NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- No need for a big intro here. People will tell you without waver (or is it waiver?) that streaming boxes cannot replace a cable or satellite subscription until ... in the words of Huffington Post tech reporter Tim Stenovec:
That makes intuitive sense, but is it a surface scratch analysis?
Outside of the National Football League, you can access streaming packages for mainstream sports leagues without a cable or satellite subscription. I use the National Hockey League's NHL Game Center app as well as the out-of-this-world MLB At-Bat from Major League Baseball. I have a DIRECTV (DTV) subscription, but, lately, I've been wondering why.
I'm not an NFL fan. If I were, I guess the conversation stops here. The lack of a consistent and legal way to watch football without a cable or satellite subscription deal breaks the notion of cutting the cord. But, beyond that, what's stopping me (or you)?
The local sports blackout for one ... For example, if you live in Los Angeles and are a Kings fan (or follow the Anaheim Ducks daily), those games end up blacked out on NHL Game Center. That's easy for me, a Southern California resident who roots for out-of-market teams to forget. But, alas, not everybody's A) a sports fan and/or B) married to their local teams.