A week ago I subscribed for 1 year to the NHL Gamecenter. The 1 year subscription gets you access to all the games live or on demand to watch later. You can also watch just the 10mins highlights from each game. When i purchased it, it was USD99 (EUR78) and now it’s only USD49. I’m not sure why there such a big drop. Probably because we are closer to the end of the season.
I’m very impressed so far. You can watch the games either on a PC or a tablet (Google App which is what i do). The quality is excellent and is 99% perfect streaming whether it’s live or not. Yesterday i was watching live the Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto played in Detroit. It was taking place outside in an American football stadium with more than 100,000 fans on the stands in freezing conditions. Once again the streaming was perfect. During live games you also have the option to switch between the broadcaster of the home team or that of the away team.
I compare this with what we get for football, especially in Cyprus. I currently pay EUR52/month to basically watch the Premier League. I’m also getting Cypriot Football, La Liga and Bundesliga and some TV shows and movies. But i don’t need this bundle of channels. I just want to watch the Premiership and i would strip away everything else if that meant getting a reduced price. Not only that but i have to be at home to watch. With the NHL Gamecenter i could be anywhere and i can watch everything on demand on the tablet.
I really hope that we get something like this in football but i doubt it as i think the Premiership gets more money by selling the rights to individual broadcasters in different countries. There is a lot of commercialisation in american sports (more breaks and ads) but they are years ahead on this one.