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Wir haben die letzten NFL-Playoff-Spiele nicht auf Streaming-Plattformen gesehen

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NBC has decided to broadcast the wildcard match between Kansas City and Miami exclusively on their streaming channel Peacock this Saturday. This marked the first time an NFL playoff game was aired on TV in this manner, and if you’re like most people, you weren’t particularly thrilled. For millions, it was frustrating, but it’s something we may have to get used to. Saturday night’s game, only available on Peacock, was just the beginning of networks hollowing out access to major games.

Thankfully, the first quarter of the Saturday game was also partially shown on NBC. However, if you hadn’t signed up for Peacock by 8:30 pm ET, you were out of luck. If you believe that there’s no such thing as bad publicity, then the folks at Peacock should be happy because everyone was talking about it before and after the game.

The NFL and NBC heavily promoted this game – and its exclusivity for the colorful bird brand. Don’t expect this to stop. Although this was the only game exclusively planned for Peacock this postseason, don’t think it won’t happen again. It felt like a trial run to see how people would react. While many complained, most found a way to watch and certainly handed over their $5.99.

We’re already prepared for this transition, with „Thursday Night Football“ exclusively on Amazon Prime. Regular season games are one thing, but forcing people to pay extra to watch select postseason games is greedy – especially when you’re a major broadcaster already airing games. They run a business, understandably, but this felt like a money grab.

Many streaming channels offer a free trial period of a few days to a few weeks before you actually have to pay for anything. Not this time. If you didn’t have Peacock yet or know someone (partly not mentioned) who did, you had to sign up or miss out. Don’t be surprised if next year more games are exclusively broadcast through a network’s streaming service.

This is the world we live in, and it’s only going to get worse. Football in general, but especially the NFL, is so deeply ingrained in our society that people can’t simply say „no.“ Whether it’s pure fandom, fantasy football, or betting purposes, the NFL means too much and generates too much revenue for the next expansion to be stopped. Because that’s what this is about. The league is expanding so much that eventually, we’ll be able to pay for individual games every week. Most of you will laugh at that, but it’s coming, just watch.

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