Talk that Apple may reach some kind of Apple TV+ deal with the NFL hits the rumor mill with some regularity, but maybe now the time is right for live sports on the company’s streaming service, media analysts suggested this week.
A report from The Athletic observes that NFL must renew nearly all its media contract[s] was mentioned as a catalyst for a new deal with AAPL. These reports observe that the NFL’s Monday Night package will likely remain with ESPN, it may choose to negotiate rights to Thursday or Sunday night sessions. DirectTV is not expected to renew the latter…
Apple’s services chief Eddy Cue is a football fan and in 2019 spoke with Sports Illustrated to discuss the company’s approach to sports TV. Among other things, he… said Apple wants to augment sports content with interactive elements, notifications and games stats.
Consider Hudl Sportscode. This system uses video capture and analysis and ingests other useful data to provide sports teams and management with in-depth information concerning games in progress and the performance of individual athletes. This technology has been made use of for over a decade and is now used by over 150,000 teams. Given the tech is already Mac compatible it’s quite hard not to see some opportunity to augment sports shows with personalized augmented content. This would be nice to have on television, but even better when using AR glasses for a real deep view of the action.
MacDailyNews Take: Imagine how much better watching sports on TV could be with something like Apple AR smartglasses! Imagine a baseball game with the strike zone visible at all times, you’ll have verifiable proof that the ump is blind in real time. You’ll see offsides clearly in football (soccer) and even in American football. Shot-tracking for golf and hockey. Stats for basketball, swimming, rugby, track and field, etc. League standings, records, etc. displayed in front of your eyes just by asking Siri. The sky’s the limit!
Read more in the recommended full article.
Miss “the good old days” when Apple was struggling to stay alive? Nope.
Apple is a much bigger, much more diverse company and MDN has a lot more to cover now than just Macs.
All I care about is AAPL taking the damned Sunday Ticket package from AT&T/DirecTV so I can go into my AppleTV+ app and watch any game I want with tech I use and not be forced to own tech from 30 years ago to use it. Whilst I’d prefer not to pay $50+/month, I’d sure prefer to pay and have the option to watch any game on my AppleTV/Mac/iPad/iPad than to continue not to have that option.
As it stands I can see the CBS regional and national games on CBS All Access, err Paramount+, the NBC games using my antenna, and the Fox and ESPN games I can only watch on my phone because I can’t get a signal with Fox and MNF is inexplicably not available via the ESPN+ sub I get with my Hulu/Disney subscription.
You can flame me as much as you want but as a spectator sport American football is just a bit more interesting than paint drying. Way too many stoppages which then affect the continuity of the game.
If you want to see fast contact sport then watch soccer or rugby league (not to be confused with rugby union). Even on a boring day rugby union is way more interesting than NFL. At least all of these games are played in next to real time (injuries etc.) but NFL, sorry it’s mostly a “bash fest” with too many breaks between plays.
Air Partner launches Tour Protect for music and entertainment industry
Air Partner’s Tour Protect offers the advanced safety solutions needed to mitigate risk, safeguard all VIP charter flights and ensure a smooth travel experience at each stop along the tour
Diversified private jet services provider Air Partner has announced the launch of Tour Protect. It’s described as “the first COVID-19 travel protection program for complex world tours.”
As the music and entertainment industries begin to plan to tour again, Tour Protect offers the advanced safety solutions needed for today’s age in travel to mitigate risk, safeguard all VIP charter flights and ensure a smooth travel experience at each stop along the tour.
The Tour Protect add-on charter program delivers a new industry solution to music and entertainment companies. It comes as they begin to plan their tours. The plan provides the most advanced safety measures including, enhanced COVID-19 protocols, evacuation planning, security detail, and 24/7 health and medical support.
Air Partner Tour Protect
Air Partner’s Tour Protect add-on program includes:
- Enhanced COVID-19 Safety Protocols: Guarantee all aircraft and crew comply with recommended COVID-19 procedures, including deep cleaning of aircraft, advanced crew training, access to ground transportation that has been safely vetted, and access to COVID-19 testing and vaccination validation screenings.
- Quick-Response Evacuation Planning: Governments trust Air Partner for its evacuation planning services. Tour Protect provides this same protection level to ensure the fastest solution for any evacuation needs related to COVID-19 or other emergencies that may arise.
