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Old 16-04-15, 11:37 AM   #161
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Well that's Sky Sports cancelled. If i had my way i'd have cancelled all Sky TV but the wife was adamant that she wanted to keep some of the channels.
They'll start trying to woo you back with a £19.99 a month offer soon. Cancelled my SS package through Virgin a year ago and survive on using my Dad's Sky Go on my laptop. We still get BT Sport and so it's not the end of the world at all. The only other thing I watched was golf
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Old 16-04-15, 07:02 PM   #162
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They are with Mobile Phones. I get a email every year about them putting my Contract up with RPI. Its a joke really, because my Rent doesnt do that, neither do any of my other fixed term contracts.

£4.50 a month is quite a jump though, especially considering a service like Netflix is £6.
Mobile phones are a little different though. They are limited to that small increase. Any more than the RPI or CPI or whatever the more expensive one is and you can leave without penalty.

Fair sure Sky would be similarly restricted
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Old 16-04-15, 11:18 PM   #163
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Not prepared to hand over a large chunk of my hard earned cash to Sky cunts so I invested in an openbox. Get pretty much the whole sky package, sports, movies, documentaries, porn etc and BT sports too. Only downside is the sky channels are not HD but I can live with that. Fuck sky and fuck the PL.
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Old 16-04-15, 11:30 PM   #164
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Not prepared to hand over a large chunk of my hard earned cash to Sky cunts so I invested in an openbox. Get pretty much the whole sky package, sports, movies, documentaries, porn etc and BT sports too. Only downside is the sky channels are not HD but I can live with that. Fuck sky and fuck the PL.
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Old 17-04-15, 01:32 PM   #165
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Not prepared to hand over a large chunk of my hard earned cash to Sky cunts so I invested in an openbox. Get pretty much the whole sky package, sports, movies, documentaries, porn etc and BT sports too. Only downside is the sky channels are not HD but I can live with that. Fuck sky and fuck the PL.
How does the open box work? I have Sky HD at moment with the sports channels and the price is ridiculous. I've seen open box v8s on the likes of ebay etc but don't know much about it.
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Old 12-11-15, 07:12 PM   #166
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More chopping and changing for next season for Irish TV customers

Sky taking over the 3pm Saturday games (not to forget the Friday evening ones), and Setanta picking up the 5:30pm ones.

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Sky Sports will broadcast live coverage of 3pm Premier League kick-offs on Saturdays from next season exclusively to Irish customers.
The move is a significant one for Sky as blackout laws in the UK mean that no live football can be shown between 2.45 and 5.15 on Saturday afternoons. However, those laws do not apply to Ireland.
A total of 33 Saturday matches will be covered live by the satellite broadcaster, bringing their to 159 Premier League games in all. Sky will now also broadcast matches live on Friday nights.
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Old 22-09-17, 11:32 AM   #167
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the bubble may well continue to swell.

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Ed Woodward said interest from Amazon and Facebook in Premier League streaming rights would increase and that he welcomed this. Photograph: Jon Super/AFP/Getty David Conn
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Amazon and Facebook are likely to bid for Premier League streaming rights, which will further escalate the huge financial boom for England’s top clubs, the Manchester United vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, has said.

In his quarterly call with bank executives who invest in United’s shares on the New York stock exchange, Woodward said the pair were very interested in the last round of rights deals for 2016-19, which the Premier League sold primarily to BSkyB and BT for £8.4bn.


Securing live Premier League rights exclusively in 1992 was key to the very survival and subsequent success of BSkyB, and the game, with its crowds of loyal supporters, remains prime content for newer media companies seeking to build businesses on subscriptions. Last month Amazon outbid Sky, paying a reported £10m a year, for the UK rights to the ATP tennis tour, its first major live sport acquisition outside the US. Woodward noted Amazon now streams an NFL game on Thursdays and that Major League Soccer has a deal with Facebook to show 22 games a season and he told investors Facebook and Amazon had been interested in bidding for the IPL cricket rights.

