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


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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How to stream Super Bowl 50 from your phone, tablet, or media player


The biggest day in U.S. professional sports is finally upon us. All eyes, domestic and international, will be focused on Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as the National Football League presents Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. This year it’s CBS’ turn to show the game, and the network is seeking to win itself the title of having the most-watched television broadcast in history. Around 168 million people watched the game on NBC last year and CBS would love to beat that by exceeding 170 million viewers. It’s entirely possible that Super Bowl 50 breaks the record because of its storylines. Peyton Manning could cement his place as an all-time great by winning and ride out into the sunset while Cam Newton would silence the haters. The real surge in viewers, however, will come during halftime. Coldplay will be joined by Beyoncé and Bruno Mars (and perhaps others) for a lively halftime show to commemorate the Super Bowl’s place in entertainment.

Now I’m sure you already have plans for the game and intend to watch it with friends on a massive television, but streaming is becoming a huge part of the Super Bowl as well. So I’m going to tell you what you’ll need to do to stream Super Bowl 50 on any device.

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Original programming on YouTube premieres next week


When the premium service launched in October, YouTube Red wasn’t just about removing advertisements and adding a couple features. YouTube Red is the first step towards a true video streaming service for Google, one like Netflix and Hulu, because access to original programming is included with a subscription. Today, YouTube announced four original series and movies, under the YouTube Red Originals banner, that are premiering next week.

The YouTube Red Originals come from top creators and media companies like PewDiePie and AwesomenessTV.

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FOX News, Google come together for next GOP debate

Things are heating up in U.S. politics as November 8, which is Election Day in the country, nears. Both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are scheduling and hosting debates at a frequent pace because the American people need to learn about the massive field of candidates that are vying to become President of the United States. Actually, the more likely reason is that these debates have been nabbing record-setting television ratings. Millions of people are tuning in whenever Donald Trump takes the center podium during Republican debates and when Martin O’Malley tries to exist next to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders during Democratic debates. So the parties as well as television networks are gladly taking on debates to get extra buzz.

Television networks, though, aren’t the only ones getting in on the political hype. Facebook and Google have already been partners for numerous debates in 2015 and early 2016. In fact, NBC News partnered with YouTube to stream the most recent Democratic debate online for the world to see. Now, for the upcoming Republican debate in Iowa, Google is stepping up to lend FOX News a hand and provide real-time analytics.

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Verizon doesn’t expect Go90 to be profitable for at least two years


The millennial-targeted Go90, which is owned and operated by Verizon, arrived in October 2015 as video streaming service limited to use on mobile devices. Verizon created Go90 because the company knows that video is on the rise and phones are the one thing that youngsters bring with them everywhere. Combine the two and you should have a valuable platform to generate big dollars. But, at least for Verizon, that doesn’t seem to be the case just yet. Big Red does not expect Go90 to be profitable for at least two years, focusing on content and marketing in the meantime.

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Almost 6 million people joined Netflix in Q4 2015


Netflix is proving that video streaming is not slowing down anytime soon, at least on an international level. This afternoon, Netflix shared the results of its performance during the final quarter of 2015 and actually bested Wall Street’s expectations internationally while falling behind in the United States. Regardless, the video streaming service generated $1.82 billion in Q4 2015, giving it a 23% increase over the same quarter of 2014.

The big jump in revenue came from Netflix’s international subscriber growth.

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Google wants to stream the NFL’s London games, Apple does too


The National Football League (NFL) sends teams overseas annually to play games in London as a way to generate international interest in the sport and give false hope to locals that an organization would actually be located outside of the United States. During the current 2015 season, only one of the games was streamed online for everyone in the world to see. Now, after seeing modest results, the league wants to push heavier into streaming those London games. The NFL is shopping around all three games rather than just one, and two of the top interested parties are the tech industry’s fiercest rivals.

Google and Apple are fighting to secure rights to stream three NFL games.

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John Legere gets cagey about Binge On, wants to know who the EFF is


T-Mobile received all the spotlight on Thursday, even with CES 2016 going on in Las Vegas. During the morning hours, the carrier announced fourteen new video providers would joining the Binge On. This is the initiative being used to not touch T-Mobile customers’ high-speed data. T-Mobile CEO John Legere also responded to criticism that the carrier was allegedly throttling video streaming. And then Team Magenta closed the day by announcing it had secured naming rights to Las Vegas’ new arena. A busy day indeed. And so busy that you may have missed John Legere dropping the beloved ‘F-bomb’ in response to a question asked on Twitter by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the very same nonprofit that came at T-Mobile with the detailed report to reveal the throttling.

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