Real-time soccer fantasy betting outfit Picklive’s founders look toward their next early-stage startup, after selling to digital pools operator Sports Millions.
English soccer viewers will get to watch live games in new ways from next summer, as winners emerge from the Premier League’s first ever “technology-neutral” rights auction.
Super Bowl 46 is around the corner, and Verizon is taking huge steps to ensure the mobile broadband flows as fast the beer at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here’s a video look at the effort, which includes a 600 antenna Wi-Fi system for up to 28,000 people.
When it comes to live TV, sports still rule. That’s especially true for football as we take a look at DirecTV’s third-quarter earnings release. Thanks to an NFL Sunday Ticket promotion, DirecTV added 327,000 subscribers, even as competitors struggled to retain existing customers.
Soccer fans will be able to see the world’s most popular sport like never before during this year’s World Cup in South Africa — if they have a 3-D TV and the right cable or satellite package, that is.
Advice for George Clinton: Do not go to Notre Dame. Doesn’t sound like they want the funk there.
On Thursday, April 29, We Are ND, a music video featuring the funk artist Freekbass, was uploaded to Notre Dame’s official YouTube (s GOOG) channel. After a week online, the video has racked up nearly 190,000 views — but the majority of them are hate-clicks.
The reaction to We Are ND has been vehement, especially by online writers who cover the Notre Dame football world and fiercely mocked the video within a day of its posting. Read More about Notre Dame Football Fans Rage Against We Are ND Video
Even if he doesn’t have the support of NBC (s GE), Conan O’Brien has the support of the Internet, leading the charge as the most-talked-about television personality for the past week, according to Trendrr.
Conan collected 215,145 tweets for the week, with a peak of 51,843 tweets on Tuesday, Jan. 12 — the same day that he sent out a statement declining NBC’s offer to move The Tonight Show to 12:05 instead of 11:35. Jay Leno was the third most-tweeted about TV topic for the week, with a total of 91,035 posts all week and a peak of 19,336 posts on Thursday, Jan. 14.
CBS Sports (s CBS) announced today that all of the SEC football games the network broadcasts will also be streamed live for free on CBSSports.com. CBS’ coverage of the SEC starts this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET with Tennessee vs. top-ranked Florida.
CBSSports will live stream 15 SEC contests concluding with the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 5. The network will also live-stream the Army-Navy game, the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl and the Brut Sun Bowl.
Video will be shown in 16 x 9, and will feature in-game stats, live chat using multiple social networks, and on-demand highlights. CBSSports.com is choosing to show the games in Adobe (s ADBE) Flash using dynamic streaming, even though March Madness on Demand had a fancy-pants player using Microsoft’s (s MSFT) Silverlight. Jason Kint, senior vice president at CBS Interactive and general manager at CBSSports.com, told us by phone today, “We tested a bunch platforms [and] made the decision to use Flash for Fantasy football today and SEC Live,” citing the player’s broad penetration as a key reason.
CBS has been pretty progressive with its live-streamed sports (unlike other networks that rhyme with “BenBeeCee”). Kint reiterated the belief he conveyed to us last year that live-streaming broadcast sports is additive and not cannibalistic to its TV business.
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CBSSports.com launches the second season of its Fantasy Football Today live web series this week with an expanded show that it says will deliver all the information fantasy footballers want to know.
Chances are good that either you or someone you know is in a fantasy football league, as there are more than 27.7 million players spending up to 9 hours a week on the “sport” in the U.S. Fantasy Football Today provides viewers with stats, up-to-the-minute news on who’s starting, who’s sitting, who’s injured, etc.
According to CBS Sports, the first season of FFT pulled in more than 500,000 viewers per episode. Given that success, the show was bumped up to two hours, up from last year’s 90 minutes, and will run up until game time.
Interestingly, CBS chose to use Flash for the show’s video, rather than Silverlight, which the network used for March Madness On Demand earlier this year. CBS said it went with Flash because of its ubiquity in the marketplace.
FFT will run this Thursday from 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET, when it will wrap up the pre-season. It will also air next Thursday (Sept. 10) at 7:30 p.m. ET in advance of the season starter between Tennessee and Pittsburgh. After that, the show will be back on its regular Sunday schedule from 11 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ET.