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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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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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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 :haha:

ridiculous :rolleyes:
 

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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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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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Sometimes if the tournament is not shown on ESPN.
 

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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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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.
Well in fairness he is trying with his new invention, the "1000 Series" and "500 Series" events. I don't think it will improve TV coverage considering American and German networks don't even cover foreign Masters Series events anymore. But they might try to sell the "500 Series" online, just like the Masters Series, so we might get a better deal for those optional events next year.

But for very small events like Delray Beach we just have to accept that they'll never have any decent TV coverage. We need to hope that the prices for online streams improve.
 

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Well in fairness he is trying with his new invention, the "1000 Series" and "500 Series" events. I don't think it will improve TV coverage considering American and German networks don't even cover foreign Masters Series events anymore. But they might try to sell the "500 Series" online, just like the Masters Series, so we might get a better deal for those optional events next year.
I think Disney mentioned something about having both the 1000's & 500's in the same online package next year. That would be nice, if the price is ok.
 

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Yes - I would. We're fortunate in the UK that Sky Sports still cover all the Masters events but for how long who knows? Have no idea what the audience figures are for these tournaments but would not be at all surprised if they were to be dropped. Would then be like my friends in Germany who rely on the Masters TV pay streaming from the ATP. From what I've seen this is an excellent product and not over-expensive.

On a wider note though, having thoroughly enjoyed the AO, which to my mind had just about everything you could want from a tournament, I remain astonished that tennis isn't bigger on TV. To my mind it is the ultimate sport for TV coverage. Have succeeded in getting my husband - who when he met me knew nothing and cared less about tennis - totally hooked. He now adores tennis for the clarity of shots, the angles, the possiblities for analysing differing strategies, the fact that a player can be 2 sets and 2 breaks down and still be able to win the match and the sheer gladiatorial aspect. For what its worth, he's an ardent football (soccer) fan who hitherto thought tennis was for middle-class softies. So where does it go from here?
 

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Yes - I would. We're fortunate in the UK that Sky Sports still cover all the Masters events but for how long who knows? Have no idea what the audience figures are for these tournaments but would not be at all surprised if they were to be dropped. Would then be like my friends in Germany who rely on the Masters TV pay streaming from the ATP. From what I've seen this is an excellent product and not over-expensive.

On a wider note though, having thoroughly enjoyed the AO, which to my mind had just about everything you could want from a tournament, I remain astonished that tennis isn't bigger on TV. To my mind it is the ultimate sport for TV coverage. Have succeeded in getting my husband - who when he met me knew nothing and cared less about tennis - totally hooked. He now adores tennis for the clarity of shots, the angles, the possiblities for analysing differing strategies, the fact that a player can be 2 sets and 2 breaks down and still be able to win the match and the sheer gladiatorial aspect. For what its worth, he's an ardent football (soccer) fan who hitherto thought tennis was for middle-class softies. So where does it go from here?
Not ultimate for network TV because you never know how long a match will last so either end up with a lot of room to fill at the end, or else cutting off mid-match, or else throwing off their broadcast schedule.
 
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