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Let’s Talk About NBA League Pass

Discussion in 'Mark Blount's Port Cellar: Celtics Forum' started by koufax32, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. koufax32

    koufax32 He'll cry if he wants to... SoSH Member

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    I’m interested in the computer, IPad, mobile device version. Any problems with the streams? What about splitting? Doing so with MLB EI has been awesome with no splitting problems. Users, what’s your advice?
     
  2. zoolight.space

    zoolight.space Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    No trouble splitting in my experience. Streams are great.
     
  3. DeJesus Built My Hotrod

    DeJesus Built My Hotrod Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Agreed with Dr Zoolight.Space. No splitting problems here and the stream works fine. As always, there are slight lags versus sat or cable feeds.
     
  4. Just a bit outside

    Just a bit outside Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    I'm thinking about doing this for the first time. Are there any discounts to be had?
     
  5. gingerbreadmann

    gingerbreadmann Member SoSH Member

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    I just signed up for a split last night, 11 people so it's only $18 per person for the year. Tested it out on a few devices (phone, laptop, Xbox, Samsung TV) during the preseason games and they all were crisp streams with no lag. I'm thinking this is a steal if you can get enough people together -- I don't think there are "discounts" other than that.

    P.S. It appears that buying through cable and through NBA.com are separate services -- you have to buy through cable to activate the League Pass TV channels that become available when they do the free previews at the beginning of the year and post-ASG. From what I was able to tell, if you buy through TV you can activate it to watch on digital platforms, but not vice versa. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  6. riboflav

    riboflav Member SoSH Member

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    Some other things to consider:

    The downside with buying via cable (I have Directv) is that you do not have the option to purchase a single team which is much cheaper (119.99 for the season) than buying the entire league.

    I also believe (and please correct me if I'm wrong) that the downside to buying online via the NBA is that it does not give you automatic access to NBAtv unlike buying through cable.

    I'm weighing buying online and only on a game-by-game basis. The Celtics have a lot nationally televised games this year and I tend to be quite busy in the winter. I think in years past the cost has been about $7 per game.
     
  7. Montana Fan

    Montana Fan Well-Known Member Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    One note, if the game is on NBA TV, you won't be able to stream it. So if you don't get NBA TV, the best you'll be able to do is watch the replay.
     
  8. h8mfy

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    League Pass subscribers are also eligible to watch one game a week in VR, and all games in 2D on their Samsung Gear and Google Daydream VR headsets, expanding on what was done last year. Here's a link to a story with details:

    https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/12/h...ames-that-will-be-streamed-in-vr-this-season/

    Full disclosure - I recently joined the company that produces these games, and spent yesterday with the team shaking out the truck before the first broadcast next Saturday. As an NBA partner, we had crews at the recent game in Shanghai, and will be at the Warriors ring ceremony (these will not be live in VR, only VOD or in packages). I'd be really interested in anyone's feedback on their experience with this, either here or via PM.

    Edit - if you go to our app, you can get a sense of what the VR coverage looks like via highlights from last season.
     
  9. LondonSox

    LondonSox Robert the Deuce SoSH Member

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    i'm probably getting a samsung and may well try the VR stuff out and assuming i do i'll for sure try the NBA and let you know
    I called Directv to subscribe and was told I was already subscribed and it was free so... that's nice
     
  10. h8mfy

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    Thanks - we were on the sidelines for the Packers/Vikings today, and have a highlights show up now (the NFL is a partner but has not gone as far as NBA in terms of giving access and carriage rights). We're doing four other games later in the year, including Pats vs. Chargers on the 29th. Boxing and soccer (behind the goal highlights) look good, too. Any input is welcome and appreciated.
     
  11. NWsoxophile

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    Some here are saying the stream is good. I'm finding it a little choppy, not terribly so, but just enough to find it distracting. Anyone else's stream like this? Any tips for smoothing it out?
     
  12. pjheff

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    I had the League Pass for the last two years. I found that it streamed seamlessly on my iPad but was really choppy through my PS4. I hoped that the NBA would get this problem sorted out, as I have had no such issues with MLB or NFL streaming services. I even allowed my subscription to renew automatically, banking on their ability to make a better app in 2017, but I continued to experience extreme lagging in Game 1. Ultimately, I cancelled League Pass and bought the package on DirecTV. It's more money and less versatile, but it much more reliably delivers the content as I consume it.
     
  13. NWsoxophile

    NWsoxophile Member SoSH Member

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    I wouldn't say it's really choppy for me, it's watchable, but just choppy enough to be annoying. I'm streaming it with a 5G network on a brand new imac, so I'm a bit surprised the stream isn't picture perfect. I would much rather order the tv package, but I happen to be living somewhere at the moment where my only option for a cable provider is Charter Spectrum, who for some unfathomable reason doesn't offer League Pass. It's aggravating AF.
     
  14. zoolight.space

    zoolight.space Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Damn; I'm sorry to hear that. This year so far I've watched it on my mac which is about 5 years old and my television through Roku and the stream has been perfect.
     

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