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I'm curious if the new deal includes any language or requirement for streaming/online access. Some months back the rumors were that an internet based company (Google?) might try to make a play on ST this year.

It'd certainly be in the NFL's interest to see that option developed. Direct manages their own offering now, but it's so burdened with eligibility requirements as to be nearly irrelevant.
The NFL retained the online/mobile streaming rights but allows Directv to offer ST on a limited basis. Don't expect NFL GamePass to be offered to US subs anytime soon, the NFL likes how it's content is layered thru the networks as they continue to offer top dollar to the NFL.
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Fox Pulling ‘Utopia’ From Tuesdays After 4 Low-Rated Weeks, Will Continue on Fridays
By Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com - Oct. 2, 2014

Fox is pulling its ratings-challenged reality series, “Utopia,” from Tuesdays after five weeks on-air. On Nov. 4, “MasterChef Junior” will premiere its second season in the Tuesday at 8 p.m. slot.

Fox's move for “Utopia” comes one week shy of the show's previously scheduled run on Tuesdays and Fridays for the first six weeks of airing. The initial plan for the show was that it would continue on Tuesdays. Instead, it will continue to air on just Fridays after this week.

Immediately, the Tuesday at 8 p.m. timeslot will be filled by a rerun of the “Family Guy”-”The Simpsons” crossover event next week. On Oct. 14, it will be replaced by repeats of “The Simpsons” and “Bob's Burgers.” Major League Baseball will fill the timeslot for the remainder of October.

Fox hopes that “MasterChef Junior,” which averaged a 2.1/8 rating with the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic on Fridays during its first season and 5.6 million total viewers, will find new viewers on Tuesdays and improve on its number. It certainly expects that the culinary competition will do better than “Utopia.” Produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, “MasterChef Junior” was originally supposed to air on Fridays starting Nov. 7.

The decision to air “Utopia” on just Fridays arrives just as the show's ratings evened out for Tuesday's episode this week, though clearly the number was still not high enough for the network. Managing to stop the bleeding, it pulled even with last Tuesday's broadcast. It scored a 0.8 rating/3 share, steady with the previous week, and had 2 million total viewers, a slight improvement over last week.

Adapted from a Dutch model created by “Big Brother” and “The Voice” producer John de Mol, Fox's executive vice president of alternative entertainment, Simon Andreae, preemptively took “Utopia” off the market in January ahead of a possible bidding war.

There was some executive clash within Fox over the show's costs and whether the Dutch show's ratings supported the gamble, though Andreae said on a press call that the broadcasting company's top execs are “pretty happy and relaxed to embrace the risk.”

Fox Television Group co-chairman and co-CEO Dana Walden said in a recent discussion with TheWrap that she and the network's managers aren't put off by the numbers and were going to give it some time.

“No one thought we were going to launch a huge ratings juggernaut, but with patience it will grow and we're going to have patience,” she said at the time.

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TV Review
‘Bad Judge,’ just all around way bad
The principal character on this new NBC sitcom is a drunken slut
By Tom Conroy, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 1, 2014

Are there a lot of single women on the far side of 30 who are professionally successful and capable but have chaotic sex lives that bleed into their workdays? Are they yearning to see someone they can relate to on TV?

Well, they’re going to have to keep waiting.

The title character in NBC’s new sitcom “Bad Judge” matches that description but is so implausible that no one could identify with her. But she’s not so implausible that the show becomes an outrageous farce. Although some moments can be recognized as jokes, they can’t be enjoyed as such.

Premiering this Thursday, Oct. 2, at 9 p.m., “Bad Judge” stars Kate Walsh, who for eight years on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” played Dr. Addison Montgomery, a successful, capable OB/GYN who had a chaotic sex life that bled into her workdays. But since nearly all of her colleagues on those shows had equally chaotic personal lives, we could believe that she could keep her job.

On this show, not so much.

In the first glimpse we see of Judge Rebecca Wright, she’s stumbling out of bed and into a trampy outfit so she can drive her tackily airbrushed van to a drug store to pick up some form of hangover remedy and a pregnancy test.

