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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.