- 24/7 Medical Support: In partnership with Northcott Global Solutions, Tour Protect includes 24/7 access to medical support for individuals and groups, along with access to a network of highly trained medical personnel who can deploy on short notice to assist with any needs.
- Security Screening: Air Partner works closely with airports, airlines, suppliers, and cargo agents globally to ensure that necessary security is in place, offering solutions that meet the requirements set out by international regulations and compliance. This includes advanced security screening through rapid deployment of security teams and equipment and added security for high-profile clients. Credentialing and badge IDs are available for all passengers, including crew, entourage, and additional personnel.
“With so many considerations going into the production of live events, Tour Protect is designed to alleviate clientele of concerns and provide reliable air transportation to take them where they need to be and back on schedule,” said David McCown, President of Air Partner, Americas.
He added, “Air Partner’s global network of resources, and 60 years of experience in the private aviation space, allows our team to manage these tours with the highest degree of care and service. Our ability to swiftly pivot, robust level of security capabilities, and experience coordinating campaign tours during COVID-19, allows our team to be an ideal resource to entertainment and music companies as they take flight again.”
Paramount+ Launches Today With Live Sports, Breaking News, And Entertainment | SEAT42F
Paramount+, the highly anticipated streaming service from ViacomCBS, launched today with an unparalleled content offering that bundles live sports, breaking news, and an expansive collection of exclusive new originals, hit series, marquee franchises and popular movies. Featuring more than 30,000 episodes and countless films from ViacomCBS’ family of world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel, Paramount+ is home to premium entertainment for the whole family.
“The launch of Paramount+, which builds on ourlegacy of innovation and superior storytelling, is a significant milestone for ViacomCBS that demonstrates our commitment to being a global leader in streaming,” said Tom Ryan, President and Chief Executive Officer, ViacomCBS Streaming. “By combining fresh original content with live and on-demand programming and an established library of titles from world-class entertainment brands, we have created an unrivaled service that offers live sports, breaking news and entertainment for all audiences.”
Premiering today with the launch of the service is a slate of new originals, including The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the first-ever all CGI SpongeBob motion picture event; Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, a prequel series and the first-ever spinoff of SpongeBob SquarePants; MTV Documentary Films 76 Days, the Oscar Shortlisted documentary that looks at life in the earliest days of the COVID-19 crisis in Wuhan, China; For Heaven’s Sake, a docuseries blending comedy and crime for a unique take on uncovering the truth; The Real World Homecoming: New York, a reunion special with the original New York cast in the iconic NYC loft; 60 Minutes+, a new form of the flagship series that reveals the stories behind the news through original reporting and captivating interviews; and Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning out the News, the second season of the animated daily news satire series.
These titles join a growing slate of originals currently on the service exclusively, including The Good Fight, Why Women Kill, The Stand, Star Trek: Lower Decks, No Activity, Coyote and more.
Coming this Spring to Paramount+ is an extensive lineup of live sports including every UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League match, culminating with the UEFA Champions League Final on May 29;coverage of the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, featuring all of CBS’s games throughout the tournament highlighted by the National Championship game and Final Four with first-round coverage beginning on March 19; and CBS Sports’ coverage of The Masters.
The Paramount+ slate will also continue to expand with 36 exclusive originals coming to the service in 2021, including the following titles that will debut this spring: Rugrats, an all-new series featuring Nick’s iconic babies, back together with the original voice cast and an all-new CG animation style; No Activity, a half-hour police comedy that will transition from live action to animated for season four; and Behind the Music, the groundbreaking and prolific music documentary series returns with several new episodes and the best of the vault remastered. Beginning late spring, the Paramount+ film library will grow to over 2,500 titles including recent hits from Paramount Pictures, such as Bumblebee, Crawl, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Gemini Man, Like a Boss, Pet Sematary, Playing with Fire, Rocketman and Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as popular movies from MGM, such as Bill & Ted Face the Music, Skyfall, The Addams Family, Child’s Play and Valley Girl.
