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Fan Letters: Criticisms of Sunderland’s streaming offering - is the quality worth £10 per game?

RR reader Steve McPharlane isn’t happy about Sunderland’s streaming offering for the forthcoming season, and worries that the quality of the service is not worth £10 per game. What do you think? Email us:!


Dear Roker Report,

Like most people, I can’t wait for the start of the season, and for some (perhaps delusional) reason, I am feeling strangely optimistic.

I am a bit disappointed, however, at the offering for non-season ticket holders in terms of streaming. I live in London so would try to go to as many games as possible every season, home or away, but couldn’t justify a season ticket.

For this season, before we’re allowed back, it’s £10 a game to stream online. I’m really surprised that there hasn’t been more of a reaction to this, as it’s a complete rip off. Every time I’ve used it before the quality has been awful - BBC Radio Newcastle commentary, often out of sync, dreadful camera angles and generally poor production quality. A Sky Sports pass is £8.99!

Steve McPharlane

Ed’s Note [Gav]: Yeah, it’s a strange one. Whilst ten pounds per game seems steep, they’ve introduced this across the board, presumably to help offset the losses in ticket revenue. One thing it doesn’t take into account is the quality of the offering. Like you say, you can get content from the very best out there for less than what the club want for one game.

I know that these are strange times, but it’s going to be tough for people to part with potentially £30 in a week to watch bad quality streams.

What I suspect will happen is people will turn towards using IPTV services that offer the same product but for far less. The club won’t see a penny of it, but if there’s something better value out there, what are you going to do?

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Dear Roker Report,

Phil Parkinson goes on about giving the youngsters their chance - what, to then sell for peanuts to Premier League clubs?

What about the lad from Sweden? They should have tied him down long ago.

Joseph Heggie

Ed’s Note [Gav]: For clubs like ours we need to get used to the idea that we’ll sell players to bigger clubs. Admittedly, we’ve done a terrible job of this in recent times - look at what Peterborough just got for Ivan Toney and compare it to what we got for Josh Maja, perhaps - but the academy needs to become self-sufficient, just as the football club must.

Regarding Kimpioka - I think that’s on him, really. He’s sat home doing nothing.

He either signs a deal with us or he and his representatives convince a club he’s worth parting with a few hundred grand for. Personally I don’t see that he has many options, but I guess time will tell there.

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