Just curious to hear the thoughts of others on what you expect to happen with the future of streaming sports on the etherwebz. I'm asking primarily because I'm often frustrated with the quality of live streams (especially the not-quite-legal ones) and don't want to shell out for a cable package that I can't afford and wouldn't use outside of watching my sports teams. I can easily find and download episodes of the handful of shows I watch, but obviously it's not that important to watch them live.
I'm sort of ok with my plan for watching Michigan games, as I have a friend's password for WatchESPN and for BTN (quality could sometimes be better, but usually it's fine), and many games are broadcast nationally on ABC so I can get good quality with my antenna. However, it's much harder to consistently find decent streams of my NFL team (I live out of state and their games are rarely nationally broadcast; won't mention names because you guys will make fun of me). The NFL has some new package in which you can pay a reasonable fee to watch replays of the games, but you have to wait until Sunday Night Football is over to watch the early games. I'd be ok paying for this service if I could watch the game right after it's over, but waiting that long is too much. On top of that, the NFL seems pretty gung ho about cracking down on illegal streams.
What do people think about the future of streaming?
Why is streaming quality usually still so lousy (esp. for the illegal streams)? Other than learning about firstrowsports (I used to use Justin.tv, which is generally inferior) and learning to use google chrome with adblock, my streaming experience has hardly improved in the last 5 years. Shouldn't technology be better and cheaper by now? Will it improve over time? Will the NFL crack down even more on illegal streams? Will the NFL offer more reasonable methods to watch games as an alternative to their Season Ticket plan?