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fuboTV switches on sports network

fubo Sports Network currently has a distribution footprint with LG Channels powered by XUMO, Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, XUMO and fuboTV’s Standard base package. More distribution partners will be announced in time and the arrival of the live, free-to-consumer service also marks the first time fuboTV has created an ad-supported linear network for distribution off of its core platform. – Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/31cIOvx

The Exploding Cost of Streaming Live Sports

Traditional media companies are watching the new arrivals warily. Sky says the latest 70 percent increase in the cost of Premier League matches—it has the rights to 126 games a year—caused a 6.2 percent drop in operating profit. In the U.S., ESPN Inc. has seen rights for the NFL rise to $1.9 billion annually from $600 million two decades ago, spurring it to cut staff and launch a digital push as its subscriber numbers decline. Fox, CBS, and NBC each pay about $1 billion annually to show NFL games, about double what they paid two decades ago, researcher IHS Markit says. – Joe Mayes, Bloomberg Businessweek http://ift.tt/2gTpbDr

ESPN’s standalone streaming service arrives in 2018

The ESPN service will feature approximately “10,000 live regional, national, and international games and events a year,” according to a press release. That includes Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Grand Slam Tennis and college sports. Crucially, individual sport packages like MLB.TV, NHL.TV and MLS Live will also be available, meaning you will conceivably be able to customize your streaming access and skip paying for what you won’t watch. – David Lumb, Engadget http://engt.co/2hIbRFe

YouTube, NFL Expand Partnership To Broadcast Historic Games, Highlights In Real-Time

YouTube and the National Football League (NFL) have expanded their partnership, the companies announced today, to bring 96 so-called “historic” football games in full to the video platform, as well as to make highlights from games this season available as they are in progress. – Geoff Weiss, Tubefilter

Twitter wins the rights to live stream Thursday night NFL games this fall

photo: NFL, BGR

On Tuesday morning, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell revealed that Thursday Night Football games will live stream on Twitter this coming fall, confirming that Twitter had won the bidding for digital streaming rights. […] The NFL says that the live streams will be free, but it’s still unclear how viewers will access the streams on Twitter’s interface. What we do know is that the rights package Twitter acquired includes in-game highlights of Thursday night games and Periscope broadcasts from teams before the games. – Jacob Siegal, BGR

Yahoo’s new NHL streaming deal brings live hockey games

photo: SlashGear

Yahoo and the National Hockey League have struck a deal that will bring up to four live streaming hockey games per week, giving fans a chance to watch games from outside of their market as they happen. The streaming starts today, and will involve a single “Game of the Day” being made available to U.S. users. This follows Yahoo’s newly launched eSports Hub for esports content, and TuneIn’s recent NBA deal. – Brittany A. Roston, SlashGear

The NFL Could Fumble With Facebook

Facebook does not have an established track record as a destination for streaming of anything but short form clips. As anyone who used the social network can see, it is hugely successful in that regard. But there is a vast difference between randomly discovering an amusing prank or collection of cute and tuning into a must-see event along with millions of other users. – Ryan Michael Downey, The Streaming Advisor

Why Facebook Wants NFL’s Thursday Night Football Live Games

But there’s a catch with the OTT rights the NFL is offering: Mobile is off the table, because Verizon Wireless has those locked up for at least one more year. Distributors will have rights for Web, connected-TV and tablet devices. For Facebook, that would reduce the value of those rights, given its heavy mobile focus — the company generated 80% of its ad revenue for the fourth quarter of 2015. – Todd Spangler, Variety

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