NBCSN’s looming exit changes little for NBC Sports, PFT Live

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The news that NBCSN will wind down by the end of the year was met by some with confusion and surprise (and, in a few cases, superfluous condolences). After all, NBCSN finished second only to ESPN’s primary network in sports cable ratings in 2018. But for the postponement of the Olympics, NBCSN would have landed in that same spot in 2020.

So why pull the plug on a profitable five-letter sports network? It’s part of a strategy focused on growth and expansion, not shrinkage and surrender.

USA Network most likely will emerge as a force akin to TNT, with a blend of sports and non-sports programming. Already in six million more homes than NBCSN, the shifting of certain sporting events to USA Network instantly elevates their profile and enhances the standing of USA Network.

Then there’s Peacock, the still-new streaming service that continues to grow, thanks in large part to the exclusive presence of all nine seasons of The Office — along with extended episodes for the entire third season, and more seasons of extended episodes to come. Last August, the live edition of PFT Live moved from NBCSN to Peacock as part of this transition to a model that provides access to plenty of sports-based shows (like PFT Live and its afternoon component, PFT PM) for free, with no cable or satellite packages necessary.

That’s where the live PFT Live show has been for months, and that’s where it will continue to be. It also will be available for re-air at your convenience.

For those who don’t want to pay for another streaming service, much of the content on Peacock (including the Sports channel with PFT Live, The Dan Patrick Show, The Rich Eisen Show, Brother From Another, PFT PM and more) is free. For $4.99 per month, the premium content (including all of The Office and much, much more) can be unlocked. For $9.99 per month, it all can be consumed without commercials.

But we still don’t want to pay for another streaming service. Well, then don’t; try Peacock and then ask yourself, “Do I like it better than one of my other streaming services?”

If you do, keep Peacock and ditch one of the other ones. If you don’t, you can still keep the free level of Peacock, including the free access to our shows.

You also can hear PFT Live and PFT PM live on SiriusXM 211. You can download the podcasts wherever you get your podcasts. You can see clips of the show on YouTube. Or, if you’re reading these words, you’ll see plenty of chunks of video attached to most if not all of the stories posted here at PFT.

We haven’t forgotten our curiously strong following in the UK and Ireland. PFT Live still will air on Sky Sports NFL at 7:00 p.m. local time. Every Wednesday, PFT PM is currently televised live at 10:00 p.m. local time. (If you want more nights, get more people to watch it on Wednesdays.)

So the content still exists, and it’s far easier to access than some would suggest. If you have any issues or questions at all about Peacock (and I know I’m going to regret this but what the hell?), let me know.

10 responses to “NBCSN’s looming exit changes little for NBC Sports, PFT Live

  1. It’s too bad technology is like this. Phone tech is fickle and the content is ever changing. For those of us who are middle-aged and can adapt to this tech, but also want to have a sliver of consistency, we are stuck. I don’t want 8 different streaming services. And when we do commit, we don’t want to watch the access to individual shows to fluctuate. Which it does. Without any warning. I cut the cord years ago, as I am always on the road and almost never home. But for wifi when I am at home and cell for the road and the 6 different services I was paying for, it wasn’t saving me the money I hoped. I now basically just watch free YouTube and Amazon Prime(I also have a phone that can directly cast to my Roku connected TV which means I don’t have to pay for wifi like on Google Chrome). I’ve decided to settle on what is free and keeps me entertained(I would have Prime, regardless). If someone can make a superhub where I can access different platforms and only pay for what I actually watch and save myself some money and headache, I’d be in. But I haven’t seen that yet. And since I’m not THAT tech savvy, but enough, these tech companies lose my hard earned $$$…

  2. Just thrilled my PFT will still be available when I need it. Its almost always has a tab open on my work and home PC and phone. I have been following your blog from almost the beginning and while it was more fun before you went big time its still my favorite go to for NFL news and commentary.

  3. Agreed somewhat with finfamjim above. I also would like to see technology work better for consumers to get a better value and simpler system to manage all of their content interests, but I think as time goes on we will eventually see a shift to just that, so let’s be patient for an even better media future than today!

    It’s still a smart move for NBC to consolidate for quality brands rather than dilute for quantity. This type of move adds a pathway for consumers to get more value for their money and as more networks and services find ways to consolidate quality we will all benefit in the long run.

    This is about one sensible step at a time to organize and bundle the content value for the consumer.

  4. For $9.99 per month, it all can be consumed without commercials… I remember when cable TV started, It was $9.99 a month and you didn’t have to watch commercials. I am going to turn on any of my many cable channels now and see if there are an commercials on it. now I pay over $100 a month and watch commercials all the time It is only a matter of time as these services fall and are bought, by the big boys. In a few years old people will sit around the fire telling their grand kids how you use to be able to watch tv and listen to the radio for free! You say free grandpa! No way why did they ever stop that grandpa. Well my dears they started having you pay for it to improve the viewers experience. I mean have you seen commercials today they are better then they have even been. You would have never got commercial like that in the old days.

  5. I remember when all college championship games was on the 3 big channels then greed and espn stepped in. I’m old so I refuse to watch any games on espn now. Didn’t watch any college games this year. Only reason I have espn is because of packaging by direct TV. Anyway forgot why I’m posting this.

  6. The people that get overlooked in this are those that live in rural areas and have crummy WiFi options. Not a lot of fun watching buffering all the time. That’s the hole in this logic to move sports to streaming options.

  7. Yeah, it’s free for now. Once NBCSN is gone they’ll start charging for it and most likely that number will be just as expensive as all the other streaming services.

  8. I’m going to miss watching PFT. I only started up again over the last year or so after it disappeared from the afternoon slot. I don’t enjoy streaming content.

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