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Yahoo Premier League Highlights Service Could Impact UK Broadband Bills

Posted: 17th Aug, 2010 By: MarkJ
yahoo football ukISP Eclipse Internet has today warned about the impact that Yahoo's recent acquisition of the rights to stream UK Barclays Premier League Football highlights could have. The service, which offers approximately 5 minutes worth of video clips for every game played, could cause some internet users to exceed their monthly usage allowances and thus incur significant extra costs.

Clodagh Murphy, Director of Eclipse Internet, said:

"It’s great to see yet another new avenue for users to consume football highlights. However, Yahoo’s acquisition of the rights to stream Premier league highlights this season could potentially cost users more than they think. For example, viewing five minute highlight streams could take consumers over their allocated monthly broadband speed limit, leaving them with a nasty shock when they receive their monthly bill.

Believe it or not, many consumers are still blissfully unaware that viewing resource heavy video content eats into their bandwidth. Even if it’s the odd five minutes here and there, it could result in pushing them over their contracted limited."

Admittedly 5 minutes may not seem like much and probably wouldn't consume more than a few tens of MegaByte's (MB), although this figure could easily accumulate when watching highlights from multiple matches; a fairly standard pastime for any football fan.

Clodagh Murphy added:

"It is imperative that ISPs proactively update their users with how much bandwidth they have consumed and how much they have remaining, in order to uphold a level of trust between them and their customers. Eclipse’s policy of openness and honesty means we would warn users that viewing just 5 minutes of football highlights through the yahoo site will use 32MB of bandwidth – or 0.03GB of your allowance. This is important because it empowers our customers with the knowledge to get the absolute best out of their connection, including value for money, every month."

Despite being backed by a multi-million pound advertising campaign, we still had to do some digging to find the correct location for Yahoo's service. Suffice to say that the URL should probably have been made shorter and easier to type:
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/football/premier-league/video/
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