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."
Read the rest of the story in Telephony Online "VON: TV over IP about to explode
Want to watch live Major League Baseball games online? You can do it for a price. MLB.TV
You too can join the millions of fans who are watching live baseball games online. MLB has created the online distribution site MLB.TV to broadcast live every out-of-market baseball game. Users have the ability to purchase a monthly subscription and catch over 300 live out-of-market baseball games online or a season subscription that provides access to watch every out-of-market baseball game. Subscribers also can choose from a huge selection of archived on-demand games. Please note that local and national blackout restrictions do apply. Please check MLB TV for more information.
On a special note: Beware of World Cup Online Scams
As the FIFA World Cup 2006 has gotten underway, we have witnessed an explosion of sites that claim to show the World Cup online for a nominal fee. Buyer beware:
these sites could be a scam. To read more and to see a list of sites that may fall into that category, go to our blog or click here
Some people will be lucky enough to watch the FIFA World Cup 2006 online and live. Here's what we've dug up... ESPN360
ESPN360 will be broadcasting all 52 matches of the FIFA World Cup 2006 online. Online viewers will see the same World Cup feed as television audiences, including sponsor messages and commercials. The games are scheduled from June 9th through July 9th and are televised from Germany. ESPN360 is free but only available through certain high speed Internet service providers such as Adelphia Communications Corp., Bend Broadband, Charter Communications Inc., Grande Communications, Mediacom Communications, Mid-Hudson Cablevision, Susquehanna Communications, US Cable, and Verizon Communications Inc., among others. Check to see if your ISP provider is an affiliate. BBC Sport
The BBC will stream all of its FIFA World Cup 2006 football matches live on the Internet via the BBC Sport website. The service is only available to UK broadband users and viewers can espect to see the same coverage as terrestrial viewing. This will be the largest event the BBC has attempted to broadcast over the Internet before. Rogers Yahoo!
Rogers Yahoo! customers in Canada will be happy to know that they too can tune into the 2006 FIFA World Cup action online. The Rogers Yahoo! Video Player will provide users with non-stop quality highlights from the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The site claims to have "near-live" video highlights when the games begin. On a side note, Rogers Wireless will also be offering video and text highlights via phone. Globo
Brazil's TV Globo has obtained territory rights to deliver live streaming video converage of the world's most watch sporting event, the 2006 World Cup soccer tournament in Germany. Beginning June 9, all 64 matches will be streamed live through the GloboEsporte.com web portal. GloboEsporte.com has deployed Quova Media for its digital rights management. Quova Media will ensure that GloboEsporte.com's World Cup coverage will be accessible to online viewers only in Brazil. Subscribers can expect to pay a one-time fee between 7.90 reals (US$3.43; 2,69€) to 14.90 reals (US$6.40; 5,02€) for the entire tournament, depending on the user's connection speed. Sohu.com
Sohu.com and SMGBB.cn have joined together to provide the FIFA World Cup 2006 online video content in China. SMGBB.cn has been granted first ever exclusive authorization from FIFA to provide broadband Internet TV content of the World Cup 2006 event in mainland China and has selected Sohu.com as its exclusive portal partner. Sohu.com will work closely with SMGBB.cn to deliver World Cup broadband Internet video and photos to Chinese Internet users and football fans. Univision Online
Univision Online has the exclusive U.S. rights to show 2006 FIFA World Cup Spanish-language, near-live video highlights for online and wireless. Hispanic soccer fans in the U.S. will have the opportunity to follow all 64 matches. Univision includes a one-of-a-kind video epicenter. Fans will be able to view free, near-live FIFA World Cup video highlights of the tournament from each of the 64 matches. Even more FIFA World Cup video coverage will be available through a broadband subscription package offering unlimited access for only $9.95.