NFL Sunday Ticket will be moving from DirecTV to YouTube TV beginning this NFL football season and things will be so much worse in terms of when fans will see actual plays happening in real time.
Since YouTube TV is only available over the Internet as an online streaming service, viewers will experience lengthy delays between the on-field game and the broadcast that’s significantly longer than what they have come to expect from broadcast television or DirecTV.
NFL analyst Warren Sharp pointed that out using this year’s Super Bowl broadcast where YouTube TV was a full 54 seconds behind the live action on the field.
Sharp further explained that this lengthy delay between the live action and the broadcast could be problematic for live-betting purposes.
“For live betting it matters how ‘off’ your TV is from real-time,” Sharp explained in a follow-up tweet. “For the average fan who isn’t betting, the annoyance will be seeing local beat reporters tweet play results well before you see them or @NFL tweet a TD highlight before it happens on your TV.”
How fans reacted online:
Betting during games and so-called microbetting are some of the fastest growing markets in sports betting. This huge change will be a problem.
With five months until kickoff, YouTube TV announced on Tuesday prices and some of the features it is planning in its first season as the home of “NFL Sunday Ticket.” Pricing for current YouTube TV subscribers will range from $249 to $289 while it will be $349 to $389 for non-subscribers who will access it through YouTube Primetime Channels.
The NFL reached a seven-year agreement with Google last December and it is worth a little more than $2 billion per season. The package had been on DirecTV since 1994.
Thousands cheered when they lost the rights, but now, many are now realizing how much they will lose with their departure.
It’s still unclear if YouTube TV will allow users to purchase access to one team’s games or if subscribers will have to pay for the full package.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.