A bid for full live English Premier League soccer rights may have been out of Google’s league. But could YouTube yet bid for online highlights? Read more at paidContent »
Real-time soccer fantasy betting outfit Picklive’s founders look toward their next early-stage startup, after selling to digital pools operator Sports Millions. Read more at paidContent »
English soccer viewers will get to watch live games in new ways from next summer, as winners emerge from the Premier League’s first ever “technology-neutral” rights auction. Read more at paidContent »
Super Bowl 46 is around the corner, and Verizon is taking huge steps to ensure the mobile broadband flows as fast the beer at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here’s a video look at the effort, which includes a 600 antenna Wi-Fi system for up to 28,000 people. Read more »
When it comes to live TV, sports still rule. That’s especially true for football as we take a look at DirecTV’s third-quarter earnings release. Thanks to an NFL Sunday Ticket promotion, DirecTV added 327,000 subscribers, even as competitors struggled to retain existing customers. Read more »
Business and IT leaders now face significant opportunities and challenges with big data — that is data sets that are so large they are difficult to store, manage and analyze. This report explores the rapidly evolving big data business and technology ecosystem. It examines big data in the context of several different industries: financial services, health care, sports, travel and media. We explore the different big data technologies — from Hadoop and NoSQL derivatives to cloud-based collaboration tools — and their various benefits for enterprises. And we examine some of the existing challenges big data poses, and what enterprise IT leaders can do to overcome them. Companies mentioned in this report include Amazon Web Services, Google, Teradata, IBM and Cloudera. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial. Read more at GigaOM Pro »
Soccer fans will be able to see the world’s most popular sport like never before during this year’s World Cup in South Africa — if they have a 3-D TV and the right cable or satellite package, that is. Read more »
Advice for George Clinton: Do not go to Notre Dame. Doesn’t sound like they want the funk there. On Thursday, April 29, We Are ND, a music video featuring the funk artist Freekbass, was uploaded to Notre Dame’s official YouTube channel. After a week online, the […] Read more »
Even if he doesn’t have the support of NBC, Conan O’Brien has the support of the Internet, leading the charge as the most-talked-about television personality for the past week, according to Trendrr. Conan collected 215,145 tweets for the week, with a peak of 51,843 tweets on […] Read more »
Over the past three years, the Internet has become a major secondary distribution platform for free-to-air broadcast programming. Whether through network programmers’ own sites, such as ABC.com, or through aggregators like Hulu and TV.com, ad-supported broadcast programming today is generally available online shortly after its initial airing at no cost to the user. However, programming such as ESPN, TNT and the Discovery Channel, which originates on pay-TV platforms (i.e. cable, satellite and telco TV services) has been a different story.
Cable system operators and other multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs) are loathe to see the programming for which they are charging subscribers hefty monthly fees made available “over-the-top” without a subscription. Over time, they fear, consumers would be tempted to drop their expensive cable service if they could access their favorite programs online.
Cable networks, for their part, collect hefty fees from MVPDs for the right to retransmit their programming, from a few cents per subscriber per month, to as much as $3.75 per subscriber per month, for the most popular channels like Disney’s ESPN. In aggregate, cable networks collect about $25 billion per year in “affiliate fees” from MVPDs, about the same amount as they generate collectively from advertising sales.
As a result, much of the original programming on pay-TV networks is not currently available online, and that which is often doesn’t appear until well after its original air date. The popularity of portals like Hulu (not to mention illegal sources of TV content), however, has accustomed consumers to expect access to their favorite shows online, putting pressure on the industry to respond. Network programmers and marketers, meanwhile, are also anxious to extend their programming franchises by tapping the broad, online audience.
TV Everywhere, which aims to make subscription programming available online exclusively to current pay-TV subscribers, represents an effort to square that circle. In this report, we look at the players, potential costs, and emerging opportunities of these efforts. Read more »
CBS Sports announced today that all of the SEC football games the network broadcasts will also be streamed live for free on CBSSports.com. CBS’ coverage of the SEC starts this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET with Tennessee vs. top-ranked Florida. CBSSports will live stream 15 SEC […] Read more »
CBSSports.com launches the second season of its Fantasy Football Today live web series this week with an expanded show that it says will deliver all the information fantasy footballers want to know. Chances are good that either you or someone you know is in a fantasy […] Read more »
One sure sign that the summer is coming to a close? People are gearing up for football. And while the NFL may be behind some of its sports league brethren in terms of online video, you will be able to watch all 17 Sunday Night Football […] Read more »
Are you crazy for European football? Resorting to low-grade pirated streams in the middle of the night to get your soccer fix? Now you can watch live games in a premium web streaming environment from pay TV channel Setanta Sports. The company today officially unveiled the […] Read more »
Back in the day, you used to have to count the hours until your favorite sports team took the field or court, and there was precious little to do in between games. Fortunately, now there are a metric ton of apps in the App Store that […] Read more »
Kilar on Original Content; in a Q&A, Hulu CEO says he expects library content like recycled TV shows will remain the biggest “bucket” of premium content, but originals like Dr. Horrible will be the fastest-growing segment. (MediaPost) Cuban Acquires Stake in Carmike Cinemas; Cuban, who also […] Read more »
Time to eat crow. My Crimson Tide lost to the Florida Gators over the weekend. While it was a heartbreaker, the enormity of this game gave me the opportunity to contact Jason Kint, senior vice president and general manager at CBSSports.com, to see how well it […] Read more »