Does Your OTT Service Have Too Many Moving Parts?

The sports and entertainment media industry is operating in a world of unprecedented customer choice, competition, and complexity of delivery. Consumers have more choices than ever before and they want access to content that is both live and on-demand and, most importantly, relevant to their interests.Today’s technology and adapting consumer habits are enabling this constant change like never before. New business models – like direct to consumer (D2C) streaming – are being enabled by new technologies. OTT services are popping up everywhere, ultimately giving consumers more choices in the content they consume and how they consume it. In this rapidly changing environment one key question arises: how do content owners and content rights holders adapt and thrive? 

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NowThis

NowThis creates news content for the social mobile generation by informing, entertaining, and inspiring its audience about what’s happening and what's important in the world right now. Launched in 2012, NowThis is now the #1 video news brand on the social web in the U.S. with more than 2.5 billion monthly views. NowThis has nine content verticals, including: News, Politics, Entertainment, Future, Her, Food, Money, and more. In December 2016, NowThis joined forces with Thrillist, The Dodo, and Seeker to form Group Nine Media.

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Branded Entertainment in B2B: Why is it Important?

Article | July 7, 2022

Global B2B companies churn out content pieces such as infographics, case studies, assessments, and other forms of thought leadership content to create brand awareness. But is this content enough to engage the customers and the market? Not really. Marketers like you need to look into branded entertainment to get more customer engagement and brand loyalty. What is Branded Entertainment? Adweek loosely describes “branded entertainment” as any content that starts a positive conversation around a product, service, or set of values. This content builds a story around your product or services, showing it in a positive light and getting the audience to engage in your content as much as a film or a TV show. As opposed to other marketing endeavors, branded entertainment doesn’t focus on your products and their features but on entertaining the audience. Incorporating Branded Entertainment into Your Marketing Strategy Here are some ways to get it done without much hassle: Web Series Original programming, such as web series published on the brand’s social media channels, can help you raise awareness through stories that share your brand’s values instead of directly marketing your product or services. PR Stunts Create social media brand content that is entertaining and exciting enough for the audience to make it viral. Such PR brings positive media attention to your brand and creates mass awareness for your brand or product. Videos Volvo's entertaining video of Van Damme's split stunt on YouTube has 114.5 million views. The video didn't need a call-to-action because it wasn’t to convert leads. Instead, it was meant to showcase a piece of business-use truck technology and get engagement. Podcasting GE used podcasting for advertising twice, once with its show ‘The Message’ and again with its new series ‘LifeAfter.’ Neither show discusses GE's products. Instead, they were "GE-presented" and were received well. Summing It Up People are less likely to comment on or share brand posts directly, but they are more likely to tweet or share them on their Instagram stories. This way you can measure the impact of branded entertainment. B2B marketers should consider branded entertainment as a way to build trust and start conversations between their brands and their audience to get a long-term ROI.

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20 GAMING COMPANIES IN ATLANTA ADDING NEW ELEMENTS TO A DECADES-OLD INDUSTRY

Article | July 20, 2022

Considering Atlanta is known for its status as a burgeoning entertainment capital, it’s no surprise that the city boasts a large number of gaming professionals. According to reports, the video game market in America was estimated at $17.69 billion in 2016, with the global market valued at $75 billion that same year. Esports in particular have increased in popularity, leading to the rise of games like “Fortnite,” “League of Legends” and “Overwatch.”

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Instagram continues to perform strongly despite inconsistent brand identity

Article | August 2, 2022

Over the last few months Instagram has done its best to capitalise on the latest social media success tactics, often at the cost of its own original user proposition. The photo-sharing app for friends now offers Reels, imitating TikTok’s success. It has rolled out an option to hide Likes, the iconic feature which has characterised social media as a whole since inception. And it now is introducing ‘suggested posts’ to users’ feeds, sorted by topics a profile states they are interested in – potentially putting these ahead of photos and videos shared by profiles they actually follow. Directly mimicking TikTok, this seems to diverge very little in practice from hashtags, which are its original discovery feature. Instead, it seems to want to emulate the usability which younger users are familiar with from TikTok, in order to entice them to increase their Instagram engagement.

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How blockchain is transforming online gaming for players

Article | June 18, 2020

For online gamers, in-game purchases made to buy special swords, guns, or other add-ons to play their adventure, warfare, and other games are one-time, non-transferable investments that lock them into their pretend worlds. That's something companies like Polyient Games want to change by registering those purchases using blockchain and transforming the previously one-way transactions into liquid assets which are transferable for cash.

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NowThis creates news content for the social mobile generation by informing, entertaining, and inspiring its audience about what’s happening and what's important in the world right now. Launched in 2012, NowThis is now the #1 video news brand on the social web in the U.S. with more than 2.5 billion monthly views. NowThis has nine content verticals, including: News, Politics, Entertainment, Future, Her, Food, Money, and more. In December 2016, NowThis joined forces with Thrillist, The Dodo, and Seeker to form Group Nine Media.

