The NFL has been eager to get its game in front of viewers globally for years; that was the reason behind its Yahoo trial two years ago, its brief flirtation with Twitter last year and it’s estimated $50 million deal for Thursday Night Football with Amazon Prime this season.
Audiencewise, the Yahoo and Twitter deals were just probes, testing the waters and the technology.
Just in time for the annual NAB Show, a new report has surfaced with a forecast that’s sure to prompt an antacid surge among broadcast execs in Las Vegas next week: OTT viewership worldwide will outnumber traditional TV viewership before the end of the decade.
Live sports – once seen as the sure bet for TV ratings – have suddenly gone cold with fans. Attendance at events is down and the bigger money maker, TV ratings, also continue to decline.
A recent study from a consumer research firm found an astonishing 41% of U.S. adults said they’d be shaving — or cutting — the pay-TV cord in the next 12 months. They also found satisfaction with OTT was higher than with pay TV and that they were more likely to recommend an OTT service to a friend or family member than a pay-TV service.
There still may be a paucity of content and just a sliver of buy-in among consumers, but YouTube is going all in with 4K/UHD, offering content providers the opportunity to live stream 4K live streams for 360-degree video and standard video.
In a blog post, YouTube said the format will let creators and partners stream high-resolution video, and let viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K-supported devices.
The way we watch sports today has changed. Not only do more and more fans catch sports online (95% of total TV sports program viewing occurred on a live basis in Q4 2015, according to a Nielsen report), but they also expect to watch and share highlights right away. Users no longer wait for end of the day broadcasts of replays.
In the battle of survival of online video, it is well known that live linear TV is a core differentiator. But how do you “go live” longer? How do you make sure you are not beaten to death by competition and are walking around like a zombie with not enough “live” content?
The answer is in re-using VOD content for live streaming.
Facebook is continuing to push deeper into live streaming, with a new partnership between the social site and the Atlantic 10 Conference for the 2016 basketball season just announced.
The deal for 10-15 games makes the A-10 the first college basketball conference to offer a package of regular season men’s contests over Facebook Live.
Games can be watched on the A-10’s Facebook page or in Facebook’s news feed.
The 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup, one of Australia’s most followed Thoroughbred horse races, will be streamed to a global audience thanks to a deal between the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and Twitter.
The partnership for the Nov. 1 race, the richest two-mile handicap in the world, is the first live-streaming deal Twitter’s made for a major event outside the U.S., although it did stream this year’s Wimbledon matches after they were completed.