Google-Activision Deal Reshapes Live Streaming

Google’s YouTube Gaming unit escalated the talent war being waged among live-streaming powerhouses, announcing a deal with publishing giant Activision-Blizzard to exclusively stream events from three of the world’s most popular esports titles.

Amazon Buys Net Insight’s Live Streaming Tech

Amazon has acquired Net Insight’s consumer streaming business, Sye, for approximately $37.2 million in cash. The deal includes all of Sye’s intellectual property rights, contracts and about 30 employees and consultants who are being transferred to Amazon. Net Insight said it’s selling the division to increase focus and investments in its core B2B media networks business.

FuboTV Adding Viacom Portfolio

Viacom has struck a carriage agreement to make its portfolio of networks available on Fubo. Through the deal, Viacom’s nine media networks — BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1 — will be available as part of Fubo’s base $45-per-month offering.

Charter Testing $20 Live-Streaming Service

Charter Communications is testing a live-TV streaming service that starts at just under $20 with no sports content. Charter, which brands its online service Spectrum Stream, says the base package includes local broadcast channels and 25 cable networks, including AMC, CNN, A&E, History, TNT and Discovery. A $12 monthly add-on package includes ESPN channels, NBC Sports and Bloomberg news. A $15 monthly option includes movie channels.

Live Streaming Grows Closer To Linear TV

Although live-streamed video has made monumental strides over the past decade, it is still not quite on par with the linear-television experience. For sports, in most cases, TV still offers better, more consistent quality with lower latency than live streaming on a mobile device, tablet, computer, or connected TV. However, as hundreds of thousands of cord-cutters transition from cable subscriptions to OTT platforms each fiscal quarter, streaming services are under pressure to achieve true parity with linear television.

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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: MX1

MX1 | Booth SU7110 | Website: http://www.mx1.com/ MX1, a global media service provider, announced a recent upgrade to its media center in Hawley, Pa., to expand its capabilities and support over 1,500 linear TV feeds with domestic and global content aggregation, management, and distribution. Coinciding with the company’s growth in the U.S. market, MX1 will […]

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On The NAB Exhibit Floor: Verizon Digital Media

Verizon Digital Media Services | Booth SU3605 | Website: www.verizondigitalmedia.com Verizon Digital Media Services will feature its Live Streaming Solution, which eliminates the complexity and high costs for broadcasters, venues and event producers when streaming live content at scale, and the enhancement of the company’s Volicon Media Intelligence service through the integration of Verizon Digital […]

How To Live Stream Super Bowl LI

Don’t want to watch the game on TV? Peter Kafka lays out your streaming options, including FoxSportsGo.com, the Fox Sports Go app for iOS, Android and Amazon tablets, along with Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox. And if you’re a Verizon customer, you can watch via the NFL app.

Fox To Insert Local Ads In Super Bowl Stream

For the first time since TV networks have been simultaneously streaming the Super Bowl along with their traditional linear airing of the game, a network will be featuring local advertising from their TV affiliates in the digital broadcast. Fox said its Fox Sports Go digital platform will offer Super Bowl LI, live as a non-authenticated stream with local advertising, partnering with more than 170 Fox affiliates around the country.

Live Streaming From House Floor Under Fire

House Republicans have proposed new rules that would make it harder and costlier for members to live stream or post photos from the floor of the chamber. The newly proposed policy backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan is seen as a response to the “sit-in” protest that House Democrats mounted last June in an effort to force a vote on gun control legislation that had been blocked by Republicans.

What Twitter’s Live Streaming Means To TV

Twitter’s forays into live streaming sports, along with the rise of Facebook Live, have had a marginally incursive affect so far. Finding a business model for live, internet-supported video is a tricky proposition, as most media events — particularly disasters — are unplanned and not suited for commercial interruption as opposed to sports.

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WRAL Revolutionizing Friday Night Lights

Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affil in Raleigh, N.C., is offering digital, hyper-local, live-stream coverage every Friday of up to seven area high school football games, plus an overview show that provides live updates from all of them along with commentary and analysis.

Facebook, ABC Partner On Debate Streams

The deal will cover the three presidential debates and the vice-presidential debate, too. The streams build on earlier live streaming of the party conventions, and they won’t carry any advertising, as ABC News wants to see how many viewers engage with the content on the outside platform.

Are There Too Many Live Streaming Services?

With Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue and the forthcoming offerings from AT&T’s DirecTV and Hulu, over-the-top streaming live-TV replacement services are popping up from seemingly every major media company. However, customers are unlikely to subscribe to all of them — and growth has been slow even in a less crowded field. That could result in consolidation of the type we’ve seen with cable companies and content producers.

Live Streaming As News Source Breaks Out

The Philando Castile shooting and its aftermath have catapulted services like Facebook Live and Periscope into the center of the news, challenging cable to adapt.

YouTube Mobile App Offers Live Streaming

The feature will likely roll out only to select content creators initially, but will be more widely available soon after. Users will simply tap a red button, take a selfie and begin streaming on the app. All videos streamed will be found on their YouTube channel.

NBC Sports Unveils Live Streaming Service

It’s called Playmaker Media, and the International Olympic Committee is its first client. The service will launch in competition with MLB Advanced Media in the sports live streaming space, and the move could arm it with technology that could help with future sports rights negotiations and to be sold as a service to other partners.

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CBS Flubs Grammys’ Live Stream

There were numerous reports Monday night of interruptions to CBS’ live streaming of the Grammy awards, though CBS wouldn’t comment during the show on the problems, groused about mightily over Twitter. A CBS Interactive spokesman later confirmed some problems with user verifications.

