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Golf Channel Anywhere, Any Device...Almost

As with ESPN, HBOGO and other entertainment apps, Golf Channel is announcing today expanded coverage via its app that allows for viewing of live coverage and original programming. All you need is a cable subscription or a friend's subscription or a cable company other than mine to access Golf Channel almost anywhere via smart phones or tablets.

For Immediate Release...

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 23, 2013) – Golf Live Extra, will begin live streaming Golf Channel 24/7 via “TV Everywhere” beginning Wednesday, April 24. Golf Live Extra, which is available via Golf Channel’s digital platforms on desktop, mobile and tablets, as well as on most digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, telco and other video subscription services, will stream Golf Channel around the clock, including the network’s coverage of tournaments, news, instruction and original programming.
“Golf Channel’s mission to connect the world to golf will be enhanced by Golf Live Extra making the same high-quality network available to golfers anywhere, anytime and on any device,” said Mike McCarley, President of Golf Channel and NBC Golf Media. “Golf Live Extra will satisfy golfers’ desire to watch Golf Channel on the best screen available, whether that is on their laptop on a business trip, a tablet on the driving range or a phone on their lunch break.”
Cablevision’s Optimum TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, DISH, Mediacom, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS are the first providers to offer this new service to their customers. It is anticipated that other subscription services will be added shortly. The vast majority of content on Golf Live Extra will be streamed only via “TV Everywhere” and made available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of Golf Channel’s distribution partners’ services.
Golf Channel, which logged the network’s most-watched year ever in 2012 and is off to its fastest start ever in 2013, provides viewers with high-quality content including:

· Tournament coverage from all the major tours including the PGA TOUR, LPGA Tour, European Tour and Champions Tour. Golf Channel has been streaming golf competition on the PGA TOUR since January 2013, via “TV Everywhere” on Golf Live Extra.

· News and analysis programming including Morning Drive, Golf Central, Live From and Grey Goose 19th Hole.

· Instructional series including Playing Lessons, School of Golf, The Golf Fix, and Golf Channel Academy.

· Original productions including Feherty, The Haney Project: Michael Phelps, Big Break and In Play with Jimmy Roberts.
“Golf Channel’s digital platforms have experienced tremendous growth since joining the NBC Sports Group in 2011 and Golf Live Extra furthers our mission to provide viewers the best golf content available, no matter where they are,” said Rick Cordella, SVP & GM, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group. “Live streaming of Golf Channel via Golf Live Extra offers another high-quality user experience that complements all of our other platforms, whether you want to follow the professional tours, get tips on how to improve your game, or get a unique perspective from the top personalities in golf.”
Golf Live Extra rounds out Golf Channel’s digital portfolio, which ranked #1 among all digital properties dedicated to golf in unique visitors in February and March according to comScore. Golf Channel’s digital portfolio currently includes:

· & Golf Channel Mobile: A leading resource for online coverage of golf, and Golf Channel Mobile logged their best quarter ever this past first quarter 2013, pulling in record numbers across all key metrics including visits and video starts.

· Golf Channel Academy App: The network’s mobile instructional application, which features Golf Channel’s extensive library of instructional videos and the ability to tap into the expertise of certified SwingFix instructors, anywhere, anytime on their mobile devices.

I can listen to Michael Breed yell anywhere, anytime! Hallelujah!

· & GolfNow Mobile App: The largest and most comprehensive online tee time reservation service, GolfNow offers golfers more ways to stay connected to their favorite courses and tee times through the web, e-mail and iPhone and Android mobile apps.

· Golf Live Extra: Golf Channel’s live streaming product for desktop, mobile and tablets, Golf Live Extra provides live streaming of the linear TV network to authenticated subscribers.

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Reader Comments (17)

Funny that I was looking to see if u-verse was included on their list...
I don't even watch the Golf Channel, except for the occasional recorded Shell WWOG.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike
Kudos to NBC for getting ahead of the curve and offering this. While the list of providers is pretty small, hopefully it expands. This is great for tech savy (read: younger) audiences who like to get things while they are away from home.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
"We at NBC will dedicate manpower, money and resources to providing endless, mindless coverage of nothing but golf, Golf, GOLF to fanatics everywhere 24 hours a day. Not because there's a demand for it, but BECAUSE WE CAN."

Classic overkill akin to nuking a gofer hole.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
Golf Channel will notify you when other providers take advantage of Golf Live Extra . . . including U-Verse, Mike . . . at

Put your email in and your provider and Golf Channel will notify you when that provider goes live.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid
I wonder if there's an app that'll let me watch that guy kiss his Overspin Putter at any time of day.

If so, I'm throwing my phone into the Suwannee River.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWillie
I dont really understand the backlash here. Unless you are the one that's paying to put the start up cost into the stream, what is the downside for us consumers?
04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
The downside is that more of the crap they spit out is streamed more often.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjack
I am with Chicago, no downside to me. jack there is no rule saying you have to watch.
I don't like it either jack but I think that overall there is no downside. Like stack & tilt said, you have a choice.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
Thanks Golf Channel!

I'm constantly watching more On Demand, when I want to how I want to more then all of the other programmed network crap! Netflix, HBOGo, MaxGo, Showtime, even DirecTV has their own apps now. My next step is Apple TV for my Samsung! If I want to go out by the pool and watch, where my wifi reaches, I can do that too!
04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMiles Massey
This is wonderful. I travel frequently, and many hotels do not have GC, no doubt due to their exorbitant per subscriber charges to Cable Systems. But since I am already paying that bill, via my Verizon FIOS, its great that I will be able to get access anywhere. And for those ripping Golf Channel - try following pro golf on TV via ESPN. Beyond the Majors and Tiger, just about nothing. The live Thursday and Friday night PGA Tour coverage, plus weekend replays is worth whatever I am paying via FIOS btw.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Not sure why, but the last guy who posted as Chicago John was not me...

I am actually do like it and am going to use it.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago John
there is nothing wrong with watching tournaments. I do the same. The rest of the stuff is garbage IMO. Most of them have no idea what they are talking about.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjack
Chicago John, I'm surprised that you're surprised. They could be giving away free drivers and guys like Jack would complain that they didn't include the head cover. Nothing like a discussion board to lift your spirits.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ. Fred Muggs
J. Fred Muggs,
First off, you don't know me so I wouldn't make assumptions like that. I stand by my statements and believe that the desire to commercialize and grow the network has led to a HUGE decrease in quality..I could care less about the price.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjack
For those of you who do not want to watch the crap on TGC there are two alternatives Change the Channel or Switch Off. There is no cost for this advice
04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Morris
More Tiger, just what we need.
04.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJSS

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