Asked if he expects the tech giants to bid in the next round of Premier League rights sales, which is expected to open before the end of this year, Woodward said: “Absolutely, I think they will enter the mix; anecdotally, there was incredibly strong interest in the last cycle. We are hearing that around the Premier League table and we are also hearing that from a European perspective in terms of interest in the Champions League and Europa rights. I do think we are going to see an increasing engagement from these and we would welcome the interest.”

Woodward announced another year of record income made by United in the last financial year. The 2016-17 accounts for Manchester United plc, which is registered in the Cayman Islands tax haven and floated on the NYSE, showed total income of £581m. That was a £66m increase on 2015-16, even though United did not compete in the Champions League last season, having failed to qualify under Louis van Gaal.

United’s earning power from its global popularity, broadcasting, sponsorships and 76,000 capacity stadium far exceeds that of any other Premier League club; their income of £515m in 2015-16 was £123m more than that of the next highest-earning club, the Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City. United’s pre-tax profit last year was £57m, while the cost of financing their debts was £25m. The club’s borrowings, still dating from the debt-loading takeover by the US‑based Glazer family 12 years ago, remain £498m.

Facebook did not comment on whether it will bid for Premier League rights but confirmed it does plan generally to secure live sport on video and their platform Facebook Watch. Amazon had not responded to requests for comment on Woodward’s remarks at the time of going to press.
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Old 22-09-17, 11:40 AM   #168
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The more money that PL rights make, the less interest I have in paying for those rights. I have watched MOTD this season and the odd Liverpool game over peoples houses.

It'll burst at some point, im sure and the only ones left to pick up the pieces will be the fans.
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Yeah, no matter how interested I am I'm not paying.

Will just continue to see what blows through the wind online and watch at the gym or pub.
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Old 22-09-17, 11:46 AM   #170
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When it does, it will result in financial catastrophe for the clubs.
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Old 22-09-17, 11:56 AM   #171
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I think the hunger is there from most people. Kids still love the game.

I suspect as and when mine get into football I'll end up having to begrudgingly subscribe.
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Old 26-09-17, 09:01 AM   #172
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Find it odd that people think the bubble wil burst. The league seems as financially stable as ever.
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Old 26-09-17, 01:37 PM   #173
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The introduction of multiple packages owned by different companies doesn't work for the consumer, when it was just sky you could watch all the televised games across all competitions with that subscription (and later an extra £40 a year for all the pay per view games) and terrestrial TV. Now I don't want to buy sky, BT, amazon, facebook and netflix etc to watch games as I only really want to watch our games and a handful of others. For me I would prefer to just buy the rights to all the LFC games, so a club by club package would work for me although I can see that there are major problems with that from a selling rights point of view.
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Old 11-05-18, 04:05 PM   #174
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Here is an interesting development in the world of illegal streams.

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DOHA, Qatar — What do you do when your multibillion dollar sports network has been stolen?

Executives at Qatar’s beIN Sports pondered that question last week as they stared at a bank of screens inside their sprawling headquarters here. On the night of May 2, the network’s main channel, which functions as the ESPN of the Middle East, televised the deciding game of the Champions League semifinal between A.S. Roma and Liverpool.

They watched the beIN Sports feed as Liverpool scored to take an early lead. Then they watched the same play 10 seconds later on live coverage from beoutQ, a bootlegging operation seemingly based in Saudi Arabia, whose roots lie in the bitter political dispute between Qatar and a coalition of countries led by its largest neighbors, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

That night, like every night for the past few months, 10 beoutQ channels were live, almost all of them screening the ostensibly exclusive and very expensive content of beIN, which owns some of the most valuable sports rights in France, Spain and Turkey.

The coalition countries have subjected Qatar to a punishing blockade over the past year. Those countries last year accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and criticized its relationship with Iran, an ally of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. They enacted an embargo, cut off diplomatic ties and set up the blockade of the energy-rich emirate, closing Qatar’s access to many of the region’s ports and much of its airspace. Qatar has denied the allegations and has claimed it has assisted the United States in its war on terrorism.