Fortunately, her judicial robes cover her cutoff shorts, but she makes no attempt to hide her queasiness, asking from the bench for someone to bring her Gatorade. The prosecutor on her first case, Tom Barlow (John Ducey), mentions her hangover on the record. She hands the pregnancy stick to her bailiff, Tedward (Tone Bell).

Rebecca is involved with the psychiatrist giving expert testimony on the case, Dr. Gary Boyd (Ryan Hansen). After she sets bail, they have a quickie on the desk in her chambers.

In the main story line, Rebecca keeps sneaking away to help a 10-year-old boy whose parents she put in jail. While trying to get him out of trouble with his principal, she burps, then says, “Sorry. I had wine and cake for breakfast.”

The boy is absent from next week’s episode, but he’s such a familiar example of the precocious, spunky disadvantaged kid that he’s not missed.

In that episode, Rebecca presides over the trial of a publicity-hungry celebrity accused of drug possession and disorderly conduct. Since the air conditioning in her van is out, she is photographed by the paparazzi outside the courthouse in her bra and skirt. She gives them the finger, and she becomes known as “the muffin-top judge.”

Meanwhile, while Gary is away with another woman, she can’t resist a handsome firefighter who keeps asking her out.

Despite her inappropriate language and behavior, Rebecca is actually a good judge. She tricks one defendant into proving he’s a flight risk, and she gives a Solomonic sentence to the celebrity. This makes the show less funny, not more.

Even so, there would be consequences for her words and deeds. But when her boss, Judge Hernandez (Miguel Sandoval), tells her not to do something, she just goes ahead and does it.

The pilot script is written by two of the show’s executive producers, Chad Kultgen and the actress Anne Heche. Heche, at least, should know that wacky behavior can lead to professional setbacks, even for people in a relatively relaxed field like show business.

The first two episodes provide almost no back story for Rebecca, so we have no clue how such a free spirit could have finished law school, passed the bar exam and become a judge. Any biographical information would probably have underscored the fact that the character makes no sense.

The lack of internal logic might have worked if the other characters were equally off-the-wall and over-the-top, but they’re generally calming influences whom Rebecca can bounce off of.

Unfortunately, neither Rebecca the character nor Walsh the actress is funny enough to fill the half hour with laughs, or even smiles.

Oddly, Ryan Hansen also played the love interest in CBS’s short-lived sitcom “Bad Teacher.” Maybe next time both he and the networks will realize that shows about promiscuous drunk women in unsuitable professions are a Bad Idea.

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TV Review
Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’
By Brian Lowry, Variety.com - Oct. 1, 2014

Fox’s “Gracepoint” is a near shot-for-shot remake of the BBC’s “Broadchurch,” albeit served up in 10 episodes instead of eight. That’s not a bad idea, especially for the millions who haven’t seen the British version, but it does make it harder to appraise this crime mystery strictly on its merits, even if the producers say they won’t rigidly follow the original, including (from this quadrant, anyway) its disappointing conclusion. “Broadchurch” rightly generated critical accolades, and its American twin is serious and spare. That said, this limited series doesn’t look like the answer to Fox’s Thursday woes.

David Tennant — adopting, for those familiar with him, a Yankee accent that takes some serious getting used to — reprises his role as the outsider detective investigating a young boy’s murder in a small beachside town, with “Breaking Bad’s” Anna Gunn as his partner, who is deeply rooted in the community.

The killing unlocks a web of secrets, all lurking just beneath the surface. One red herring after another arises, casting suspicion upon friends, neighbors and even family members.

“We don’t typically see crimes like this,” one of the cops says, surely an understatement given how overwhelmed the principals are by the flood of attention and anxiety, which includes an unprincipled reporter (Jessica Lucas) — and really, is there any other kind on TV? — hoping to exploit the case.

Virginia Kull and Michael Pena play the grieving parents, although dad can’t address his whereabouts at the time of the murder; and Nick Nolte is a grizzled neighbor (a part originally played by “The Strain’s” David Bradley) who had worked with local boys.

Building toward a conclusion, “Broadchurch” milked these relationships just enough, and resolved them in a way that British drama can. The U.S. version will follow a similar template, but with a follow-up already in the works overseas, the goal obviously would be to continue the franchise in success.

