The Golf Channel, the Masters and the Cord Cutter

I was getting ready to slam the Golf Channel again for making the Masters hard to stream. After all they still require cable credentials to access the live stream. But in the case of the Masters tournament that restriction doesn’t matter much. As outlined in this excellent sbnation piece there are plenty of other live streaming options including masters.com which does not ask for a cable subscription password.

Tiger Woods at Augusta courtesy Mark Levin flickr

Tiger Woods at Augusta courtesy Mark Levin flickr

 

Well the Golf Channel might be shooting themselves in the foot. It turns out that without Tiger Woods this year ratings are down 28% at ESPN. The Golf Channel, owned by NBC Universal, is a weird entity and much less than it could be.  One might think that the Golf Channel is the first place to turn to catch any of the majors but not so.  Other networks seem to take over for these highly viewed tournaments.  The Golf Channel would be great as a Roku channel but there is no hint that is going to ever happen.

Meanwhile if you enjoy the Masters, be grateful that your viewing options are many this year both online and over the air.


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One Response to The Golf Channel, the Masters and the Cord Cutter

  1. I thought the masters app, and the masters website are phenomenal …

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