Hoping to stream one of the three NFL games being played in London this year? Don’t hold you breath.
The league has decided its experiment with Twitter’s 10-game Thursday Night Football streaming deal is enough excitement for it this year.
Satellite pay-TV provider DirecTV will flex its 4K muscle this year, televising more than two dozen
Major League Baseball games in 4K/UHD.
The AT&T property said it would start with Friday’s intrastate game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.
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.
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.”
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 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.
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.
A year ago, the big stories coming out of March Madness for Sling TV, Dish Network’s OTT play, were about its failure to handle increased viewership during the tournament’s semi-final games. Streams were, in a word, crap, with stuttering and choppiness that made them painful to watch.
Sling TV’s Twitter account carried this mea culpa:
It might be a little early to hold your breath for this one, but ESPN is considering its streaming options. John Skipper, chief of the sports network, confirmed published reports that it’s exploring deals with Amazon and Apple, among others, but said ESPN won't be offered as a standalone product.
CBS isn’t saying just how many people streamed the Denver Broncos win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, but claim the sportstacular saw a record audience watch the game via the Internet.
What’s a record?
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.