Netflix’s Mike Tyson, Jake Paul Live Boxing Match Rescheduled to Nov. 15

Netflix’s marquee live boxing match between former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and social media star Jake Paul has been rescheduled for Nov. 15 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas — home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The fight between the 57-year-old Tyson and 27-year-old Paul had originally been scheduled for July 20, but was postponed after Tyson was diagnosed with medical issues.

The rematch between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano for Taylor’s undisputed women’s super lightweight championship will also move to Nov. 15 and serve as the co-main event.

Since turning professional in 2020, Paul (9-1) has been featured in the media as ESPNRingside’s 2021 Knockout of the Year and Sports Illustrated’s 2021 Breakout Boxer of the Year, ESPNRingside’s 2022 Viral Moment of the Year, and was on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s “The 50 Most Influential Figures in Sports” issue.

“Our team has worked diligently with all parties involved to reschedule this monumental fight to a date that ensures both Jake and Mike are fully prepared, with equal training time, as well as allowing us to keep the event at AT&T stadium in the midst of the Cowboys season,” Nakisa Bidarian, co-founder (along with Paul) of Most Valuable Promotions, said in a statement. “We appreciate the outstanding dedication, collaboration, and flexibility of our partners at Netflix and AT&T Stadium. Paul vs. Tyson is the most cross-generational sporting event in history, and we are committed to providing fans worldwide with this unforgettable night of boxing, live globally on Netflix.”

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Horowitz Research: Pending Venu Sports App Looks to Upend Both Online, Legacy Pay-TV

Consumer interest in the pending Venu Sports live streaming app joint venture appears to be growing — at the expense of legacy pay-TV and online streaming television platforms.

A new Horowitz Research study finds that more than 42% of sports viewers said they would likely subscribe to Venu, which will offer live coverage from ESPN and other linear sports networks linked to Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery.

The survey was conducted in March and April among 2,008 TV content viewers aged 18 and older.

Compared to their older counterparts (23%), younger sports viewers (18-34 and 35-49 year-olds) are more than twice as likely (58% and 57%, respectively) to subscribe to the new streaming service, according to Horowitz.

In addition, half of Latino (53%) and Black (50%) sports viewers over-index for likely subscriptions, in comparison to Asian (40%) and white, non-Hispanic (39%) users.

The study also finds that the new standalone ESPN live streaming service may impact subscriptions to other services. For instance, among sports viewers who are likely to subscribe, nearly 38% say they would make changes to their subscriptions. Canceling their online service is the most mentioned change these viewers would make. Sports viewers indicated that they may also consider canceling some of their other subscription streaming services and traditional cable/satellite services.

Adriana Waterston, EVP and insights and strategy lead for Horowitz Research, said live sports has long been the key incentive for sports fans to keep their pay-TV subscriptions.

“This new service will further disrupt the media ecosystem and make retention even more of a challenge for all players,” Waterston said in a statement.

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Record 20 Regular Season NFL Football Games to Exclusively Live-Stream on Four Platforms for 2024-25 Season

NFL football fans will have to access four separate subscription streaming platforms to watch a record 20 regular season games not available on legacy network television in the upcoming 2024-25 season, beginning Sept. 6.

The NFL announced that NBCUniversal’s Peacock platform will exclusively live-stream the Green Bay Packers playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Corinthians Arena in São Paulo, Brazil, on Sept. 6 (8:15 p.m. ET) — the first-ever regular season NFL game to be played in South America. The game will also mark the first time in more than 50 years that the NFL has scheduled a game on the Friday of their opening weekend since the former St. Louis Cardinals played the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 18, 1970.

The NFL also announced that ESPN+ will exclusively live stream the week-seven game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Arizona Cardinals at 9 p.m. ET, the platform’s first-ever standalone NFL game.

Prime Video, as part of its 11 year, $11 billion agreement with the NFL, will again stream all 15 “Thursday Night Football” games (excluding Thanksgiving), beginning week two with an AFC East matchup featuring the Miami Dolphins hosting the Buffalo Bills (8:15 p.m. ET). The streamer will also exclusively live-stream the second-ever NFL Black Friday game featuring the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 13 (3 p.m. ET).

As previously reported, Netflix will live-stream its first-ever NFL games on Christmas (Dec. 25), in week 17, with the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers (1 p.m. ET) and the Baltimore Ravens playing the Houston Texans (4:30 p.m. ET). Netflix will also live-stream at least one holiday game in 2025 and 2026 as part of a three-year agreement.

