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Monday, October 21st, 2013 at 2:00 pm  |  5 responses

NBA to Live Stream Local Games Online


Great news, Internet people! According to Sports Business Daily, the NBA is set to become the first major pro sports league in the U.S. to (legally) stream local games live online: “The league is finalizing TV Everywhere deals with Fox Sports Media Group and NBC Sports Group, the country’s two biggest owners of regional sports networks. Other RSNs, such as Root Sports, MSG, Time Warner Cable Sports, and Altitude Sports and Entertainment, are expected to offer live in-market streaming later this season. The agreements break a six-year logjam that prevented viewers from watching their hometown teams on their computers or handsets locally. The frustrating negotiations also caused industry executives to question the viability of such a service, even as national TV channels were profiting from their own streaming services. Now, the financial viability of live local streams will be tested, starting soon after the NBA opens its season later this month. The deals will allow people who subscribe to a distributor that carries Fox Sports Net or Comcast SportsNet to log in and watch their local teams’ games via broadband or mobile. Fox has deals with 16 NBA teams; Comcast has deals with eight teams. MLB and the NHL have yet to cut deals that allow for live in-market streaming. ‘It is not going to roll out at one time for everyone,’ said Bill Koenig, executive vice president of business affairs and general counsel for the NBA. ‘My sense is that Fox, from a technical standpoint, is further along. The good news is that I think it will happen in a significant way this year.’ The streaming deals run through the 2015-16 season, ending at the same time as the NBA’s linear TV deals.”

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  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    Yes!

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Only NBA Live ppl will care about this year

  • ScrewT

    I guess this means I still can’t watch the Rockets. Since Comcast has taken over all Houston sports teams last season, I can’t watch the Rockets or Astros. It’s a shame that only 40% of the Houston area have been able to watch the Rockets since last season because Comcast is being greedy and asking for too much money from other networks.

  • Joey

    What if you live outside the us?

  • Enigmatic

    This is awesome for many, but there’s still no solution for people who have cut the cord completely and still want to watch their local home team. I’ll probably have to suck it up and go back to Directv, I suppose.

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