The NHL has it so you don't get out of market games for free for a reason. People in Detroit (or in a certain area that FOX determines is the local market) who have DTV/Dish/Cable, for instance, generally get FSD for free. Just like I get Sharks games for free. In-market games. However, for out of market games that aren't regional/national (Versus/NBC/CBC), why SHOULD you get them for free? They pay to broadcast the game. Hence, it is them who controls distribution. By in essence taking a broadcast one does not have the rights to and rebroadcasting it, ATDHE is highly vulnerable to a lawsuit, and every single site or person that rebroadcasts it. And in motherpucker.ca's case, they even wanted to profit from taking a rebroadcast of a rebroadcast of a broadcast.
Even if you only watch Red Wings games, that's, say, 70 games a season most people get with the Wings, not counting those with Versus/NBC. $150 at 70 games is $2 per game. If you can afford a friggen internet connection to be making posts as to why watching an illegal rebroadcast is a-ok, then you certainly can afford $2 a game. There's clearly some fault for the NHL in not providing adequate services especially to people not in the US/Canada (in Europe they ARE offered some service but I don't even know the price or availability so can't comment), but for those of us IN these countries, I find it laughable as to how $2/game is outrageous. Compare that to the same price for NFL Sunday Ticket for 16 games. That's nearly $10 a game even if you only watch your team (if they are out of market). If you want free, move to the wide area that gets FSD for free being in their local market. For years I had to only watch Wings games on rabbit ears when they played the Sharks. Then when we got cable, on ESPN too. There's no law that says people have the right to watch every Wings game, less than that, for free. They could just cut all the broadcasts people are partaking in piracy to and they'd have no way at all of watching it. Logic dictates the way they keep money coming in is advertisements and people paying for out of market games. There's always free internet radio offered and even by the NHL where the costs to run it are significantly lower. Bitching about them taking down sites that pirate/rebroadcast illegally is just retarded. If one is going to get something for free, especially illegally, have the decency not to ***** and just enjoy the time you have it.
If you have satellite (Dish/DTV), you can buy a sports package for US market games and get all the FSD you like, and likely every other US team's behind the scenes as well. The behind the scenes stuff and pre/post game stuff isn't part of the license agreement between the NHL and the carriers of the broadcasts for out of market games.
Borderline tl;dr, but I'll give you this:
One, Fair enough for the explanation why they don't broadcast out-of-region games for free, but that DOSEN'T explain why they can't offer some kind of team-specific online CI service at a reduced price that I probably WOULD be willing to pay for, which is what my post was discussing in the first place. At the end of the day Center Ice as-is demands I pay for services I don't want and ergo have no desire to pay for. Why should I pay 2 bucks a game when that money is only going towards a tiny fraction of the games I'm going to bother with? It's like Costco, it's only a good deal if you actually have a need to have obscenely-sized portions, which I don't.
Two, no, I can't afford an internet connection. Neither do I have a TV with cable, let alone satellite. If it wasn't for the university's internet service I'd be completely unable to get online.
Edited by Cern, 28 February 2009 - 07:36 PM.