NBC walks back plan for direct-to-consumer streaming, forces Philly fans to remain with cable
After reports that Philly fans might finally have the chance to move on from cable, NBC has announced that’s not happening just yet.
Yesterday morning, rumors circulated that NBC would be unveiling a direct-to-consumer streaming product for its regional networks. These changes would allow fans to be able to stream games on NBC Sports Philadelphia like the 76ers, Flyers, and Phillies.
These cable regulations have restricted fans’ access to games, forcing them to watch through TV instead of an app not created by their cable provider. Local blackouts also don’t allow fans to watch through apps like NBA Game Pass and others.
This news excited fans across the area, but NBC reached out to the Inquirer, shutting these claims down. They stated that details regarding a direct-to-consumer streaming product for its regional sports networks were “misleading” and “inadvertently” included in the company’s press release.
The company said that its direct-to-consumer strategy “is evolving as we assess options in each of the unique sports markets we serve.”
I personally hate having to pay a lucrative cable bill that is literally only used for background noise, Philly games, and once in a blue moon, ESPN. It can’t be difficult at all to make this switch, but Comcast likely has some hold over the Philly market.
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