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Twitter to live-stream NBA games

The first stream will be available for the 17 Feb. NBA All-Star Game, followed by a schedule of regular-season and playoff live streams. – Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News » http://bit.ly/2RLIFhq

Report: Ballmer Rejects $60M TV Deal

photo: Jae C. Hong, Associated Press

Television money in the NBA is at an all-time high, but that isn’t stopping L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer from reportedly turning down a lot of local broadcast money to explore building an online service to broadcast his team’s games. […] A team-specific streaming service would be a new concept. The NBA does offer single-team packages through the NBA League Pass service as well as a full-season package that includes all 30 teams. Major League Baseball offers a similar package through its website. – Adam Wells, Bleacher Report

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern isn’t worried about DISH streaming ESPN

Talking on CNBC on Wednesday, [David Stern] said that the NBA could actually benefit from having its games streamed through web subscriptions in addition to appearing in traditional cable television packages. Sling TV’s service “is appealing to an audience that either has cut their cord already, or the nevers—the never had cable [people]—so actually I think it will bring in more people and I would hope that somebody who gets to see the occasional game on ESPN, or ABC, will want to make sure they get to see all the games, which requires a whole different package,” Stern told CNBC. – Tom Huddleston, Jr, Fortune Magazine
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How to live stream NBA games online

Sites like First Row Sports or VIPBox Sports are some of the most popular picks when it comes to watching streams of sporting events online. While these might be of use, the hassle of having to avoid spam and deal with low quality streams makes these services more of an inconvenience than a help. As a rule of thumb, never click on any link which asks you to download any HD Players, update your streaming software, or install any “required” media players. These are often just spam links which could infect your computer with malware. – Rick Stella,Digital Trends
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Online streaming reaching a new age

Over the last five years, the online streaming of sports has exploded to the point that watching a game or event online is now expected. If a game isn’t streamed at least on computers, there’s an uproar. Online rights have become a major part of media contracts. – Ken Fang,Awful Announcing 
Here is what is streamed by each network:Big Ten Network — Linear channel available on BTN app with cable and satellite provider authentication.

CBS Sports — SEC football, selected college basketball games, NCAA Tournament, some PGA Tour events.

ESPN/ABC — Linear ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, Longhorn Network, SEC Network, SEC Network Plus on WatchESPN. Also has online exclusives on ESPN3 (college sports, cricket, soccer, tennis).

Fox Sports — Linear Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 channels, College Football, College Basketball, Big East sports, all Fox Sports broadcast programming, MLB, in-market NFL games, NASCAR, some Fox College Sports events.

Golf Channel — Linear Golf Channel is available on GolfChannel Live Extra and NBC Sports Live Extra.

MLB Network — Limited streaming. It’s two postseason games were available on MLB.TV with cable or satellite provider authentication.

NBC Sports — Dan Patrick Show, Formula 1, IndyCar, MLS, NASCAR (2015), NHL, Notre Dame football, Olympics, PGA Tour, Sunday Night Football. NBCSN linear channel not streamed.

NFL Network — Linear channel on NFL Mobile tablet app with cable and satellite provider authentication. Mobile streaming on Verizon phones.

Tennis Channel — Linear channel streamed on Tennis Channel app with authentication. Subscription required for events not televised live.

Universal Sports — Linear channel streamed on Universal Sports app with cable and satellite provider authentication. Olympic sports not televised streamed online.

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Why ESPN Thinks it Can Sell NBA Games on the Web Without Breaking Up its Pay TV Bundle

ESPN is going to pay a bunch of money to show pro basketball games on TV. But it is also going to show pro basketball games to people over the Web, without requiring them to pay for ESPN on TV. […] it sounds like some of the details about ESPN’s plans to sell NBA games over the Web, directly to consumers, haven’t been worked out yet. Since the service most likely won’t appear for two years, it’s got a little time to work it out. […] Bear in mind that the NBA already sells a direct-to-consumer digital subscription itself, even though it has deals with ESPN and Turner. Its “League Pass” service starts at $149 a season, and also offers “out-of-market” games — a deal that’s supposed to protect the value of local teams’ TV rights deals. […] while this is a new idea for ESPN, it has already said it’s interested in doing this. For starters, this is what ESPN said it might do when it bought the TV and digital rights to Major League Soccer (MLS) games earlier this year. – Peter Kafka,Re/code
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