Bad news, folks. CoveritLive.com announced today they no longer have free alternatives to their software that are simply missing some rather useless features. This is what we had been doing in the past. However, today, they decided to put a charge on their software. They do have a free trial option, but that trial is only good for 25 clicks, which for us, probably will not even get us to three live blogs before it flat out blocks readers from reading. Their lowest price option is a healthy $9.99 a month, which totals $119.88 a year, which is absolutely ridiculous for a product that had been free for the past several years. Oh, and if you go over 250 clicks a month with this plan you get charged 5 cents for every overage click. I do not like asking for money. I never got into this wanting to ask people for money. However, having limited funds after graduating college and still in search of a job, the only way I can proceed with using CiL is if everyone chips in an equal share. If that is what we agree to do, I will set up a PayPal account and we will go from there.
Scribble Live, CoveritLive's main competitor, has a 30-month free trial period completely free of obligations, however, once the 30 days expires, you will then be forced to subscribe. I know not of other similar products, however, I do know some video chatting services with chat rooms (namely Vokle and Spreecast) are still free without subscription, although I am not sure if those chat rooms are any better than just going back to the old old days of the Blogger comment section. If you know others, please name them in the comments section.
Use the Blogger comment thread below as your thread for today's sporting events and discussion of how to proceed from here.
Game 1: Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey Devils 8:00 (NBC - Mike Emrick and Eddie Olczyk, ItG: Pierre McGuire) (CBC - Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson, ItG: Glenn Healy, SR: Elliotte Friedman and Scott Oake)
Game 2: Boston Celtics vs. Miami Heat 8:30 (ESPN - Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy, SR: Doris Burke)