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The Cleveland Browns Vs. Sprint's 5GB Bandwidth Cap
Sprint signs $500 million NFL deal to broadcast games via EVDO...
by Karl Bode 10:12AM Thursday Nov 06 2008
While other sports leagues have extensively embraced online video, the NFL has traditionally been stingy about their content, unless you're really willing to pony up the cash. As part of a five year, $500 million deal with the NFL, Sprint tonight will be the first wireless broadband company to deliver a live NFL game to their EVDO broadband customers, according to the Wall Street Journal. Just like the deal Verizon struck with the NFL several years ago, the only games being broadcast will come from the NFL network. Just remember that Sprint has a 5GB per month cap (300MB/month while off-network roaming).

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hescominsoon

join:2003-02-18
Brunswick, MD

Get ready for $$$ charges

That 5 gigs is going to go VERY VERY quickly..Sprint is going to rake in some serious bank in overages.
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proefain
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Crofton, MD

Re: Get ready for $$$ charges

said by hescominsoon:

That 5 gigs is going to go VERY VERY quickly..Sprint is going to rake in some serious bank in overages.
Does sprint charge for overages? I thought they just cut you off.
Either way I don't get why I can't connect to Sprint TV when I'm connected via wifi. Seems like it would save on bandwidth.

S_engineer
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Chicago, IL
Apparently Sprint thinks they can make at least 100 million a year off of this...i think this will be Sprints version of the Howard Stearn contract with Sirius.
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MystBlade
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join:2002-10-21
Lacey, WA

Thats dumb

#1 I already have the NFL Network

#2 The NFL network only shows 8 games a year that are on Thursday Nights.

#3 This post got my hopes up BOOOOOOO
beaups

join:2003-08-11
Hilliard, OH

NFL

Sprint started advertising this a couple weeks ago here in Columbus. I could swear they said you could watch EVERY NFL game....maybe it said every NFL Network game. Big difference and a bummer.
Sammer

join:2005-12-22
Canonsburg, PA

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Re: NFL

said by beaups:

I could swear they said you could watch EVERY NFL game....maybe it said every NFL Network game. Big difference and a bummer.
The confusion is probably because they are offering Live Audio for every NFL regular season game but video is only for NFL Network games and if it matters (talk about cap busting) the NFL Network 24/7.
beaups

join:2003-08-11
Hilliard, OH

Re: NFL

yeah I knew they had been doing that but the latest commercials said "watch" and "live" and "every game"...but maybe it said every "NFL Network Game" and not every "NFL Game"

88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

why does the NFL do these deals with Sprint?

Sprint is a DISTANT 3rd when it comes to customers base. Does Sprint of the NFL actualy think this will drive custoemrs to Sprint? Sorry considering I can't even get Spint let alone 3g or EVDO or whatever they use here I couldn't swicth to Sprint if I wanted. I shouldn't suprise me considering the NFL deals with DirecTv which has 1/5 the customers of cable.
VansHSI

join:2005-01-29
America

Re: why does the NFL do these deals with Sprint?

Because Sprint paid them money. It's pretty simple to understand really.
Sammer

join:2005-12-22
Canonsburg, PA
said by 88615298:

Sprint is a DISTANT 3rd when it comes to customers base.
The NFL likes to maintain the exclusivity of its content and choosing Sprint is probably much the same as their exclusive contract with DirecTV for NFL Sunday Ticket.

88615298
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Re: why does the NFL do these deals with Sprint?

said by Sammer:

said by 88615298:

Sprint is a DISTANT 3rd when it comes to customers base.
The NFL likes to maintain the exclusivity of its content and choosing Sprint is probably much the same as their exclusive contract with DirecTV for NFL Sunday Ticket.
said by VansHSI:

Because Sprint paid them money. It's pretty simple to understand really.
Yes I understand this. The NFL is flat out lying when it says it does this stuff for the fans because if they wanted to reach teh MOST fans they wouldn't have these deals. chances are Sprint wil be out of business before this deal gets to it final year. I guess the NL doesn't know this.

DaSneaky1D
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The Lou

Does it Count Against Usage?

Since this is a walled application, does this really count against your data usage?
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sprintisweak

@comcast.net

Smart phones excluded

The best is if you have a smart phone, I have an HTC mogul PPC6800 model, and the NFL content/app isnt available for my model phone apparently I'll get a text when it is available. So I can do so much on my phone surf the web, email etc, but cant get the NFL stuff.

DSLTech5

join:2000-12-30
San Jose, CA

Re: Smart phones excluded

Yeah I have the HTC Touch and for some reason I can't get it either. Total stupidity. I dont understand how that works? These are all Windows Mobile devices, how hard is it to make an app that does the same thing?

MrFingers

@dslextreme.com

NFL

If you have a Sprint phone with an unlimited data plan there is no charge and no 5GB per month cap on data.
Let's get the facts straight here.

There is a unique NFL app you have to download to watch the
NFL games. It's not available on the NFL channel that's on
Sprint TV now.

Bud_Man

@ferris.edu

Re: NFL

You better do your research about monthly 5GB caps before you go posting.
patcat88

join:2002-04-05
Jamaica, NY
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said by MrFingers :

If you have a Sprint phone with an unlimited data plan there is no charge and no 5GB per month cap on data.
Let's get the facts straight here.

There is a unique NFL app you have to download to watch the
NFL games. It's not available on the NFL channel that's on
Sprint TV now.
So if I hook up a robot to press the buttons on the phone and play the same video, streaming over EVDO, from Sprint's Vcast clone, and have the phone be playing 24/7/31 days, I won't get in trouble?

funchords
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Information from Sprint

»www.nextel.com/en/services/appli···bileLive
The new NFL Mobile Live is your all-access season pass from the Opening Kickoff to Super Bowl XLIII. Download the new NFL Mobile Live, free with any data plan - only from Sprint, only on the Now NetworkTM.

It's the NFL whenever, however you want it. You'll score these features and more:
-Live audio broadcasts of every regular season game
-8 Live NFL Network games
-Live NFL Network 24/7
-Customizable Red Zone alerts
Get complete details: www.sprint.com/nfl.

Get NFL Mobile Live Now

Text "NFL" to 7777* on your Sprint phone to download a full version of the application or download NFL Mobile Live from Sprint Digital LoungeSM.
*Standard text messaging and data rates apply.

What You'll Need

Phones
You can access NFL Mobile Live on these compatible Sprint phones.

Plan
You'll need data included in your plan. Learn more ( »www.nextel.com/en/stores/popups/···up.shtml )

Add-on
If your plan doesn't include data, you'll need to add it to your current plan. Learn more
Without a data plan or add-on, NFL Mobile Live is 3¢/kb.
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proefain
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Crofton, MD

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Bandwidth

I think they are having bandwidth issues as when I try to connect to the the NFL channel I usual get error 7005. When I am able to connect the stream keeps buffering and the picture is more or less unviewible. Other Sprint TV stations work fine as does streaming from a slingbox.

The game appears to be a few minutes ahead on the phone compared to FIOS.