This is a great time for sports fans if you have high-speed satellite internet. Sports fans no longer have to watch the local TV stations for football, basketball, or baseball. Instead, they can play dozens of live games online. Many websites also offer multiple games at no cost. This is a great deal for any gamer.
ESPN.com was the first website to offer live streaming of sporting events. ESPN.com is already the leading provider of live sports stream via cable television. They recently acquired the rights to the college-football BCS championship series. This made them the first cable network to broadcast major championship games. ESPN360.com was recently launched by ESPN.com. It broadcasts live, full sporting events over the Internet. This technology is used primarily by ESPN for college football and basketball games. It allows viewers to select multiple games to view throughout the day. The streaming speed will vary depending on how fast you have internet, but the website offers access to many football games.
CBS Sports offered live streaming of every NCAA Basketball playoffs game for free on their CBS Sports website a few years back. The service was made available for two reasons. First, because multiple games were being played simultaneously, viewers could only view regional games, and therefore missed approximately 75% of the action. Second, because many games began during work hours, fans could now access the games via their workplace computers. There was even an “emergency boss” button that brought up a spreadsheet in case someone wandered into a work area during a game.
Direct TV’s NFL Sunday Ticket is a very popular package that allows customers to view every NFL game from their homes. Sunday Ticket expanded into cyberspace last year and now allows subscribers to view live games via their computer or mobile phone. Other satellite companies that offer live sports stream events, such as soccer and hockey, have also adopted this type of mobile technology.
Major League Baseball and National Hockey League launched recently a service that allows subscribers to view live games on their computers. Both leagues charge for the service. However, given the current trends, both will likely offer live games free of charge in the upcoming seasons.