DAZN considers NFL bid

OTT sports disruptor DAZN is considering a bid for NFL broadcast rights, the company’s CEO has revealed. Speaking to Bloomberg, CEO Len Blavatnik said: “We’re definitely interested in looking at the NFL rights. Our strategy is to be a major player in sports rights via OTT, and the US and Canada have the highest penetration […]

NFL agrees global highlights deal with Facebook

The National Football League (NFL) has agreed a multiyear, worldwide deal to post match highlights on Facebook. The NFL will make official highlights from all 256 regular season games, as well as the playoffs and Super Bowl, available to people globally on the social network. Facebook users will be able to tune in by following the […]

Report: Amazon agrees NFL streaming deal

Amazon has reportedly reached a deal to stream Thursday night American football during the forthcoming 2017/18 NFL season. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times both reported that Amazon had agreed to pay around US$50 million for the 10 Thursday night games – roughly five times the amount Twitter agreed to pay for the […]

OpenTV files suit against NFL

Kudelski Group’s OpenTV unit has filed a patent infringement suit against the US National Football League’s NFL Enterprises in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The lawsuit alleges that NFL infringed seven US patents owned by OpenTV and identifies the infringing products and services as NFL’s streaming, interactive video content experience […]

Amazon ‘exploring’ live sports offering

Amazon is weighing up plans to break into the world of live sports streaming, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. According to the Journal, citing unnamed sources, the e-retailer has been in talks with US sports organisations including the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Football League for rights […]

Twitter streams US NFL football

Twitter yesterday streamed US NFL football for the first time, making live video coverage of the Thursday Night Football game between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills available without authentication to the social media platform’s 800 million users worldwide. Under the terms of the deal between the pair, the NFL will stream a […]

Twitter video-streaming app launches on Apple TV, Fire TV, Xbox One

Twitter has launched a new app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox One devices, which will feature all the live-streaming video that is available on the social network. Twitter said that app is designed to let anyone experience “the best of Twitter”, with premium video and user-generated Periscope feeds to be available alongside […]

Twitter agrees streaming partnership with NFL

Twitter has struck an exclusive deal with the NFL to deliver a live OTT stream of Thursday Night Football to a global audience for free, without authentication. The agreement will come into force during the 2016 NFL Regular Season with Twitter to stream the 10 Thursday Night Football games that will also be broadcast by NBC and CBS in […]

Twitch, other eSports services to reach 310m viewers by 2020

Online eSports services such as Twitch will grow their audience base to more than 310 million by 2020, surpassing comparable NFL audiences, according to Juniper Research. The ‘Digital Games: eSports 2015-2020’ report claims that eSports is “on the cusp of significant growth” with tournaments and prize pools also expanding in size and value. Juniper estimates […]

More than 15m tune in for Yahoo NFL stream

More than 15.2 million unique viewers tuned in to Yahoo’s live NFL American football stream on Sunday, the web portal has revealed. Yahoo said that its first free, global live stream of a regular season NFL game reached more than 33.6 million total views across all devices on Yahoo and Yahoo-owned blogging platform Tumblr. It added that 33% of streams […]