Prime Video will also have exclusive rights to one NFL post-season game. Last year, Peacock acquired the first-ever exclusive rights to an NFL playoff game, the Jan. 13 AFC Wild Card contest between the Kansas City Chief and the Miami Dolphins, which generated a record internet audience of 23 million viewers, according to NBCUniversal.

Finally, online TV subscription service YouTube TV will again exclusively live-stream “NFL Sunday Ticket,” featuring all Sunday games not available in the local broadcast market. Google-owned YouTube is paying the NFL $14 billion over seven years for the rights, which began last season and were previously held by satellite operator DirecTV for three decades.

Notably, the NFL remains the only sports league that still presents all regular-season and postseason games on free, over-the-air television in local markets.

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Fubo Ups Q1 Subscribers, Narrows Fiscal Loss

Online sports streaming TV service Fubo May 3 reported an 18% increase in paid subscribers to 1.51 million in the first quarter (ended March 31). The platform ended the previous-year period with 1.28 million subscribers.

Quarterly revenue increased 24% to $394 million from $318 million in the prior-year period. The net loss from continuing operations narrowed 32.5% to $56.3 million, from a net loss of $83.3 million in the previous-year period.

The company’s French-based Molotov streaming TV service added almost 20,000 subscribers to end the fiscal period with 397,000 subs. Revenue increased 7% to $8.4 million, from $7.85 million in the prior-year period.

The company continues to believe in the merits of its antitrust lawsuit filed against Disney, Fox and Warner Bros. Discovery regarding the planned launch of a sports streaming joint venture app. Fubo said it remains encouraged by the public support of companies such as DirecTV and Dish, as well as a federal court’s recent decision to set a hearing date for its preliminary injunction motion. Fubo alleges Disney, Fox and WBD have conspired to force the streamer to carry non-sports content in order to license their sports rights, a move the streamer says stifles competition. In addition, the company contends it pays upwards of 50% more to license the defendants’ content than other non-streaming competitors.

“We continue to believe in the merits of our antitrust lawsuit against the sports streaming JV partners and thank those who have publicly supported us,” CEO David Gandler said in a statement. “We are encouraged by reports of the Department of Justice’s investigation and look forward to our preliminary injunction hearing in August.”

Gandler believes that if all distributors were offered fair license terms, the consumer could have multiple sports streaming options to choose from, access to just the channels they want, and at a price that’s right for them.

“We continue to operate efficiently and effectively as we execute on our mission to delight consumers with an aggregated sports entertainment offering delivered through a personalized and intuitive streaming experience,” he said.

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BBC News Launching on CTV/FAST Platforms

AMC Networks and BBC Studios, the commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group, March 13 announced the launch of BBC News as a 24-hour live news channel on a variety of CTV/FAST platforms. Initial launch partners are Pluto TV, Samsung TV Plus, Xumo Play, Vizio WatchFree+, Sling Freestream and Plex.

The BBC News channel delivers 24-7 coverage of breaking news and moments of global significanc. AMC Networks is the distribution and sales representative for BBC News in the United States through its BBC America joint venture.

As part of the BBC’s expansion in North America, BBC News has grown its news operation out of its Washington, D.C., bureau, expanding its nightly primetime coverage and developing programming focused on national news to better serve audiences in the United States and around the world, according to the news organization. BBC News live 24-hour coverage is anchored out of the United Kingdom, the United States and Singapore. The channel features chief presenters including Sumi Somaskanda and Caitríona Perry in Washington,D.C.; Matthew Amroliwala, Christian Fraser, Lucy Hockings, Maryam Moshiri and Sally Bundock in the United Kingdom; and Steve Lai in Singapore.

“This is a significant milestone for the BBC as this launch will more than double the current reach and availability of the BBC News channel in the U.S. at a time when access to independent news and information is more important than ever,” Tara Maitra, chief commercial officer of global media and streaming for BBC Studios, said in a statement. “We’re proud to launch this channel with the support of so many of the leading CTV/FAST platform partners as we continue to expand the footprint of BBC News and bring the BBC’s journalism to wider audiences in the region.”  

“What a profoundly meaningful addition to the rapidly growing CTV/FAST space, at a time when access to authoritative and impartial news could never be more important,” Kim Kelleher, chief commercial officer of AMC Networks, said in a statement. “The BBC is one of the largest, most-trusted and comprehensive news-gathering organizations in the world. The arrival of BBC News as a live, 24-hour channel on these free platforms is a landmark moment for global news, our partner platforms and the entire FAST distribution ecosystem.”

