The other day I was making a short walk from my house to a local brew pub where I planned to catch most of the Chargers-Denver game. Not wanting to miss anything I figured I could catch a live stream using an iPhone app called Stitcher that offers live radio stations.
Now if you are in your car you can pick up the game via 105.3 FM or 1360 AM so you might guess it would be easy to get it on-line as well. Not so much. In a situation much analogous to OTA vs streaming television, the NFL treats the radio waves as give-aways but internet streams as something special. You can stream the game from your laptop but not on your iPhone. Here is the warning from 1360 (misspelling is theirs):
Broadcast not availabe on mobile device
and is only available in SD County. Click here for info.
So what’s the solution? Well I guess I could have driven instead of walked. Or I could rely on old technology – something I remember was called a portable AM/FM radio.
Wow that’s weird. All the fancy smart phones and apps out there are cut-off from the NFL? At least any free ones that I could find.
You have to wonder how long this can last. The internet is already displacing AM/FM radios – consider Pandora, Spotify, and the aforementioned Stitcher. Most news, sports, and talk radio programming is already available free online independent of your location. Yet the NFL is holding out and even sells some audio only packages. Not for me. I’ll dig around in my junk drawer and see if I can salvage my old Walkman.