NBC Sports Networks thread

Discussion in 'TV, Satellite & Radio' started by SirFozzie, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #1451 NorthBank, Apr 13, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2019
    Been streaming the ManUtd-WestHam match live on my laptop.

    The whole time the audio has been crap, tons of drops and buzzing (like Darth Vadar's voice). The video in first half was OK but not great, but at HT it went to crap too, freezes & drops all over. Their signal strength icon shows me generally at current=5.17, max=5.17 to 7.0.

    This is a lot worse than I typically used to get, but I'm not in the habit of streaming the late Saturday match, nor when ManUtd are playing. Anyone else having similarly poor results with this match?

    Edit: I'm not even complaining about the fact that their stream is a full 50 seconds behind my TV. ;)
     
  2. QPR Kevin H

    QPR Kevin H BigSoccer Supporter

    May 23, 2001
    Silver Spring, MD
    Club:
    Queens Park Rangers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The 3pm Saturday kickoff TV ban is a great thing and certainly does help get ticket buyers to the 72 non-Prem League clubs (and more below). With the wealth gap widening more and more each season, it would be a terrible shame if it ever went away. The only downside IMO is that it does cause more matches to be shifted to Fri/late-early Sat/Sun/Mon, which is crap for Premier League fans who travel to matches.

    The TV license is brilliant too because it helps keep the BBB properly public and powerful. Unlike watered down public media in the US.
     
  3. QPR Kevin H

    QPR Kevin H BigSoccer Supporter

    May 23, 2001
    Silver Spring, MD
    Club:
    Queens Park Rangers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    He'd have to use VPN for NBC streaming outside the US
     
  4. NorthBank

    NorthBank Member+

    Arsenal; NYRB
    United States
    Mar 29, 2006
    Connecticut
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So NBC blocks streaming (regular or Gold) from outside the USA? You sure about that? I feel like I used in in the Caribbean once.
     
  5. QPR Kevin H

    QPR Kevin H BigSoccer Supporter

    May 23, 2001
    Silver Spring, MD
    Club:
    Queens Park Rangers FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Regular means you would have to have a participating US cable/sat account, which is unlikely for an overseas resident. For blocking streams outside of the country, I would imagine that's the case because its technically a violation of the rights deal with that country's partner (Sky, BT and the BBC in this case).

    Add: checked with NBC:
    https://www.nbcsports.com/FAQ
    Q: Can we watch video on NBCSports.com/Live outside of the United States?

    A: Due to broadcasting regulations, NBC is only allowed to show NBC Sports content on the internet in the United States and U.S. Territories. Users outside of these locations will still be able to access an extensive set of non-event video content on NBCSports.com.
     
  6. portugamerifinn

    portugamerifinn Member+

    Feb 22, 2005
    California
    That's not correct. Sky Sports channels are on Sky TV packages and BT Sport channels are on BT TV packages. Until later this year when you can add BT Sport channels to your Sky TV package there's no true crossover between the two on any one TV package/subscription.

    The only options available now are being a BT TV subscriber who uses Now TV to purchase pricey day/week/month streaming subscriptions to Sky Sports, or to subscribe to BT/Sky TV and then get your mobile/broadband service from the other so you can get access to mobile versions of BT or Sky Sports. Because I don't subscribe to BT TV, broadband or mobile, there is literally no way for me to watch BT Sport channels as of now.
     
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  7. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The first one is something many people here know. There are occasionally topics here about how Sky and BT buy packages. For the second one, is the license something you have to pay once total, once a month, or some other frequency?

    I would think people would have seen that right at the start of games, it says on the screen:

    "This match is only authorized for viewing in the United States."

    I may not have the quote memorized, but it's close enough.
     
  8. portugamerifinn

    portugamerifinn Member+

    Feb 22, 2005
    California
    The TV license is annual, I believe. Ultimately, it won't impact me once I've settled and chosen a live TV package since it will come with the freeview channels (BBC, Channel 4, ITV channels, etc.). Also, there are very few live sports on these channels anyway. Unlike CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC in the U.S., you rarely see sports on BBC, etc. I watched the Man City FA Cup Semifinal on BBC One and have caught a bit of a Women's FA Cup SF and a rugby match on free TV. But it's slim pickings and the freeview TV license is only really necessary if you eschew a TV package from Sky, BT and the like.

    NBC Sports and Gold have worked just fine with my existing subscriptions (the former accessible via my YouTube TV credentials) and a VPN. In fact, I have a leg up on folks with UK TV since I can watch those mid-afternoon matches that way. However, YouTube TV wasn't really working for my local networks and regional sports channels because of location services (even with VPN and me tweaking various GPS settings on different hardware/software), plus the price went up to $50/mo. because they added a bunch of BS reality TV channels so I canceled. I'll likely subscribe to one of the U.S. streaming services again in the fall for football, etc. It isn't very useful over the summer especially if I can't access my local baseball team via the regional network. YTTV worked just well enough for the NCAA Tourmament.

    It looks like there are a couple more options for getting Sky Sports and BT Sport together, but they are fairly convoluted, expensive and/or available only in certain areas. And none are streaming services like the wealth of those now available in the U.S. And, naturally, there has been a crackdown on Reddit streams, etc. very recently, so I simply could not get a stream of the Benfica-Eintracht Frankfurt match to work the other night.
     
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