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The NSK should once again provide a live internet video stream of the action in ALL divisions every day of the Hatsu basho. The link will go LIVE each day at about 8:20 AM Japan Standard Time (JST) with the Jonokuchi division and continue through the end of the Makuuchi Division at about 6:00 PM.

The service is provided via Ustream using the following browser links which are active 24/7/365 on all major browsers and phone/tablet devices. Normally, it is in Off Air mode except when LIVE streaming is activated. The mode switch is automatic.

Embed: http://www.ustream.tv/embed/15844301 (Recommended)
Normal: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/grand-sumo-tournaments
Pop Out: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/grand-sumo-tournaments/pop-out


The approximate start times for each division through day 12 should be:
Jk - 08:40 AM JST
Jd - 09:00 AM
Sd - 11:20 AM
Ms - 1:40 PM
Juryo - 3:05 PM
Mk - 4:20 PM

Dohyo-iri: Juryo 2:40 PM, Mk 3:50 PM
All times are +/- 15 minutes

Jonokuchi should start on Day 1 at about 08:20 AM. Days 13-15 have fewer matches per day, and they should start at about 10:30 AM

Ustream is an ad/subscription supported service. If ads become a problem, google Adblock Plus to get a free ad blocker for your browser.

Enjoy the basho!!

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If you want to test your Ustream configuration, here are some other active non-sumo links that you can use. Note: Since early December, I have been getting Ustream video (not audio) freezes using Windows 8.1 and IE 11. There have been no problems using Firefox or Chrome or anything under Windows 7. Freezes can be cleared by simply resizing the browser. The problem could be caused by a configuration problem on my computer or by the recent integration of Adobe Flash Player into Windows 8.

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Day 1 activity is scheduled to start at 08:45 JST.

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I'm not sure whether you already knew or not, video stream is not free anymore.

There are 2 types--seasonal (all tournament) US$120, daily US$10 (final day is US$15), and already Ustream have new accounts for that.

http://www.ustream.tv/Sumo-Seasonal

http://www.ustream.tv/Sumo-Daily

Please check these...

WTF ?!

Thanks so much for the advance notice, NSK *grrrrr*

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ohayk, on 10 Jan 2014 - 05:24, said:

I'm not sure whether you already knew or not, video stream is not free anymore.

There are 2 types--seasonal (all tournament) US$120, daily US$10 (final day is US$15), and already Ustream have new accounts for that.

http://www.ustream.tv/Sumo-Seasonal

http://www.ustream.tv/Sumo-Daily

Please check these...

Don't panic yet. This may be a special subscription service that allows live chat about the matches and delayed viewing. Ustream has tried similar things on other live subjects without restricting the simple video viewing channel. However; I haven't seen anything this aggressive before. Nothing regarding the servce is showing up on the links we have been using. Wait and see.

Other thoughts: Ustream offers several pricing packages to its broadcasters. With and without chat and/or social stream and/or commercials and/or video capture/display. They also offer a pay-per-view option. It appears that NSK has purchased a second pay-per-view package with all the bells and whistles. I suspect the original barebones link will continue in parallel with the new package.

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Well, NSK already announced about new video streaming service in Japanese--yes, new service is delayed viewing. I tried to find any announcement in English, but couldn't.

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Regardless of the idea itself, those prices are just ridiculous, $120 for the tournament?

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So, that's that for me then.

If this is true, and a free feed doesn't exist anymore, I'm done, too. They can keep it.

I absolutely refuse to spend one cent, out of principle.

No significant future warning (certainly not in English), no options, just pay up (and pay up good) or be left in the dark? Really? The arrogance of this totally pisses me off.

IF this is the new norm, then I'm not interested anymore. YMMV, and those of you who want to ante up for this, that's certainly your choice. For me, it's over. I'm done.

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So, that's that for me then.

If this is true, and a free feed doesn't exist anymore, I'm done, too. They can keep it.

I absolutely refuse to spend one cent, out of principle.

No significant future warning (certainly not in English), no options, just pay up (and pay up good) or be left in the dark? Really? The arrogance of this totally pisses me off.

IF this is the new norm, then I'm not interested anymore. YMMV, and those of you who want to ante up for this, that's certainly your choice. For me, it's over. I'm done.

The fact that the original free links and site are still active, unchanged, and have no mention of the pay-per-view option is an excellent sign that the old service will continue. The switch to a graphic showing the 08:45 AM start time is also very encouraging. Let's keep our powder dry for now.