Now, one month before the start of the World Cup, the world’s most-watched sporting event and beIN’s signature property, the audacious piracy operation is positioned to illicitly deliver the tournament’s 64 games to much of the Middle East. Qatar, despite abundant resources, has been powerless to stop it.

Decoder boxes embossed with the beoutQ logo have for months been available across Saudi Arabia and are now for sale in other Arab-speaking countries. A one-year subscription costs $100. A Bangladeshi worker reached by phone at Sharif Electronics in Jeddah this week said his shop has been selling the boxes for three months. “Many people buy them,” he said.

So far they have not been successful.

Keaveny said beoutQ’s operation “takes industrial scale knowledge and ability and multimillion dollar funding.”

“This isn’t someone in their bedroom,” he said.

BeoutQ’s website claims its backers are a Colombian and Cuban consortium. Officials at beIN said they had spent more than $200,000 investigating the bootlegging and traced the beoutQ signal to the Riyadh-based satellite provider Arabsat. Saudi Arabia is the company’s largest investor.

Government officials in Saudi Arabia and its embassy did not respond to messages seeking comment.

For more than a decade, Qatar, a desert-state smaller than Connecticut that controls much of the world’s liquefied natural gas supply, has used sports to raise its profile. It will play host to the World Cup in 2022. The country’s ruling family controls the Paris Saint-Germain soccer team, one of the most prominent in Europe.

BeIN has committed several billion dollars to secure exclusive rights to the biggest sports events, often paying far more than market value to ensure supremacy in the Arab world and beyond. The network has become a national emblem for the emirate, making the piracy of its broadcasts especially humiliating.

“The name beoutQ is totally designed to intimidate,” said Mohammad Al-Subaie, executive director of commercial affairs for the beIN Media Group. “Being a Qatari, I really feel angry about it.”

The dispute between Qatar and its neighbors has touched every aspect of life. Qatar Airways flights must avoid neighboring airspace, lengthening flight times. Families with relatives in coalition countries have to see them in another location. Some 12,000 Qatari camels grazing on Saudi land were expelled. Giant images of Qatar’s emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, have been plastered on scores of buildings in response to the blockade to stoke nationalist sentiment.

“It hasn’t been an edifying conflict,” said David B. Roberts, a Gulf expert at King’s College in London. “Reports in the Saudi media that they will try to turn Qatar into an island by digging a canal along the Qatar-Saudi border and use the area to store nuclear waste sound childish.”

It didn’t take long for beIN to conclude that the rogue channel was likely linked to Saudi Arabia.

Shortly after the dispute began, Saudi Arabia banned the sale of beIN broadcast boxes and prohibited existing customers from paying their subscriptions to the channel. Soon, prominent Saudis, including an adviser to the royal court, began promoting the beoutQ website on social media. Then beoutQ launched in October with 10 high-definition channels. Its owners geo-locked it so only internet users in Saudi Arabia had access.

The website featured all major beIN content, including soccer from around the world, N.B.A. games and marquee tennis tournaments. BeoutQ’s backers, emboldened by their ability to steal content at will, have now started to add content owned by other broadcasters beyond beIN, including fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed-martial arts league.

Officials at beIN said they have been unable to find lawyers willing to pursue the case in Saudi courts, but subpoenas issued in the United States to website hosting companies helped reveal that a credit card belonging to a man named Raed Kusheim paid for hosting fees. Kusheim is the chief executive of Saudi-based Selevision, a distributor of set-top boxes and on-demand broadcast services.

Kusheim, in a WhatsApp message, denied any involvement in beoutQ. He said he was involved in an unrelated legal dispute with beIN. He did not respond to a direct question about his credit card.

Since October, set-top boxes have been appearing throughout Saudi Arabia, loaded with access to the channels over the internet and on satellite television. Those boxes deliver hundreds of premium channels from around the world. BeIN’s antipiracy team traced the signal to space on the Arabsat satellite.

