator democracy, run through interactive technology!


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cnwedit,
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9/28/2015 | 5:16:42 PM
Re: Price Point
Exactly, which is how they protect the billions they are paid for content. 

I ran up against this last March. I was attending a retreat at a Wisconsin lake resort and wanted to stream the Blackhawks game, which was airing on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast refused, saying I was outside the CSN Chicago coverage area and so couldn't stream it live. 

So I tried to use my NHL GameCenter subscription but they claimed I was still within the CSN Chicago blackout area. 

Luckily for me, the NHL GameCenter customer service desk is manned by very nice young Canadian men and I was able to talk one of them into manually giving me access, possibly by not being totally truthful as to my exact physical location and then playing dumb about IP addresses. 
brooks7
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9/28/2015 | 5:04:12 PM
Re: Price Point
All the Major Sports Leagues have streaming but restrict you to out of market games.

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9/28/2015 | 4:05:42 PM
Re: Well, maybe
I'm sure the league's don't see this as a threat. Any new outlet for distribution is a new source of revenue. As the OP noted, items they're already offering their own services. And Netflix is hinting at on-demand, their core business, not necessarily live programming. There's no way they'll consider live sports production costs palatable. Episodic tv costs a fraction of what a sports season requires. But if they cut deals with the leagues, and and by association the networks, for VOD then everybody wins.
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cnwedit,
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9/28/2015 | 3:52:05 PM
Re: Price Point
Way back before there was even a robust Internet as we know it know, the folks who were trying to push fiber to the home talked about Interactive TV as a driving application. The idea was that you would be able to get, via the fiber connection into your home, your own personalized cable service with whatever teams, etc., that you wanted, from a big menu. 

You would pay for what you chose but you would no longer be dependent on what teams and games your cable provider offered you. 

I thought it was brilliant - it also never game to pass. I can get a lot of games from my pay TV provider - at a price - but I can't create my own personalized lineup. 
jabailo
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9/28/2015 | 3:18:56 PM
Re: Price Point
 

On that account you are correct...like in many technology areas, the "Portals" are fighting tooth and nail to be the single source, or else add various tolls to what ostensibly should be free network travel over the Internet.

Funny, but when it comes full circle, the business model will seem more like 1950s TV -- live and free, paid for by advertising!    Well, except that now you can watch Cincinnati TV stations in Tacoma!

 

 
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cnwedit,
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9/28/2015 | 3:13:36 PM
Re: Price Point
Right, but NFL controls that and takes the revenue and makes sure it doesn't interfere with their existing massive pile of TV money. 

Every major sport is online in some form, with one biz model or another. I don't know of CBS still live streams every NCAA March Madness game for free but they used to and it was great. Lots of commercials but still...
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