Eduardo Suárez regrets that in recent months access to sports content, especially soccer, has become increasingly complicated and expensive. Two years ago, remember, it was still possible to watch Liga MX matches on open and cable television, including some of the Champions League , but now you have to deal with paying subscriptions and even looking for which platform or television channel is going to broadcast a certain match.
“Watching sports now is expensive and I am not willing to pay for subscriptions to different platforms, I prefer to find out about it through Twitter or Google and even if there is a very important game I prefer to go to a bar to watch it,” he says.
As well as Suárez, various users through social networks such as Tiwtter have expressed their annoyance at the changes in the transmission of matches due to the arrival of new streaming platforms that require a subscription to access Liga MX matches or to enjoy the Formula 1.
Fox Sports in its Premium package, Star+, Paramount, HBO Max and soon Vix+ have sports content in their portfolio that includes leagues such as Formula 1, Liga MX, Liga MX Femenil, Champions Legue, CONCACAF Champions League, baseball leagues, basketball , among others.
Hiring all the previous applications supposes an expense that amounts to 676 pesos, this without contemplating the most important input: the internet, which when integrated into the equation, the amount reaches 1,025 pesos. This if a basic connectivity package of 349 pesos is taken into account.
It has been difficult for pay television companies to maintain the transmission rights of certain sports content on their programming schedule. In April of this year Dish was the first cable company to have to remove Fox Sports channels from its programming. According to the company, cable company users would have to pay up to 50% more on their subscription to access sports content.
Radamés Camargo, an analyst at The Ciu consultancy, comments that the current “streaming war” is clear in obtaining sports content transmission licenses, whose segment in Mexico is one of the most viewed and sought after when purchasing a package. of entertainment.
This situation, mentions the expert, is only causing barriers to be generated for users to access these programs that range from the budget and availability of technological resources to bandwidth.
“There are many players who are betting on obtaining the licenses to transmit these rights through streaming platforms. Now we see that Paramount+ is going to broadcast the English league and ViX+ is going to broadcast the entire World Cup”, says Camargo. “There are so many platforms that it is already difficult for the consumer to know where each of these sporting events is available,” he adds.
Contracting all services on demand today is almost impossible for consumers at a time of financial uncertainty due to rising inflation.