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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.
T-Mobile has added more services to its Binge On feature of its price plans, increasing the number of supported apps and services to more than 40. The carrier's service, which allows users of video streaming services to view content without it affecting their data allowance, has added support for Amazon Video, Fox News, Univision NOW, and WWE Network, with T-Mobile also making it easier for its customers to turn off the service completely.
Following the release of the first e-book volume of MacNN Pointers, we are offering another, shorter publication intended to help users -- a free PDF file called iTunes: More Than Just Your Music, a guide to exploring the various free and paid options for streaming music available through iTunes on OS X and through some third-party programs. The guide focuses on the differences between the built-in and free Internet Radio guide, the currently-free iTunes Radio feature (which will soon be folded into the subscription Apple Music section), Apple's flagship Beats 1 station, and of course the paid Apple Music services iTunes Match and Apple Music.
Netflix has increased its subscriber count past 75 million globally, according to the streaming video service's latest quarterly earnings report. A few hours into New Year's Day, Netflix claims it reached the milestone after finishing the fourth quarter with 74.76 million subscribers, an increase of 5.59 million members in the quarter, which itself beats forecasts of 5.15 million and the 4.33 million net additions brought in over the same period last year.
Twitter is bringing streams from Periscope directly into the feeds of its users within the main Twitter app, starting with the iOS version. Previously needing users to enter the dedicated Periscope app in order to view, the update will allow Twitter users to view live streams from within the Twitter app itself without switching apps, much like Vine videos, making it easier for anyone to watch any live broadcasts from the Twitter-owned streaming service.
The NFL will host three exhibition games in London in 2016 -- a country that associates the world "football" with something quite different -- and the league plans to stream on the web, and technology companies -- including Apple, Google, Amazon, and presumably the firm that streamed last year's sole exhibition match, Yahoo -- are in talks with the NFL to buy the rights to the streaming. Live-streaming of sports events is seen as key to encouraging more people to "cut the cord" of traditional cable TV, which would benefit companies that can bridge the gap in sports coverage.
Mobile broadband provider Karma is starting to reduce the speed of its Neverstop subscription service, after some users used the service for their home Internet connection. A small contingent of subscribers have allegedly used hundreds of gigabytes of data, some also apparently getting around Karma's restrictions on home video streaming devices, with the high usage forcing the company to look into placing more restrictions on the available speed.
Netflix is now available in more than 190 countries around the world, after the video streaming service went live in 130 new countries simultaneously during a presentation at CES. The launch now means Netflix is effectively available in almost all countries, though it is still exploring whether it can launch its service in China, and it cannot operate in Crimea, North Korea, and Syria due to US government restrictions on American companies in those territories.
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show, Altec Lansing has shown the DVR DJ-Style Headphones. In addition to the 40mm drivers in the headphones, the set integrates a a 1080P action camera into one ear cup, allowing for wireless streaming, or recording, of what the wearer is looking at.
Spotify has become the target of a class action lawsuit, for allegedly failing to obtain proper licenses allowing it to stream certain songs and compositions. David Lowery, the frontman of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, filed the suit using law firm Michelman & Robinson LLP, demanding at least $150 million from the streaming service for "knowingly, willingly, and unlawfully" streaming the unlicensed content.