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AK267
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ESPN3 2018--2019 Season

Looks like ESPN3 has signed up for the 2018--2019 Season of Champions.

Those in the States are in for some good curling.

http://www.espn.com/watch/schedule/

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courtneyshaw
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At least we can watch Canadian curling since those of us without access to NBC sports can't actually watch curling in our own country.

Thanks NBC!

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Not sure I get the anger at NBC. I did a quick search and didn't find a provider that has ESPN but not NBCSN. If NBCSN is not in the package you have, that's a provider and customer decision. NBC would love to have NBCSN in basic cable on every system. And when it comes time to complain about your CATV prices, ESPN and the Disney owned channels are probably the most expensive per channel in your basic package.

Why does EPSN get a pat on the back for just streaming their sibling's content, when NBC Universal has put curling into their actual channel lineup on NBCSN and the Olympic channel.

Also, if your provider doesn't carry NBCSN, there are options in today's world. NBCSN is within just about anyone's reach, if they care enough to pay for it.

https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/wat...aying-cable-tv/

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ESPN allows streaming with only an internet subscription. NBC does not. And you are right... people can watch curling if they want to pay for cable. I am definitely not interested in a cable subscription for access to one event, particularly when I can use a foreign VPN to get them if I really wanted to.

I just don't think NBC is helping our sport by limiting access for people to watch it online.

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Streaming ESPN without a CATV subscription is news to me. Where are you getting that service from? Does ESPN+ include curling?

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From www.espn.com/watchespn/about

"Access to live programming on the ESPN3 channel of WatchESPN.com is available at no additional cost to fans with subscriptions to participating high speed internet service providers. Click HERE to view a complete list of participating providers."

The "HERE" link doesn't work when I click it but it is a pretty long list of internet providers from what I can remember.

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I'm in DC. I have always been able to access ESPN online with only an internet account. That's all I know.

That's my issue with NBC. I get it. They pay for their coverage. It's dumbed down coverage and almost unwatchable to anyone who has heard of curling before, ut they pay for it. But curling is far from other televised sports. The following is poor at best. Restricting access is never going to help their cause until more people want to watch.

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Got it, it's basically a loophole that gets you ESPN3. Your provider includes ESPN in their basic tier, almost all of their customers have that tier, so instead of requiring a login they authorize ESPN3 for the whole IP range for the providers internet service. If you take your laptop into a coffee shop or try to use your cell phone ESPN3 probably won't work. They've decided the convenience for the large group of paying customer is more important than preventing the small subset of non-subscribers from accessing the content. It's a holdover from the days when CATV providers had almost no internet only customers.

I have, and know other people who have paid to stream the slams. Because you don't get enough eyeballs to pay for producing the curling broadcasts from advertising alone you need subscriber fees.

Consider yourself lucky to get ESPN online. NBC is getting curling to more viewers putting it on pay TV rather than ESPN is with streaming only, so I still have to put them in the lead for supporting curling in the US.

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