A broader problem is that what felt like a fresh take when “Broadchurch” premiered on BBC America has become somewhat played out lately, with several shows — among them ABC’s upcoming “Secrets & Lies” — using a small-town murder as the catalyst to a broader drama.

None of that is “Gracepoint’s” fault, but it does speak to one of the dangers of such adaptations: Not only do you lose part of the impact among those who watched the original, but you trail far enough behind it to allow the inevitable clones to creep into the equation. And unlike the old days, plenty of fine imports are readily available to feed the appetite of programming-hungry channels and streaming services. That makes eliminating the accents seem like not such a big deal, and the very idea of a U.S. version slightly superfluous.

Setting those not-inconsequential considerations aside, the series — adapted by Anya Epstein and Dan Futterman, with a premiere written by “Broadchurch” creator Chris Chibnall — is competently executed (and Fox is clearly proud of it, having made seven episodes available), with Gunn finding a reasonably juicy follow-up to the role of a lifetime. Those who get started, moreover, should want to stay and see how the mystery plays out.

Yet while it’s hard to pinpoint, “Gracepoint” can’t help but feel as if something significant has been lost in translation.

'Gracepoint'
Fox, Thu. Oct. 2, 9:00 p.m.


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'A to Z': Fun romantic comedy with sharp writing
By Verne Gay, Newsday - Sep. 30, 2014

THE SHOW "A to Z"

WHEN | WHERE Tonight at 9:30 on NBC/4

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Andrew Lofland (Ben Feldman, "Mad Men") works at an online dating company, Wallflower. Zelda Vasco (Cristin Milioti, "How I Met Your Mother") is a trial lawyer who works in a building across the street. He's looking for a soul mate, she's not -- although she did try out Wallflower's app, which flopped, and now she wants her money back. That's how Zelda meets Andrew and his pal Stu (Henry Zebrowski). "A to Z" follows A/Z's relationship over "eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour."

MY SAY He's from Venus, she's from Mars. He's a Cancer, she's a Capricorn. He's a romantic, she's a pragmatist. Together, they evoke that moment when Harry met Sally, or Tom met Summer in "500 Days of Summer" -- which "A to Z" reflects so directly that it could almost be called an adaptation. This isn't, but at least you now have a convenient handle on this opposites-attract romcom with a genial heart and glowing smile. (Or maybe that's just Milioti's smile.)

While "500 Days" was set in a minor key, all the notes here are bright and upbeat. Andrew and Zelda may (or may not) be together at the end of the eight months, but the process of getting there shouldn't be a slog. And like "How I Met Your Mother," "A to Z" is a comedy procedural that will twist and turn according to the dictates of a random universe, yet will still end up in some preordained place. As with "HIMYM," guessing where that will be could be part of the fun -- or frustration, if "A to Z" loses control of the story. Thursday's opener is so sharply executed, however, that doesn't look to be much of a concern.

BOTTOM LINE Excellent cast, funny pilot. What's not to like?

GRADE: B+


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THURSDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)

ABC:
8PM - Grey's Anatomy
9PM - Scandal
10PM - How To Get Away With Murder
* * * *
11:35AM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Ellen Pompeo; Norman Reedus; Disclosure performs with Mary J. Blige)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - NFL Thursday Night Kickoff (LIVE)
8:25PM - NFL Football: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (LIVE)
* * * *
11:50PM - Late Show with David Letterman (Johnny Galecki; Andre Benjamin; Delta Spirit performs)
12:52AM - Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Joe Theismann; Lauren Cohan)

NBC:
8PM - The Biggest Loser
9PM - Bad Judge (Series Premiere)
9:30PM - A to Z (Series Premiere)
10:01PM - Parenthood
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11:34AM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter; James Marsden; 5 Seconds of Summer perform)
12:36AM - Late Night with Seth Myers (Sarah Silverman; John Mulaney)
1:36AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Melissa Fumero; The Front Bottoms perform; "Last Hijack")

FOX:
8PM - Bones
9PM - Gracepoint (Series Premiere)

