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bison63
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01-10-19 01:49 AM - Post#271910    

I’ve got it from a reliable source that Stadium is implementing what had always been their plan and making it a pay service. The “ glitch” tonight was that the Bucknell game was the only one. Apparently that will not be the case going forward. I can live with that. You’ll remember that the PLN was a pay network in the early days. My gripe is with the delay in the archives. If you cannot catch the game live, you should not have to wait 3 or 4 hours for an archive when virtually all other services provide it right away.

Curiously, you can still watch free on a smart phone or computer. Not sure why. Also, tonight’s Bison game is available now as an archive on Roku at no charge.
Bison89
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Bison89
01-10-19 06:49 AM - Post#271912    

I did not experience a glitch watching on my phone last night. What type of glitch are you talking about?
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!

Bison89
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Bison89
01-10-19 08:00 AM - Post#271914    

63, I just read the other thread. So, now, I understand the issue. I did not have any of those problems on my Android phone.
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!

bison63
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01-10-19 08:38 AM - Post#271916    

I watched on my iPhone ‘89 and there was no problem. But when I tried to watch on my Roku on my large screen, when I clicked on the game instead of “watch now” it said “ start free trial.” I was able to watch HC vs LU as well as the BIson women, but not the men. Not wanting to be restricted to the small phone screen, I tried to watch on an iPad, where again I was asked to start a free trial.
bison63
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01-10-19 08:48 AM - Post#271918    

Btw,I am not sure what will happen if you used your “ free trial” for the St Mary’s game, as I did. I suspect when I sign up, the charge will be effective immediately, rather than seven days forward.
Old Bison
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01-10-19 08:59 AM - Post#271919    

If you buy Apple TV (once off) and just stream PLN on your iPhone to your big screen it works like a charm and the quality is super...unfortunately so is the audio for home games!
Bison89
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Bison89
01-10-19 04:27 PM - Post#271996    

  • Old Bison Said:
If you buy Apple TV (once off) and just stream PLN on your iPhone to your big screen it works like a charm and the quality is super...unfortunately so is the audio for home games!



Old Bison, I am intrigued. Who don't you want to hear? My-Oh-Mighty!!!?
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!

BisonRoadWarrior
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BisonRoadWarrior
01-10-19 05:37 PM - Post#272004    

I had made inquiries as well, and the response confirms what bison63 said about Stadium having always intended to migrate to a paid subscription model with Patriot League games.

To quote part of the response:
"The subscription service should only apply to Over-The-Top connections (such as Roku, Facebook, Sony Playstation connections, etc.)."

I guess that explains why some people hit the paywall and others didn't.

So it sounds like, provided you can use a browser to put things on your big screen, you'll still be able to watch for free by accessing the website rather than the Stadium channel on Roku, etc. I look forward to testing that hypothesis on Saturday at noon ET.

It looks like the Colgate-Bucknell game was the Patriot League's first foray into the premium content scheme. Barring an advance communication effort, it looks like all the other league fans are in for their own confusion and rude surprises in the coming days.
Paulie777
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Paulie777
01-10-19 06:05 PM - Post#272010    

Stadium on Roku was a pay game, but if you access stadium via the Bucknell website the game is free. Methinks Patriot league network will be free this year but stadium may have some pay games. Get a browser on Roku and access through the Bucknell website.
BisonRoadWarrior
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BisonRoadWarrior
01-10-19 06:08 PM - Post#272011    

  • Paulie777 Said:
Stadium on Roku was a pay game.

It wasn't until last night. Previously, they'd offer you an option to set up an account or start a free trial, but there was always a "skip" option and you could watch for free.

raymondbucknell
Junior
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01-10-19 06:39 PM - Post#272013    

Well I’m a sucker bc I think I’ve been on a paid subscription for a while.
bison63
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01-10-19 08:26 PM - Post#272028    

  • BisonRoadWarrior Said:
  • Paulie777 Said:
Stadium on Roku was a pay game.

It wasn't until last night. Previously, they'd offer you an option to set up an account or start a free trial, but there was always a "skip" option and you could watch for free.



