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Facebook secures Champions League rights in Latin America

Facebook has secured exclusive free-to-air rights for certain UEFA Champions League live matches across Spanish-speaking territories in Latin America from 2018-2021. The football deal grants Facebook the rights to broadcast 32 live matches each season, for three seasons, including the final and UEFA Super Cup. The partnership kicks off on Wednesday with the UEFA Super […]

Facebook acquires interactive video startup Vidpresso

Facebook has acquired Utah-based Vidpresso, an interactive live-video startup focused on Facebook Live streaming.   While terms of the deal were not disclosed, the US tech press described the deal as an ‘acqui-hire’ that will see Vidpresso’s small team move over to the social media giant. In a blog post, Vidpresso founder Randall Bennett confirmed that the […]

Facebook to stream La Liga free across Indian subcontinent

Facebook has secured rights to Spanish top-tier football for the southern Asia region, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. The agreement between La Liga and the social network will give Facebook the status of official home of all the league’s matches in the region. The three-season deal will give […]

Eleven Sports agrees UK deal with Facebook ahead of streaming service launch

Sports broadcaster Eleven Sports has teamed up with Facebook to make the social media platforms its free-to-air partner in the UK and Ireland. The partnership is the latest extension to Eleven’s various collaborations with Facebook and comes ahead of the planned launch of its own online streaming service in the UK and Ireland, expected later […]

Eleven Sports to stream live football on Facebook in Portugal

Eleven Sports claims it will be the first platform to live stream football on social media in Portugal, with the broadcast of the Trophée des Champions match between PSG and Monaco on Facebook this weekend. Eleven Sports said the move underlines its commitment to engage closely with fans by making premium content more accessible. It […]

Parks: US viewers watch two hours of ‘alternative content’ per week

US broadband households watch an average of two hours of “alternative content” on a computer each week from sources including Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion, according to Parks Associates. The research firm said that nearly one-half of US broadband homes watch user-generated content on a monthly basis and more than 10% watch livestreamed content – […]

EU media outfits ‘jointly responsible’ for data on Facebook fan pages

Broadcasters and media groups in the EU, along with other organisations, will be held jointly responsible for protecting visitors’ personal data on Facebook fan pages following a ruling by the European Court of Justice. The court ruling follows a case in Germany where the data protection regulator ordered an educational company to close a fan […]

Sky chief calls for new regulator to hold internet giants to account

Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch has joined the chorus of media company executives calling for regulatory intervention to create a level playing field with internet giants such as Google and Facebook. In an article published by The Times, Darroch said that it was “simply wrong” that huge international tech companies were not expected to meet the […]

Facebook signs up with Golden Boy for boxing on Watch

Facebook has signed a deal with boxing promoter Golden Boy Promotions to bring live boxing and other original programming to its Facebook Watch platform. The first of five live fight nights on Facebook will kick off on August 11 with the WBA World Featherweight bout between Jesus Rojas and Joseph JoJo Diaz Jr at the […]

Pew: Facebook no longer most popular online platform among US teens

Facebook is no longer the most popular online platform among US teens, with more now claiming to use YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat, according to the Pew Research Center. The ‘Teens, Social Media and Technology 2018’ report said that a shift in teens’ social media use is just one example of how the technology landscape for young people […]

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