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UK’s Perform Group to deploy OTT sports channel in Germany, Austria, Switzerland
EMEA, Sports, Live Streaming
UK’s Perform Group to deploy OTT sports channel in Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Jun 17 2016 9:45 AM

German, Austrian and Swiss sports fans are getting a new over-the-top service from U.K.-based Perform Group that will deliver content ranging from NBA and NFL games to tennis, handball, ice-hockey and darts, with games from Bundesliga – which it just bought online rights for – likely serving as the lynchpin for the service.

BBC says Wales vs. England Euro 2016 match breaks streaming records
EMEA, Live Streaming, Sports
BBC says Wales vs. England Euro 2016 match breaks streaming records
Jun 17 2016 8:15 AM

It’s been a year of significant sporting events generating solid Internet TV audiences, and Thursday’s Wales vs. England soccer match, part of the Euro 2016 action, is a good example of how important live and sports are to Internet TV.

BBC Online said more than 2.3 million viewers – nearly 3X the number who watched the London Olympic Game’s 2012 tennis finals – watched on the BBC Sport website and iPlayer as England came away on top.

Rumor: YouTube to launch its own virtual MSO in 2017
Cloud TV, Live Streaming
Rumor: YouTube to launch its own virtual MSO in 2017
May 04 2016 1:45 PM

Another day, another rumored entrant into the Cloud TV battle, this time, it’s YouTube that is alleged to be planning its own virtual MSO offering with a bundle of broadcast and cable networks under the moniker “Unplugged.”

Hulu confirms it’ll launch live Internet TV service in 2017
Pay TV, Live Streaming, Cloud TV
Hulu confirms it’ll launch live Internet TV service in 2017
May 04 2016 8:45 AM

Rumors? What rumors? Hulu this morning during its Newsfronts presentation said it will start streaming feeds from broadcast and cable nets in Q1 2017, making it the first SVOD company to offer live content and giving it a potential edge on rivals Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

The streamer will create a "deeply personalized experience" merging linear TV and on-demand video, said CEO Mike Hopkins.

NFL, AT&T bump up DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket streaming deal
Sports, Live Streaming
NFL, AT&T bump up DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket streaming deal, cut price
May 02 2016 9:15 AM

Looking for more NFL games online? You’re in luck as DirecTV is offering its NFL Sunday Ticket online. There is a catch, however, and it’s a big one: You still need to be a DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket Subscriber.

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.

Sling TV sees record viewership for Villanova’s win of NC
Live Streaming, Sports, Pay TV
Sling TV sees record viewership for Villanova’s win over NC
Apr 05 2016 8:15 AM

Villanova may have scored a victory for the ages last night (sorry North Carolina) with its final-second buzzer beater in the NCAA Men’s Basketball championship game, but Sling TV scored a coup of its own, saying viewership on the streaming service increase 1,140% from the tip off of the first game to ‘Nova’s celebratory net cutting at the end of the game.

Sling TV representatives said it saw a “record-numbers of basketball fans flock to Sling TV.”

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.

Canadian pay-TV offers 1st mainstream sports channel over-the-top
Pay TV, Sports, Live Streaming
Canadian pay-TV offers 1st mainstream sports channel over-the-top
Apr 04 2016 7:30 AM

Canadian pay-TV operator Rogers Communications is offering its Sportsnet NOW over-the-top offering to consumers across Canada, outside the subscriber-only footprint the sportscaster has been operating and making it the first mainstream sports channel in the North American market to be available as a direct-to-consumer play.

Comcast’s Xfinity Stream service could have telco overbuilders more than a little worried
Pay TV, Live Streaming, Millennials
Comcast’s Xfinity Stream service could have telco overbuilders more than a little worried
Mar 31 2016 10:45 AM

In what may be the worst kept secret ever, Comcast is reportedly planning to offer its Xfinity Stream service to subscribers of other pay-TV operators who share its service footprint.

How to stream the 2016 Masters without pay TV… for free
Sports, Live Streaming
Here's how to stream the 2016 Masters without pay TV… for free
Mar 31 2016 8:00 AM

The Masters, the real kickoff to the golf season, is only a week away and it’s time to start strategizing how you’re going to maximize your viewing time despite some of those pesky obstacles that get in the way, like work, your own golf game, family and that annoying $170 pay-TV bill you don’t want to pay.

One word: Streaming.

Chromecast surges past Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV to 35% of market in 2015
Research, Connected TVs & Devices, Live Streaming
Chromecast surges past Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV to 35% of market in 2015
Mar 09 2016 5:45 AM

Google’s bargain-priced Chromecast streaming dongle gained significant market share in 2015, but remained second to the Apple TV in terms of total units shipped, as the global market for Connected TV devices -- including Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles and digital media streamers – topped 220 million units for the year after a massive fourth quarter that saw 84 million units ship.

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