Beware of Streaming Sports Packages’ Fine Print Warns Competition Bureau

Canada’s Competition Bureau released a warning on Monday for consumers, particularly those ready to sign up to streaming sports packages, saying “Don’t strike out when signing up to watch all the dunks, goals and touchdowns.”

The Bureau says consumers should be aware of “the availability of some games may not be adequately disclosed, or may be buried in fine print disclaimers that are easy to miss,” giving examples of black out regions, or games that may not viewed live.

Here are some examples of tips to follow, so you “really score” when signing up for streaming sports:

  • Before anything, read the fine print.
  • Understand what you are paying for when you sign up.
  • Find out if there are blackout dates.
  • Clarify whether your subscription is a one?time deal or there is an auto?renewal.
  • If you have questions, contact the provider to get clear answers before you make a purchase.

Currently, cord cutters have various options for sports-only streaming in Canada, such as Rogers NHL GameCentre, MLB at Bat, and Sportsnet NOW, which recently debuted on Apple TV. All of these services can be viewed on mobile or the web as well.

The Bureau says consumers who feel they may have been ripped off by advertising or marketing can submit a complaint here.