PBS:
(check your local listing for starting time/programming)
8PM - The 'This Old House' Hour (Season Premiere)
9PM - Masterpiece Classic - The Paradise, Series 2: Episode 1
(R - Sep. 28)
10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Knoxville
(R - Sep. 29)

UNIVISION:
8PM - Mi Corazón Es Tuyo
9PM - Hasta El Fin del Mundo
10PM - La Malquerida

THE CW:
8PM - The Vampire Diaries (Season Premiere)
9PM - Reign (Season Premiere)

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Reina de Corazones
9PM - Los Miserables
10PM - Señora de Acero

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Filmmaker Ben Steele)
11:31PM - The Colbert Report (Journalist and author Lynn Sherr)
12:01AM - At Midnight (Tim Minchin; Rhys Darby; Emily Heller)
12:31AM - Adam Devine's House Party

TBS:
Approx. 1:30AM - Conan (Martin Short; Camilla Luddington; Ryan Adams performs)


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WARNING: Spoilers for the previous season of Showtime's "Homeland" in this article.

TV Notes
Creating Drama ‘by the Seat of Our Pants’
‘Homeland’ Enters Its Fourth Season
By Bill Carter The New York Times - Oct. 1, 2014

When the terrorist turned hero Nicholas Brody died last year on the Showtime spy thriller “Homeland,” the producers of the series knew they would be facing a total reinvention this season.

But the show enters its fourth season Sunday under unexpected pressure and a bit damaged psychologically — mirroring, in an odd way, its main character, the bipolar C.I.A. officer Carrie Mathison.

Last season, many onetime supporters, including some critics and fans, turned on “Homeland,” accusing it of manipulative plotting in four early episodes (involving an elaborate con by Carrie’s patron, Saul, in which he seemed to turn on her) and losing focus with emphasis on minor characters like Brody’s daughter, Dana.

“I don’t think I ever really care to watch ‘Homeland’ again,” the Slate critic Willa Paskin wrote, saying she had “lost faith” in the show’s “ability to be coherent.”

The disrespect was new for a show once so hot that President Obama requested screeners to watch in the White House, and once so honored it was given the Emmy for best drama after its first year. In what might have been the low point, the series was excluded from last season’s ferociously competitive Emmy field for best drama. “We love our show, and we bleed for our show,” said Alex Gansa, a creator of “Homeland.” “So when there is a degree of criticism, it can’t help but hurt. And the lack of an Emmy nomination really hurt.”

But he added: “I’m unable to watch the show objectively. So I look at Season 3, and I choose to focus on the strengths. I love those first four episodes and the way we brought the season home.”

Claire Danes, who has won the best-actress Emmy twice for her portrayal of Carrie, defended what she called “a beautiful season.” She added: “It was a long game the writers were playing. I think maybe some viewers felt excluded in the reveal after the first four episodes. I thought it was a thrilling magic trick. Some viewers might have felt it was a gotcha. But that was never the intention. It was to delight and surprise and show Saul’s brilliance.”

She acknowledged that “Homeland” was a “high risk” enterprise because later episodes are being written even as the first ones are shown, and the end of each season is not determined beforehand. This “flying by the seat of our pants” approach, as Mr. Gansa put it, allows “Homeland” to stay remarkably close to unfolding events in real life, even appearing prescient at times, Ms. Danes said.

But the risks can sometimes take a toll, as Mr. Gansa explained: “You’re making so many decisions and so immediately that you’re bound to get one or two wrong.” He added, “If I had it to do over again, I probably wouldn’t have given Dana Brody a love story last season. I would have done something else. That said, I thought Megan Saylor did an amazing job in the part.”

The absence of Brody will hang over the new season, Ms. Danes said, and not just because she will miss playing opposite the Emmy winner Damian Lewis. Their characters’ baby will be a major theme, Ms. Danes said, and postpartum depression will be added to Carrie’s challenges. “That naturally interests me, just because I’m a new mom,” she added. (She and her husband, Hugh Dancy — of NBC’s “Hannibal” — have an 18-month-old son.)

So how is “Homeland” being reinvented? Mr. Gansa said he decided to take his characters “to their real milieu, to a place where they’ve been trained to operate.” Though Carrie was last seen being promoted to C.I.A. station chief in Istanbul, now she is heading the operation in Kabul, and running into tension with the American Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.

