This past week’s streaming news was wild and wooly, as Twitter stock went up with rumors of M&A, and then dropped by a third as potential suitors stood up the micro-blogging company. Comcast tries to pull a fast one on customer once again with a new internet data-capped service, which should really piss off Netflix, who has been pushing the FCC to ban data caps for obvious reasons. In turn, Netflix probably put theater owners panties in a pinch as they continue to move in on their territory.
And there’s more, so read on…
In the past week, Twitter live streamed HIGHLY varied content, from Salesforce’s Dreamforce event, led by ringmaster and CEO, Marc Benioff, to the NFL game between the 49ers and the Cardinals. Sunday night it was the presidential debate, which broke the record with over 17 million Tweets sent over the 90-minute political ride (which may have also required a vomit bag at times).
Over the weekend the debate continued on which company is best suited to get into serious M&A talks with Jack Dorsey’s social baby. Salesforce was considered to be a contender on the basis of Twitter’s ability to boost Benioff's philanthropic efforts or to complement Salesforce client’s ability to enhance their quality of customer service.
Part 1 of this Connected Sports Series looked at one particular TV Everywhere service from NBC Sports, it’s weaknesses and areas for improvement to prevent users from wanting to throw their computer or tablet out the window.
Let’s now look at the mixed bag of TV Everywhere and virtual MVPDs available to live stream sports programming.
I stayed in the Friday night when Netflix’s Original Series,The Get Down, debuted, binge-watching all six episodes. The approximately six hours of viewing time was a priority for me (and a true joy) but nothing holds an urgency candle to viewing my sport, which was Arsenal’s first match of the Premier League season, on NBCSports.com live as its happening.
Sports and breaking news content have been the two main forms of live linear television watching that people tune into, although network news is actually in a weaker position than sports given the multitude of sources one can access that do not involve licensing agreements (think citizen journalism using Facebook Live, which has resulted in its own complex legal and ethical issues).
Earlier this year I complained about the weaknesses of NBC Sports’ live streaming platform, that it would freeze or just not work altogether. Back then I was hoping the networks’ digital team would take the timing of SXSW 2016 and their sponsorship of SXsports, which turns Austin’s Four Seasons into an NBC-branded sports conference, to introduce a new and improved NBCSN.
It didn’t happen.
The band OK Go has become infamous for their beyond-this-world and high-bar-setting production behind music videos. Their last one for “Upside Down & Inside Out” was gravity-free, for fuck sake. Now, “A bunch of people asked if we are open to doing a fan-collaborated music video,” said OK Go singer and frontman, Damian Kulash, in a recent #ASKOKGo video message to said fans. “And the basic answer is, ‘Yes.’”
Fanzines have played a treasured part in music's history. As more aspects of life have moved online, the beloved DIY medium is as scarce as the mixtape. Denmark’s rising pop star, MØ, has brought back the fanzine, blending the print past with the digital present.
As the challenge of converging disparate siloes of valuable data into unified, actionable insights is lessening, solution providers are also coming together to make data access and campaign creation even more powerful. Umbel, the Austin-based data aggregator and software company, has acquired a fellow Austin tech company, Lodestone, which specializes in a multi-channel fan engagement.
Snapchat success continues to steam ahead in the month of June. First Twitter got spanked again when Snapchat pulled ahead in daily user number with 150 million to Twitter’s 140 million. Then the 10-second video champs creept their way into Instagram’s territory.
Each festival season, along with pieces written about the acts and bands playing, a number of festival ‘how-to’ articles emerge, providing punters and newbies alike with what to take, what to wear, and tips on how to make the most of the festival experience.