BeIN has demanded Arabsat remove the rogue channels. Arabsat — through the United States-based law firm Squire Patton Boggs — refused. It said the customer who bought the satellite space denied being involved in beoutQ.

The beIN antipiracy team believes it knows how beoutQ is stealing the signal. Essentially, the website is re-airing content delivered to an individual subscriber. Since each subscriber has a unique identification number that is usually visible, known as a fingerprint, beIN engineers thought they would be able to easily identify the offending customer. However, the pirates have figured out how to hide their fingerprints.

“There’s nothing else like it in the world,” Esteban Israel, beIN’s executive director of technology, said of beoutQ’s level of sophistication. “We work with all the top technology vendors, technology developers. We have our experts, we deploy state of the art technologies and we have not seen this anywhere else.”

As beIN’s engineers search for a way to stop the piracy, beoutQ is flourishing. At the start of the Champions League game between A.S. Roma and Liverpool, beIN’s Keaveny noticed the logo for the forthcoming Russia World Cup had been added alongside beoutQ’s. A halftime promotion promised beoutQ’s subscribers that they would see all 64 World Cup games live. The commentary and studio analysis on beoutQ broadcasts are usually from beIN.

FIFA and other governing bodies that have sold exclusive broadcast rights to beIN have supported the company’s antipiracy efforts but have generally chosen not to criticize Saudi Arabia. A group that has offered to invest $25 billion to start two new tournaments with FIFA includes Saudi investors. La Liga, Spain’s top soccer league, recently signed a lucrative sponsorship deal to loan to top Spanish teams players from Saudi Arabia’s World Cup squad.

Sophie Jordan, the Paris-based general counsel for beIN’s parent company, said turning a blind eye toward piracy risked devaluing the rights.

“The rights holders need to be very careful,” she said. “By the time they realize this imperils the value of the rights in the region and not stimulate competition as some might believe, it will be too late.”

BeIN has filed complaints with the World Trade Organization and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which includes both Saudi Arabia and Qatar. “But legal time is different to business time,” Jordan said. “We are losing money every day. We will prevail, but we will prevail in three or even five years.”

At beIN’s headquarters, the control room was still buzzing on the night of Liverpool’s Champions League victory as midnight neared. The broadcaster’s director of programming, Duncan Walkinshaw, imagined what resources beoutQ must have to be able to push out someone else’s channels and even give them their own commercial breaks. By the end of the week, more than 50 live games had been broadcast by beoutQ.

“They’ve created a brand without any acquisitions,” he said. “It’s quite extraordinary and very wrong. We’re investing our time and effort and someone is stealing it and making it their own.”

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If that is part of Amazon Prime then

If they look for more cash, then they can go and fucking do one
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If they look for more cash, then they can go and fucking do one
You can't get decent films on Prime without paying extra, so I'd be surprised if they offer football games as standard.
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If they look for more cash, then they can go and fucking do one
Part of prime, hopefully they are looking to increase membership numbers than hike the price
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Amazon says Premier League games 2019-22 "will be available on Amazon Prime Video in the UK at no extra cost to a Prime membership"
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You can't get decent films on Prime without paying extra, so I'd be surprised if they offer football games as standard.
There are loads of decent films on Amazin Prime..! Not blockbusters either. The Amazon Prima algorithm sucks though.

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Blimey

It's gonna be two full rounds of games per season. One midweek and one bank holiday.

And they've spent £90m on it.
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I couldn't find any. I had the free trial and I didn't manage to watch a single thing.
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This is a different subject but you can. Just order everything 'No Rush' and you get given £1 each delivery. Soon adds up.

Not paid to rent a film off Amazon for a long time.
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Blimey

It's gonna be two full rounds of games per season. One midweek and one bank holiday.

