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Yahoo game-a-day MLB deal a nod to future sports streaming growth
Sports, Content Deals, Live Streaming
Yahoo game-a-day MLB deal a nod to future sports streaming growth
Apr 06 2016 7:00 AM

Yahoo will stream one Major League Baseball game a day on its Yahoo Sports main page – 180 games in all -- giving baseball fans one more way to watch… for free.

The season-long deal follows Yahoo’s initial experiment with MLB last season, when it offered some free games during the 2015 season.

Twitter tosses bomb, connects to stream NFL Thursday Night Football
Content Deals, Live Streaming, Sports
Twitter tosses bomb, connects to stream NFL Thursday Night Football
Apr 05 2016 6:00 AM

Just days after Facebook dropped out of the game to stream NFL Thursday Night Football, published reports say Twitter has scored a deal that will give it rights to the content that has been in the sights of several major players, including Yahoo, Verizon and Amazon.

Hulu keeps foot on the gas, acquires rights to 6 WB TV series, including ‘Blindspot,’ ‘Lucifer’
SVOD, Content Deals, Programmatic
Hulu keeps foot on the gas, acquires rights to 6 WB TV series, including ‘Blindspot,’ ‘Lucifer’
Mar 25 2016 7:00 AM

SVOD service Hulu has signed a wide-ranging content deal with Time Warner subsidiary Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, giving it exclusive streaming rights to a pair of new shows, NBC’s Blindspot and Fox’s Lucifer.

Episodes will premiere on Hulu following their network airings.

PlayStation Vue drops basic price 20%, add content and searches for subscribers
Cloud TV, Content Deals
PlayStation Vue drops basic price 20%, adds content and searches for subscribers
Mar 02 2016 2:00 PM

Adoption of Sony’s PlayStation Vue Cloud TV service at $50 a month apparently has been under whelming enough that it’s prompted Sony to drop the price 20% to $40 – and add more content.

On its PlayStation Vue blog, the company today announced “a big boost in live sports, family, and primetime TV programming. Added to the platform’s line up were a batch of  Disney and ESPN Media Networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, Disney Channel, and more.

StarHub adds DreamWorks Animation, on-demand to pay-TV and OTT offering
APAC, Content Deals, Partners
StarHub adds DreamWorks Animation, on-demand to pay-TV and OTT offering
Feb 25 2016 7:45 AM

DreamWorks Animation has added another partner in APAC, Singapore operator StarHub is adding the DWA channel to its pay-TV service and its on-demand option.

DWA last year deployed in Thailand and Malaysia.

The DreamWorks Channel is set to launch March 3, and will be available in HD and include English and Mandarin language options.

Hong Kong Broadband to bundle TVB's OTT TV as competition ramps up
APAC, OTT, Content Deals, Broadband
Hong Kong Broadband Network to bundle TVB's OTT TV as competition ramps up
Feb 18 2016 6:00 AM

Hong Kong Broadband Network is partnering with broadcaster TVB to introduce a bundle of services combining high-speed home Broadband with TVB’s soon-to-be launched myTV SUPER, an over-the-top content service.

NFL adds NBC to ‘Thursday Night Football,’ will stream 10 games direct to consumers
Content Deals, Sports, Live Streaming
NFL adds NBC to ‘Thursday Night Football,’ will stream 10 games direct to consumers
Feb 02 2016 5:15 AM

CBS and NBC will each televise five Thursday Night Football games in 2016 and pay a lot more for the privilege. What entity will get the rights to stream 10 of the Thursday night games has yet to be announced, but is expected to come soon as the NFL said it’s in the middle of “active discussions with potential digital partners.”

Verizon adding more punch to go90 mobile service with Fight Sports deal
Mobile, Content Deals, Sports
Verizon adding more punch to go90 mobile service with Fight Sports content deal
Feb 01 2016 10:30 AM

Verizon has cut a deal with Sony to get content for its go90 mobile video service, reportedly is in the midst of negotiations for content from Hearst, and now has announced it’s bringing live and on-demand championship boxing, kickboxing, martial arts, mixed martial arts, news, reality, documentary and original fight-related content.

The telco and media company CSI Sports, which owns Fight Sports, announced the deal today.

Sony to supply Verizon’s Go90 mobile service with original content
Mobile, OTT, Content Deals
Sony Music to supply Verizon’s Go90 mobile service with original content
Jan 06 2016 2:45 PM

Verizon, looking to stay ahead of its competition in the mobile Cloud TV space, today said it would partner with Sony Music in a multi-year deal that would give it a slate of original video content.

In addition to some new original series from Sony Music, the deal also includes special live music events and performances.

Verizon said the content would begin rolling out this year.

Dream Works Animation makes deeper commitment to Netflix
Content Deals, SVOD, Netflix
Dream Works Animation makes deeper commitment to Netflix
Jan 05 2016 8:45 AM

Netflix and DreamWorks Animation will expand their current multi-year deal to include a several new original family series as well as on-demand rights to the DreamWorks Animation film library.

Terms of the deal – which excludes distribution in China – were not announced.

Latest NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’ plans include simulcast streaming
Sports, Content Deals, Cloud TV
Latest NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’ plans include simulcast streaming
Dec 16 2015 11:00 AM

Google, Apple, Yahoo and Amazon are among the digital partners the NFL has sent RFPs to as it puts the rights to Thursday Night Football back on the auction block, according to a published report.

Sports Business Daily is reporting that the league is looking to craft a one-year deal with a league option for a second year, leaving room for a quick change as the marketplace evolves.

Netflix’s Sarandos: Not selling content to SVOD outlets ‘foolish,’ costly misstep
SVOD, Content Deals
Netflix’s Sarandos: Not selling content to SVOD outlets ‘foolish,’ costly misstep
Dec 07 2015 1:00 PM

Will content owners like Time Warner really ever cut Netflix off at the programming spigot?

Not likely, said Netflix Chief of Content Ted Sarandos, who Monday told an audience at the Annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference that doing so would cost content owners billions.

“What you’re seeing is a fundamental change in audience behavior,” he said, in answer to a question. “And, it’s a SVOD shift, not just a Netflix shift.”

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