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The NBA & NBC Sports Just Became More Cord-Cutting Friendly


Today NBC Regional Sports Networks and the NBC became a lot more cord-cutting friendly with the launch of NBC Sports Gold’s Blazers Pass.

With NBC’s Portland Trail Blazers game pass, you will get access to every Portland Trail Blazers game for just $34.99. (If you buy the season pass before December 1, 2017, you will get a 10% discount.)

“When we set out to renew our rights last year, distribution was a top priority,” said David Preschlack, president, NBC Sports Regional Networks and Platform and Content Strategy. “In today’s media environment, fans have the ability to follow their favorite teams in a variety of ways. We’re pleased to offer Rip City this new DTC product, so that fans can follow Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, and the team during key games. In addition, we’re pleased to offer NBC Sports Northwest customers access to more games than ever before.”

Many are pointing to this as a test that other NBA owners will be watching closely to see how successful it is. Hopefully, other owners see this as a success and follow in the Trailblazers’ footsteps. The catch though is you still need a service like Hulu, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, or Sling TV to access games aired nationally on ESPN, TNT, etc.

“NBC Sports Regional Networks has worked hard to make our games accessible to our passionate fan base,” said Chris McGowan, president and CEO of the Trail Blazers. “This DTC offering is another example of our two organizations working together to provide a way for all fans in the region to watch across any platform. We continue to make access to our games a top priority.”

This may not be the perfect fix for cord cutting but it is a step in the right direction.

Source: MultiChannel News

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  • Michael Smith

    Not cord cutting friendly but about making money. NBC/Comcast IS NOT CORD CUTTER FRIENDLY! NBC still blacks out their national feeds for NASCAR and NFL Sunday night games therefore they are not friendly at this time.

  • analyzethis

    NBC Sports Boston formely CSNNE blacks out streaming even with a watchtveverywhere account. They black even out the talk shows and highlights – everything. I’d consider paying $35 to watch every Celtics game its the only sport I enjoy these days though I prefer college bball.

    The lead in for this implies all NBC Regional networks are doing this but it looks more like just NBC Sports Northwest. For the Blazers its http://www.nbcsports.com/blazerspass so I tried http://www.nbcsports.com/celticspass and it goes to 404.

  • mnsportsgeek

    The problem with this is that you still need cable to watch the nationally televised games, playoffs, etc. It’s a start though.

  • Duelingdragon

    Everything is about making money, even cord cutting. But if companies are making more things available to the consumer in ways that we can purchase what we want and not be tied to cable, bundles, or similar, then that is a good thing.
    I’m not a fan of NBA so won’t purchase this, but if this is another step towards having an option to just pay for the team I want and not any other fluff, then I am all for it.
    It is like what Ivy League is doing. There are options. I can go out and get all the cable packages and channels that the games are on, which would be nuts. Or through Ivy League Network I can purchase a league pass to get all sports and games. Or I can purchase a pass for just the team I want to see.
    If that model moves to not just all sports, but to all channels in general, that would be great.
    I’m sure we will still be paying as much as now, but at least we will be paying for what we want.

    • Phuq_Me

      What? Business exist to make money? I though the existed to give me free or low cost stuff even if it means them taking a loss or making no money because I was born and therefor entitled to what I want when I want and the price I want( which is usually FREE ).

      Businesses should be forced to run like charities, that is non-profit so consumers can have free/cheap things. They should also be forced to pay their employees more and be forced to pay 100% of the cost of their employees health insurance and also provide them pension when they retire.

      • Duelingdragon

        What in the hell are you talking about?

  • Fred Koot

    Who is this for? People only in Portland?

  • Jim Carter

    The NBA has been available on Vue for quite some time.

  • Vegas Steve

    Epic fail. It’s NBC being greedy. All these content providers are pushing to get cord cutting just like big cable, i.e., cash cow for them while they screw their customers.

    • Phuq_Me

      So you want everything for free or you’re being f–ked over?

      • Vegas Steve

        It’s already ‘free’ via OTA, you putz. They get advertising revenue and if they only charged a small fee to cover costs, that would be fine. But $9.99 for an OTA channel is nuts. But hey, feel free to pay whatever you want.

  • Mike Thaler

    Our YTTV account is set up in Oakland. Have been in Miami the past 3 weeks. I have been able to watch Warriors on NBCBayarea sports channel the whole time.
    I heard them say a couple of times they wanted people to “tweet” them and tell them where they were physically located. I don’t have a twitter account. Can’t email them – their email is unlisted. So, it appears that I am watching the games legally. I have NOT tried signing into a local BayArea channel. Have signed in to MSNBC. Internet here in Miami is from Comca$t.

    • John Smith

      That’s interesting! With my YTTV, using the Chrome browser to watch, TYYV uses the geolocation elements in Chrome to determine my “home” location and thus local channel lineup. And every time I log in newly in Chrome, YTTV seems to do a location check. When using it a few times on an Android mobile device, it appeared to use the device’s geolocation to set the local channel lineup. So how were you getting Bay Area channels while in Miami?

      • Mike Thaler

        Just watched the Sat nite game (vs. Denver) this AM (Sunday).
        Most o the time when I log in on my PC, even the local SF channels show up on the “live” list. (I never tried logging on to one.) Today, the local Miami stations showed up instead. In the list was also listed the SFNBC Sports channel. The Miami locals have showed up before.
        I was able to go ahead a couple weeks and set up the next few games to be recorded.
        Don’t know why this is happening.
        Just turned on the YTTV app on LG G6 Android. It is showing the Miami loals AND the SFBayareasports available!

        • John Smith

          I suspect, it has to do with the way YTTV handles out of market (away from home) channel assignments.
          If someone,in your case, is staying in Miami but has a Bay Area account, what I would expect YTTV to do is show the Miami local channels for the major OTA networks at least — but perhaps still also show the lesser cable channels such as regional sports.
          Absent some tech fiddling, I’d be surprised if you could actually get and play the Bay Area network affiliates for ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox live on YTTV when you’re physically logging in from out of state.
          Regarding things you’ve previously selected to record on YTTV, my guess is those should go ahead and successfully record, regardless of where you happen to physically be at the time the digital DVR recording occurs.