NBC Sports Gold SVOD Service Offering Free Access to Catalog Programming

Jonesing for sports during a pandemic? With no live sports available to stream anywhere on the planet, NBC Sports is going to the vault for PGA Golf, motocross, soccer, cycling, Indy Light racing, Nascar, skiing, track & field, and lacrosse video action.

NBC Sports Gold, the direct-to-consumer streaming service, March 26 announced free access to nine sports passes featuring commercial-free and on-demand content, including full-event replays, classic games, tournaments, races and original programming. All of it catalog fare.

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The NBC Sports Gold app available in the U.S. on Apple iOS & tvOS, Android, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast and NBCSportsGold.com, and also on Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex.

The nine passes include:
PGA TOUR LIVE (through May 17)
Includes 250+ hours of archived content, including condensed replays of tournaments from the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons. “Return of the Roar,” a documentary chronicling Tiger Woods’ return to the top of the sport at the 2018 TOUR Championship
New, weekly content from the PGA TOUR archives

Premier League (soccer) through April 30. More than 150 pieces of long-form content, including dozens of classic matches and full-event replays from select 2019-20 matches. More than 50 episodes of “Premier League World,” 12 episodes of Gary Neville’s “Soccerbox,” and 11 episodes of “PL Legends.”

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Pro Motocross (through May 1) featuring all races from the 2017, 2018 and 2019 seasons.

IndyCar (through May 31) featuring main races, qualifying races, practices, and Indy Lights from the entire 2019 season and select classic races. Condensed replays of all races from the 2018 and 2019 seasons, and episodes of “Off the Grid” and “Inside IndyCar.”

TrackPass (through May 1) featuring full-event replays of all races since TrackPass launched in December 2019. Nearly 50 long-form documentaries on Nascar stars, venues, and stories. Condensed replays of every AFT, IMSA WeatherTech, K&N and Modified race from the 2019 season will also be made available shortly.

Snow (through May 1) includes full-event replays of nearly every FIS and IBU World Cup stop in 2019-20. Full-event replays of 2019 Alpine, Biathlon, Cross-Country, Freestyle, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, and Snowboarding World Championships.

Premier Lacrosse League (through April 9) featuring full-event replays of every game in the league’s inaugural season, the All-Star Game, Skills Competition and 2019 Draft.

Cycling (through May 1) features full-event replays of some of the biggest races in cycling, including the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and Paris-Nice. Replays of the UCI Road, Track Cycling, Cyclo-Cross and Mountain Bike World Championships, and the Track Cycling and Cyclo-Cross World Cup.

Track and Field (through April 25) full-event replays of every Final from the 2019 IAAF World Championships. Select components of every 2019 Diamond League stop. Full-event replays of the 2019 Chicago, Berlin, Prague, London, Hamburg, Boston, and Rotterdam Marathons, and the 2020 Tokyo Marathon and 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon.

PGA to Live-Stream The Players Championship for the First Time in 2020

The PGA Tour has been available via over-the-top video for a few years but largely relegated to highlight clips, previews and lesser known events.

Now the PGA, beginning in 2020, will for the first time live-stream the full field of a major tournament: The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The video event will showcase more than 32,000 shots over 72 holes from a starting field of 144 – live – using nearly 120 cameras positioned throughout course, with each group of players having its own dedicated stream.

Live streams will be available through PGA Tour Live SVOD service, NBC Sports Gold or Amazon Prime Channels.

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The PGA Tour and NBC Sports Group in 2018 announced a new multi-year digital partnership that made NBC Sports Gold the domestic home of PGA Tour Live.

“Our vision is to bring every shot in every PGA Tour golf tournament live and on-demand to our fans, and this is the first step to making that happen,” Rick Anderson, chief media officer for the PGA Tour, said in a statement.

PGA Tour Live Live expanded its coverage for the 2019-2020 season from seven events between September and December.

This includes, for the first time ever, live streaming from the Presidents Cup at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia taking place Dec. 12th – 15th.

All told, approximately 140 hours of additional live content is available, bringing more than 1,100 total hours to subscribers and extending live content across each month of the calendar year.

With NBC Sports Gold and Prime Channels available on dozens of connected devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and Chromecast, PGA Tour OTT video consumption has spiked 33% in 2019.

“Super-serving golf fans with more comprehensive coverage of The Players is emblematic of our commitment to elevating this championship and builds upon our success in adding enhancements to PGA Tour Live on NBC Sports Gold,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf, NBC Sports Group.

