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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”