There has been plenty of hand-wringing about the NFL’s future this year after a dip in ratings and advertiser concern over protest coverage on TV, but Verizon is making a $2 billion bet on the sport’s prosperous future.
Verizon will stream NFL playoff games in January as it kicks off the multiyear deal. The new relationship will include regular NFL games, playoff games and at least one Super Bowl over the course of several years, but the partners were not specific.
Verizon’s last deal with the NFL, which runs through the current season, cost the carrier $1 billion over four years. Besides the price, the big change between the old deal and the new one is that Verizon won’t make the streams exclusive to its subscribers anymore. Instead, it will stream the games on a variety of Verizon-owned properties—including Yahoo, AOL, Go90 and Complex—to any phone or tablet in the U.S.; it will focus in particular on its Yahoo Sports hub.
The renewed and expanded pact will run through the 2022-23 season. The new Verizon-NFL deal covers all in-market and national games, including preseason, regular season and playoff games—including the Super Bowl. The package includes live-streaming rights to the NFL’s Thursday, Sunday and Monday Night Football games, and the Sunday day games that air on TV in viewers’ local markets.
The partnership will also include mobile access to jointly-developed original content, Verizon said.
As 2017 draws to a close, YouTube revealed the year’s top trending videos and music videos, ranked based on views, shares, comments, likes and more.
Collectively, the top 10 trending videos for 2017 have more than 633 million views and have been watched for over 40 million hours. The channels behind the top trending videos have more than 55 million subscribers in total.
Here are the top 10 trending YouTube videos for 2017:
Meanwhile, the top 10 music videos for 2017 were:
Finally, YouTube revealed its YouTube Rewind 2017 video, “The Shape of 2017,” which features almost 300 YouTube creators, musicians, celebrities and more.
For the second straight year, Twitter will host a Livestream of The Game Awards.
The Livestream will be available free-of-charge to Twitter users globally via live.twitter.com/thegameawards or @thegameawards, with the pre-show starting at 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET Dec. 7, followed by the two-hour awards show.
The Game Awards is an annual awards ceremony for the video-game industry, and it is produced and hosted by media entrepreneur Geoff Keighley.
A Twitter timeline will accompany the Livestream, including real-time conversation, live comments, and Twitter user polls. Including the hashtag #TheGameAwards in tweets will also unlock a hashtag-triggered emoji.
Fans will also be able to vote on the event’s biggest awards via direct message.
Twitter said the Livestream and highlight clips will include advertising packages with TV-style spots and pre-rolls.
Back in October, GameStop announced that it would debut a used game rental service called PowerPass. Interested gamers could pay $60 for six months to have one title out at a time. At the end of those six months, subscribers would be able to choose a title to keep. But now, according to Kotaku, it looks like GameStop is suspending the program indefinitely.
It's not clear why the retailer is putting PowerPass, which was in the middle of its soft launch, on hold; Kotaku reports that employees have been ordered to remove all signage about the program from stores and put it in the back rooms. Employee speculation centers around GameStop's antiquated point-of-sale system, and specifically that it isn't equipped to handle the mechanics of a game rental service.
If you already have signed up for PowerPass, a GameStop spokersperson told Kotaku that you can bring your pass and rented video game in for a full refund, and you'll be allowed to select a free used game. The spokesperson specified that the roll out was being paused due to "program limitations." It's not clear when or if PowerPass will be open to the public again.
For all you gamers who spend countless hours replaying the same game you beat a million times before just to unlock a platinum trophy on PS4, There's good news coming your way.
Sony, through their rewards program, will now led you redeem those trophies for points that can be redeemed for credits that can be redeemed for new games and accessorises. Finally it will all be worth something, kinda.
Sony in a recent update to its rewards program revealed that PlayStation trophies can now earn points that can be redeemed for a small kickback. The breakdown is as follows:
The gaming giant will accept 1,000 points in exchange for a $10 credit. While it isn't much, at least it's something.
Sony a couple of months back announced that it was giving away four replica Platinum Trophies to its top completionists, those that strive to unlock every possible achievement a game has to offer. That promotion was limited to Australian fans whereas the new rewards incentives are only for US-based gamers (at least, for now).
If you have used Facebook Live via a Desktop or Laptop recently, you may have noticed a new feature that has been a long time coming. You can now share your screen with your viewers without any third-party apps.
The new "Share Screen" button now appears once you enter the Live module on desktop. When you click on the Share Screen option for the first time, a pop up will ask if you want to add the "Facebook Screen Sharing" extension. After that, a module will appear asking if you want to share your entire screen or if you just want to share a specific tab or a specific application.
