Google announced today a pretty major deal with the NFL which will help it to grow adoption of Google+ Hangouts. With a full rollout coming later this month, NFL.com will soon be offering one-click access to Google+ Hangouts, allowing fantasy football players to video chat with their league in real-time. This is big news not just for Google+ itself, but also for the NFL.com website, since it means that players from all over get to have the same experience of hosting live draft parties and meetups, even when they’re too far to travel back and forth between people’s houses.
Hangout members can also chat, perform trades, or host other meetings via the feature, which later this month will include a live indicator on NFL.com/fantasy that indicates whether or not anyone in your league is online and hanging out. And the feature will work from the Google+ Android and iOS apps, too, says Google.
Here’s more evidence that Netflix is slowly chipping away at traditional TV viewing. According to a public Facebook post by CEO Reed Hastings, Netflix subscribers watched a total of 1 billion hours of video for the first time in June. Do a little back-of-the-envelope math, and that comes out to more than an hour of video per subscriber each day.
Considering the average viewer in the U.S. watches about five hours of TV a day, that’s a huge number worth watching. After all, there are only so many hours in a day, and if a Netflix subscriber is tuning in to an hour of video on the service, that likely means one less hour of actual live TV he or she is watching.
For tennis fans, there’s little that could beat the excitement of Wimbledon. It’s the world’s oldest tennis tournament, a chance to see the world’s best players compete. This year’s Wimbledon tournament started Monday and continues until July 8.
Of course, since it’s taking place in the U.K., chances are that you’re either at the breakfast table or in the office when players like Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova compete. But no worries: There are multiple options to watch the tournament online and on your mobile device.
Wimbledon.com is streaming up to five hours of live programming a day on its website and on Livestream.com/wimbledon starting every day at 7 a.m. ET. The stream will include “key matches, player interviews, press conferences, score updates, “off-court” reports and behind-the-scenes access,” according to a press release sent out this week.
If you’re needing to keep Mike & Mike an arm’s length away at all times, ESPN has refreshed its Radio app to help with just that. Now optimized to the iPad in addition to the iPhone and iPod touch, the software allows you to sort your listening habits by sports, teams and athletes that you follow.
The free version offers access to podcasts, the 20-minute SportCenter cycle, and offline listening for on-demand content.
The premium version — touting custom stations / playlists, live audio pause / rewind, myESPN personalization, alerts / push notifications and a few more gems to keep you well informed on the latest Red Sox debacle. Though, you’ll have to shell out $4.99 for the premium app and its 35 ESPN radio stations.
What about Android and WP7 devices, you ask? The folks in Bristol claim that apps for those platforms will arrive later this summer.
Netflix this week quietly added just shy of 100 concert films and music documentaries featuring rock and pop legends like the Beatles, Queen, Toto and The Doors to its streaming catalog. The new music content doesn’t exactly make Netflix a Vevo or Wolfgang’s Vault competitor, but it could be a first indicator of music becoming yet another powerful niche for the company.
Netflix has steadily been building out powerful niche content for a variety of audiences. The site has seen a huge influx of Korean dramas in recent months, for example, and it has also taken on a large catalog of Anime content — two very distinct categories with very passionate fan bases.
When I think of pay-per-view my mind automatically races to all the Wrestlemania’s and Royal Rumble’s I watched as a kid. With this new announcement by YouTube there is a chance they will be returning:
YouTube is adding monetization options to its live streaming platform, including the ability for publishers to charge for live events. The new feature was announced on YouTube’s publisher blog Tuesday.
YouTube has been experimenting with pay-per-view for select publishers. Making the option more widely available could make YouTube’s live streaming more attractive to other sports and entertainment publishers.
Of course, YouTube isn’t the only one to offer paid live streaming: Ustream and others have been offering publishers a way to charge for events for some time.
The most highly-anticipated light heavyweight title fight of all-time comes to Atlanta on Saturday, April 21st, as UFC 205-pound champion Jon “Bones” Jones defends his crown for the third time against former title holder “Suga” Rashad Evans. They once were friends, but now the time has come for them to settle their grudge in the Octagon once and for all.
To the casual observer, Joss Whedon might seem like an odd pick to bring such a hugely anticipated project to the big screen. Known mostly for his TV work like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, some might have expected a more seasoned helmer…
“There was a moment a couple weeks after I had taken the job when I suddenly went, ‘Agh,’ and my wife just turned to me and said, ‘Honey, it’s just the next story,’” laughs the filmmaker. “I went, ‘O.K., thanks. I’m back.’ That was it, because ultimately it is. The financial burden is not on me. As I have said many times, ‘The first weekend is [the audience's] job. The second weekend is mine.’ If the story is compelling, if I got it right, if people want to come back to it, yay!”