Altice USA, which just completed its acquisition of Cablevision, has made a big content deal with NBCUniversal for all 6,755 hours of Olympic programming, including coverage of all competition sessions, on-demand.
Optimum and Suddenlink subscribers will get multi-platform coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, which run Aug. 5-21.
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 only June so Dish Network isn’t likely to catch too much flak over its decision to drop the NFL Network and NFL RedZone from its pay-TV service during a carriage-fee fight that’s taken to the traditional he-said-she-said tone so many of these disputes do.
Dish is displaying a message on the now-vacant channel the NFL fare usually is on saying it’s open to a “fair offer that allows us to carry this content at an appropriate value to customers.”
How valuable are sports to broadcasters? Well, Discovery Communications is continuing its full-court press on rights for much of Europe, this week announcing a new long-term partnership with ORF, the public broadcaster in Austria. The deal will ensure every event of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be available for Austrian audiences across multiple screens.
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.
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.”
Want to add that 4K/UHD TV set to your Christmas list but worried that there may be a dearth of content to watch on it? Full speed ahead, baby, content is on the way.
DirecTV is promising to start broadcasting live 4K programming early next year.
The Australian Football League has garnered the biggest broadcast rights deal in the history of Australian sports, agreeing to a $2.51 billion (Australian) deal with Seven West Media, Foxtel and Telstra for six seasons.
Let the games begin (again). The NFL and DirecTV are facing another – their third -- class -action lawsuit alleging the exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket deal between the two allows the satellite TV provider, now a unit of AT&T, to charge “supracompetitive prices.
This time around, the lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a New York City bar, the Gael Pub, on behalf of all restaurants and bars that purchased the package over a certain periodof time.
After a rocky start that saw lackluster subscriber numbers and depressed revenue, WWE shared some big news last week in its earnings call announcing that it finally had cracked the 1 million subscriber average for a quarter after flirting with – but not quite reaching it – in Q1.
The entertainment company said it averaged 1.2 millions subs during the second quarter, a substantial jump of some 31% from the 927,000 it averaged in Q1 and up more than 70% year-over-year.
“Technology is the most disruptive force that so-called traditional media is facing,” Disney CEO Bob Iger told CNBC’ Squawk Box today. That technology – and the consumer’s appetite for a la carte programming – “inevitably” will lead Disney to offer ESPN direct to consumer… but not immediately.
"If we end up seeing more erosion in the so-called multichannel [cable and satellite TV] bundle, quality will win out," he said.
Yahoo will be the NFL’s exclusive partner in streaming the Oct. 25 game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, the first time a regular-season NFL game will be (legally) streamed around the world.
For her part, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said she was “thrilled” the company was getting a chance to showcase the Internet portal’s technology.
For the NFL, it’s a hedge against the future… which certainly will include streaming games.