And they've spent £90m on it.
BT spent 90 for their 20 game package. I think Amazon will have paid a fraction of that. As the most 1 user will be able to view is 4-5 games if it's 2 full gameweeks.

I think the premier league wanted to dip their toe in the streaming world, This package suits them both
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This is a different subject but you can. Just order everything 'No Rush' and you get given £1 each delivery. Soon adds up.

Not paid to rent a film off Amazon for a long time.
I'd say Netflix is better for Original content, but Amazon is best for films.

This list shows how many decent films they have (ok, there is some tripe, but award winning films like Manc by sea, Moonlight etc went onto Am Prime fairly quickly. Then new films like Borg McEnroe, Logan Lucky, Room, Lion fairly quickly. Along with loads of classics 'End of the watch, Apocalypse, Heat now etc etc.

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Not paid to rent a film off Amazon for a long time.
Yeah I do this all the time - credit builds up very quickly
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Amazon have got boxing day games and another midweek package. Usually pretty low quality ties/games unless the league throw them some but then sky/BT will complain as they have first dibs on games?
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BT spent 90 for their 20 game package. I think Amazon will have paid a fraction of that. As the most 1 user will be able to view is 4-5 games if it's 2 full gameweeks.

I think the premier league wanted to dip their toe in the streaming world, This package suits them both
100% this isn't about the money. Both are dabbling in new territories and sharing the risk makes sense. It is the way the world is going.

The PL rights in Australia are already exclusively owned by one of the Aussie tele-communications companies (Optus) who are backed by Singtel. The games are only viewable if you are a customer of theirs and can only be watched via their app or their streaming box service.

These companies are just going to start buying up the rights to sporting deals like these to offer customer incentives to their products. Optus in Australia have used it as a tool to drive massive increases in market share, while also offering a really versatile tool which offers all of the PL produced content on demand and all games on demand.
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100% this isn't about the money. Both are dabbling in new territories and sharing the risk makes sense. It is the way the world is going.

The PL rights in Australia are already exclusively owned by one of the Aussie tele-communications companies (Optus) who are backed by Singtel. The games are only viewable if you are a customer of theirs and can only be watched via their app or their streaming box service.

These companies are just going to start buying up the rights to sporting deals like these to offer customer incentives to their products. Optus in Australia have used it as a tool to drive massive increases in market share, while also offering a really versatile tool which offers all of the PL produced content on demand and all games on demand.
makes sense as Singtel owes the rights to the PL in Singapore.
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The PL rights in Australia are already exclusively owned by one of the Aussie tele-communications companies (Optus) who are backed by Singtel. The games are only viewable if you are a customer of theirs and can only be watched via their app or their streaming box service.
Not any more, none customers can now sub.
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Not any more, none customers can now sub.
Good point, I forgot they were opening it up. Even without the exclusivity, the way they are adding it onto their packages is a valuable point of difference for them.
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Old 08-06-18, 05:00 PM   #197
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still so far behind the times should simply be able to pay a reasonable cost to watch every lfc game live
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Good point, I forgot they were opening it up. Even without the exclusivity, the way they are adding it onto their packages is a valuable point of difference for them.
Definitely, most customers get it for free and the integration with Optus branded fetch is fantastic. I'm biased but also happen to think we have the best network and none MVNO plans which helps.
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Bascially Sky have increased the cost of Standard Sky Sports by £2 a month so it now includes HD as standard. But the people that were paying the extra £6 a month for it before have not had their bills reduced, so you are paying them £4 more than you need to be. Very fucking sneaky.

A few people I know (including myself) have managed to kick off successfully and get HD discounted so its essentially free for the rest of the contract length.
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Bascially Sky have increased the cost of Standard Sky Sports by £2 a month so it now includes HD as standard. But the people that were paying the extra £6 a month for it before have not had their bills reduced, so you are paying them £4 more than you need to be. Very fucking sneaky.

A few people I know (including myself) have managed to kick off successfully and get HD discounted so its essentially free for the rest of the contract length.
Outrageous.
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