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As we always say in Cologne, even in the worsest situation ... et hätt noch immer joot jejange .... it always turnes out in a good way ;-)

Let's hope it's also correct this time. I go with Asojima (and thanks for the links again)!

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as bad as it may seem, and indeed is for those not in Japan, think back a few years.

The last year or two have been amazing for fans overseas.

Ustream is a business too and they want to make money.

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So, that's that for me then.

If this is true, and a free feed doesn't exist anymore, I'm done, too. They can keep it.

I absolutely refuse to spend one cent, out of principle.

No significant future warning (certainly not in English), no options, just pay up (and pay up good) or be left in the dark? Really? The arrogance of this totally pisses me off.

IF this is the new norm, then I'm not interested anymore. YMMV, and those of you who want to ante up for this, that's certainly your choice. For me, it's over. I'm done.

The fact that the original free links and site are still active, unchanged, and have no mention of the pay-per-view option is an excellent sign that the old service will continue. The switch to a graphic showing the 08:45 AM start time is also very encouraging. Let's keep our powder dry for now.

As we always say in Cologne, even in the worsest situation ... et hätt noch immer joot jejange .... it always turnes out in a good way ;-)

Let's hope it's also correct this time. I go with Asojima (and thanks for the links again)!

Ok, well, we'll see.

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The fact that the original free links and site are still active, unchanged, and have no mention of the pay-per-view option is an excellent sign that the old service will continue. The switch to a graphic showing the 08:45 AM start time is also very encouraging. Let's keep our powder dry for now.

What were the original free links/site you refer to?

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The fact that the original free links and site are still active, unchanged, and have no mention of the pay-per-view option is an excellent sign that the old service will continue. The switch to a graphic showing the 08:45 AM start time is also very encouraging. Let's keep our powder dry for now.

What were the original free links/site you refer to?

They are the links supplied at the start of this post. The report on the new pay per view service contained a new set of links.

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The fact that the original free links and site are still active, unchanged, and have no mention of the pay-per-view option is an excellent sign that the old service will continue. The switch to a graphic showing the 08:45 AM start time is also very encouraging. Let's keep our powder dry for now.

What were the original free links/site you refer to?

They are the links supplied at the start of this post. The report on the new pay per view service contained a new set of links.

I was looking for non-ustream links. I'm obviously missing (or misunderstanding) something here - aren't the ustream links the ones mentioned as going pay-per-view?

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The fact that the original free links and site are still active, unchanged, and have no mention of the pay-per-view option is an excellent sign that the old service will continue. The switch to a graphic showing the 08:45 AM start time is also very encouraging. Let's keep our powder dry for now.

What were the original free links/site you refer to?

They are the links supplied at the start of this post. The report on the new pay per view service contained a new set of links.

I was looking for non-ustream links. I'm obviously missing (or misunderstanding) something here - aren't the ustream links the ones mentioned as going pay-per-view?

There is a pay per view sumo service being offered through Ustream. The question is whether it will replace or run in parallel with the free service that we have been enjoying for several bashos. My guess right now is that there will be 2 services running. One being a barebone free video service, and one being a fullblown pay service providing chat, social streaming, video playbacks and other goodies. We will know how it is going to go in about 20 hours.

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There is a pay per view sumo service being offered through Ustream. The question is whether it will replace or run in parallel with the free service that we have been enjoying for several bashos. My guess right now is that there will be 2 services running. One being a barebone free video service, and one being a fullblown pay service providing chat, social streaming, video playbacks and other goodies. We will know how it is going to go in about 20 hours.

Thanks for the clarification. You're right - wait and see.

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Allow me to open another can of worms. Will the NSK start putting a block on Utube use of videos extracted from the free Ustream service? It seems that they would put a serious crimp in the sale of a pay service with delayed viewing and video replay as a selling point. Just a nasty thought...

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Allow me to open another can of worms. Will the NSK start putting a block on Utube use of videos extracted from the free Ustream service? It seems that they would put a serious crimp in the sale of a pay service with delayed viewing and video replay as a selling point. Just a nasty thought...

Exactly. The question is if we are a significant number worth dealing with.

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Allow me to open another can of worms. Will the NSK start putting a block on Utube use of videos extracted from the free Ustream service? It seems that they would put a serious crimp in the sale of a pay service with delayed viewing and video replay as a selling point. Just a nasty thought...

Well, in my (silently but shamefully abandoned) attempt to upload more old NHK (not NSK) videos to Youtu.be, I encountered a lot of autoblockings because of copyright violations. But maybe a TV station is more active in that department than a (rather anachronistic) sports association.

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