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Sling TV provides a cable like experience to users for a fraction of the cost via an Internet connection and any number of connected devices not named Apple TV. One of the tentpole channels in its basic lineup is ESPN. An under reported benefit of having access to Sling TV is that the service supports Watch ESPN. Watch ESPN, the versatile “TV Everywhere” app gathers all of ESPN’s content together including live feeds from any of the ESPN network channels that a user subscribes to. If you are a sports fan with a device that supports Watch ESPN you should definitely take advantage of this option. Find out why!

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Yahoo Screen had a big win this weekend. It’s first foray into live sports streaming was a rousing success. Yahoo pulled in 15.2 million viewers for a game that most would not tune into given the choice between it and almost any other matchup. Why? Most likely two things. Exclusivity and novelty. People wanted to see if it was going to work. Bloggers around the world were ready to hit Reddit in order to bash the service. Others just would rather watch an actual game than sit through another variety show disguised as a informative sports discussion. But in the end the numbers looked great for Yahoo.

With 15.2 million viewers it shows that people will watch NFL football via the Internet in the same numbers that they will on normal TV broadcasts. The Hollywood Reporter shared numbers from the NFL comparing Yahoo’s stream compared very favorably with to ESPN’s Monday Night Football which gets 13.5  viewers  as well as 17.6 for Thursday Night Football which is split between CBS and the NFL Network. I would be very interested to see how Yahoo’s numbers compare to Thursday Night Football’s ratings when it is on the NFL Network exclusively. Either way this event shows that the viewing public may well be ready to accept more sports via nontraditional means. Whether it be via Yahoo Screen or a dedicated ad supported NFL app the Shield has options outside of the traditional network TV contract.

How do you stream the NBA? There are three really great options for NBA fans in the age of streaming. Sports is always a driver for TV and as options have grown it is now quite easy for NBA fans to watch or listen to basketball basketball almost every night of the week. Check out how.

Sling TelevisionSling Television
Sling Television or as most people call it Sling TV is not simply an NBA streaming option, it is a inexpensive TV streaming solution with multiple packages and a core offering of over 20 mainstream TV channels. The reason it’s great for NBA fans is that within it’s core $20.00 package is TNT home of Inside The NBA and the totally outspoken Charles Barkley as well as ESPN. Between ESPN and TNT most NBA fans have at least 2-4 NBA games to watch every week of the season and are blanketed during the playoffs. The best thing is that Sling does not require any sort of long term subscription. Sign up is instant. In order to access the service users will need a compatible device. Sling is supported across a large array of devices from a standalone app for computers, to apps for IOS, Android, Roku, Android TV devices. On TV or on the go fans can take in the NBA at their convenience and enjoy the rest of the channels like TBS and AMC too.

NBA League PassNBA League Pass
NBA League Pass is an Internet based service from the league itself. It offers multiple options. One is an all you can eat package that allows fans to see every team in the league (baring which ever team is shown locally). That means that fans in LA can not watch the Lakers and Clippers with League pass, but Lakers fans in Huston can. The big package has two payment options a one time $199.99 payment and 5 payment plan of $44.99.

Follow one team
New this year is the option to follow one team only. This package costs 119.99 for the one payment option or 5 payments of $26.99. If you really only admire one team this is way to go. I think you might get burned though. There always seems to be a couple of major stories in a season whether it is a flash in the pan like Jeremy Lin’s amazing run with the Knicks or the emergence of a major rookie you may kick yourself for not getting access to the league wide package. On the other hand if you are a real team superfan who hates the rest of the league on principle the one team option is perfect.

Listen
If you will be on the road often during games but have a very dependable cellular network the NBA Audio streaming option may be for you. A onetime payment of $9.99 gets fans access to all of the NBA games. This could really be great for truck drivers and those who will not be able to sit and relax in front of the TV on a regular basis. It’s almost like a satellite radio option.

One Game Options
If you know that you are not going to have the opportunity to really take advantage of one of the bigger offerings available the NBA does offer the option to purchase one game at a time for $6.99. Cheaper than any nose bleed seat this is an easy way to see the “it” game. The price can add up quickly though so consider how many one time games you might purchase. If you only want to take in 9 or so regular season games in one season this would be cost effective. If you are going to want to see more action go with a bigger package.

NBA on TNTTNT Overtime
This is a totally free way to follow the NBA through multiple feeds from TNT. The broadcast is strictly from computers and mobile devices. It lets fans view the game from various angles and perspectives like From the sideline, from the camera on the backboard etc. Its like getting a free seat with limited angles. Fan get commentary and an option to watch the studio show but will miss out on any sort of graphics and so on. With the advent of mirroring options it is possible to view TNT overtime on TV. Mirroring via Chromecast, Apple TV and Roku is quite possible. There is just no dedicated app for the service.