With Mr. Lewis gone, Mandy Patinkin’s role as Saul — now out of the C.I.A. and relegated to work with a private contractor — will take on greater weight. “He’ll do anything to save his metaphoric child, Carrie,” Mr. Patinkin said, “because he feels she’s the ticket, no matter what her struggles or troubles are.”

The show originally planned to shoot in Israel, but then reconsidered because of uncertainty about events there. Ms. Danes said Turkey was the next choice until the production learned that the Turkish government was insisting on vetting every script that might contain “an unflattering depiction of Turkey.”

So South Africa — Cape Town, specifically — is standing in for both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Viewers will again find in “Homeland” parallels to real events in the Mideast, Mr. Gansa said. Drone and airplane attacks, terrorist cells and embassy security all play a role in the season.

There were suggestions that “Homeland” was an inspiration for videos issued this summer by the Islamic State. An article in The Daily Mail speculated that the group included scenes that imitated the show’s choppy opening credits.

“I think that’s nonsense,” Mr. Gansa said. “But I don’t think it’s nonsense that these terrorist organizations are using social media is very sophisticated ways.”

Whatever questions critics have, the show is still proving influential on the rest of television. Series that in some way borrow its look or character types include “Madam Secretary” on CBS, as well as the coming “State of Affairs” and “Odyssey” on NBC, and “Dig” on USA.

“It’s wonderful that we’re inspiring so many other shows,” Ms. Danes said. “There was so much talk about the show after the first year, I think we became a target. I understand that’s the nature of television. But it’s also true that more people are watching the show than ever.”

As for the new season, Mr. Gansa shrugged off any suggestion that the show needed to defend its record.

“I didn’t take the hype of the first season all that seriously,” he said. “I don’t take criticism all that seriously. We’re making the best show we can each week. It’s up to us to work our tails off to make the show great.”

The new season of "Homeland" premieres Sunday at 9:00 p.m. on Showtime.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/ar...ref=television


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NFL, DirecTV extend ‘Sunday Ticket’ deal for $12 billion
By Mark Maske, Washington Post - Oct. 1, 2014

The NFL and DirecTV agreed to an extension of the league’s “NFL Sunday Ticket” package with the satellite television provider.

A person familiar with the agreement said it is an eight-year deal worth about $1.5 billion annually to the NFL.

The league announced the extension but did not provide details.

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with DirecTV,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a written statement. “DirecTV and NFL Sunday Ticket have served our fans well for 20 years and continue to complement our broadcast television packages. We also appreciate DirecTV’s commitment to NFL Network, which it has carried since the channel launched in 2003.”

The NFL’s current deal with DirecTV was to expire after the current season and paid the league an estimated $1 billion per year.

The increase in the rights fee could signal that the NFL is not suffering major economic harm at this point while dealing with its recent controversies related to the off-field legal troubles of players Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and others. Many sponsors issued public statements expressing concern about the league’s issues but few took any further steps.

The Sunday Ticket package enables subscribers to view out-of-market Sunday afternoon games.

“This new agreement is a testament to the terrific long-term relationship we have with the NFL and its millions of fans across the country,” Mike White, the chairman, president and CEO of DirecTV, said in a written statement. “NFL Sunday Ticket has always been the centerpiece of DirecTV’s sports leadership and we’re pleased to continue our relationship with the NFL and be a part of the league’s future growth and success.”

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TV Land picks up two new comedies, 'Impastor' and 'Teachers'
By Emily Blake, EW.com's 'Inside TV' Blog - Oct. 1, 2014

TV Land is getting edgier, judging by its two newest comedies. The network announced on Wednesday that it’s ordered two new single-camera comedies, Impastor and Teachers, with both 10-episode first seasons slated to premiere in 2015.

“Impastor and Teachers are perfect examples of the type of comedies we’re looking for as TV Land evolves its original series – innovative, unconventional, and hilariously funny for an audience that enjoys smart humor with a hint of heart,” said TV Land President Larry W. Jones.

