I've been using the new Macbook as my main work machine for over two months now. I'm coming from a 2011 13" Macbook Pro, and haven't used anything newer extensively. That may mean I have a lower reference point, but it may also be closer to what a typical user would experience when upgrading. Here are a few quick impressions, and my thoughts on who this machine is best for.Read More
A good summary of the challenges facing the cable TV industry, and why subscriber numbers don't tell the whole story.
Watch F1 live streaming online again this season. NBC is televising and streaming several Formula 1 Grand Prix’s in the US on mobile devices and computers. NBC also streams lots of pre-race coverage of practice and qualifying sessions leading up to race day. A cable TV subscription is required to watch F1 live streaming through NBC and their cable channels.Read More
Watch Premier League online again this season. Every game of the EPL season will be streamed by NBC in the United States on smartphones, tablets, and PC's. Access to all streaming matches requires a cable TV subscription, unfortunately.Read More
As you may have noticed, in recent weeks I've been spending less time putting together the weekend streaming guide. The new job has been taking up a lot of my time, and my travel schedule has been busy as well. At this point, my plan is to do away with the weekly streaming guide, and instead post quick updates when there is news. A weekly email will still go out every Friday afternoon eastern time, including a summary of any posts from the week.
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Thanks for being a reader/subscriber, have a great weekend.
MLB Advanced Media, the company that streams video for Major League Baseball and many other clients, is getting ready to spin out its tech operations in a deal that would give the new company a value of at least $3 billion.
And as part of the spinout prep, MLBAM is bulking up: It has signed a long-term deal with pro hockey’s NHL, which will give MLBAM the rights to pro hockey’s digital subscription products, as well as its cable TV property.
MLB Advanced Media made MLB.tv possible, one of the first large-scale live streaming initiatives. That early experience led to them developing the back-end tech for other big live streaming entities, such as WWE Network, watchESPN, and HBO Now.
However, this is the first time that MLBAM is purchasing streaming rights from a media company and selling advertising. Could this be a model for the future of live sports? Will MLBAM morph into a major competitor for ESPN, or would ESPN consider buying them at (just) $3 billion?
I'm traveling in China without access to several U.S.-based sites, so no update this week. Have a great weekend and see you next week.