Right! No more “skip” option. Still, my gripe is not $4.95/ month, but the fact that they do not archive right away, and frankly they are making no commitment to do so.
HuskyColonial
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01-11-19 12:05 PM - Post#272090    

I watch it online and plug my PC into my TV with an HDMI cable. It's free and the quality is a nice good as the broadcast.
MrPhillie
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MrPhillie
01-11-19 04:33 PM - Post#272133    

I have also connected my PC to my TV via HDMI and had good results for free.
bison63
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01-12-19 01:47 AM - Post#272156    

Noticed that “skip” option was back on Stadium tonight. Wonder if that means their pay to watch plans have hit a snag?
md2377
Freshman
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01-12-19 01:10 PM - Post#272181    

I thought the Stadium frustration would continue. We just cancelled the subscription and now have access to the game.
atlantabison
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01-12-19 03:09 PM - Post#272204    

I still had the pay only on the Stadium IPad app so I didnt even try my Roku to look for my friend the skip button and watched on my computer.
Ray Bucknell!

bison63
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01-12-19 03:31 PM - Post#272218    

It was a “premium” game again. Not sure why some games are still free. Either charge us all, or don’t charge any. I hooked my phone to the tv and it was fine.
MrPhillie
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MrPhillie
01-12-19 03:41 PM - Post#272228    

Aesthetically, it wasn’t a “premium” game.
BisonRoadWarrior
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BisonRoadWarrior
01-21-19 06:54 PM - Post#273276    

Holy Cross fans got to have their turn with the aggravation of Stadium's poorly-communicated turn toward charging for Patriot League games.

According to one poster there, Stadium is--at least for now--only designating certain games as "premium" and charging to watch them via certain platforms.

On Saturday, the highly-anticipated first place showdown between perennial contenders Bucknell and Lehigh wasn't "premium," but Loyola at Holy Cross was.

I guess supply and demand doesn't figure into the designation. That's a good thing for us.
bison63
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01-21-19 09:51 PM - Post#273298    

I was the poster you referred to on Crossports, BRW. I post there as “ unwired” a name that dates back to before this board existed. While, my Bucknell source, and you know who it is, provided Stadium’s convoluted explanation for “premium” games (and he agrees it makes no sense), one thing I did get out of it(I think) is that games picked up from other sources, such as cable networks, or local tv stations, cannot be premium games. This means to me that most LC and LU games which are shown locally and picked up by PLN/Stadium will remain free. As far as I can tell, the only thing “premium” about a premium game is that Stadium makes you pay for it.... sometimes. Also I have observed that all premium games are available for free once they are archived. Not sure who came up with this business model, but it sure is strange.
bison63
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01-22-19 03:43 PM - Post#273348    

Our turn is coming. No problem at home vs Loyola on Wednesday, but the next two after that are “premium.” At American on Saturday the 26th and Navy on the 30th are designated “ premium” by Stadium. Have fun. I have found that I can access premium games on my iPad by going to watchstadium.com. But with the web browser on my smart tv I have not been very successful getting games to play. Btw, archives of premium games do not seem to be a problem.
BisonRoadWarrior
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BisonRoadWarrior
01-24-19 02:53 PM - Post#273467    

Insult to injury: Last night's Holy Cross game was "premium" and had no sound for a considerable stretch of the game.

If anyone else has had trouble canceling their Stadium subscription by going through Stadium: If you subscribed through your Roku, you can cancel it through your Roku:
https://support.roku.com/article/208756478-how -do-...

crd012
Junior
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01-24-19 03:13 PM - Post#273470    

I've used the Amazon FireTV's browser to get the games. So far I've been fine...hopefully that continues.
Bison89
Postdoc
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Bison89
01-24-19 03:50 PM - Post#273473    

I had no problems accessing games via my cell phone. Maybe the key is to not use Roku.
'RAY FOR THE ORANGE AND THE BLUE!

BisonRoadWarrior
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BisonRoadWarrior
01-24-19 04:04 PM - Post#273474    

  • Bison89 Said:
I had no problems accessing games via my cell phone. Maybe the key is to not use Roku.

The keys are detailed earlier in this thread.




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