At their upfront on Wednesday, TBS and TNT announced that they would be offering free live streaming on their websites this summer. The streaming would be authentication-based (just like WatchESPN or March Madness On Demand), and the MLB package on TBS and NBA package on TNT are reportedly included in the streaming.
Turner has always been at the forefront of live streaming, and their presentation of March Madness On Demand over the last two seasons along with CBS has been superb. But when this was initially announced, I assumed that the MLB and NBA games would be blacked out. With their inclusion, another step has been taken towards avoiding blackouts.
You will now be able to watch national MLB and NBA broadcasts from both ESPN and Turner online, with just Fox lagging behind for MLB. It's a pretty big step forward, and NBC and the NHL are getting left in the dust. You could make the same case for the NFL as well, but that's an empire that won't be brought down any time soon. For all of their faults in the past, the NBA and MLB are actually on the forefront of any potential changes to the cable industry, thanks in large part to the innovation of their providers.
NBC is not getting left behind...now if they could only include more cable services to actually see these events on my mobile device.
NBC certainly isn't being left in the dust. They may not get college football and basketball on until the fall/ winter, but the NHL playoffs are already on the NBC Live Extra service. Fox is the only one without a current live streaming service, though their's is supposed to start this fall when FS1 launches. I can't help but wonder if the Fox service will include their MLB broadcasts or not.
Starting this postseason, all Stanley Cup playoff games on NBC networks were available to stream online for free through authentication with cable providers (at least works with Comcast).
i've been watching NHL through NBC Live Extra app for all the playoffs and the end of the regular season. Only Post season games not on were the NHL network games
I wouldn't say NBC and the NHL are "getting left in the dust." I've streamed almost all of the Stanley Cup playoff games through NBC's LiveExtra website (authentication-based) and the presentation has been great.