Yahoo Live Streaming 180 MLB Games During 2016, One Each Day
Sports fans can enjoy live game coverage no matter where they are: The NFL and Twitter announced a deal to stream 10 Thursday regular season games, and Yahoo has announced that it will stream 180 MLB games—one a day—over the current season.
Yahoo posted a schedule for April on Yahoo Sports. Spreading the love around, Yahoo notes that all 30 teams will plan in at least one live streamed game in April. For fans looking for a link, game videos will show up on the Yahoo Sports homepage.
Yahoo hasn't yet announced game schedules for the following months. Hopefully, they'll give baseball fans some notice: Multiple comments on the launch article show fans were displeased the announcement wasn't made several days prior to the first live game.
The live streams will be blocked out in the teams' local markets. Yahoo is announcing that the games will stream for free, and they don't appear to require pay TV authentication.
Yahoo has experienced setbacks to its video plans in the last year, and is greatly scaling back its NewFront presentation in May, where it presents upcoming series to advertisers. This news, however, shows that live video events are still prominent in Yahoo's strategy.
After working together in 2017, MLB and YouTube TV decide they can help themselves by helping each other. Also, MLB signs a streaming exclusive with Facebook for 25 games.
Financial terms were not disclosed and the full schedule has not been revealed, but fans will be able to enjoy the streams free from local blackouts.
Hulu is no longer interested in free streaming, but Yahoo's video operations could use some focus. The two companies strike a deal for the future.
With the success of HLS and DASH, transporting video to viewers has become easier, says Yahoo. The next hurdle is compressing 4K video to a manageable size.
Yahoo says it delivered 33 million steams to 15 million unique viewers of the October 25 Jacksonville-Buffalo NFL game
The global NFL streaming experiment was successful, delivering streams to 185 countries and selling out all ad inventory.
Joel McHale, Naomi Campbell, Simon Cowell, and Michelle Rodriguez join Yahoo execs to get the newfront party started.