NBC streaming service: “Later this year,” the new direct-to-consumer product is planned to debut.
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NBCUniversal revealed in a news release that it plans to offer a streaming “product” for its regional sports networks, including NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Details are few at this stage. According to the press release, the new direct-to-consumer offering would launch “later this year,” but an NBC spokesman couldn’t provide any other details.
The new sports streaming service is anticipated to be linked into NBC’s Peacock streaming service, though this is still unknown. The Wall Street Journal reported last year that NBC Universal had canceled plans to broadcast NBC Sports Philadelphia on Peacock because of concerns that it would complicate the company’s overall streaming strategy.
NBC would also require approval from sports leagues to stream “out of the market” games on Peacock, which are now only available through league-owned streaming services like NBA League Pass and NHL Center Ice.
For cable subscribers, the cheapest option to watch local games on NBC Sports Philadelphia right now is to subscribe to either YouTube TV or fuboTV, both of which cost $64.99 a month. Hulu + Live TV, which costs $69.99 per month, also has a network.
NBC Sports Philadelphia tried a direct-to-consumer model a few years ago with the now-defunct “Philly Pass,” which enabled fans living outside of the Philadelphia market to watch the network’s programming and on-demand specials but not its games.
Comcast owns NBCUniversal, which owns six regional sports networks around the country. Other markets include Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, and northern California, in addition to Philadelphia. SportsNet New York is also owned by NBC Universal with minority ownership. (NBC streaming service)
The NBA’s version of ‘RedZone’ debuts
NBA TV put its whip-around show NBA CrunchTime on the NBA app on Monday night, making it available commercial-free to those interested in catching the crucial moments from the evening’s eight NBA games.
The broadcast became more like NFL RedZone, which is supported by subscribers, once the advertisements were removed, as Andrew Bucholtz of Awful Announcing pointed out. Other whip-around broadcasts, such as MLB Tonight and NHL on the Fly, cut away to advertisements during the action, so it’s unclear whether the NBA intends to make this a premium service or incorporate it into NBA League Pass.
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