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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-06-2008, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Do you pay per view?

More events are offering LIVE STREAMING VIDEO at their tournaments. In the past it was only Master Series and a Wimbledon. But now smaller events are getting into the act.

Delray Beach (starting Feb 11) is offering a daily pass for $9.95 or a tournament pass for $50.

The Dallas Challenger just offered free Live streaming and archived all of the matches at www.frontrowtennis.com

Question is...do you pay for live streaming matches? If so, Delary on the right pricing track?
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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-06-2008, 04:24 PM
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Re: Do you pay per view?

I have done and I will continue to do so.

I think it's a good way to get tennis content out to people, especially in markets where there is no TV licensing for events, or the licensing is fragmented across a lot of broadcasters.

Delray Beach - I'm thinking about but I consider their pricing to be way expensive - mastersseries.tv is about $60 or $70 for 10 events with guaranteed top players. Delray Beach is $50 for one tournament.

I think it's a bit expensive.
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Re: Do you pay per view?

If the price is right, I do. The ATP Masters Series TV is an excellent product, especially now when they have matches on demand option available (atleast it was for Shanghai). The price ain't too bad either.

$50 for a MM tourney like Delray Beach

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I always try to find free sources (bigger events) and usually succeed.
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It works sometimes but Delray beach at 10$ a day? That's a joke.

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It's good to try free sources but if you cannot find them the "pay per view" is a good medicine against frustration. ATP Masters TV is a very good deal but Delray Beach is not!
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The free Dallas Challenger was great. They only had a single camera and it was behind the baseline and always on the same side of the court. The position of the camera resulted in the deep corners on the camera end of the court being cut off. But they had great announcers and the broadcast was free. Except for losing the corners I really liked the camera angle. It really gave you a feel for the speed of the ball and the height that the players were hitting the ball over the net and thus the spin on the balls. The angles that are typically given on televised matches really don't give you as good a feel for those elements. I'd certainly pay $30 bucks for that coverage. I might even pay $50 depending on who was in the draw.

Another nice feature of that tournament was that the announcers were actually going online while they announced the match and keeping up with a running thread on the MTF challenger section and interacting with the viewers.

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Re: Do you pay per view?

Both Delray and San Jose are doing the same deal through the same company. I doubt that I'll pay for either one of those. The Safin-Sampras match will get some for San Jose, but I don't see a whole lot of people signing up for Delray at that price.

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Dbeach is right down the street from me and I wont even be paying 50 to actually be there

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Re: Do you pay per view?

Sometimes if the tournament is not shown on ESPN.

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Re: Do you pay per view?

$50 for Delray Beach.

Just how weak do they expect the dollar to be next week?
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Yeah, I noticed that smaller tourneys with pay live streams have often outrageous prices. Possibly to make up for the expected low amount of subscriptions.

For Delray Beach, ES 2 is having live coverage of one SF and the Final, so that is enough to satisfy my (men's) tennis addiction.

The ATPMastersseries pay stream is great and the only high quality option for german fans.

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Unfortunately, this is how it might pan out in the future if major tv networks don't renew their contracts to show tennis.

Damn you Mr. Disney - instead of mucking around with the format and tournaments, put some marketing muscle into tennis please.
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