For Team USA’s first Group Stage match — a 1-0 win over Australia on June 8 — Fox Sports registered 118,000 unique streams on its Fox Sports Go platform for desktop, tablets, and smartphones. That made it the most-streamed authenticated event ever on the app, beating out even Game 7 of the 2014 World Series.
Twitter, seeking to be a bigger player in live events, is planning a new product to curate tweets and other content about major sports contests, entertainment events and breaking news. As part of the push into live events, Twitter earlier this year bid on the right to the NFL’s first streaming-only broadcast, according to a person familiar with the matter. Yahoo ultimately won the rights to the Oct. 25 game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars.
YouTube is getting more serious about gaming. This summer, the video streaming service will launch YouTube Gaming, a new app and website dedicated to video game content: Let’s Plays, livestreams, speedruns and more.
The proposed settlement comes about a month after a New York federal judge agreed to certify a class action that contends that consumers have been forced to pay too much for out-of-market NHL and Major League Baseball games — and that telecasts get blacked out for in-market games thanks to restrictive agreements with the leagues’ broadcasting partners. The lawsuit also names Comcast and DirecTV as defendants, and since sports represent one of the major reasons why consumers don’t cord-cut, the prospect of injunctive relief holds big ramifications to the television industry.
For those of us who attended EE’s trial 4G Broadcast demo at the FA Cup Final on Saturday afternoon, it was quickly apparent how the much-hyped new technology could have a significant impact on live sports (or live anything).
YouTube blew more than a few minds last October when it rolled out 60 frame-per-second video playback on the site. Gamers especially flocked to the frame rate as it allowed for jutter-free playback of fast-paced titles like Call of Duty or Titanfall. Today, YouTube announced a new feature that is sure to make gamers even happier: 60 fps live streaming which will allow people to broadcast their online exploits in real-time.
Sports leagues across America are watching the evolution of Periscope and its ilk closely, but seemingly no one wants to be the first to either ink deals with the new service or take action. “Besides protecting the broadcasting rights, most sports leagues want to make sure a service like Periscope isn’t building up its business on the back of their content,” said a national American sports league executive with direct knowledge of the matter. “Once they become established, who knows, maybe we’ll do a deal with them. Everybody’s waiting to see how everybody else reacts.”
Twitch is a site on which competitions among the world’s top video gamers are streamed live, and millions of users worldwide log on to watch. However, the platform’s reach and pull go beyond offering an outlet for gamers; it’s also been successful in providing an immersive, interactive and relevant service that ultimately drives content engagement. How Twitch does this is something all marketers should take note of and apply in their content creation process — on whatever platform they are using.
Sports fans will be able to watch some of their favorite teams and more as CBS Sports Network joins the Sports Channel Pack on the FiOS Custom TV lineup starting May 1. FiOS Custom TV offers customers more freedom and flexibility to choose the perfect TV plan for their home or small business, with content they can customize from a menu of choices.
Customers can purchase a package of programming that includes their choice of channel packs from seven different genres: Kids, Pop Culture, Lifestyle, Entertainment, News & Info, Sports and Sports Plus.
CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, televises nearly 600 live events and over 3,000 hours of live programming showcasing an array of college football and basketball, as well as professional sports. The network features in-depth studio shows, documentaries and provides extensive shoulder programming around CBS Sports’ Championship events, including the Super Bowl, the Masters®, and PGA Championship.
The league on Tuesday warned news media to stop using apps like Periscope and Meerkat during or around games at the risk of violating broadcast rules, Yahoo Sports reported. Some credentialed media have live-streamed warm-ups or breaks in games to Twitter followers, which is what the two apps make possible, through a cell phone.
For generations, a sport’s popularity has revolved around television rights and access. However, with the growth of connective media, the television-centered paradigm is shifting fandom and viewership into the digital space, which means fans are able to control how they engage with events, organizations, and personnel in real time.
TV subscribers re-distributing live sports can be identified and their original video source can be stopped or degraded. NexGuard makes its live detection service available to web monitoring service providers or directly to premium sports channel operators for in-house monitoring. The NexGuard Live Detection services are available immediately for SD and HD and are future-proofed for UHD/4K.
The deals will give Verizon access to some full college games, including “dozens of live major college games” from CBS Sports. But for the most part, the deals that Verizon is striking are more about highlights and recaps.
Forget bus ads or radio spots. Two big video game publishers are using Snapchat and Twitch today to hype new, officially unannounced titles.