CBS’s Super Bowl Stream Averages 1.4M

CBS may have failed to set a new ratings record with its broadcast of Super Bowl 50, but the network’s live stream of the Broncos-Panthers melee established a high water mark for alternative distribution of the big game. The network said its live stream averaged 1.4 million users per minute, shattering the earlier record held by NBC Sports’ over-the-top service, Live Extra.

Verdict On Yahoo’s NFL Game Is Promising

There were a few glitches, and viewership was well below what the average TV game delivers. But it got a lot of sampling and opens up a lot of possibilities for the future.

Yahoo Sells Out Ads For NFL Live Stream

The game, between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, will be streamed free globally on Sunday morning. More than 30 advertisers will present spots during the game. Yahoo did not reveal the cost of the ads, but a Toyota marketing exec said it was comparable to the price of commercial time on traditional televised NFL games.

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CBS To Stream Regular Season NFL Games

CBS will live-stream its coverage of two regular-season National Football League games for the first time this season, expanding its digital broadcast of football as more viewers avail themselves of mobile screens.

Yahoo Wins Rights To Live Stream NFL Game

The company said that it had struck a deal with the National Football League to host the first free, live global webcast of a regular-season game, which will be played in London on Oct. 25.

Periscope Piles Up 380 Years Of Broadcasts

Speaking Thursday at Re/code’s Code Conference, Periscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour said that people using the live-streaming app have created 380 years’ worth of broadcasts in the eight weeks since Periscope launched. A big question: As live-streaming apps gain mainstream popularity, will binge watchers still have time for traditional TV?

When Live Streaming Intersects Local

BIA/Kelsey’s Mike Boland looks at the local implications for live streaming apps, and he finds a natural fit for local native advertising. Mutli-location brands will be the first entrants, followed by SMBs he says, and there will be a lot of choppy experimentation, but quick momentum.

EPMG streams marathon lIve via mobile transmitters strapped on motorcycles

Endless Potential Media Group used a dual-team production strategy to deliver live coverage of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon to running fans worldwide. Eight Dejero LIVE+ mobile transmitters followed runners for the entire course, sending video to a broadcast center, where feeds were processed and uploaded to the STWM website and the Canada Running Series YouTube channel.

Live-Streaming Apps Dominate Buzz At SXSW

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A live-streaming app called Meerkat, calls to online activism and pedicabs with a “Game of Thrones” Iron throne seat were the top topics of conversation at South by Southwest over the weekend, as 33,000-plus members of the technology, marketing and media industries poured into Austin, Texas. “You never know what’s around […]

NBC Adds Live Streaming To Mobile App

NBC has pushed live streaming to its mobile app, which means you can watch shows as they’re being aired — so long as you meet certain conditions.

NBC Launches Authenticated Live Streaming

NBC is now providing access to live broadcast feeds over the Internet — but only if viewers already subscribe to a cable or satellite TV provider that has a deal with the Comcast-owned programming group, and only if they happen to be in the right part of the U.S. Initially, NBC’s authenticated 24-hour live-streaming feeds are available via the Peacock’s 10 owned stations. NBCU said it is “working with its TV affiliates to offer additional local launches moving forward.”

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Are We On The Verge Of TV’s 3rd Golden Age?

Anvato Chief Evangelist says: “With new content monetization solutions like live linear streaming, live ad insertion and video-on-demand syndication, a workable revenue model is emerging for more and more content owners, too, including niche networks. Maybe by finally rationalizing programming delivery, à la carte models will spark television’s third Golden Age.”

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ABC To Live Stream The Oscars For First Time

ABC will use this Sunday’s Oscars telecast as a carrot to lure viewers to its Watch ABC mobile and web video services. But the Alphabet network is setting up a digital velvet rope: It will let only subscribers of participating pay-TV providers in eight markets watch the full show over the Internet.

No Alternate Angles For SB Live Stream

Fox Sports will not be showing alternate camera angles such as the popular “All-22” view during its live stream of Super Bowl XLVIII because of contractual ties between the NFL and technology partner Microsoft. League and network officials confirmed that Fox Sports will not be reviving the alternate camera angles, which CBS Sports used during the Super Bowl live stream last year. Instead, Fox Sports will offer a straightforward, live simulcast of the televised game feed through its Fox Sports Go mobile application, and a first-ever stream of the game in Spanish.

Q&A WITH RON STITT

Stitt: Live Streams Will Boost Local TV In ’14

Ron Stitt, group VP of digital media for Fox Television Stations, says local broadcasters are in a better position digitally now than they were three years ago thanks primarily to their mobile efforts. “Between the screen on the wall, the tablet in your lap and the phone in your hand, you have instant access to a screen at all times. That smartphone in your hand is about to become a television. That changes everything.” Stitt also talks about how TV is catching newspapers on the digital front, how paywalls could work for local TV and how user generated content is about to take a big leap forward.

CNBC Streams Live TV To Mobile Apps

CNBC is now letting biz-news junkies watch live programming on Apple iOS devices, but customers of two of the biggest subscription TV services won’t be able to access the service for now.

MSNBC Debuts New App With Live Streaming

The new app allows users to stream live MSNBC programming, watch clips from past shows, and watch full episodes of The Rachel Maddow Show, Politics Nation with Rev. Al Sharpton, Hardball with Chris Matthews, All In with Chris Hayes and more.