“This latest addition to our news offering expands our diverse programming lineup and gives us the opportunity to reach an even wider audience via a well-respected and trusted international news source,” Amy Kuessner, EVP of programming for Pluto TV, said in a statement. “In today’s day and age, free round-the-clock access to a strong audience-centric news brand like BBC News is indispensable.”

“Live local and national news has always been a top performing category on Xumo Play, and with the addition of BBC’s 24/7 live coverage, our viewers can now enjoy a fresh, international perspective on major news moments happening across the world,” Stefan Van Engen, VP of programming and partnerships for Xumo, said in a statement.

“Samsung TV Plus is committed to providing a platform for a variety of global, national, and local news sources to share important updates that our consumers rely on,” Sarah Nelson, head of BD and strategic partnerships, Samsung TV Plus, said in a statement. “We’re excited to partner with BBC Studios and AMC Networks to bring this 24-hour live news channel to our viewers, empowering them to stay informed and engaged with the world around them.”

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This additional CTV/FAST distribution of BBC News is complementary to existing wide distribution on pay-TV platforms including DirecTV, Comcast’s Xfinity, Charter’s Spectrum, YouTube TV, Philo, Dish and others. BBC News programming includes popular flagship shows such as “Verified Live,” “BBC News America,” “Newsday,” “Influential with Katty Kay,” and “World Business Report” plus “The Travel Show,” “Click,” and “BBC Documentaries.”

CNN Max to Live-Stream President Biden’s ‘State of the Union Address’ and Republican Response March 7

CNN Max, Warner Bros. Discovery’s 24/7 streaming news platform available to Max subscribers, is set to live-stream the March 7 “State of the Union” speech by President Biden, and the Republican party’s follow-up response.

The speech will also be available on CNN connected TV and mobile apps where available, and on CNN.com.

CNN’s pre-show will begin at 8 p.m. ET during a special edition of “Anderson Cooper 360″ with Anderson Cooper in New York; Jake Tapper in Washington, D.C.; Erin Burnett on Capitol Hill; and Dana Bash in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall. 

Abby Phillip, John King, Kasie Hunt, Kaitlan Collins, Jamie Gangel, and David Chalian will provide analysis from D.C. before and after the president’s address. Chalian will also have key data from CNN’s State of the Union instant poll. 

Cooper will be joined by a panel of CNN’s expert political tacticians to analyze Biden’s messaging in his final State of the Union address before the 2024 election.

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CNN’s Manu Raju will be on Capitol Hill capturing reactions from lawmakers. M.J. Lee will be at the White House reporting any news from the Biden Administration and Kristen Holmes will bring the latest from the Trump campaign. Jeff Zeleny will be reporting live from the key swing state of Michigan. Daniel Dale will provide fact checks throughout coverage.

Clarissa Ward will report from Israel and Nick Paton Walsh will be live from Ukraine to provide international perspective.  

Audiences can also test their knowledge of historical presidential addresses with the newly released State of the Union Quiz. 

Hub Research: Sports Big Influence in Viewers’ Platform Choice

In its latest survey, “What’s the Score: The Evolution of Sports Media,” Hub Entertainment Research found access to sports strongly influences viewers’ choice of platform.

Sports fans care about sports more than other kinds of content, with almost 80% of sports fans saying that during the season, content about their favorite sport is more important than other things they watch on TV. More than a third (36%) say it’s much more important than other kinds of content.

Sports have the power to influence which platforms viewers sign up for, Hub also found. Across sports, 75% of avid fans said they would be likely to sign up for a new streaming subscription if they needed it to watch a sport they follow. 

Fans are more likely to follow some sports to streaming than others, Hub found, but in general, 70% to 80% of avid fans would at least consider adding a new subscription. And half of NFL, NBA, and Premier League fans said they would be “very likely” to consider signing up if they needed a new platform to watch.

Besides drawing its own viewers, sports content drives discovery of other content on the same platforms. In the Hub survey, about a third (31%) said they often watch shows that they see promoted during a game or other sports content. When watching a live game, 27% said they often stay on the same channel to watch the show that comes on next (and another 38% do so “occasionally”).

“These findings reinforce that sports content will have a big impact on the next stage of the streaming wars, and might entirely settle them,” Jon Giegengack, principal at Hub, said in a statement. “There are lots of sports fans, and they care more about the sports they follow than anything else on TV. As expensive as rights have become, they may turn out to be the best investment: hours and hours of unique content which comes with a built-in audience that tunes in every season without fail.”

