This story caught my eye on the Official Everton Website:
But here's the kicker: live games (ie, pre-season friendlies and maybe some reserves games) are to become pay-per-view.
I'm assuming this ranks as a sensible marketing move... but I'm no genius in that area. Are you more likely to watch and pay for individual games at say £4.99 (I'm guessing)...? Or would you happily shell out £40 each year and use it as and when...?
I've been in that latter category since it was a made available. But I guess there may not be too many like me. And I have been using it less and less.
Now what would I do if they provided guaranteed HD quality video of senior games through the season as pay-per-view? Is that perhaps where we are headed? (I'm thinking primarily of the overseas market here...) Or will the clubs make less individually than they do from the current foreign TV deal?
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1 Posted 02/06/2011 at 18:08:34
In Australia the Fox Sports tv channels generally play every single EPL match live, so there is normally speaking no real need for me to view the games via a web service. However, maybe 2-3 times a season, Fox stuff up and fail to televise Everton games. (Probably the same with other clubs, but obviously I don't notice.) On those occasions it would be excellent to be able to access HD streams of the games live on evertontv, something I would certainly pay for.
If they did this (if only for overseas viewers so as not to disrupt attendance) I believe it could be more profitable.
Also, if they could offer some other interesting viewing, rather than their crappy 5 minute interviews with Distin and Anichebe where they talk about who is best at FIFA 11, then that would be great.
A live broadcast of a supporters q&a session with Elstone and Kenwright would surely get some viewing.
2 Posted 02/06/2011 at 18:30:06
I watch (nee suffer) for diddly-squat on Iraqi/Hungarian/Swahili Internet sites - do I really need to pay 5 quid to watch us getting tonked by some crappy bottom of the table team.
Next thing TW will be charging us to pass our comments on the Match Day Forum - aaaaaaaaaaagh, why did I give you that hint!
3 Posted 02/06/2011 at 18:32:44
Potentially, if they did this, they could get far more out of me then just £40 a season.
4 Posted 02/06/2011 at 19:46:18
5 Posted 02/06/2011 at 20:05:28
6 Posted 02/06/2011 at 22:01:32
have given up the highlights of Sydney's finest Kings Cross (strip joints, the continuous brawls and x amount of fine ladies out n about!) to eagerly stay in and watch the Toffee's play on a Saturday night/ Sunday morning (probably because I have a missus but anyway...).
I for one would definitely be keen on watching the Everton games online if Foxsports were to fail and show an average game i.e. Stoke v West Brom (definitely does not interest me one bit); if it were to cost more, again - I'm 100% all for it.
As I've read in many, many articles of new supporters joining the club - it's the Everton bug. Once you've been bitten by it, you're a supporter through and through... and unfortunately I had been BITTEN F**KING bloody hard over here in Sydney!
Also to make matters worse, I'm only 21!
7 Posted 03/06/2011 at 02:15:11
I primarily downloaded highlights of the games but there were some download issues that the technical support couldn't resolve so gave it up after the first season.
Now I live where I can get most of our games a season and if I want to download highlights there's plenty of free websites to access them from.
8 Posted 03/06/2011 at 09:11:29
Imagine the implications of this. Once the desire is there then it will be inevitable. Whatever it takes to keep the elite at the top will happen. If this eventually transpires, i imagine Sky will be in the thick of it.
9 Posted 03/06/2011 at 12:14:33
10 Posted 03/06/2011 at 12:13:40
I used to get it but there is only so much banal interviews I can sit through to justify paying £40 a season.
The preseason games were ok but I doubt many will pay a pay per view for it.
11 Posted 03/06/2011 at 13:40:37
12 Posted 03/06/2011 at 14:41:58
Thank fk they're going to stop charging as I could never be arsed to cancel it.
Presumably they just don't have many subscribers to the site and think that in making it free they will benefit from increased traffic, increased ad money, increased exposure.
I'll probably pay for the pre-season games again so I can get my hopes up. As mentioned above, in the proper season overseas pay-TV providers show practically all the 3pm kickoffs nowadays anyway so internet streaming (legal, official) won't take off. People on the net just don't pay the recommended retail price.
13 Posted 04/06/2011 at 19:49:52
14 Posted 04/06/2011 at 20:43:42
Right now I get games online @:
timesoccer (this has dozens of links)
and I can even get MOTD on freesoccerhighlights (if you can stand the commentary).
These links are not seamless, so I'm usually logged on to more than one at a time in case one shuts down.
I can usually get the commentary in English, but sometimes it's even more interesting in Spanish or Romanian.
Just watched the England Switzerland game. Was only interested when Baines was on the ball. Nice chest down for the equalizer. They are letting him more into the game and he could settle in if he gets the chance.
15 Posted 08/06/2011 at 12:01:21
I think the assumption is that some people (Albert #14) actually want to contribute something to the club they support
16 Posted 08/06/2011 at 12:20:20
For £40 a year I wasn't impressed as the level of service provided was pretty poor. Don'tg get me wrong, I want to contribute to the club as much as I can, with shirts, going to games etc but Everton need to realise that to make money on stuff outside of just football, they need to do it properly. For the EvertonTV service this would be so much better if it covered any of the following;
- Pre/ post game interviews that actually provide us with information we care about (not Steve Round dribblng over Anichebe, or who plays Tiger Woods Golf on the team bus).
- The highlights had any sort of decent commentary
- The interface looked, worked professionally.
- The quality didn't look like a 5 year old had drawn the players.
It's great that they have made it free now but I just think that means they will spend no effort improving it.
17 Posted 10/06/2011 at 04:20:34
18 Posted 13/06/2011 at 11:19:39
ESPN fucked up last preseason when they where supposed to be airing one of Everton's preseason games down under..there was a huge dispute with one of the broadcasters and some how ESPN on of the world leaders in sports lost the match 0.o
Anyways, the only match thus far possibly worth watching is against Villeral but having said that, it's probably better to get ya arses down to goodison to watch it lol
19 Posted 13/06/2011 at 11:22:57
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