Tom Brady Watched Last Year's Super Bowl Via Illegal Stream... And Probably Had A Better Experience Than Anyone Watching NBC's Official Stream

from the so-it-goes dept

With ICE seizing a bunch of websites that were planning to stream this year's Super Bowl, plenty of people had their ears perk up when Patriots starting quarterback Tom Brady admitted that he watched last year's Super Bowl via an unauthorized streaming site online. While his view this year was a bit more up close and personal, lots of people were talking about how NBC Universal finally decided to offer up an official stream of the game -- about a decade later than it should have done so. Of course, reports from users were that -- in typical NBC Universal fashion -- the experience was dreadful. Even more ridiculous? The livestream didn't show most of the commercials because apparently NBC Universal wanted them to pay extra to do so. So, instead, those who watched online "received a heavy dose of the same ads over and over again." In other words, the online experience was worse. Of course, since they have less competition (thank you US government!), NBC has little incentive to improve the product, so expect it to suck for a few more years now that they've finally decided to show the game online.

Filed Under: competition, copyright, ice, innovation, seizures, streaming, super bowl, takedown, tom brady
Companies: nbc universal


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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Feb 2012 @ 3:54pm

    Someone is going to step up and give the public what it wants and crush the competition. I know I am going to get bashed for saying this but at the heart it is true and everyone realizes it. In the middle of the 90's when every single news analysis show was stating the exact same point even though half the country disagreed - A company called Foxnews stepped up and buried the competition and now is regularly burying broadcast competition even though it has a 25% viewer gap. The time is ripe for one of these media giants to step up and commercialize the same thing everyone is craving for and put half the competition out of business. So who is it going to be?

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