On September 8th, the National Football League and Yahoo! announced they will enable football and sports fans around the world to watch live NFL games on the Internet. Unfortunately, that service is only available to fans outside of North America. If you are one of the lucky ones, check out NFL Game Pass below. NFL Game Pass
(Outside North America)
NFL Game Pass will allow football fans outside of North America to watch nearly every NFL game live and in its entirety online. NFL games broadcasted online will be streamed at up to 700 kbps. The new online subscription service will charge fans a fee of $24.99 per week or $249.99 for the entire 17-week NFL regular season, and each game will also be available in archived format up to 24 hours after its conclusion.
Here are some sites to follow the scoreboard and watch NFL video highlights. NFL.com
NFL.com features online video covering the latest news and stories in the NFL. Free NFL.com video clips showcase the Network's signature show, NFL Total Access, the Best of NFL Films, special features such as In Their Own Words, Playbook, Point After, and much more. Be sure to check back on a daily basis for new video on NFL.com.
College Football - CSTV XXL
CSTV has launched more than 100 Internet TV channels dedicated to live college sports. The service is called CSTV XXL and covers live events, whether it be college football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and more. Each Internet TV channel will be a "virtual arena" -- a seamless Internet experience offering a total of more than 10,000 live events and includes audio, video and live data feeds of college sports scores, highlights, interviews, press conferences, news, features, archived games, plus ticketing, e-commerce and much more.
Sports fans can also follow a specific college athletic program and create customizable Internet TV channels on CSTV's All- Access suite of more than 100 colleges including Auburn, BYU, Memphis, Miami, Navy, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Tennessee, Tulane, Villanova, UCLA, UNLV, USC and Washington.
Not all games will be free to watch and listen. You have the option to pay a monthly or annual fee for a specific college's CSTV "All-Access" pass or you can purchase a CSTV XXL Premium pass, which offers access to all 100+ college sports channels. ESPN GamePlan
ESPN GamePlan is one of the best college football packages and it is now available online. ESPN GamePlan is a pay-per-view service that lets sports fans watch all the college football action online. The 2006 schedule will include more than 150 games (10-15 games per week), featuring teams from conferences such as the ACC, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Big 12, Sun Belt, MAC, Pac-10, SEC, WAC and more.
Additionally, ESPN GamePlan allows fans to watch all archived non-ABC GamePlan games exclusively online. ESPN360
ESPN360 will broadcast several college footbal games live via their online TV service. Some of the football games will be exclusive to the online channel. ESPN360 will also provide on-demand game scores, highlights, statistics, analysis, and interviews with players and coaches.
Whether you call it Broadband TV, Internet TV, online TV, TV over IP, or whatever other name, one message rings loud and clear: what all these names represent is a movement that is taking off and companies are racing to ride the wave. CBS launches a 100 online channels
dedicated to college sports. The NFL and Yahoo team up to broadcast NFL games live and online
. AT&T announces an Internet TV subscription service
. And we aren't even touching the surface on the new personal TV platforms emerging.
Carol Wilson backs up the opening statement with testimony from the VON conference, "So hot is TV over IP that it took over the opening keynote session of the VON conference, as event founder Jeff Pulver and AOL Vice Chairman Ted Leonsis devoted their speeches to what they called an explosion in Internet-based video content, including user-created videos, the untapped vault of old TV shows and other Hollywood-produced content, and video specifically produced for the Web."
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