For the study, Hub conducted 3,016 interviews with U.S. sports fans age 13 to 74. The data were collected in January 2024.

Prime Video’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ Sees 24% Uptick in Second-Season Viewership

Prime Video’s $11 billion foray into live NFL streaming is resonating with more viewers in its second exclusive season.

The weekly “Thursday Night Football” telecasts saw a 24% increase in viewers in 2023 at 11.86 million compared with 9.58 million in 2022, according to new Nielsen data. This current NFL season saw 13 weeks of double-digit streaming viewership increases, including among the coveted 18-34-year-old demo.

Indeed, “Thursday Night Football” is attracting streamers with a median age seven years younger (48.5) than on linear television. Fox Sports was the previous exclusive broadcast rights holder to “Thursday Night Football.”

The Nov. 30, 2023, game between the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys attracted the largest Prime Video viewership at 15.3 million, breaking the season-opening 15.1 million viewer benchmark for the Minnesota Vikings vs. Philadelphia Eagles matchup.

The second season of “Thursday Night Football.” also included the inaugural “Black Friday Football” game the day after Thanksgiving featuring the Miami Dolphins’ 34-13 victory over the New York Jets.

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“We’re still very much at the beginning, but [the] record growth [for ‘Thursday Night Football’] in our second season is beyond encouraging as we work to super serve fans and advertisers,” Jay Marine, VP, Prime Video, and global head of sports, said in a statement. “We are building ‘TNF’ on Prime into an incredibly valuable franchise, and our production and tech teams deserve a great deal of credit for the quality and innovation we have delivered to fans, and we are just getting started.”

Prime Video Gains Wimbledon Tennis Rights, Loses Premier League Soccer

Prime Video gained and lost in the growing world of live-sports streaming video. Amazon’s subscription-based VOD platform Prime Video has secured exclusive four-year streaming rights to The Championships, a.k.a. Wimbledon tennis tournament in Germany and Austria, beginning in 2024 with the July 1-14 event. The streamer acquired the rights away from Comcast-owned Sky sports.

“Wimbledon is the oldest tournament in tennis and one of the most prestigious events in all of sport, with a long history of success for German players,” Alex Green, managing director at Prime Video Sport, Europe, said in a statement.

Paul Davies, head of broadcast, production and media rights at the All England Club, which hosts Wimbledon, said Prime Video continues to demonstrate its ability to stream major sporting events in important global markets.

“Wimbledon and Germany have a rich heritage and…with Prime’s impressive household penetration, allied with their ambitious on-site production plans, The Championships can be elevated in what we consider to be one of our major European territories,” said Davies.

Separately, Prime Video will not continue as co-distribution partner for England’s Premier League soccer beginning with the 2025/26 season. The streamer chose not to be part of the new four-year £6.7 billion ($8.5 billion) distribution rights acquired by Sky Sports and TNT Sports (formerly  Warner Bros. Discovery Sports Europe) through the 2028/29 season.

Sky also licensed away from Prime Video streaming rights to the U.S. Open, and other ATP and WTA tennis events.

Swerve TV Fast Channel to Stream IBA Champions’ Night

Swerve TV, a free ad-supported streaming television (FAST) channel operator, will televise live the International Boxing Association (IBA) Champions’ Night on its Swerve Combat channel.

The event will be available free on the channel on internet-connected TVs in the United States on Dec. 9 starting at 10:30 a.m. EST. 

That main event delivers a clash between Albert Batyrgaziev, the Olympic champion from Russia, facing the three-time World champion, Cuba’s Lazaro Alvarez Estrada, in the 60kg division. The fight card also boasts an 86kg battle with World champion Loren Alfonso Domingues of Azerbaijan facing the World Championships runner-up Aliaksei Alfiorau from Belarus. In another thrilling match-up, Saidjamshid Jafarov, the World Championships silver medallist, will fight against Japan’s World champion Sewonrets Okazawa in the 67kg class.

“Once again, Swerve Combat will deliver an incredibly high profile live boxing event to our audience without paywalls,” Steve Shannon, CEO of Swerve TV, said in a statement. “We are grateful to the IBA for their innovative approach to reach millions of boxing fans across the USA.”

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Swerve Combat “has seen tremendous growth more than doubling viewership so far in 2023  as a result of increased delivery of combat competitions during the past year and is committed to delivering more free, live combat competitions as its FAST audience grows,” according to Swerve TV.