 

NBC Sports Gold SVOD Service Added to Xfinity X1 Platform

NBC Sports Group, the standalone subscription streaming video service, Sept. 3 announced it will be rolling out today over the Internet on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex platforms.

NBC Sports Gold offers streaming access to PGA Tour Live, Premier League soccer, Premier League Match Day, IndyCar, cycling, track & field , Premier Lacrosse League, speed skating, rugby, rugby World Cup, Supercross, Snow (consisting of seven Olympic winter sports), figure skating, pro motocross, and supercross + pro motocross package.

“[This] will expand our reach to new audiences and continue to make our extensive collection of live sports and content more accessible to even more fans,” Portia Archer, VP, direct-to-consumer services, NBC Sports, said in a statement.

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Nancy Spears, VP, business operations and strategy, Comcast Cable, said the intracompany agreement is based on providing X1 subscribers easy access in one place.

NBC Sports Gold currently provides 15 separate domestic subscriptions to Xfinity customers, and offers commercial-free coverage of live and on-demand events not available anywhere else on TV.

Xfinity subs can launch NBC Sports Gold and access any subscriptions purchased by saying “NBC Sports Gold” into the Xfinity Voice Remote, or by finding NBC Sports Gold in the Apps menu on X1 and Flex, Comcast’s recently launched service for Internet-only customers.

NBC Sports Gold is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and video on demand solutions.

NBC Sports: Super Bowl, Soccer, Winter Olympics Drove Record 2018 Digital Streaming Year

On the strength of live streaming three of the biggest sporting events in the world — Super Bowl LII, the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and Spanish-language coverage of the FIFA World Cup  — NBC Sports Digital delivered its best year ever in 2018.

The year is highlighted by 6.5 billion minutes of consumption for more than 90,000 hours of streaming coverage across more than 30,000 events. The year also set new streaming records for “Sunday Night Football,” the Stanley Cup Final, the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Premier League, Notre Dame Football, the Triple Crown, and the NASCAR Cup Series, as well as regional streaming records for MLB, NBA, and NHL.

In 2018, NBC Sports Digital also grew Playmaker Media, its technology backend service, by adding NBC News, Formula One, and NESN as clients. It also added six sports passes to NBC Sports Gold, expanding its direct-to-consumer streaming service to 14 sports.

Fueled by NBC Sports’ digital coverage of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Super Bowl LII, NBCSports.com and Yahoo.com set a new sports category record in February with 93 million unique visitors. This marks the most unique visits since August 2016 when comScore’s sports category record was set on the strength of the 2016 Rio Olympics (110 Million).

“Sunday Night Football” achieved its most-streamed season to date. Through 17 games, SNF live streaming has already delivered 11.8 million unique viewers and 1.2 billion minutes, up 76% and 72%, respectively, over last season.

The 2017-18 NHL season (194 games) set digital streaming records in all key metrics delivering a record 4.7 million unique viewers and 753 million minutes, up 80% and 15%, respectively, over the previous season.

Justify’s Triple Crown horse racing victory set streaming records in all key metrics, delivering 653,000 unique viewers and 21 million minutes, up 26% and 125%, respectively, vs. American Pharoah’s Triple Crown in 2015, making it the most-streamed Triple Crown in history.

Live streaming of the 2018 Notre Dame Football season totaled 768,000 unique viewers and 53.4 million minutes, up 52% and 54%, respectively, over 2017, the most for a Notre Dame Football season on record.

Across NBC Sports digital platforms, NASCAR saw its best season ever, finishing with 1.2 million unique viewers and 151 million minutes, up 11% and 14%, respectively, over 2017.

Golf Channel had its best year ever for live streaming, short-form video, monthly unique viewers, and page views – which crossed the one billion page views annual mark for the first time ever. In total, Golf Channel’s digital properties delivered a record 4.5 million unique viewers and 645 million live minutes, up 62% and 60%, respectively, over 2017.

The 2017-18 Premier League Season (230 matches) set records with four million unique viewers, up 35% from the previous season. In calendar 2018, the Premier League earned three of its Top 8 most-streamed matches ever.

Through November, the year was already the most-streamed year in NBC Sports Regional Network history, with 579 million minutes across more than 1,500 MLB, NBA, and NHL games.

Super Bowl LII was the most live-streamed Super Bowl ever and the most-streamed single-game ever among all sports. Fans live streamed 633.7 million minutes of Super Bowl Sunday coverage across 6.1 million unique devices, up 185% and 112%, respectively, from NBC Sports’ last Super Bowl live stream in February 2015.

