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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Original programming on YouTube premieres next week

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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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The White House joins Snapchat as Obama prepares for final SOTU

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Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will speak to everyone in the United States for what is going to be his final State of the Union address. It will apparently be a departure from traditional State of the Union addresses that see Congress pressed for decisions on a mountain of subjects; Denis McDonough, the White House Chief of Staff, spoke on various Sunday morning television shows to say that Obama will be talking about himself and the lives Americans can now live. But since we’re not in the business of covering politics, this post will stay in the realm of technology. So I’m here to tell you that you can go behind the scenes of the State of the Union address by adding the White House as a friend on Snapchat.

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

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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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T-Mobile’s Legere issues stern response to claims of video throttling

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T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere has not been one to shy away from the limelight and mixing in a little bit of controversy only makes him more animated. In a new video posted by Legere, the head of T-Mobile sternly responds to claims by a variety of parties that the carrier is throttling video speeds for customers who sign up for the Binge On option. Legere says he just could not bite his tongue any longer as it appears some of the parties are trying to confuse consumers. Read more

T-Mobile’s Binge On “optimizations” are throttling all video streams to 1.5Mbps

T-Mobile_Logo_02_TAWhen T-Mobile announced their Binge On promotion for video streaming, they didn’t quite mention how video streams would be “optimized” on their network. This created some frustration between T-Mobile and YouTube, and rightfully so, since YouTube isn’t even part of the Binge On program. To clarify some things, the Electronic Frontier Foundation ran some tests to see how video was being throttled/optimized and came to some interesting conclusions. Read more