December 08, 2009
Decent SEC game clips haven't necessarily been any hard to find on YouTube this season, but they have been harder to keep for more than a day or two before disappearing behind the ubiquitous message, "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by XOS Technologies, Inc. d/b/a XOS Digital." Want to relive the eye gouge that cost Brandon Spikes a one-game suspension? Sorry. Or watch the broadcast of the controversial ending to the Georgia-LSU game? Hope you don't mind a version clearly filmed off someone's non-Hi-Def television. Florida's Dustin Doe dropping the ball before crosses the goal line at Mississippi State? So sad.
The league has been listening to bloggers bellyache about disappearing clips for months. Per press release, it finally took its first step today toward filling the content gap -- with a premium solution no one was particularly asking for:
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) and XOS Digital, a division of XOS Technologies, Inc., jointly announced today that the SEC Digital Network (SECDN), the first fully integrated new media network in college sports, has launched its official "SEC Download Store" available for fan access via www.SECSports.com at 10 a.m. EST today.
The SEC Download Store provides fans with access to more than 85 of the 2009 season’s football games, showcasing game action in full from all 12 of the SEC’s member schools. In addition, all championship games dating back to the event’s establishment in 1992 are available for download.
How much would you pay for complete rebroadcasts of such classics as Mississippi State at Arkansas? $39.99? $49.99? Well, fans, today is your lucky day, because you can download every game in its entirety for just $3.99 apiece. (No, you can't get highlights of individual plays, but the Brandon Spikes eye gouge is in there somewhere, though, if you remember exactly where it is and fast forward to the right spot. No, you can't embed anything or share it with friends who haven't plunked down four bucks for
warmed-over hot SEC action. But still: Don't say XOS Technologies never did anything for you.)
In the meantime, you can still watch dozens of the Big Ten's "Greatest Games" for free on Hulu, along with all of last year's (and this year's, when they're up) BCS bowl games, and all it will cost you is the occasional commercial. There's always some value in "free."