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics delivered 1.86 billion live minutes and was consumed across 32.8 million unique devices. It supported an Average Minute Audience of 211,000 viewers for the primetime presentation of the Games across 10 different platforms. The PyeongChang Winter Olympics delivered more than four times the live minutes of the Sochi Games (420 million minutes).

Telemundo’s Spanish-language live streaming coverage of the FIFA World Cup delivered 1.96 billion minutes and reached 15.5 million unique viewers, generating a record-setting 130 million live streams.

Discovery, PGA Tour Launching Golf OTT Video Service Outside the U.S.

Golf is getting the global over-the-top video treatment.

Discovery and the PGA Tour Oct. 22 announced the pending launch of “GolfTV, powered by the PGA Tour,” an OTT video platform bowing outside the United States on Jan. 1, 2019 – and supplanting existing streaming venture PGA Tour Live.

GolfTV, which will debut in Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia and Spain,will offer more than 2,000 hours of live action annually as well as extensive premium content on-demand.

Live coverage will include nearly 150 tournaments operating under the PGA Tour – including The Players Championship, the FedEx Cup Playoffs and the Presidents Cup.

Additional country service launches include Poland and South Korea in 2020; Belgium, China, Germany and South Africa (2021); Denmark, Finland, India, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom (2022) and France (2024).

“Our long-term goal is to create a must-have experience that truly enhances the way global fans watch, play and engage with the game every day,” Alex Kaplan, president and GM, Discovery Golf, said in a statement.

The launch of GolfTV is part of a 12-year alliance between Discovery and the PGA Tour, announced in June, that includes management of the PGA Tour’s international multi-platform rights, including linear TV.

The PGA Tour and NBC Sports Group in July announced a multi-year digital partnership making NBC Sports Gold, the network’s digital direct-to-consumer live streaming product, the domestic home of PGA Tour Live, the PGA’s subscription video service.

 

PGA Tour and NBC Sports Ink OTT Video Deal

The PGA Tour and NBC Sports Group July 31 announced a new multi-year digital partnership that makes NBC Sports Gold, the network’s digital direct-to-consumer live streaming product, the domestic home of PGA Tour Live, the PGA’s over-the-top subscription video service.

The partnership – which begins in 2019 – includes rights to all PGA Tour Live pre-weekend morning coverage from 28 events, starting with the CareerBuilder Challenge in January, featuring The Players in March, and running through the FedExCup Playoffs in August.

“Moving PGA Tour Live over to NBC Sports Gold represents the next evolution of our product,” Rick Anderson, chief media officer of the PGA Tour, said in a statement. “Not only will Golf Channel and NBC Sports be promoting PGA Tour Live to millions of television and digital viewers, but also, [OTT video service] will now be available on several new connected TV devices due to NBC Sports’ expanded platform distribution.”

Since launching in 2015, PGA Tour Live features exclusive coverage on Thursday and Friday mornings of morning marquee player groups. The platform also features real-time video highlights, complete round replays and tournament recap programming.

NBC Sports Gold bowed in 2016 as an over-the-top video service complementing NBC Sports’ broadcast and cable distribution. The service sells SVOD packages for the Tour de France, Premier League, Rugby World Cup, Boston Marathon, Pro Motocross and coming in 2019, IndyCar, among others.

PGA Tour Live will be available on desktop, Android and iOS Devices, Apple TV; and will expand to Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Roku next year.

In 2019, PGA Tour Live plans to stream more than 360 hours of subscription coverage, as well as hundreds of hours of free “featured holes” coverage, complementing televised coverage from 28 PGA TOUR events next year. PGA Tour Entertainment will continue to produce the live coverage

 

NBC Sports Snags Indy 500 Broadcast, Streaming Rights

NBC Sports Group March 21 confirmed it has acquired broadcast/streaming rights to the famed Indianapolis 500 car race, beginning in 2019. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Once a mainstay on “ABC’s Wide World of Sports,” the venerable oval track race has been broadcast on Disney-owned ABC Sports for the past 54 years.

Currently, IndyCar broadcasts are split between NBC and ABC, with NBC also splitting NASCAR broadcasts with Fox.

“This arrangement brings all of IndyCar to one home, increases our exposure and includes our first direct-to-consumer offer for our fans,” Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar (formerly Indy Racing League), said in a statement.

Indeed, NBC Sports Gold, NBC Universal’s direct-to-consumer sports service, will stream all non-broadcast Indy events, including practice sessions, Indy Lights races and IndyCar racing replays.

Jon Miller, president of programing at NBC Sports and NBCSN, said IndyCar racing has seen a steady viewership increase over the past 10 years.

“We hope to continue that growth throughout the series by leveraging the TV, digital, production and marketing assets,” he said.