Impastor follows Bubby Dobbs (Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum), a gambling pothead who, trying to escape from a loan shark, steals a man’s identity and poses as the new gay pastor of a small town. He’s tempted to take the pastor’s money, until he gets cozy with the church community, especially the pretty young treasurer Alexa Cummings, played by Episodes star Mircea Monroe. The series also stars Sara Rue (Less Than Perfect), Aimee Garcia (Dexter), Mike Kosinski (The Second City Chicago), and David Rasche (Ugly Betty). Impastor is executive produced by Rosenbaum, Christopher Vane (Wings) and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men).

Teachers, meanwhile, stars improv group The Katydids (Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien, and Katie Thomas) six jaded and at time inappropriate elementary school teachers. (One refuses to read fairytales to her students because “sometimes Prince Charming wants to date other people.”) The Katydids will serve as executive producers with Alison Brie and show runners Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (Key and Peele).

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Finally, the CW’s fall lineup kicks off
Top show 'The Vampire Diaries' returns for season six
By Louisa Ada Seltzer, Media Life Magazine - Oct. 2, 2014

The CW prefers to let the Big Four networks roll out the bulk of their new shows before it begins airing its own new programming.

Days after the other English-language broadcasters began premiering their fall lineups, the CW returns to originals tonight with the sixth-season premiere of “The Vampire Diaries” at 8 p.m.

The strategy makes sense.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding premiere week, and many viewers sample new shows a couple times before they decide if they want to stick with them.

By the time the CW starts its shows, viewers may be ready to move on from some of the new programs they’ve sampled and be open to trying out the CW’s lineup.

It’s basically a way for the lowest-rated Big Five network to avoid the stiff competition that has long characterized premiere week.

The CW is undoubtedly eager to get back to regular programming after a disappointing summer. The network introduced a number of new shows, but only one, “Penn & Teller’s Fool Us,” survived.

“Vampire,” its top show among 18-49s, is sure to draw a good turnout. It averaged a 1.7 Nielsen rating in the demo last season, according to live-plus-seven-day-DVR-playback numbers.

In total viewers, it averaged 3.4 million, and its audience grew by more than half on both measures when DVR viewing was added in.

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TV Review
Fox’s ‘Gracepoint’
By Brian Lowry, Variety.com - Oct. 1, 2014

[B]Fox’s “Gracepoint” is a near shot-for-shot remake of the BBC’s “Broadchurch,” albeit served up in 10 episodes instead of eight.




'Gracepoint'
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Of course it's going to 10 episodes instead of 8. We've got 2 episodes of commercials....

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If you look beyond the article and follow it to its origin, then it should be perfectly clear. "Native" Americans aside, I question the sincerity of those in "high" places. I'm cynical enough to believe that many are "offended" to benefit their own self-interest.
It seems to me the article is supposed to be about tolerence and respect, not nativity. That being said, I question some of the motivations here myself.

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The NFL retained the online/mobile streaming rights but allows Directv to offer ST on a limited basis. Don't expect NFL GamePass to be offered to US subs anytime soon, the NFL likes how it's content is layered thru the networks as they continue to offer top dollar to the NFL.
And more and more folks will use VPNs and DNS changers to get GamePass anyway, or increasingly bootleg streams (some now in HD) from well-known sites. I'm sure they factored that in but they are living in the past, trying desperately to hold onto that traditional TV sports model. Just like NASCAR and other sports, this is not the future and people are going to force them to change, kicking and screaming.

Everything should be streamable by now, with whatever sub model you want including bundling.
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And more and more folks will use VPNs and DNS changers to get GamePass anyway, or increasingly bootleg streams (some now in HD) from well-known sites. I'm sure they factored that in but they are living in the past, trying desperately to hold onto that traditional TV sports model. Just like NASCAR and other sports, this is not the future and people are going to force them to change, kicking and screaming.

Everything should be streamable by now, with whatever sub model you want including bundling.
Which is a win-win for the NFL. They get DirecTV to pay a huge pile of cash for NFL Sunday Ticket as a "loss-leader", probably much more than the NFL could get by offering online streaming themselves. Then on top of that they get some people (and I'm thinking about it myself if there is a good deal about mid-season) using a DNS spoofer to get NFL GamePass anyways. Additional money that goes right into their pocket.
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