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PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Live sports, Operators, OTT, Cloud TV
PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Jul 26 2017 9:30 AM

Sling TV is planning to offer its first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) event, the much anticipated UFC grudge match that features a pair of light heavyweights. UFC 214: Cormier v. Jones 2 features current champ Daniel Cormier against ex-champ Jon Jones who last met in 2015 at UFC 182.

Panelists at the Sports 2.0: The New Rules of Fan Engagement panel - NAB 4/24/17
Online Video
Sports is a fan’s game now
Apr 27 2017 12:15 PM
It’s springtime at the NAB show and building fan engagement for sports in the OTT era has been a hot topic this week in Las Vegas.
 
Live Streaming, Sports, SVOD
Live sports are looking online to revive flagging interest – will it work?
Apr 20 2017 10:45 AM

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.

DirecTV Now is back in the NFL game… sort of
Cloud TV, Virtual MVPD, Live sports
DirecTV Now is back in the NFL game… sort of
Dec 14 2016 12:45 PM

DirecTV Now viewers who signed up for AT&T’s new streaming hoping to watch the NFL on local Fox channels were disappointed last weekend when they discovered the content was blacked out. They may not be much happier this week if they planned to watch a game on their mobile devices.

Social video: Real Madrid taps Facebook Live, videos reach 1B social feeds
Social TV, Live sports
Social video: Real Madrid taps Facebook Live, videos reach 1B social feeds
Oct 27 2016 7:00 AM

The world’s most popular European football club, Real Madrid, is setting course on a content distribution strategy that may help provide a roadmap for other sports looking to turn social media into more than an exchange of pithy comments.

Emirates Melbourne Cup partners with Twitter for live stream of Nov. 1 race
APAC, Live Streaming, Sports
Emirates Melbourne Cup partners with Twitter for live stream of Nov. 1 race
Oct 14 2016 5:45 AM

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.

Facebook Live offering the NBA and high school football this week
Live Streaming, Sports
Facebook Live offering the NBA and high school football this week
Oct 11 2016 1:00 PM

The NFL’s experiment with Twitter and Thursday Night Football is in high gear and getting pretty solid reviews, so it should come as no surprise that the other social media site, Facebook, isn’t planning to sit on the sidelines as live sports becomes a significant part of social media strategy.

Twitter stream of NFL game scores; wave of the future?
Sports, Live Streaming, OTT
Twitter scores with NFL stream; the wave of the future? Yep
Sep 16 2016 9:45 AM

A couple of buffers, a bit of delay (maybe 30 seconds?), but Twitter’s stream from its inaugural NFL Thursday Night Football game played better than the Buffalo Bills, who lost – for the record -- to the New York Jets, 37-31.

Picture quality on an iPad, connected TV (via Apple TV) and on my phone was solid, even when playing at the same time. And, surprise, there were no hoops to jump through to watch the game, no pay-TV authorization, no logging in, nada.

Twitter buckles up, gets ready to roll with 1st streamed NFL game
Sports, Live Streaming, Social TV
Twitter buckles up, gets ready to roll with 1st streamed NFL game
Sep 15 2016 10:00 AM

Planning to watch NFL Thursday Night Football on Twitter? You may actually be able to see the game now that Twitter has rolled out a new app that lets you watch on the big screen… assuming you have an Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV or Microsoft Xbox One connected to said screen.

The company rolled out the free app this week as it prepares to stream the first of its 10 scheduled Thursday night games, starting with the N.Y. Jets and the Buffalo Bills

Rio Olympics: A plethora of viewing options
Sports, Broadcaster
Rio Olympics: A plethora of viewing options
Aug 04 2016 7:00 AM

For the first time since 1996, the Summer Olympics will fall squarely in the daytime for viewers in the United States. That – and our growing reliance on smartphones – means that this Olympics likely will be the most “mobile” games ever.

With the bulk of events occurring during the workday, fans are going to be spending a lot of time watching on smartphones while they commute to work and back, as well as on computers and tablets during the workday.

Amazon sharpening focus on sports, posts ad for content acquisition pro
Sports, Live Streaming
Amazon sharpening focus on sports, posts job for content acquisition pro
Jul 21 2016 9:45 AM

Back in May, Amazon hired James DeLorenzo – who previously ran digital video for Sports Illustrated – to head up its Amazon Prime Video sports initiative. Now, it’s looking for a principal content acquisition manager for the unit.

In a posting on Amazon’s website, the job description for the position with the Amazon Channels business asks:

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.

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