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The move from Florida to Connecticut will trim 400-plus jobs, but viewers likely won’t notice much difference in the TV product. The website’s demise is certain to leave a big void in golf coverage

They're ditching the website, too, for some reason?

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I wonder if Peacock might fit into the equation somewhere. Probably not. Also wonder if the Olympics delay might have put even more of a dent into NBC's bottom line, and thus a snowball effect. Well, not NBC as much as Comcast?

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12 minutes ago, nevets88 said:

Streaming is convenient, if you can watch while the event/program is being streamed.

I have an NBC sports gold golf subscription, and for those times when I happen to be doing nothing else, it is really nice to watch live golf, if they happen to be showing featured groups at that particular time. That's about twice a month for maybe an hour.  For those times, I really like it.   It's great to be able to get it on my iPhone, my iPad or on my MBP.

The problem is that most of my free viewing time is hours after the live event (or the next day), so I have my DVR pre-programmed to record PGA and European Tour broadcasts. Nothing else going on at 9 p.m.? That's usually when I can watch a little golf.

With this move to all-things-streaming, I'm concerned that there will be a a move to drop/reduce the broadcasts (majors excepted), meaning I'll be out of luck.  NBC sports gold gives some highlights of the day's round, but so far their "full event replays" is extremely limited and appears to be several days delayed.

What do you think?  Are the Golf Channel's days as a separate channel numbered?

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1 hour ago, Missouri Swede said:

Streaming is convenient, if you can watch while the event/program is being streamed.

I have an NBC sports gold golf subscription, and for those times when I happen to be doing nothing else, it is really nice to watch live golf, if they happen to be showing featured groups at that particular time. That's about twice a month for maybe an hour.  For those times, I really like it.   It's great to be able to get it on my iPhone, my iPad or on my MBP.

The problem is that most of my free viewing time is hours after the live event (or the next day), so I have my DVR pre-programmed to record PGA and European Tour broadcasts. Nothing else going on at 9 p.m.? That's usually when I can watch a little golf.

With this move to all-things-streaming, I'm concerned that there will be a a move to drop/reduce the broadcasts (majors excepted), meaning I'll be out of luck.  NBC sports gold gives some highlights of the day's round, but so far their "full event replays" is extremely limited and appears to be several days delayed.

What do you think?  Are the Golf Channel's days as a separate channel numbered?

No guesses as to whether it'll survive, but I would think whether it does or not, streaming is going to be more prevalent. Despite the problems with Peacock and the USO, maybe they're going to broadcast some tournaments via Peacock? I don't see the COVID situation changing drastically anytime soon and with the uptick in people golfing, you'd figure there would be a chance to capitalize on that but that's not happening AFAIK.

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Employees must not be too happy about the move. Unlike Orlando, golf in Connecticut is extremely poor to non-existent December through March. Hope they bring their indoor golf simulators with them.😉

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