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Apple is among a clutch of tech companies in negotiations with the National Football League (NFL) for the nonexclusive digital (streaming) rights to Thursday Night Football, a report from Variety has revealed. While the NFL has said only that it is in "active discussions with prospective digital partners" on the matter, Verizon's Go90 service, Amazon, Apple, Google, and others are involved in negotiations. CBS and NBC, who have the television rights, will also be able to stream the games in the US.
Verizon Communications today reported its fourth-quarter 2015 earnings, as well as its annual report. For the quarter, the company posted earnings of $1.32 per share, as compared to a $0.54 loss in the fourth quarter of 2014. For the full year, Verizon reported $4.37 in earnings per share in 2015, compared with $2.42 in 2014. Perhaps more importantly for the company, its wireless customer base continues to grow, with 1.5 million customers added in the last quarter alone
Joining AT&T and T-Mobile, wireless provider Verizon has launched its own sponsored streaming data exception program. FreeBee Data 360, one of the pair of programs launched today, allows providers to sign up to provide consumers some or all of their mobile content -- whether in an app or mobile website -- without using consumers' data plans, with the sponsor being billed on a per-GB pricing model.
Verizon is giving the subscribers of the other major carriers the ability to transfer to its wireless network without worrying about early termination fees or other costs, by offering to pay back the customer the value of the fees. In a similar move to those performed by its rivals over the last year as competition in the market increases, Verizon is offering up to $650 per line to customers switching to its network.
US Cellular has become the latest carrier in the United States to start selling the Apple Watch to its subscribers. Available through its online store since yesterday, the fifth-largest carrier is offering both the Sport and standard models of the Apple Watch, and is expected to start selling the smartwatch through its retail outlets later today, though it appears the selection of devices is a bit limited.
Verizon has become the latest target of T-Mobile in its Un-carrier Unwrapped promotion, with subscribers being offered a free year of Hulu if they change carriers. The new promotion will grant the full year of streaming TV shows from the service to Verizon customers switching to T-Mobile's Simple Choice plan, with the same subscribers also getting up to half the cost of accessories bought from T-Mobile knocked off the price.
Verizon is finally bringing Wi-Fi Calling to its network, the carrier has confirmed, with some smartphones receiving it later today. While the service, which allows subscribers to make and receive calls and texts over a local Wi-Fi connection instead of the wireless network, is finally going live for some users, it is only being made available to two flagship Samsung smartphones initially, with iOS users having to wait until "early next year."
Apple is giving more of an incentive for shoppers to buy Beats products this holiday season, by offering an iTunes gift card with purchases from its retail operations. Available directly through the online store as well as through Apple Stores and via telephone orders, customers buying an item from a wide selection of Beats hardware will receive a bonus iTunes credit of $60 as part of their purchase.
Nest has started to roll out an update for its Learning Thermostat that promises to make the heat management device more useful. Arriving to all generations of the thermostat over the next few weeks, the update will in theory help heat the home closer to the temperature set by the user, as well as improving the efficiency of multi-stage heating systems, along with changes to the Time-to-Temperature, Early-On, and Heat Pump Balance functions to make them more precise.
Verizon has become the latest carrier to be provided an FCC waiver, allowing it to offer subscribers Wi-Fi calling. Following after AT&T, Verizon received its waiver after petitioning the FCC, asking for permission to use Real-Time-Text (RTT) as an alternative to the required Teletypewriter (TTY) system used to allow people with hearing impediments to make calls, a technology apparently ill-suited for IP-based telephony.