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Do you watch sport online? This could be good news for you then

Netflix haven’t ruled out streaming live sport in the future.


That was the response of Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s content boss, gave to the question about whether the world’s largest subscription streaming service will ever stream live sports.

It’s a question that Netflix executives have had to answer many times before, and they’ve repeatedly said that sports, which are, of course, best viewed live, don’t fit with Netflix’s watch-anytime model.

Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, emphasized that point again this week at a conference hosted by MoffettNathanson, a media and telecommunications research firm.

But he also didn’t completely rule out the proposition.

“I will never say never, but I would say that where we sit today I don’t think the on-demandness to sports is enough of an addition to the value proposition to change,” Sarandos said.

“I think the leagues have tremendous leverage in those deals, so it’s not like we’re going to get in and de-leverage the leagues.”

Sarandos said the prospect of paying huge sums for rights to live sports programming, which can be very, very expensive, “doesn’t get [him] that excited.”

“Not to say that it wouldn’t someday down the road someday make sense,” Sarandos continued. “Today I think that there’s lots of growth in what we’re doing.”

Live Streaming vs Cable Although the fight generated millions for broadcasters, they were sucker punched by Internet streamers, exposing the industry'’s vulnerabilities. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Live sports are one of the few things people still can’t miss on so-called “linear” TV — the Super Bowl and NCAA football championship game broke viewership records, while March Madness had its highest TV viewership in 22 years.

People can also pay sports leagues directly to stream games. Major League Baseball has for years streamed baseball games through MLB.TV, and NBA fans can also sign up for a streaming service from the NBA.

The NFL is also planning to stream a Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars game on YouTube this fall.

Would you welcome the idea of on-demand streaming websites such as Netflix showing live sport or will you stick to the old telebox? 

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