NBC Sports Gold

NBC Sports Gold is a subscription over-the-top service operated by NBC Sports providing expanded access to several sports' content. The pass for each sport is sold separately. NBC Sports Gold is available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Roku.

NBC Sports Gold
NBC Sports Gold logo
Type of site
Video on demand, OTT, Live streaming
Available inEnglish
Predecessor(s)Tour de France Live
Headquarters
Area servedVaries by package
OwnerNBC Sports Group
ServicesStreaming service
Websitenbcsportsgold.com
RegistrationAnnual passes for various sports
LaunchedJune 9, 2016

History

On June 9, 2016, it was announced that the "NBC Sports Tour de France Live" app would be relaunched as NBC Sports Gold ahead of the 2016 edition of the race. The rebranded service would also provide live, commercial free streaming coverage of several other cycling events for which NBC Sports was the rights holder including the Vuelta A Espana and Paris-Roubaix. The service was initially priced at $29.99 for a year-long pass.[1]

In March 2017, a separate "Rugby Pass" was announced. This pass provides live coverage of every Premiership Rugby match.[2] The service was further expanded in April 2017 with a new "Track and Field Pass" which provided access to 25 track and field events including the Boston Marathon and Diamond League events.[3] An additional "Pro Motocross Pass" was announced later that month providing access to every AMA Pro Motocross event. This was the first pass made available to users outside the United States.[4]

A second season of the cycling pass was announced on June 6, 2017, with the addition of new events including the UCI Road World Championships, Colorado Classic, and Volta a Catalunya.[5] The pass also included 30 hours of 2017 Tour de France coverage exclusive to the platform.[6]

The platform expanded once again in June 2017 with the announcement of "Premier League Pass." Priced at $50, the pass includes 130 exclusive live Premier League matches, a minimum of three per club, as well as match replays and original programming from NBC Sports and Premier League Productions.[7] The matches had previously been available at no additional charge to subscribers of participating cable and satellite providers as part of NBC's now defunct "Premier League Extra Time" package.[8]

In August 2017, NBC Sports Gold introduced "Notre Dame Football Season Pass." This was the first pass made available exclusively to customers outside the United States. Among the eligible countries were the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Spain, and Japan. The purchase price was announced as $49.99 for a full season or $9.99 per individual game.[9]

On October 5, 2017, NBC announced an agreement to air the Six Nations Rugby Championship. As part of the agreement, all 15 matches will be available as part of the NBC Sports Gold "Rugby Pass."[10]

December 2017 saw a regional expansion to the platform with the addition of "Blazers Pass." Blazers Pass allows viewers in NBA-designated Portland Trail Blazers territory to access 15 Trail Blazers games without a subscription to NBC Sports Northwest. The first game aired as part of the package was the Trail Blazers December 11, 2017 game against the Golden State Warriors.[11]

In March 2018, NBC announced a rights agreement to air the Champions Cup. Under the agreement, NBC Sports Gold will air all matches from the competition as part of its Rugby pass.[12]

In April 2018, NBC announced NBC Sports Gold would begin offering an IndyCar pass in 2019 which was announced as part of a broader rights agreement between NBC Sports and IndyCar. NBC Sports Gold will air untelevised practice and qualifying sessions, Carb Day at the Indianapolis 500, and Indy Lights races.[13]

In May 2018, NBC Sports announced to create new passes for Figure Skating and Speed Skating as part of a broader agreement with US Figure Skating. The Figure Skating Pass would replace US Figure Skating's IceNetwork.com service. Figure Skating Pass will include coverage from the US Championships as well as events from the International Skating Union.[14]

On July 31, 2018, the PGA Tour announced that its PGA Tour Live service would move under NBC Sports Gold beginning in the 2019 season under a three-year deal; this includes featured groups coverage of early rounds prior to Golf Channel television coverage, and featured holes coverage during Golf Channel's window, as well as other supplemental content.[15]

