Ex-stream-ly Frustrating: The Messy Ecosystem of Live Sports Streaming

Blog, Live Streaming, Technology

download1The world of entertainment, and more specifically video entertainment, is fairly mature in its transition to digital.

An entire generation of viewers are device agnostic and unfamiliar with network brands; they just want to watch their shows. Even older generations’ viewing habits have evolved to incorporate the convenience of streaming. Much has been written about this and doesn’t need any further discussion.What has been neglected, however, is a focus on the transition to digital when it comes to live sports.

Sports fans across the country, and even across the globe are understandably confused by what is available for them to consume on their digital devices.

Source:  Adam Shaw


Streamup Sets Slate of First Live-Streaming Original Shows

Blog, Live Streaming, Music

Streamup has lined up its first five original live productions, as the L.A. startup makes a bid to to become the next-generation live TV network for the Internet generation.

The live originals include a late-night talk show and a live broadcast of “Cannibal! The Musical” by Trey Parker (“South Park,” “Book of Mormon”). The shows will start premiering in April, and Streamup will continue launching new series throughout the year, said president Will Keenan, formerly head of Endemol Beyond USA.

Source: Variety

The Life of Pablo, the Death of Streaming Music as We Know it

Blog, Distribution, Monetization, Music

The release of Kanye West’s new album was a monumental event, but not because of the fashion show, the Twitter controversy or the insane level of anticipation. The Life of Pablo has hastened the death of the first golden era of music streaming.

The music streaming landscape is now effectively segmented to the point where, as a consumer, it’s inconvenient to have just one streaming service. Having to pay for more than one streaming service is of course par for the course in video—long gone are the days where it makes any sense to make do with just Netflix.

Likewise, gone are the day where you can fire up Spotify and play basically any song. Spotify has no Taylor Swift albums and only a handful of songs from various soundtracks she’s done. Some of the Taylor Swift albums are on Tidal, but not 1989. All of her albums are available on Apple Music. Prince’s new single (but almost nothing else) is available on Spotify, all of his music is available on Tidal, and a random smattering of his songs are available on Apple Music.

Source: Motherboard

[Ed. Spotify has Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, and Loretta Lynn. My Spotify is just fine, thank you, without T. Swift.]

Viewers Can Now Stream Sports on Amazon Fire TV via FuboTV

Blog, Business

FuboTV, the sports streaming business that is looking to become the cable network of the future, is continuing its push for streaming sports everywhere.

After the recently announced deal to bring major networks including Pivot, Univision and Revolt to the platform, FuboTV will now stream that very content on Amazon Fire.

This is the company’s first smart TV app and first extension of their product off of their owned and operated destinations.

Source: VideoInk

Volvo Is Natively Integrating Spotify In Its Cars

Blog, Spotify, Technology

spotify-imageVolvo confirmed today that it has become the first car manufacturer to natively integrate Spotify, one of the world’s most widely used music streaming service, in its new cars.

Spotify will be natively integrated into the company’s new cars starting with the Volvo XC90, S90 and V90 this sprint.

Volvo announced this partnership with Spotify earlier today at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.The company says that it has worked closely with Spotify to bring a natural and familiar user interface to the car. Spotify’s most appreciated features will be on board courtesy of the large tablet-like touch screen in the new XC90, S90 and V90. It eliminates the need to use a phone for streaming music when on the move.

Source: Ubergizmo