ESPN wants to pay for the data you use while viewing its sites
0. phoneArena 10 May 2013, 02:28 posted on
According to a published report, Disney owned sports network ESPN has been in touch with at least one carrier to discuss an unusual plan that would not count the data used by smartphone and tablet users viewing ESPN to be counted against their monthly data caps; in effect, ESPN would be paying for the data consumed by mobile viewers watching its streaming feed...
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2. cezarepc (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
Hmmm, that's a nice set-up. Everybody happy. They might be on to something.
4. McLTE (Posts: 620; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Everybody happy? Don't think so.
You'll now see more revenue for Verizon (as an example). No changes to the data plans for consumers - which suck, horribly. Providers will continue to charge us the same, while now have an extra revenue source.
I was hoping that as streaming becomes more prevalent, providers would have to make changes to allow for more data and/or reduce costs. This is a way for providers to NOT do either, and make more money.
6. cezarepc (Posts: 442; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)
No changes to the data plans yes, but for people who watch ESPN a lot (including me) this is great.
Free ESPN streaming? Come'on how can that be bad?
3. ronjr123 (Posts: 60; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
Just more exclusive carrier deals and bloatware. I don't know if I would like that model.
5. scsa852k (Posts: 257; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)
Watch ESPN app is a piece of crap anyways.
you can't view a single channel without any buffering or interruptions even on a Wi-Fi network with download speed of 30 Mbps.