Ahh good. The garbage scenario confirmed.
The Walt Disney Company & ESPN To Televise, Stream NHL in 109 Countries Globally Beginning with 2021-22 Season - ESPN Press Room U.S.As the National Hockey League (NHL) prepares to drop the puck on the 2021-22 season, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN will bring the energy and excitement of the NHL to fans in 109 countries around the world as part of the groundbreaking long-term agreement announced in March.espnpressroom.com
I have no issue just sticking to radio. They can make it more accessible next season and I might consider. Forking out for fetch with the box is a bit much, making you pay for sh*t you don't want. Bundles are rarely a good buy for consumers. 90% usually goes to waste.So with the press release confirming the doomsday scenario, to stream the full season running 9 months from Oct to June your legal avenues in Australia are:
ESPN + foxtel now on the $54 / month sports + essentials pack for $486. You can sort a 30 day trial which would knock off $54.
ESPN + fetch using the Vibe pack at $6 / month. Catch is you need a fetch box to sign up and the cheapest is $169 ($199 for 4k output), bringing you to $223 for the season.
NHL.tv would have cost you US$99.99 for the season, which is roughly $136.99 at today's exchange rate.
With that, the ESPN + fetch combo works out OK if the deal holds up for two seasons ($138.50 / $153.50). It'd be cheaper than VPN + NHL.tv. Downside is the fetch box is otherwise useless to me, plus the aforementioned intrusive advertising.
This.Downside is the fetch box is otherwise useless to me, plus the aforementioned intrusive advertising.
Oh yeah, the fetch box doesn't even have the native ESPN App.This.
I now have to buy a device I dont want, just to access to the app, that you then have to cast to the tv.
How backwards is that, compared to the native nhl.tv app ffs.
The fact Disney own ESPN, and won't provide the option to host ESPN on their Disney Plus streaming service seems weird and stupid to me.Oh yeah, the fetch box doesn't even have the native ESPN App.
We're basically an afterthought and screwed by existing content deals, so there's limited profit in developing something as an exception for us. Ideally Disney brings EPSN in house in the same way they did to Star, and offers ESPN+ in Australia. I can't see any other way it works out; they won't not sell the content if foxtel will buy it so we won't end up in an European scenario where NHL.tv returns as a 'legal' option.
My guess is it's something that happens circa 2022/23 as ESPN execs were quoted as being keen on obtaining rights for Australian sports. Both the cricket and AFL deals are due in 23/24, and they'd need a local subscriber base to be considered a legitimate option.
foxtel and fetch currently own the rights to ESPN TV content in Australia. Disney needs to wait for that to expire (much like they did for the Netflix agreements) before they can launch ESPN+ in Australia. I haven't been able to find out how long that deal runs for.The fact Disney own ESPN, and won't provide the option to host ESPN on their Disney Plus streaming service seems weird and stupid to me.
Not Kayo, you can't register that as a 'TV provider' in the ESPN app (see below).Kayo
You need the ESPN app, which is available on android or IOS. Within the setting there you link your TV provider account (either foxtel or Fetch), which then unlocks the paid for content.What is unclear to us is....everything to do with it, apart from paying for it.
This seems consistent with what I've seen in the past, although I wonder whether they'll start trying to geo-block it.But on my android phone it works fine. The stream loads. I can even chromecast to my TV. I can do this without the VPN switched on.
There's a decent chance (as Peter Sidorkiewicz has done) you can sign up for NHL.tv using an international (Western European) address, and it'll just work. I remember a few seasons back there was 3 or 4 different sets or pricing depending on where you signed up, the cheapest being the US version of the nhl.com website. Once you'd signed up, every app didn't care where you were logging in from and just worked.So as someone who has watched nearly every Capitals game for what seems an eternity how do i know watch all of our games?
Price doesn’t matter I’ll pay whatever