The reimagined service, built on the strong foundation of CBS All Access, features live linear programming, plus a deep and growing content portfolio that spans the best in scripted dramas, kids and family, sports, news, documentaries, comedy, music and reality. Starting today, subscribers can stream:
How to Stream
Paramount+ has two pricing tiers available to U.S. subscribers that marry the best of live and on-demand programming. The premium tier, at $9.99, is available now and combines live sports, including NFL games, soccer and more; breaking news through CBSN; CBS’ live linear feed; and commercial free, on-demand entertainment options spanning Paramount+ originals to the full suite of current and library shows and movies with 4K, HDR and Dolby Vision and mobile downloads. In June, Paramount+ will introduce a new ad-supported tier, at $4.99, that offers live NFL games, news and entertainment, but no longer includes local live CBS station programming. A $5.99 ad-supported tier, which includes live CBS programming, is available until June at which point only the $4.99 and $9.99 tiers will be offered to new subscribers.
All Paramount+ subscribers will have access to a seamless user interface, enhanced curation and discovery, cross-platform dynamic play functionality, personalized homepages, content categories and central hubs for ViacomCBS’ brands. Additionally, each subscription option will include parental control capabilities and up to 6 individual profiles.
Consumers can subscribe to Paramount+ online at ParamountPlus.com; via the Paramount+ app for iOS and Android; and across a wide number of platforms, including smart TVs, connected-TV devices, online, mobile, gaming consoles, and leading OTT providers. Paramount+ will also be distributed on major platforms in local markets internationally. The new Paramount+ app will begin rolling out across platforms today. For more details on Paramount+, please visit ParamountPlus.com.
ViacomCBS will bring Paramount+ to international markets with initial debuts in 18 Latin American countries and Canada today; the Nordics on March 25, 2021; and Australia with a rebrand and expansion of 10 All Access later this year.
With production capabilities across five continents, strong distribution agreements and local relationships and expertise around the world, Paramount+ will leverage ViacomCBS’ leading global reach — including the largest global broadcast footprint — to drive streaming growth and international expansion. ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) will build on its momentum in prized formats, and as one of the top global producers of Spanish-language content, to bring exclusive series to market for fans of kids and family, scripted dramas, reality and more. Subscription prices will vary by market, but Paramount+ will be available to international audiences at a compelling price point.
Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service from ViacomCBS, combines live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream ViacomCBS Streaming’s other live channels: CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.
For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.
ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, its portfolio includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry’s most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions for partners on five continents.
Evercade VS – A New Home Gaming Console From Blaze Entertainment
On April 23, 2021, Blaze Entertainment announced their newest console, called Evercade VS. What is the console? Well, this console is a home-based 1080p Evercade system with up to four players supported.
Evercade VS is set for release on November 3, 2021 starting at $99.99 USD. There are multiple options that will be available for purchase. These order configurations include:
Starter Pack 1 Game (TBA) and 1 Controller
Premium Pack: 2 Games (TBA) and 2 Controllers
Special Edition color scheme (TBA)
One of the interesting facts about the console is the dual cartridge slot, which allows for more games to be selectable at a given moment. Evercade VS uses existing Evercade cartridges, which will feature over 280 games by the end of 2021. Save stages are saved directly to the cartridge, so they can be swapped between consoles.
The console will feature a brand-new user interface as well as new resolution options, including “Pixel Perfect” option. There is also built-in Wi-Fi to enable a hassle-free user interface and game updates. At this time, there are no plans for online gameplay.
The console comes with a new controller, but non-Evercade controllers and wireless adapters are supported. Even the handheld Evercade can be used as a controller, but it requires an additional link cable, which is sold separately.
Let’s talk about the cartridges being “subject to license” for a moment. According to the press release, “The Namco Museum collections are by contract Handheld exclusives and are available in Europe only. Therefore those two cartridges will not be compatible with the Evercade VS.” Hopefully this will change because I have routinely said that Namco Museum 2 is the reason to buy the handheld console:
· Brutally honest opinions on Evercade: https://youtu.be/TY7OVpZiUVI
· Review of Namco Museum 2: https://youtu.be/L9CCjztYpeg
The Evercade VS is the first consolized version of the existing handheld ecosystem, and the price is reasonable. I am a bit disappointed because the Namco collections are not currently licensed for this console, but that will hopefully change. I like the controllers and design of the console. It reminds me of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s design. Would I buy one for myself; well that remains to be seen.I bought my handheld unit last year and it supports HDMI out.
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