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Netflix, Google Play Could Land Thursday Night NFL Games
by Karl Bode 08:01AM Thursday Oct 17 2013
On the heels of news that the NFL has talked with Google about offering NFL Sunday ticket, a report by the Wall Street Journal suggests that the NFL has also been in conversations about allowing either Netflix or Google Play to stream Thursday night NFL games. The report notes that the conversations are preliminary, and started after the NFL was disappointed with viewership numbers for Thursday night games broadcast via their own NFL Network. DirecTV's exclusive deal with the NFL ends at the end of next year.

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Netflix, Google Play Could Land Thursday Night NFL Games

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Some people watch since that's the only way they can see their teams in a blacked out market, or if they are out of market - like a Giants fan in a Rocky Mountain state.

They need to copy MLB. I subscribe, and can get all games albeit not at the time they are played. Usually 90 minutes after the game ends.

Add Roku.
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Re: Netflix, Google Play Could Land Thursday Night NFL Games

Or you could subscribe to a DNS service for as little as $2/mo, & "change your location" to the Netherlands and you could get every game online.

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Re: Netflix, Google Play Could Land Thursday Night NFL Games

You have to use a proxy/vpn service. They go off of the IP address of your connection.
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Re: Netflix, Google Play Could Land Thursday Night NFL Games

All I know is that adfreetime.com is DNS service that changes one's location and from first hand experience with NFL Game Pass, it works.

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I subscribed to international MLB.tv and VPN from the UK to watch live, commercial free MLB games without blackout restrictions.

The hoops we have to jump through to get content is unreal.
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Honestly... it's about time.

I laughed from Day 1 at the NFL's lame attempt to try to force viewership to it's pay network which has absolutely zero worthwhile content other than a single game every week for 17 weeks of the year. And then their abomination of what they call "online streaming" coverage of that game as well.

This would be a step in the right direction.

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Re: Honestly... it's about time.

Its more about forced revenue than is viewership. You are paying about 75 cents per month for the NFL network if you want it or not. You have to give the cable/satellite companies credit. They tried to put it off on a separate tier, but the NFL sued and won. Now every single sports league and college sports conference wants its own channel on basic cable for a cost of 50 cents to a dollar per month and will sue in court and win if the cable companies won't put it on the most popular programming package.
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Re: Honestly... it's about time.

It's actually on a sports only tier and/or the highest premium package tier on comcast here. You don't get it unless you're paying for everything.

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Re: Honestly... it's about time.

same on cox. one game a week isn't worth an extra $6/mo.
I won't be able to watch the cardinals lose today.
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I hope that the NFL ends their contract with DirecTV.

It'll be the best thing that could happen for the viewers. Open up Sunday Ticket between multiple providers. Let competition take over and provide the consumer (aka the people who keep the NFL afloat) a chance to watch their favorite teams CHEAPER!

I'd love to see an additional option for favorite teams!

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Re: I hope that the NFL ends their contract with DirecTV.

ST is just waaaaay too expensive!
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Re: I hope that the NFL ends their contract with DirecTV.

Expensive and local blackouts included at no charge...
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they give it away now. Sign up for their 200package and its free.

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said by dvd536:

ST is just waaaaay too expensive!

Not really. Even at the retail rate of $250, NFL Sunday Ticket is great. That works out to be just under $15 bucks a week to see every game. I spend some time watching RedZone, some time watching my Bills get destroyed, some time flipping between all the other games while streaming some games on my tablets. I find value in it. In fact, just watching the New York 'asshole' Giants get blanked by Cam and Co in Charlotte a few weeks ago made my subscription to NFL ST worth it alone. I've done NFL Sunday Ticket for the past two years now, and NHL Center Ice and MLB Extra Innings for the past 4 or 5 years and did ESPN GamePlan once. And while not big into basketball, if the NBA team I like played in the Eastern time zone, I'd get NBA League Pass so I can catch more LA Clippers games.

Unfortunately all of the teams I root for are local, but being a fan of the game, there's nothing like flipping through 6 or 8 football games on a Sunday or a dozen hockey games on a Saturday night. Especially when my teams not only suck, this year they're not even entertaining to watch.
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Re: I hope that the NFL ends their contract with DirecTV.

Apparently, you don't like competition!

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Re: I hope that the NFL ends their contract with DirecTV.

Not sure where you got that from.

Nothing wrong with competition, just as long as the NFL approves. No way should NFL Sunday Ticket be on more then one provider in the US if they don't want it to be. But even if DirecTV didn't have the exclusive anymore after the next time the contract is up, I don't see the price dropping, or dropping significantly. All the providers offer NHL CI, NBA LP, MLB EI, MLS DK and the ESPN NCAA packages at the same prices. Back in the day, DirecTV used to hold exclusivity on just about all of the sports season packages, well Primestar carried one or two, but once DirecTV bought out Primestar it didn't matter. When those packages became more widely available, the price didn't drop, it remained the same and eventually increased as time went on.

I personally would like to see NFL Sunday Ticket on Time Warner via iNDemand, since my primary reason now for having both digital cable and satellite is for Sunday Ticket, but do not want it if the NFL is some how forced to give it to other providers. And it really doesn't make sense for NFL ST to be on every provider any how. DirecTV makes next to nothing on residential subscribers hence why it's given away for free to new subscribers, and you can often talk them down in price. The real money comes from commercial subscriptions and DirecTV is pretty much the leader when it comes to that.
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It's like in canada already it looks like it's on every cable company!