As far as how it works, you can't insert a video of yourself on the lower corners while you stream your screen, which is a downer. It also doesn't produce the clearest videos, but if you don't stream for a living anyway, the option looks good enough to use whenever you want to share with friends.
While the debate over gun control rages on in the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre last week, some companies aren't waiting for the rules to change to take action. YouTube, the widely used video streaming app, has decided to ban gun modding tutorials from their site.
According to a YouTube spokesperson, this was an expansion of an existing policy in the wake of the Vegas shooting to prohibit videos that demonstrate "how to convert firearms to make them fire more quickly." The spokesperson said the company has "long had a policy against harmful and dangerous content." That includes videos that are trying to sell or promote firearms, as well as conversion devices and a device called a bump stock.
The issue of bump stocks as taken center stage in the debate for gun control. It has been reported that 12 of the Vegas gunman's riffles were fitted with these devices that turn a semi-automatic weapon into a fully automatic one. The National Rifle Association said recently that it would support a restriction on bump stocks, but that it opposed an outright ban.
While YouTube has revised it's policy and taken efforts to remove the videos in question, a search of the site still nets hundreds of thousands of the videos, although the most recent results do seem to be news reports related to the Vegas shooting.
YouTube reacts when clips are flagged as violating its community guidelines, and its global review team evaluates and removes offending content. To make a dent in the pile of videos it has to remove, YouTube will probably need to rely on its users to proactively flag such media, and that will take time.
When the 2018 NBA All-Star Game tips off in Los Angeles in 2018, it will have a completely different look from the past. The NBA has decided to get rid of the old school East vs West format for a new playground style team up.
Starting with the February 2018 game, the teams will now be determined by the team captains. So instead of going East vs West, it may be something like Team LeBron vs Team Steph.
The voting will work similar to the past games. Each conference will still get 12 participants. Five players from each conference will be selected as starters, with the fan vote being worth 50 percent, player vote worth 25 percent and media vote worth 25 percent. Seven reserves for each team will be picked by each conference's head coaches.
The players who win the fan vote from each conference will be the captains.
The new system will allow for match-ups that we would only see if teammates or rivals moved to a different conference. For example, if Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were to be picked for opposite teams, we would get a playground style showdown between the former teammates, now rivals.
It also means players from the same team can face off against each other. Instead of just another game with your teammates, we can see Steph Curry and Klay Thompson shoot it out or maybe new Celtics Kyrie Irving and Gordon Haywood go one-on-one. The possibilities hopefully will bring new life into a sometimes stale All-Star experience.
Starters will be picked first, so the 10 players voted would still start, but team they start for will be determined by where the captains pick them.
The timing and details of the All-Star draft have not yet been determined, but it will be before All-Star Weekend. The starters will be announced Jan. 18, the reserves Jan. 23.
So far there is little we know about Atari new home console, The Ataribox, but the company recently let out a sliver of information via email newsletter. We already got a glimpse of the proposed deign, which features a retro Atari 2600 look, but when it's coming and how much had not been answered until now.
The Ataribox is set to launch in the spring of 2018, but an exact date has not been set as of now. We also know that the console will feature an AMD customized processor and run Linux, so you'll be able to tinker with the OS and access games bought from other platforms, as well as do all the usual PC-for-TV things, such as streaming, listening to music and navigating social media.
As far as pricing goes, they are saying it will set you back somewhere in the $250-$300 range. The also promise info on games very soon.
If you are looking to be first in line to get your hands on the system, there may be a way. Fans who get involved with the Indiegogo campaign, coming this fall, will be able to get their hands on special editions and exclusive pricing.
T-Mobile US Inc is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint Corp (S.N), people familiar with the matter said on Friday, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest U.S. wireless carriers.
The transaction would significantly consolidate the U.S. telecommunications market and represent the first transformative U.S. merger with significant antitrust risk to be agreed since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump in January.
The progress toward a deal also indicates that T-Mobile and Sprint believe that the U.S. antitrust enforcement environment has become more favorable since the companies abandoned their previous effort to combine in 2014 amid regulatory concerns.
The latest development in the talks between T-Mobile and Sprint comes as the telecommunications sector seeks ways to tackle investments in 5G technology that will greatly enhance wireless data transfer speeds.
Once terms are finalized, due diligence by the two companies will follow and a deal is expected by the end of October, though talks may still fall through, the sources said.
A merger would create a business with more than 130 million subscribers, just behind Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc. Revenues would top $70 billion and analysts say there would be massive scope to cut costs.