It wasn’t but a few hours after I’d linked to the Liverpool-Aston Villa goal highlights (through the wonderful 101 Great Goals), that they were pulled down; one can only imagine because of copyright infringement.
Sadly, in this Information Age, the peoples who own the broadcasting rights to these sporting events insist on squeezing every inch of blood they can from you and do not want any highlights of their precious broadcasts put up for free when they have a chance to charge you for them.
The problem is, who the fuck is going to pay for highlights? Very few people, that’s who. It’s ridiculous.
Obviously, the argument can be made that these corporations have paid good money to secure the rights to broadcasting these games and are simply protecting their investment by playing the Scrooge and demanding 90-second videos be taken down.
And obviously, a 90-second video is a fair substiute for a ninety-minute game and the videos’ mere existance threatens to the very viability of televising the matches live. Who’s going to spend two hours of their life watching a game when they can see snippets of that game hours later for a fraction of the time?
By not allowing the sporting fans to see their favorite teams in action, said sporting fans will now certainly be forced to spend the money they haven’t already spent and sign up for whatever service allows them to view the games & highlights? Because most real fans are content to just watch highlights and taking these videos away will remove any excuses they have not to overpay for the right to watch the whole match live.
Are you fucking kidding me? Even though the prices charged to watch specialty sporting channels, such as soccer, are borderline criminal, (and don’t preach to me about satellite providers versus the channels themselves… both are guilty) each and every fan would love to be able to watch these games live in the comfort of their own home. Sadly, many are often unable to due to restrictions on satellite dishes at their residences or because they simply don’t have the financial means to make it happen.
Video highlights are mere crumbs and are no substitute for the steak entree that is a live match. The videos on the internet just serve to whet the appetite, especially for those fans just finding their way into the game. One cannot survive on appetizers alone.
If the copyright holders were smart, they’d continue to allow the small clips of their precious broadcasts to be posted on the ‘net, providing them with a true viral marketing ‘network’. Eventually every fan who has the means is going to shell out too much cash for sign up for these channels. Shuttering the peek holes before they get a taste for what you have to offer is just bad business. (Or retarded. You choose.)
Sadly, methinks we can expect to see the assault on footy vids to continue this season. The crackdown has arrived and probably will not relent. Truly sad…
But, there is an oasis in the growing desert. (of sorts) While it involves waiting a day or two (which really is an eternity in this Internet Age), you can now watch Premier League highlights over on Fox/MSN’s free video section.
“Due to contractual obligations no highlights video will be published until after Sunday 7 p.m. ET.”
Better late than never, right?
I’m not sure how long this link (taking you to the PL videos) will be valid, but eventually you’ll have to search for them yourself through video.msn.com (probably under ‘More Sports’ and then ‘Latest FSC Videos’) or find a link on FoxSoccer on Mondays.