Amazon Bids on Disney's 22 Regional Sports Networks

Discussion in 'HardForum Tech News' started by cageymaru, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. cageymaru

    cageymaru [H]ard as it Gets

    Apr 10, 2003
    Amazon has bid on Disney's 22 regional sports networks that it gained when it purchased television and movie assets from Fox. The Justice Department made Disney divest itself of those properties to close the deal on the Fox assets. While Fox hasn't placed a bid for the 22 regional sports networks in round 1 of the sale, it still has a chance to place a bid in round 2. Some analysts think that Amazon purchasing the channels is a bad omen for cable TV as Amazon could roll the channels into its Amazon Prime package as added value. Also it would give Amazon access to 44 Major League Baseball games and the YES Network (New York Yankees games) to broadcast as social media companies like Facebook and Google seek to procure more live sporting events to attract consumers to their services. Live sporting events are one of the main reasons why cable TV customers subscribe to the service.

    Selling sports rights to a giant like Amazon, with a market capitalization of more than $700 billion, could spur other technology giants like Apple, Google and Facebook to bid on sports rights to stay competitive. The sports rights for the big professional leagues are locked up through 2020. Traditional media players such as Disney, CBS, Comcast's NBC and AT&T's DirecTV and Time Warner dominate the landscape. When current rights deals expire, tech giants could conceivably outbid the traditional media players for exclusive or digital-only rights, assuming the leagues themselves are willing to abandon traditional partners.
  2. Loose Nut

    Loose Nut Limp Gawd

    Oct 21, 2009
    LOL I NEVER watch sports
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  3. Wrecked Em

    Wrecked Em [H]ardness Supreme

    Sep 14, 2004
    The best part about cord cutting is not having to subsidize morons who watch adults chase a ball. It's probably safe to assume this will no longer be the case in the near future.
  4. Alphawoolf

    Alphawoolf n00b

    Feb 10, 2017
    Please Amazon do lock up all that sports shit away on your "network" where I never have to hear about it again.
  5. Twisted Kidney

    Twisted Kidney 2[H]4U

    Mar 18, 2013
    The only television sporting events that aren't dying double time are the NFL and FIFA.

    The NFL on TV is dying single time, and FIFA is some other kind of strange creature.

    Honestly, streaming probably makes more sense for many sporting events. Times are wonky when sports are played all over the world, watching Leicester City on your phone on a bus is probably better than a DVR hours or days later.
  6. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics I don't get it

    Jan 14, 2007
    Yanno, considering the absolute cluster fuck sports has turned into where due to various entities locking up exclusivity rights, and by entities I don't mean channels I mean the people who own the channels, so if you have DirecTV you might be able to watch the local baseball team because Comcast secured those rights, and all of that shit passed onto consumers with the infamous "fees" that show up on your bill namely the "Regional Sports Fee". Football has been the only sport I care about over the last couple decades, and I'm lucky local games are still played on OTA channels, but having seen Thursday Night Football shown on Amazon Prime video, Monday Night Football played on ESPN (not good for cord cutters) I just want to fucking say stop.

    But if it happens, then fuck it, I just freed up 3-4 hours on a Sunday afternoon.

    At the end of the day, it's local teams who whore their games out to various entities so if the SF Giants don't want me to watch them because I'm not a Comcast customer then fuck 'em... seriously... fuck 'em up the ass with a Cactus because over the years me not watching the Giants still cost me hundreds of dollars in "regional sports fees"
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  7. Prisoner849

    Prisoner849 Gawd

    May 5, 2016
    When deep space exploration ramps up, it'll be the corporations that name everything....the IBM stellarsphere, the Microsoft galaxy, planet Starbucks...

    And here's me, give a fuck.
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  8. JSumrall

    JSumrall Limp Gawd

    Jan 19, 2011
    Yes. They will buy it, add it to Prime, and claim it adds value. Then they'll turn around and say we've added tons of value to Prime, time to increase the price....again.
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  9. Laowai

    Laowai Gawd

    Aug 9, 2018
    I don't disagree entirely. You should not have to pay for something if you're not using it.
    I'd also love to see cities not bending over backwards to see how fast they can give away taxpayer money on stadiums/tax breaks/land deals/etc

    When I'm in the US, if I want to see a baseball game I'll go see the minor league team in my area. I watch high school games if I feel like watching football. There isn't much hockey where I live in the States and that's a shame as I enjoy watching the sport sometimes. I refuse to pay the exorbinant prices to see pro teams play + parking + expensive concession pricing + my tax dollars when watching semi-pros and young athletes is a more enjoyable experience by almost any metric as far as I'm concerned.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2018
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  10. caddys83

    caddys83 2[H]4U

    Feb 14, 2009
    Nobody watch sports in 2018. I don't even have cable for that mess
  11. steakman1971

    steakman1971 2[H]4U

    Nov 22, 2005
    Nice Fight Club reference!
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  12. Dekoth-E-

    Dekoth-E- [H]ardness Supreme

    Mar 23, 2010
    So long as it doesn't get shoe horned into the rate I pay increasing my monthly for shit I'll never watch, idgaf.
  13. Aireoth

    Aireoth 2[H]4U

    Oct 12, 2005
    FIFA is a world wide audience, NFL, NHL, NBA are not
  14. travisty

    travisty Gawd

    Feb 3, 2016
    not a sports watcher but i dont view it as bad. I don't have a TV so i can't watch sports (legally) so i watch on a pirated stream if i do want to watch. Take all sports digital will solve that.
  15. Bigbacon

    Bigbacon [H]ardForum Junkie

    Jul 12, 2007
    it will as it always does.