It is only a matter of time before popular sports go direct to customers through their own direct subscriptions and apps.
I buy WRC Plus each January for 29 Euros, I get live stages and ondemand, plus in car footage from multiple cameras, live timing, and results. WRC had 600+ millions viewers this year, if only 10 million of those subscribed to WRC plus then that is a pretty good amount of money going direct to WRC.
There are a few other motorsports I would pay for if they had Android TV apps and direct subscriptions, F1 for one. V8 Supercars, maybe.
Agree. The difficulty is can those subs in NZ match what Sky pays the rights for? Rugger, reportedly thats 40 to 50 million, in a single annual cheque. Maybe its not one cheque but its a single revenue source from Sky. To replace that with apps at a subscription rate is a risk. Take up might be low, or it might be great but 20% less than Sky's lump sum. Or, buying a few subs for a few sports may cost an amount close to Skys annual sub. I recall a few posting in these Sky threads about some sports costing a couple or three hundred per annum. Three or four of those, and thats ouch.
Was WRC 29 Euro per season or per month?