Should the NHL look at Amazon Prime like other sports have?

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  1. jumptheshark

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    I have both netflix and prime and the one thing that has surprised me about Prime is the fact they have live sports on.. cricket, baseball, rugby and other sports

    this led me to think that the NHL should explore Amazon Prime as an option--but I think that is too new school for the old School NHL

    what do you guys think?


    Modern TV is either dying or dead-- should the NHL embrace the future on line? and if yes? How?
     
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    They are already on ESPN+
     
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    SniperHF You might surprise yourself

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    I'm kinda skeptical how many eyeballs Amazon sports viewership gets (and even more so for other offerings)
    These guys say:
    How Much Longer Will Amazon Be Streaming NFL Games?

    That the NFL averaged 500k per on prime (for 30 seconds or more) That also includes Twitch viewers.

    I'm sure live sports streaming will take off at a mass level at some point but if Amazon with a built in subscriber base can't deliver all that many viewers for the NFL, I don't know that one of those would actually pay much for the NHL. Maybe if the league basically gave it away, it would be like advertising having NHL games in the list.

    If the NHL did it it would just be for a presence IMO not for serious gain in even the medium term. Also the NHL has a problem with neutral game viewership in general making it less useful.
     
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    They are already on ESPN+ my man
     
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    I tried Amazon Prime once and while I enjoyed hearing other announcers other than Buck/Aikman, I thought the user interface was confusing. Heck, I was rewatching The Expanse and the UI was still very confusing (As it not allowing me to hit "Start at the beginning". I wish Amazon would fix that.
     
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    I think increased streaming will be a part of any future NHL broadcast package. I don't stream NHL games, myself, but I'm the exception rather than the rule.
     
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    madhi19 Just the tip!

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    I figure this is something the league need to revisit in the next couple of TV deals. (US and Canada) Really do you want to tie up your streaming rights with regular broadcast rights for another 10 years, knowing how fast the industry is moving?
     
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    If anything, they might think about something like the "All or Nothing" series. That way they don't give up actual broadcast rights or anything... it's just new money in the door.
     
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    The Thursday night game on Prime is likely hurt by the Thursday night game also being on network TV and the NFL channel. Give the Thursday night game to NFL network and Prime only and you'd see what you are really dealing with.
     
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    No

    They are on ESPN+

    You can buy center ice for mobile device
     
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    In europe?
     
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    Nope
     
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