T-Mobile will roll out Marshmallow for the HTC One M9 on February 16 [Update: Verizon too!]

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Earlier today, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, Mo Versi, took to his official Twitter profile to reveal that the Taiwanese company has at last received approval of the long-awaited Marshmallow update for the HTC One M9 from T-Mobile. The carrier will, begin pushing out the over-the-air upgrade to all carrier-branded variants of the handset starting Tuesday, February 16.

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Verizon wants the NFL to hand over more content, TNF on the table

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In 2016, the biggest companies in the world of technology became fiercely competitive in picking up streaming rights to games from the National Football League. Both Google and Apple engaged in discussions with the league at the start of the year regarding streaming rights for just the international games, but many other companies joined in when the NFL started shopping streaming rights for the entire Thursday Night Football package. The group of companies interested in streaming Thursday Night Football for at least the next year or two includes Google, Apple, Amazon, and Verizon. Bloomberg reports that AT&T, Facebook, and Yahoo were also interested in placing a bid at some point but might have moved on, likely due to the NFL’s high price tag.

Verizon is considered a frontrunner because of its existing deal with the NFL, one that allows the carrier stream each and every game exclusively to customers using a phone on its network. The existing deal, which is valued at $1 billion, expires after next year’s Super Bowl and so Verizon will need to work to negotiate a renewal while deepening the strength of the partnership with more content. Big Red wants to go beyond streaming Sunday, Monday, and Thursday games to phones.

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Verizon offering special half season deal for NBA League Pass

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Through their Go90 platform, Verizon is making available a special deal for the NBA League Pass for the second half of the season. To help entice potential NBA fans to sign up for the Go90 service, Verizon is also making some free NBA previews available to Go90 subscribers. You may recall that last fall Verizon inked a deal with the NBA to become the exclusive service provider for the NBA and several related properties like the WNBA. Making games available via the Go90 service was big part of the new partnership. Read more

Verizon may scoop up Yahoo to join AOL in content portfolio

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Last week Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam appeared on CNBC and revealed the wireless carrier is interested in acquiring at least some assets from Yahoo. The revelation comes as Yahoo edges closer to the brink of failure. Last week Yahoo’s earnings report included language indicating the company was considering alternatives that many believe include selling assets or some type of merger deal. Verizon’s interest in Yahoo could be coming at a good time for Yahoo. Read more

Verizon’s Galaxy Note 4 update brings bugfixes, latest security patches and optimized performance

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If you are rocking a Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910V) courtesy of Verizon, you’ll be glad to find out that the U.S. carrier is in the process of rolling out an update to your handset. While the new firmware, that bumps the Note 4 up to software version LMY47X.N910VVRU2BPA1, is still based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop (boo-hoo!), the update is said to include performance tweaks, the latest security patches, as well as some bug fixes. We have the changelog after the break. Read more

Verizon’s Go90 no longer counts against data caps

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Verizon rolled out an update to Go90 mobile content streaming app on Jan. 29. If you’re like most folks, you didn’t read much about the update. But one thing stands out.

Near the top of the description of what’s new about the app is this little nugget:

“Search for content you love and find exclusives only available on Go90. Verizon Wireless customers stream any video over LTE without it counting against your data plan.”

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A bidding war could ensue over the NFL’s TNF streaming rights

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Earlier this week, the National Football League announced it reached a deal with CBS and NBC to provide both networks with five games each from its Thursday Night Football package. Another eight games will be aired exclusively on NFL Network. Overall, the NFL will get a combined $450 million for giving up ten games to outside parties. But the league isn’t done cashing in on Thursday Night Football’s success in the 2014 and 2015 season. Thursday Night Football averaged over 16 million viewers per game on CBS while NFL Network-only games enjoyed a weekly average only a few million less. So why not try to get another partner and add even more money to the lucrative sport? When Monday’s deal with CBS and NBC was made, the NFL stated it was engaged in “active discussions with prospective digital partners.”

The NFL is shopping exclusive streaming rights to the Thursday Night Football package to the largest technology firms around. Variety is reporting Google, Apple, Amazon, and Verizon are all among those seeking to make a bid and score the most valuable content in the United States.

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