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BlueWolfie sent Vital Manchester City the following article.

We as City fans, were unable to watch the thoroughly terrible game online against Fulham in the Carling Cup - which brings me to an interesting point.

The following may be a little hypothetical, but at what price would you be willing to pay to watch Manchester City's every game live online on their website?

Let's suppose it started an hour before kick-off, with last weeks goals and highlights, team selections, pre-match build-up, interviews and stats. Then the game (in high-quality widescreen, with surround sound), half-time talk and then thirty minutes or so of analysis. What would that be worth to you?

A ticket can easily set you back around £40, then of course there is the travelling involved and incidental costs. So, £20? £10? £5? A 'TV season-ticket' at £200? And of course, it would virtually halt the free internet sites, because City would control it from the source.

But there's the problem. It's already far cheaper than going to the stadium so does that mean empty seats? And if the talk of an expansion - or even, an altogether new stadium becomes a reality, that would mean even more empty seats.


Reduce the price of seats to £10. If I were able, I would pay a tenner to watch it in the flesh, than pay to watch it at the same price (or less) online. Sure, I wouldn't get all the extra bits, but nothing beats actually being there. But this would also surely mean instead of 47,000 people giving money to City, there could be 10 times as many (or more), resulting in a far greater income.

Sky, could still have their 'thang', because there were many times - when I lived in the UK - I wanted to watch other games not involving City (directly, or indirectly).

But for now, the endless sources around the World Wide Web will have to do, and guess what? You can find all the links in the threads right here on Vital Manchester City.

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Writer: BlueWolfie Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 24 2009

Time: 3:49PM

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I would do it. Even though I'm poor, I would pay to watch them online.
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24/09/2009 15:58:00

I only watch online when I can't afford to go so paying to watch online seems pointless to me. I'm not really sure why Sky or whoever can't just do it though. They have the full game for every Premier League game because they show them all on football first. They could do a general one like they do now or a season ticket of sorts for each cluib.
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24/09/2009 16:10:00

its a nice idea but we wont be allowed to screen any league games without actually buying our rights back off sky tv and then im sure there will be alot more involved, but lets say if we was allowed i would gladly pay to watch the away games and cup games etc, i dont need it for the home matches i would pay £10 a month or £5 a game
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24/09/2009 16:14:00

I think for fans who live abroad, like me in Greece, should be allowed to watch it and pay 5-10 pounds. It could be like when foreign IP addresses are blocked for UK radio. They could block domestic addresses which of course wouldn't affect home attendances.
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24/09/2009 18:15:00

The beauty of the internet is that there is almost always someone screening the game for free. ALMOST always, and believe me, having gone last night, you didn't miss too much. What's the matter with GMR anyway? (sorry, BBC Manchester!)
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24/09/2009 22:32:00

This will never happen as it could lead to falling attendences and the clubs don't have the individual rights to each match to broadcast themselves live online or even on their own tv channel. Otherwise it would be a good idea if the stream quality is good.
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25/09/2009 19:40:00


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