Sports


NBA launches NBA TV OTT service

US Basketball league the NBA has launched an OTT subscription service. The WarnerMedia-owned NBA TV, which was previously only available as a linear channel, will be available for US$6.99 per month or US$59.99 per year through NBA.com and the NBA app. It offers more than 100 out-of-market live games per season along with additional games […]

AI in demand for sports broadcasting

Audiences are increasingly demanding a more data-rich experience of watching sports broadcasting. According to new research from NTT, 54% of people aged 18-34 believe that AI is capable of successfully predicting the results of sporting events, and 52% of the same age group said that accurate predictions make sporting events more engaging.  Less than half […]

Live sports streaming to dominate 5G bundling revenues – Ovum

Streaming of live sports events will represent the lion’s share of 5G telco-OTT bundling revenues over the next five years.  According to a new report from Ovum, live sports streaming will represent 53.2% of bundling revenue, rising from just 20.5% in 2019. It is predicted that 5G network bundles will reach US$4.87 billion (€4.32 billion) […]

UK MPs raise piracy concerns against beoutQ

BeoutQ, the allegedly Saudia Arabia-backed pirate TV network, has been slammed by members of the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee. In a parliamentary session on May 10, Jeremy Wright QC, DCMS secretary of state, responded to a question from Giles Watling MP, confirming that a number of UK government departments are […]

Juniper: digital content spend to reach US$250bn in 2019

Global consumer spend on digital content will reach US$250 billion in 2019, an increase of US$23 billion year-on-year, driven in part by digital sports rights, according to Juniper Research. The company said that SVOD services will be a key driver of growth as major players, including Amazon, Facebook and Twitter, have acquired sports rights in […]

Eurodata: Football accounts for 27% of sports programming

Football accounted for an average of 27% of all sports programming on generalist channels between September 2016 and August 2017, according to EurodataTV Worldwide stats spanning 45 countries. The research firm said that while television is increasingly challenged by non-linear ways of consumption, “sports and live television are still a perfect match”. It described football […]

OTT company Falcon starts trading on LSE

Falcon, an over-the-top business covering technology, distribution and content, has commenced trading on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The company has raised £4 million through the placement of new ordinary shares at £0.25 each, and plans to use the proceeds to transform itself into a “leading OTT broadcast media company” based around its Q-Flow software. […]

Ampere: Snapchat video users love comedy and sport

Snapchat allows content companies to reach young viewers in a way that other social and video platforms cannot do with comedy, horror and sport among the key programming genres. New research from Ampere Analysis shows that Snapchat delivers a young audience that want to engage with content on mobile devices. It is better at reaching […]

Intel buys VR startup Voke for immersive sports

Intel has acquired virtual reality startup Voke as part of a move into immersive sports. California-based Voke was founded in 2004 and specialises in delivering immersive viewing experiences of live events. Intel said the deal will accelerate its strategy to build a broad portfolio of solutions to deliver “new, immersive sports experiences for athletes, fans […]

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