Twitch Begins Streaming Traditional Sports Through NFL, NBA

Twitch, the Amazon-owned social video service that’s popular among esports fans, is diving headfirst into the world of traditional sports with two major announcements this month that involve the NFL and NBA. On Dec. 7, the service began hosting Thursday Night Football games through twitch.tv/primevideo when the New Orleans Saints played the Atlanta Falcons. Then…

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ESPN+ Streaming To Bring ‘Netflix-Like Aggregation’ Of Sports Content

The upcoming ESPN+ direct-to-consumer streaming service will bring a “Netflix-like aggregation” of sports shows, documentaries and live events when the subscription service launches in early 2018, according to ESPN President John Skipper. Skipper, who closed out Sports Video Group’s two-day summit in New York City with a keynote discussion that spotlighted the ways ESPN is…

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U.S. Apple Watch Users Can Now Connect To Cardio Machines

NEW YORK — Apple’s GymKit has officially kicked off in the U.S., enabling Apple Watch users to connect to cardio machines such as treadmills and stationary bikes in fitness clubs. The U.S. is the third country to officially roll out this feature, following fitness clubs in Australia last month and one in the U.K. last week….

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NFL Inks Multi-Year Deal With Verizon To Expand Live Streaming

The National Football League announced a multi-year deal with Verizon Communications on Monday to live stream in-market and national games, including playoff games and the Super Bowl, across Verizon’s digital and mobile media properties to users in the U.S. The deal is worth more than $2 billion, ESPN, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal reported….

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Miami Dolphins’ Ndamukong Suh Invests In Bitmoji Rival Genies

Genies, a startup formerly known as Blend Systems that builds animated emojis that look like their users and react to popular culture and current events, has secured an additional $3 million in strategic funding and added a second pro athlete to its list of investors. This week upon the official launch of the Genies app,…

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Fitbit Ionic Will Track Your Mood, Evaluate Your Golf Swing

Fitbit launched a new experimental business division with the rollout of a software update to its Ionic smartwatch this week that will track users’ moods to gain behavioral insights. The fitness tracking company has been expanding its research capabilities into health trends and habits since launching the Ionic this summer, as part of an effort…

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Mapbox Acquires Fitness AR To Build Augmented Reality Apps

Weeks after Fitness AR used Mapbox technology to build digital 3D maps that help endurance athletes on Strava visualize trail routes, the augmented reality activity-tracking app has been acquired by Mapbox to build all sorts of sports, fitness and consumer apps for clients. As part of the deal, Fitness AR co-founder Adam Debreczeni will help…

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NFL Partners With Amazon To Visualize Gameday Chip Data

The NFL is teaming up with Amazon Web Services, an Amazon company specializing in cloud-based data analytics and machine learning technologies, to uncover new ways of visualizing gameday data collected from the Zebra chips in footballs and player shoulder pads. AWS will boost the accuracy, speed, and insights provided by NFL’s Next Gen Stats platform,…

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