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Boxee, Roku Announce Deals for Streaming Live Sports on TV

Mon Apr 19, 2010 7:22 am

From today's Wall Street Journal online.

Roku is great at making announcements but has a horrible track record of delivering on advertising sports programming.

The MLB.tv package advertised as being available on opening day is still not working on the Roku device even though we are a few weeks into the season.

The NBA Game Time channel was advertised as being available when the NBA playoffs began. They began Saturday and as of this morning the channel is not available.

Roku has failed to deliver the sports programming they have promised and it is misleading for them to continue to advertise and promote their availability.

I am beginning to have serious questions about Roku corporate operations.

Peace

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Boxee, Roku Announce Deals for Streaming Live Sports on TV


April 19, 2010, 9:55 AM ET

By Lauren Goode

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/04/19/ ... rts-deals/


Watching live sports on television via the Web may have just gotten easier.

Starting Monday, Web-to-TV software company Boxee will distribute the National Hockey League’s Game Center Live online video content. In addition, the National Basketball Association is set to announce a similar partnership with Roku, maker of a digital video player that streams Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand via the Web, for the distribution of NBA digital video content, beginning with some of this season’s playoff games.

The NHL’s Game Center Live streams approximately a thousand of the league’s 1,200 games per season, or any games that are not national exclusives on Versus or NBC, the league’s partner networks, for $19.95 a month. No additional fees will be applied for the streaming of NHL Game Center Live content through Boxee’s social-media enabled, web-to-TV platform. Since the NHL is currently wrapping up its 2009-2010 season, the new NHL content available through the Boxee platform is minimal, but a spokesman for Boxee says this should lay the groundwork for a continued partnership into next season.

“We knew the season was ending, but we see the NHL as a marquee content partner and wanted to get this deal out there so people would have Boxee in mind for next season,” said Andrew Kippen, vice president of marketing for Boxee.

Representatives from both the NBA and Roku were unavailable to comment on the details of that announcement.

New content partnerships have spurred competition between the various makers of Web-enabled set-top boxes. The introduction of software like Boxee’s has come under fire from cable industry and network executives concerned about the distribution of unlicensed content, as well as the potential threat of consumers watching video on TVs via the Web rather than purchasing bundled cable packages. Another concern is the amount of bandwidth streaming-video applications require.

The announcements come as more gaming consoles, such as Playstation3, Nintendo Wii, and the Xbox 360, are offering consumers options for streaming Web video on television screens. Boxee plans to introduce a hardware set top box called the Boxee Box, manufactured by D-Link, at the end of the second quarter of this year. Currently, Boxee’s open-source software is available as a free beta download, but users must connect a desktop or laptop computer to their television sets using an HDMI cable to watch Web videos on a TV.

For Roku, this marks the second partnership with a major sports league: Last summer, Roku began streaming premium MLB.TV content from Major League Baseball. Boxee also has an application for live MLB.TV video.


http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2010/04/19/ ... rts-deals/
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Re: Boxee, Roku Announce Deals for Streaming Live Sports on TV

Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:25 am

Wish the NHL was coming to the roku also :-(
 
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Re: Boxee, Roku Announce Deals for Streaming Live Sports on TV

Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:04 pm

[quote="nrao1"]Wish the NHL was coming to the roku also :-([/quote]

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Re: Boxee, Roku Announce Deals for Streaming Live Sports on TV

Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:05 pm

Absolutely +1 for NHL... now if the NFL would give in and give others options to the Sunday Ticket!!!!
 
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Re: Boxee, Roku Announce Deals for Streaming Live Sports on TV

Mon Apr 19, 2010 1:39 pm

ADHurt wrote:
now if the NFL would give in and give others options to the Sunday Ticket!!!!


That's in DirecTV's hands right now. They own the rights to out of market games till after the 2014 season. However, the latest contract stated that DirecTV is required to create an online version of Sunday Ticket by 2012. So there should be a streaming version of Sunday Ticket within the next 2 years. Of course it will probably be very expensive to encourage people to get DirecTV's satellite service (my guess would be at least $450).
 
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Re: Boxee, Roku Announce Deals for Streaming Live Sports on TV

Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:18 pm

Actually NFL already has a streaming service for people that live outside the USA. If you have a IP outside the USA you can sign up for the service during the season. Let roku pull the kinda stunt with NFL that they are pulling on MLB folks then you will get some REAL flamers threw this place.
 
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Re: Boxee, Roku Announce Deals for Streaming Live Sports on TV

Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:56 pm

Does this mean that there's zero chance for NHL GameCenter to also come to Roku? I mean both Boxee and Roku have MLB right?... or is this deal between Boxee & the NHL an exclusive deal?

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