Id like to check the quality of SSN. They mention a top video bitrate of 8Mb which sounds great.
They mention "To check out our video quality, go to our website and try the available highlights. You just need to register first but don't have to purchase anything." I have registered but cant find any highlight footage to demo .
I’ve just signed up for SSN and I’m really happy with it. I used to use Sky go about 18 months ago and it was dreadful but so far this has been absolutely flawless. I’m on a good 100/100 fibre connection with DTS playing to a 65” tv from a Nuc. I’ve just come from Rugbypass which I was pretty happy with but it did buffer occasionally (like once an hour once I found you could ditch the VPN once it started). Overall I feel rugbypass might have been a Tiny bit sharper, SSN claims to be 1080 but it feels more like 720p to me but perhaps that’s just the content I’ve watched is actually only broadcast at 720, I don’t know.
The app on iPad works well so far but I’ve only played with it a little but I’ve watched two full rugby matches at prime time (both started 30 minutes late due to life and I love the ability to do that) and they have both been 100% flawless.
For me with Sky I just couldn’t justify it as we didn’t watch any other content and even with sport we watch nothing but rugby. I can justify $10 a week to watch a Canterbury provincial or super rugby game and the odd week with a that AND an all black match......just. I love to know how much is the cost of buying rights and how much is the lease of the satellite bandwidth as I’d like to think the streaming option should be less than the Satellite but in some ways they are charging us more. Yeah we don’t have to buy the basic package but we pay $40 for sport rather that the $32 add on for sport that you pay for STB Sky. And they don’t have to provide us an STB and we aren’t using the very expensive satellite.
Hopefully eventually their lease on the satellite will be up for renewal and they’ll get it cheaper but I can’t claim to know the realities of satellite transponder leasing.
As others have said hopefully the purchase of rugbypass will lead to some tech sharing and even better some economies of scale for their streaming tech and licensing (I’m picking both are using NeuLion.) I was managing to get RP for $3Usd per month until they ended that deal - mine ran out a day or two before the 2nd Bledisloe test and I didn’t realise until I went to watch it with a mate round and we had to jump in the car and high tail it to his house as he has Sky, luckily he’s only round the corner so didn’t even miss the anthems.