Sportnet Stand Alone Streaming Option

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Sportsnet, a Rogers owned channel, announced today they are launching a stand alone, no cable tv needed, streaming option of their channel for $24.99 a month. Currently, those same channels are available to MTS TV customers for $10 a month. This is one of the early publications on how Skinny Cable could impact the overall cost of tv services in Canada.

http://www.durhamregion.com/whatson-story/6413987-rogers-launches-new-sportsnet-streaming-service/

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Well this technically isn't in the same realm of the Skinny Package since you only get the Sportsnet channels for the $24.99 and you are required to have the appropriate equipment in your home. A Computer/Tablet/Phone will be need to connect directly to your TV for the best viewing experience, unless you are wanting to watch the game on those small screens.  Also TSN is not being offering as an online service so if you wanted the full array of sports you would still need to get the Basic TV service that providers offer (not the skinny package).
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My point linking the Sportsnet streaming option is that the $24.99/month price may be an early indicator of a pending price hike to the traditional cable pricing due to the channel unbundling that Skinny Cable is doing.

In terms of how people consume streaming, there are lots of different ways such as a Chromecast, Roku, AppleTV, Xbox, Playstation, or as you suggest a computer, tablet or phone, connected direct to a tv. Some of the newest tvs even have the streaming app receivers in different flavours built right it at the factor so it is not as limited as you make it out to be and based on NHL GameCenter is nearly a seamless experience on if the game is streaming over the Internet or coming via MTS Ultimate TV.

As for TSN, they already have everything they need in place to offer their own standalone steaming service. It is just a matter of market conditions on when they decide to offer it to everyone. It is possible though there may be some contractual restrictions on the NHL regional rights currently held by TSN as I know the TSN Go app does not feature them now and they are region restricted on the Roger's owned NHL GameCenter app.

End of the day imagine paying $25 for SportsNet, $25 for TSN, $25 for Skinny Cable, $3 for your box rental and $62 for high speed Internet. Does that really save customers money? While SportsNet and TSN remain channels you can get today there is nothing stopping either one from becoming a completely streaming-only option once their must carry/must bundle channel status is dropped.