And all along we thought we were free!  Aren’t the airwaves open to all?  Well, the bad news is that bandwidth is shared and the intellectual property rights of sporting events is controlled.   And your smartphone has the power to provide “the game” to others.  That is certainly a scary thought to the NFL and those $1M commercials that will be played by the networks on Super bowl Sunday.

“Smartphone usage has skyrocketed at sporting events, as anyone who’s attended a recent game can tell you. Look around the stands and you’ll see fans checking stats, sharing pictures on social media, or just killing time between plays.While stadiums have boosted cellular and Wi-Fi infrastructure to keep fans connected during games, there’s always the possibility that there won’t be enough bandwidth for everyone. That’s why on Super Bowl Sunday, the NFL is planning to block live streams of the game inside the stadium.”

via NFL to block mobile streaming video in Super Bowl stadium | Ars Technica.

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