CBS To Show NCAA Basketball Games Online For Free

from the double-dribble dept

CloakedMirror wrote in to point out the news that CBS plans to stream games from this year's NCAA basketball tournament online. They've done this for the last three years, but for the first time will let viewers watch out-of-market games not available on their local broadcast affiliate for free. With all the questionable decisions TV networks make regarding the internet, it's good to see one doing something right, even if it's a relatively small move. CBS plans to support the service through ads, and given that, why not broadcast all the games? It's hard to see why the networks should care how people watch their shows, if they can provide them in a format with advertising. Piracy shouldn't be a concern for something like the NCAA tournament, as popular live sports events don't have a whole lot of value once they've finished and the score is out.

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    randdickson, 7 Dec 2005 @ 1:11pm

    Question ?

    So you're supporting the idea of paying for this content using advertising Money ?

    Only curious because on line advertising seems to be another complaint that people have.

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      PJ Brunet, 7 Dec 2005 @ 1:22pm

      Re: Question ?

      Ads are good.

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      CloakedMirror, 8 Dec 2005 @ 7:43am

      Re: Question ?

      In my original submission of the story, I did point out that I thought it would be a good idea if they (CBS) allowed viewers to purchase the content using the "premium" service that they had used in the previous three years. That "premium" service would allow viewing without the advertising, but might be a bigger technological hurdle since they would need to run two streams per game.

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    Jeff, 7 Dec 2005 @ 1:39pm

    I don't have much of a problem with ads.

    Except at the beginning of kid's DVDs. Dreamworks is the worst. They should be forced to sit through the previews of one of their dvd's at my house while my kids are screaming and crying because the movie hasn't started and I can't fast forward.

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      NonDeskript, 7 Dec 2005 @ 3:30pm

      Re: I don't have much of a problem with ads.

      Of course. You PAY for a DVD, you shouldn't be forced to endure advertising on top of that cost. This, OTOH, is a free service and advertising is an acceptable way for CBS to cover its costs and attempt to make some money.

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    ben, 28 May 2007 @ 11:29pm

    rules

    were do you learn your rules

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