In October 2018, NBC Sports announced a new Snow Pass, featuring skiing and snowboarding competitions from the International Ski Federation.[16]

Passes Sold

NBC Sports Gold Passes
Name Sport Year Debuted Location Available
Cycling Pass Cycling 2016 United States
Rugby Pass Rugby union 2017 United States
Track and Field Pass Track and field 2017 United States
Pro Supercross and Motocross Pass Motocross Pro Motocross 2017 Pro Supercross 2019 United States
Premier League Pass Soccer 2017 United States
Notre Dame Football Season Pass Football 2017 Select international locations
Blazers Pass Basketball 2017 NBA designated Portland Trail Blazers Territory
Figure Skating Pass Figure skating 2018 United States and select international locations
Speed Skating Pass Speed skating 2018 United States
Snow Pass Skiing and snowboarding 2018 United States
Philly Pass Studio Shows- Various Sports 2018 United States
IndyCar Pass Auto Racing 2019 United States
PGA Tour Live Golf 2019 United States
Supercross Pass Supercross 2019 United States

Criticism

The creation of "Premier League Pass" was met with disappointment in the soccer community, with prominent soccer website World Soccer Talk describing it as "a giant step backward." The website further noted that the move was particularly harmful to fans of league's smaller clubs.[17] The package was also criticized for not going far enough with 250 Premier League matches remaining exclusive to cable.[18]

NBC Sports Gold suffered serious outages on September 23, 2017, during a set of matches which included Manchester United against Southampton. The matches were moved to the NBC Sports App amid complaints on social media. NBC apologized for the outage, and offered refunds or credit to those affected.[19]

References

  1. ^ "“NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA” TO BE RE-BRANDED AS THE NBC SPORTS APP", NBC Sports Group Pressbox
  2. ^ "NBC Sports Gold Provides Fans With ‘Rugby Pass’" sportsvideo.org
  3. ^ "Are NBC’s over-the-top packages, including the new $70 track one, a vision of the future?" Awful Announcing
  4. ^ "DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER LIVE STREAMING PRODUCT NBC SPORTS GOLD INTRODUCES “PRO MOTOCROSS PASS” WITH ACCESS TO ENTIRE LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON" NBC Sports Group Pressbox
  5. ^ "NBC Sports Gold adds 15 races to streaming service", "Velo News"
  6. ^ "NBC Sports Gold Launches 2017-18 'Cycling Pass' Including Coverage of TOUR DE FRANCE", "broadwayworld.com"
  7. ^ [1], "multichannel.com"
  8. ^ "NBC to launch paid subscription English Premier League soccer streaming service"
  9. ^ "NBC Sports to Launch Internationally-Targeted Notre Dame College Football OTT Package" "multichannel.com"
  10. ^ "NBC Sports Group Acquires U.S. Rights to Six Nations Rugby Championship" "Broadcasting & Cable"
  11. ^ "NBC Sports “Blazers Pass” Lets Viewers Stream Trail Blazers Games Inside the Blackout Area" "Blazers Edge"
  12. ^ "NBC Acquires Champions Cup Rights" "This Is American Rugby"
  13. ^ "U.S. Figure Skating Moving OTT Offerings To NBC Sports Gold" "Sports Business Daily"
  14. ^ "INDYCAR signs multiyear media rights package with NBC Sports Group " IndyCar.com
  15. ^ Spangler, Todd (2018-07-31). "NBC Sports, PGA Tour Ink Three-Year Deal for Live-Streaming Golf Subscription Package (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  16. ^ NBC Sports adds ‘Snow Pass’ to its hyper-specific streaming options - Kristen Bobst, Engadget, 22 October 2018
  17. ^ "Premier League Pass marks a giant step backward for NBC’s coverage of EPL" "World Soccer Talk"
  18. ^ "NBC Sports: Premier League Pass needs to feature all 380 games to be relevant", "World Soccer Talk"
  19. ^ "NBC Sports Gold subscribers receive apology after Premier League Pass outages" "World Soccer Talk"

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