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Variety reports that ESPN is considering layoffs as many as 300 staffers, to cut costs at the network. Revenue costs have been an ongoing story at ESPN whose first admission of lost viewership shook the confidence of investors in the traditional media world. The reason this is significant in the cord cutting and streaming conversation is that ESPN is a tentpole cable network due to its place in the sports broadcasting world. In general ESPN and often ESPN 2 are part of the standard cable bundle and not instead listed on an extra tier. So that means the only way that ESPN can lose viewership is for people to cancel cable outright, vs a channel like HBO which is an additional cost and on a separate tier.

Did ESPN Over Estimate its Future Earnings
While its status as a 24 hour sports networks is no longer a unique it has contracts with the biggest properties in sports including national contracts with the NBA, NFL, MLB and a robust college sports slate that includes a dedicated SEC network. These contracts are in terms of billions. The cost of its TV contracts is regularly cited as a cause for financial issues. I have to wonder if the network expected the cable bundle gravy train to keep rolling despite signs that growth of cable households had been declining. I think that the departure of Keith Olbermann (who is notoriously difficult to work with) and Bill Simmons who ran into problems with the network due to heavy criticism of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are totally unrelated to the cost cutting efforts we are seeing with the rumored layoffs.

Live Extra provides a free feed of the NFL Sunday Night Football game. The feed features multiple camera angles and announcers. It is a great way to watch the NFL on a Roku, Apple TV mobile devices or even a laptop. Don’t have a connected TV device? Connect your laptop to the TV with an HDMI Cord.

For more information on how to set up NBC Sports live Extra Click Here

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Fox Sports will be streaming NFL games to pay TV customers from specific providers.

There are multiple ways to access Fox’s streaming service. One way is via computer.

Fox Sports Website Here

Windows Stand Alone App  Here

Minimum requirements for computers 

  • Processor Speed: 1 GHz minimum, 2 GHz recommended
  • Memory: 1 GB minimum, 2 GB recommended
  • Video Memory: 128 MB minimum, 512 MB recommended
  • Screen Resolution: 1024×768 or 1280×720 minimum, 1920×1080 recommended

If your PC system is running Windows 8.1, you can download the app in the WinStore, minimum requirements are:

  • Operating System: 32 or 64 bit version of Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1
  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Memory: 1GB of RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Resolution: 1024 x 768 minimum


Apps For Mobile Devices

 

On TV Via Set-top box

  • Apple TV via Air Play
  • Amazon Fire TV Via Fox Sports app Here

Does my provider participate with Fox Sports Go?

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Polished show entertaining and fact filled

Sports Jeopardy, the Crackle original show which is an offshoot of the classic trivia game, has reached its first championship round.  The winner will take home the grand prize of $50,000; the second-place finisher wins $25,000 and third place claims $10,000. The three contestants set to compete earned the highest point totals during regular season play.

As is said when the traditional show starts, “This is Jeopardy” for sports. The questions are truly challenging and require a vast and well rounded knowledge of sports history, geography and the personalities that have made the games we gather to watch such an ingrained part of modern society. There are no softballs in this fast paced no nonsense trivia game. Those expecting simple questions like “This former New York Jet’s quarterback and pantie hose spokesmen guarantied a Super Bowl win and delivered” may be surprised instead to see questions on former world cup coaches and jockeys. Such throw away questions are very common when athletes play Jeopardy, but the enthusiasts who advanced to the final had to be at the top of their game score enough points to be invited to the final two games which chose its finalists based on a single show performance tally vs multiple appearances.

Dan Patrick former ESPN anchor and current sports radio personality hosts and guides the show like a grizzled veteran. The show is not without levity. Patrick’s quick wit glimmers throughout the season and his give and take with the contestants especially at the close of the show reminds us that we are talking about something fun here vs say “The Cold War” as the four of them banter and kid about missed answers.

Stream the show on Crackle throug apps for IOS and Android or via Crackle.com in order to see the finals of sports Jeopardy or watch the entire season on demand. You might learn something new about the games you think you know in and out. The finalists include:

  • Steve Greene, a writer from Van Nuys, Calif.
  • Nathaniel Marks, an actuary from West Hills, Calif.
  • Justin Shibilksi, a senior manager at FedEx Ground from Aurora, Ill.

Sports Jeopardy has been renewed for a second season which will begin streaming September 23 and be available at 9pm.

Multiple ways to watch College Football online

Well fall is on its way and so is College Football. There are more ways than ever to access one of the most popular sports in America these days. While football is always on TV both via cable and via over the air antennas the amount of streaming options has exploded in the past few years. We have put together a comprehensive guide for watching college football through streaming on a variety of services from free apps, conference digital networks and the big networks. Stream On!