BBL launches centralised streaming platform 'BBL Player' -

BBL launches centralised streaming platform ‘BBL Player’


The BBL have launched their own centralised streaming platform in an attempt to increase revenues amidst a COVID-19 impacted season currently without fans.

‘BBL Player’ has two pricing options, a monthly club pass for £19.99 a month, or an individual game pass for £4.99, however, both Bristol Flyers (who have their own paywalled service, Flyers TV) and Worcester Wolves (who will be streaming free on YouTube), have opted out of the service and will not be included as part of the package.

There is currently no option for fans who want access to all games, though the league says they will keep “reviewing” the situation, following a negative reception on social media this morning, in large part due to the price.

For comparison, NBA League Pass, which gives access to all games live and on demand for 12 months is priced at £209.99 (working out at approximately £17.50 per month), whilst ESPN College player is £9.99 a month and, FIBA’s streaming platform was previously £7.99 a month.

Game quality is expected to remain the same as games that have been previously aired for free on YouTube, using Keemotion automated production. A league spokesperson told Hoopsfix that “production remains the clubs’ decision though we are encouraging improvement.”

Following the league’s TV deal announcement with Sky, games scheduled to be shown on Sky Sports will also be available via BBL Player but via Keemotion production only.

Hoopsfix is awaiting clarification from the BBL around the options for on-demand games.

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