The wait is over. The NBL's digital revolution has finally arrived. The league officially confirmed the availability of every single game for the 2016/17 NBL season across a variety of devices.
“Our focus is on ensuring as many Australian basketball fans can watch NBL as possible," NBL Executive Director Larry Kestelman said in today's media release. "Whether that is attending a game or watching via a TV, computer or mobile we want to ensure they also enjoy it at the highest possible quality.”
The NBL's media release confirmed game access will be possible for devices ranging from mobiles, tablets, desktops and TV.
This is a considerable step up from last season's offering, which only allowed mobile and tablet access. The lack of a desktop streaming product was a curious gap that has now been addressed, no doubt made possible with the mature streaming technology Telstra's partnership brings.
The need to expand and improve on its digital product was obviously noticed, and steps taken to address the situation.
“To ensure that it is a premium sports viewing experience, we know people want to be able to watch on a larger screen than just being restricted to their mobiles and tablets," NBL GM Jeremy Loeliger shared. "We have made significant improvements to our production and streaming products and we are confident our fans will be impressed by our new and improved NBL TV product.”
How much will it cost, and what does it offer?
The refreshed NBL TV platform will be priced at $5 per month for its All Access Pass, and allows access to all content. This includes live, on-demand (replay) and even NBL Classic games reaching back to 1979.
Access to classic games is something that will please long-time fans of the league, who will be able to move beyond limited YouTube highlights, VHS tapes and relive great memories with ease.
Full season ticketholders will be given a free All Access Pass this season, with more details to be made available. Meanwhile, fans who do not hold a full season membership will be able to watch their home team for free. This includes both road and home games.
Subscription options have not been made available as yet; this release will be updated with more information as it becomes available.