Sport


DAZN to launch in Brazil next year

Sports streaming service, DAZN, is due to launch in Brazil in March 2019, marking its ninth confirmed country launch. The service, which is live in seven markets with Spain to follow early next year, has secured the exclusive broadcast rights for all Copa Sudamericana matches in Brazil for four seasons from 2019. In Brazil, DAZN […]

CBS launches OTT sports service

CBS in the US has launched a 24-hour streaming sports news network offering news, highlights and analysis. The free service is a collaboration between CBS Sports and CBS Interactive and uses the combined resources of CBS Sports, CBSSports.com, 247Sports, SportsLine, CBS Sports Fantasy and MaxPreps to deliver live news, game previews, post-game analysis, highlights and […]

Live sports VR platform LiveLike raises US$9.6 million

LiveLike, a technology company focused on offering live sports in virtual reality, has raised US$9.6 million in Series B funding. LiveLike’s live streaming platform is designed to transport users into an interactive 360° ‘virtual suite’ overlooking the field of a featured sport event, where users can connect with friends or other fans to watch the game […]

ESPN Plus streaming service to launch this spring

Disney’s direct-to-consumer sports streaming service, ESPN Plus, is due to launch in the US this spring along with a revamped ESPN app, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger. Speaking on the company’s first quarter earnings call, Iger said that the service will be priced at US$4.99 and per-month and will be available on a variety of […]

Ampere: sports fans ‘significantly more likely’ to take pay TV

Sports fans typically watch more TV than other consumers and are “significantly more likely” to have pay TV and subscribe to premium channels, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm found that in the UK some 74% of sports fans have pay TV compared to 62% of other viewers, with viewers over the age of […]

Sportsfix taps Brightcove for Asian sports delivery

Southeast Asian over-the-top service, Sportsfix, has partnered with Brightcove to deliver live and on-demand local sports content across the region. Malaysia-based Sportsfix, which first launched in July 2017, has selected the Brightcove Live platform to power its offering – which provides coverage of football leagues like Chinese Super League, Liga 1 Indonesia, Thai League, as […]

Sport key to pay TV subscriptions, says survey

Pay TV subscribers are highly likely to churn in the absence of premium sports rights being part of their service, according to a UK survey by Broadband Genie. According to the survey, 57% of pay TV customers who expressed an opinion, said that sports channels were a strong influence on deciding on a pay TV […]

Netflix model ‘could up sports teams’ revenues by x56’

Major football clubs could up fan revenues by a multiplier of 56-times by replicating Netflix’s subscription content model, according to the GM of Microsoft’s sports business. Speaking at the KPMG and Microsoft Football Benchmark Forum in London last week, Sebastian Lancestremere claimed that clubs have “so many stories you can tell” and that taking a […]

NAB: OTT TV and online sports ‘not disruptive’ to pay TV

The rise of sports-focused online video provider BAMTech and of live online sports is complementary rather than disruptive of traditional pay TV, according to company CEO Michael Paull. In an onstage interview at the NAB Show, Paull also played down the idea that non-sports fans could churn from pay TV as more entertainment content became available […]

Ampere: sports viewing on the decline among millennials

Interest in sport among young millennials is “on the decline” with many viewers lured away from sport by the wealth of TV and online video content, according to new research. The Ampere Analysis report claims that demographic and cultural shifts are “changing the way younger audiences view sport”, with the some evidence suggesting that the […]