Tech 2.0 - AT&T Eyes NFL in DirecTV Deal

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 5/19/2014 4:03 pm

AT&T eyes football in DirecTV buy.

One of the hidden benefits of AT&T's planned purchase of DirecTV is that it raises the possibility of making DirecTV's programming crown jewel, NFL Sunday Ticket, available on mobile devices. Making exclusive live NFL game programming available on AT&T smartphones could trump Verizon's deal with the NFL for certain live game streams on its phones. That's because NFL Sunday Ticket involves all NFL games, not just ones on certain nights of the week. AT&T Inc. announced Sunday that it has agreed to buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion. DirecTV CEO Michael White says he's "confident" that it can renew its Sunday Ticket deal with the NFL after it expires at the end of the upcoming season, but he stops short of saying it would definitely be available on AT&T smartphones.

AMC network to premiere new show on Tumblr.

The AMC television network says it is using the social media site Tumblr to premiere its new series about the early days of personal computing. The series, "Halt and Catch Fire," began as a sneak preview Monday on Tumblr. It will air the first time on AMC on June 1. The series is set in the early 1980s. It follows three people who team up to try and build a computer that will change the future. In recent weeks, AMC has been holding screenings of the new show at technology companies, including Apple, Twitter, Google, DropBox and, on Monday, Tumblr. The series will run for 10 weeks on AMC, the network home of "The Walking Dead."

Google looks to buy for $1 billion.

And according to the Wall Street Journal, Google’s YouTube unit is close to striking a deal to buy live video-game streaming site The price consideration in said to be in excess of $1 billion. Representatives for YouTube and Twitch declined to comment on the proposed deal. San Francisco-based Twitch allows users to upload and watch free, live gameplay videos that can be streamed from Microsoft Xbox and PlayStation 4 consoles. Twitch is said to have more than 1 million members who upload videos each month, and more than 45 million monthly users.

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