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March Madness not free this year for streaming on mobile devices

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March Madness not free this year for streaming on mobile devices
Last year, CBS and Turner Sports allowed those with the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad to catch the action of March Madness for free. This year, Android owners can join in on the fun. But CBS and Turner are charging for the service this year, asking viewers to pay $3.99 to catch the action. This is not the first time that fans of NCAA Men's Basketball had to pay for streaming video to a mobile device. Back in 2009, before it split the cost of an NCAA T.V. deal with Turner, CBS charged Apple iPhone users $4.99 to have the tournament action streamed to their phone.

Not free for mobile viewers this year

Not free for mobile viewers this year

You can't fault CBS and Turner for trying to recoup part of the 14-year, $10.8 billion broadcast license that the duo entered into with the NCAA in 2010. Streaming of sporting events to mobile devices is still in its infancy and it is hard to see how the networks can cover the cost of obtaining rights to these events without charging mobile device owners for the privilege of viewing the action. Last year when the streaming was free, usage across platforms for early-round games was as high as 3 million unique users daily.

source: PaidContent.org

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posted on 18 Feb 2012, 11:25

1. antmiu2 (Posts: 187; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


how about some nba? would pay and use micro hdmi in landscape mirror from my atrix

posted on 18 Feb 2012, 16:15

2. jcpwn2004 (Posts: 314; Member since: 18 Jan 2012)


3.99 really isn't bad. I wish these companies would start selling their product to me directly, I'm probably never going to pay 100$/mo for 100 channels I'll never watch.

posted on 19 Feb 2012, 11:04

3. sitruc (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


I'm pretty sure MMOD has had a Flash option the past two years.

I'm looking forward to more tru tv commercials.

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