Posts for 'NeuLion'

  • NBA to Syndicate Live-Streamed All-Star Player Interviews to 180+ Countries

    It’s NBA All-Star weekend and for the first time, the league is offering free access to live-streamed interviews of players to TV networks, social media and other publishers in over 180 countries around the world. Half the interviews will occur today at 11:05am PT with the other half at 11:50am PT. The NBA views these interviews as a way of generating visibility for players in their home countries and bringing fans closer to the action.

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  • NeuLion is Powering UFC 200’s 4K Streams to Sony TVs Tomorrow Night

    NeuLion is powering a 4K streaming option for tomorrow night’s UFC 200 pay-per-view event to viewers with Sony HDR Ultra HD TV sets in the U.S. and Canada. The stream is enabled by viewers who download the UFC app from Google Play and pay a $10 additional fee on top of the standard $59.99 PPV pass. All of the 4K encoding and delivery is done by the NeuLion Digital Platform. A parallel 4K telecast is also available to DirecTV viewers using their set-top boxes.

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  • Tennis Channel is Succeeding With Converged TV Everywhere-OTT Model

    With talk of cord-cutting everywhere these days, independent ad-supported cable TV network Tennis Channel is showing early signs of success with a compelling new model in which linear, TV Everywhere and OTT converge to super-serve audiences and reinforce the value of sports on pay-TV.

    At the 2014 French Open, Tennis Channel launched "Tennis Channel Plus" which runs $12/month or $80/year. Tennis Channel Plus now provides access to over 650 live events per year and over 1,000 hours of on-demand viewing. This means Tennis Channel adds broader coverage of tournaments it already broadcasts on linear, plus streaming of tournaments it hasn't previously covered.

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  • Big Ten Network Broadens OTT Sports Packaging With NeuLion Assist

    Big Ten Network (BTN) is the latest example of how sports fans are benefiting from online video's rise - gaining more convenient access, more content choices and additional packaging options.

    BTN rolled out BTN2Go, its TV Everywhere service, four years ago, which is currently available to over 90% of its 60 million+ subscribers. Now, it is using BTN2Go as its platform brand and has introduced BTN Plus, a "hybrid TV Everywhere" service, which includes non-televised games and events from Big Ten schools and is available exclusively online and on connected devices. BTN Plus takes the place of previously fragmented efforts by individual schools under the brand.

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  • USA Today Sports Partners With NeuLion for Video Syndication and Originals

    USA Today Sports Digital Media and NeuLion have announced a strategic partnership for video syndication and original productions. The deal includes NeuLion College, a network of 170 NCAA sports properties and USA Today Sports' extensive collection of digital sports sites plus Gannett's 120+ local media properties. Dave Morgan, president of USA Today Sports Media Group and Chris Wagner, EVP of NeuLion filled me in on the deal yesterday.

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  • As Appointment TV Fades, Live Sports Viewing Becomes Darling of Online Era

    The streaming industry is currently undergoing incredibly exciting and important changes that are affecting the way viewers consume content.  As 'appointment TV' continues to fade, the fact is live events and sports are some of the only real appointments consumers are keeping. These live events are the driving force shaping the streaming industry; giving way to a new era of live interactive digital viewing and monetization of content with added benefits of increased time spent online, more user analytics and ultimately revenue growth.

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  • NeuLion is Powering Live Sports on Xbox One

    NeuLion is powering live sports streaming on Xbox One, under a multi-year deal announced today. According to a Microsoft spokesman, the first linear channel available is the NFL Network, accessible to Xbox Live Gold subscribers as part of the NFL's app. Subscribers must also be authenticated as pay-TV subscribers.

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  • NeuLion and Deluxe Team Up to Offer Branded Online Movie Stores [VIDEO]

    At the NABShow last week, NeuLion and Deluxe Digital Distribution announced a partnership creating the "NeuLion TVE Platform with Deluxe OnDemand" which enables customers to deliver branded online movie stores. Targeted customers include retailers, service providers and content owners who can tap into Deluxe's catalog of 50K movie and TV show titles.

    At NABShow I did a video interview with Chris Wagner, NeuLion's EVP and co-founder, who explains the deal and its potential.

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  • NeuLion to Stream London Olympics in China in HD

    Video technology provider NeuLion is powering China Network Television's (CNTV) streaming coverage of 5,600 hours of live coverage of the London Olympics, via a new premium service called CNTV 5+ VIP. The service, which is free, has exclusive streaming rights in China. CNTV 5+ VIP is yet another example of how central streaming will be to this summer's games, which start later this week.

    Chris Wagner, NeuLion's EVP and co-founder, told me last week that while streaming is ubiquitous in China, what's noteworthy about CNTV 5+ VIP is that it is adaptive and will deliver an HD experience, streaming at an average of 1.6 mbps, compared to most online video in China which is 300-500 kbps. NeuLion is ingesting the linear broadcast and specific event video, encoding and distributing via its CDN as well as providing the video player technology.

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  • NHL GameCenter LIVE Subscriptions Up 31% for 2010-2011 Season

    The National Hockey League and its technology partner NeuLion are reporting this morning that subscriptions to NHL GameCenter LIVE increased by 31% in the 2010-2011 season, with a 83% renewal rate. The service, which costs $169 for the season, includes live out-of-market game broadcasts, full-length and condensed replays and 500+ classic games in the NHL Vault.

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  • NeuLion Gets In the Game With NAIA Hoops Online

    NCAA MMOD wasn't the only online college basketball story this week, as video platform provider NeuLion announced that it is powering the NAIA's men's and women's basketball tournament, also now underway. But whereas NCAA MMOD has pursued a free, ad-supported model, the NAIA games are only available through a subscription, with the full package running $40.

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  • Complimentary Webinar on Monday, April 8th: "Demystifying Free vs. Paid Online Video"

    Please join Colin Dixon, senior partner at The Diffusion Group and me for a complimentary webinar on Thursday, April 8th at 11 am PT/2pm ET titled "Demystifying Free vs. Paid Online Video." We will be joined by two special guests, Chris Wagner, EVP, Marketplace Strategy of NeuLion, a leading provider of technology and services to content owners and aggregators, and Jason Krebs, EVP of ScanScout, a leading video ad network.

    Learn more and register now for this complimentary webinar

    In this webinar we will examine  all sides of the debate including the effectiveness of online subscription models, how well online video advertising is taking advantage of the Internet's unique interactivity/engagement, the pending influence of "TV Everywhere" rollouts and much more. Chris and Jason will share best practices and insights based on their companies' experiences. Colin and I will ask them questions and then open up the webinar for plenty of audience Q&A. If you're trying to get your head around online video business models, then this webinar will be a high-impact educational opportunity.

    The webinar will also be a terrific lead-in session for many of the issues we will drill into 2 1/2 weeks later at the "VideoSchmooze" Broadband Video Leadership Evening in NYC on Monday, April 26th. The title for the panel at VideoSchmooze is "Money Talks: Is Online Video Shifting to a Paid Model?" Early bird discounted tickets are now available and I hope you'll be able to join us for both the webinar and VideoSchmooze.

    This webinar is the 2nd of 6 in the "Demystifying" series that TDG and VideoNuze are presenting in 2010, sponsored exclusively by ActiveVideo Networks.

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