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HyperX in Collaboration with Influencer Valkyrae Announces Third HX3D Personalized Keycap

Businesswire | May 15, 2023

HyperX, the gaming peripherals team at HP Inc. and brand leader in gaming and esports, today announced the HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap – Mika the Shiba will be available starting Friday, May 19. As the third HX3D personalized keycap drop, the HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap features a unique and adorable design inspired by Valkyrae's furry friend Mika. As a must-have for gamers and fans of Valkyrae and Shiba Inu dogs alike, this personalized keycap demonstrates HyperX’s continued commitment to innovation and collaboration within the gaming community. As the inspiration behind the HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap, Mika the Shiba Inu is now a fun keyboard accent or collectable and forever keepsake. Involved in every step of the design process and showcasing her personal touch, Valkyrae worked closely with the HyperX team to create the keycap to be included in the HyperX HX3D collection. The keycap features Mika holding a dagger in his mouth symbolizing Valkyrae’s love for swords and a red collar – a nod to 100 Thieves. “I loved bringing Mika to life as a 3D keycap with HyperX,” said Valkyrae, HyperX ambassador and influencer. " I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve created.” Collaborating with game developers, esports teams, content creators, influencers, and internal creative teams, HyperX plans to continue to deliver fan-friendly 3D personalized products that can be used while gaming or collected as keepsakes or cherished collectibles. HX3D 3D printed products are produced on HP Inc. 3D printers as part of the growing cooperation with HP Inc., leveraging their experience and bringing synergy, innovation and color printing skills to gaming. HyperX’s personalization products are manufactured using re-used powder nylon. Availability The HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap – Mika the Shiba – will be available in the U.S. only through HyperX.com starting Friday, May 19, at 9 a.m. PDT at Hyperx.com for 48 hours or until supplies last. The price for this keycap is $19.99. Be sure to catch Valkyrae’s “best friend” before Mika is gone. Once the HyperX limited edition keycaps are sold out, they won’t be available again. For more information, please visit the HX3D product page. Pricing from HyperX.com is subject to change without notice. Retailers’ pricing may vary. About HyperX For 20 years, HyperX’s mission has been to develop gaming solutions for every type of gamer and the company is consistently recognized for delivering products that provide superb comfort, aesthetics, performance, and reliability. Under the tagline of “WE’RE ALL GAMERS,” HyperX gaming headsets, keyboards, mice, USB microphones, and console accessories are the choice of everyday gamers as well as celebrity ambassadors, pro gamers, tech enthusiasts, streamers, and influencers. Visit www.hyperx.com. About HP HP Inc. is a technology company that believes one thoughtful idea has the power to change the world. Its product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions helps bring these ideas to life. Visit http://www.hp.com. Editor’s Note: For additional information or executive interviews, please contact Mark Tekunoff, HP Inc., 17600 Newhope Street, Fountain Valley, CA USA 92708, mark.tekunoff@hyperx.com or Hyperx_PR@hyperx.com. HyperX and the HyperX logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of HP Inc.in the U.S. and/or other countries. All registered trademarks and trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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TSN and Genius Sports Team up to Deliver NFL Playoff and Super Bowl Feeds on TSN+

TSN & Genius Sports | January 20, 2023

On January 19, 2023, TSN, a popular sports network in Canada, and Genius Sports Limited announced signing an agreement to broadcast cutting-edge NFL games on TSN+. Genius Sports, the NFL's official data partner, will power groundbreaking, augmented broadcasts during the upcoming NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl LVII. It will provide NFL fans with a revolutionary experience on TSN+. TSN+ broadcasts will feature Genius Sports' award-winning augmentation tools, including live feeds from NFL, EPL, NBA, March Madness, and more. Bell Media's largest Canadian sports network, TSN, brings viewers these unique, improved NFL feeds exclusively through TSN+. TSN+ NFL will include play-by-play data-driven insights, graphic overlays, visualizations, and more. NFL NGS data will be integrated into the live broadcast to display key player statistics such as passes completed, rushing, passing, and receiving yards, along with route trails, radar maps, and other on-field enhancements. The new direct-to-consumer streaming service, TSN+, is available on the TSN App and TSN.ca, offering fans of Canadian sports a way to enjoy more world-class games, matches, races, and events than ever before. The enhanced feeds on TSN+ are in addition to the live game coverage on CTV, CTV2, TSN, and RDS, which delivers games all over the country during all of the league's broadcast windows. Bell Media is the only company in Canada that can show NFL games on TV. Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports, expressed, "In partnership with TSN, we're thrilled to be powering the most advanced NFL broadcasts available through a unique marriage between our state-of-the-art technology with an innovative new platform to deliver a football first for Canadian NFL fans." He added, "The NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl are world-renowned and we're proud to be providing our full suite of broadcast augmentation tools to help bring fans closer to the action, transforming the way every play is experienced on TSN+." (Source- Business Wire) About Genius Sports The global ecosystem connecting betting, sports, and media is powered by Genius Sports' data, technology, and broadcast partnerships. Its technology in over 150 countries provides immersive solutions that enhance fan experiences for the entire sports sector. Over 400 sporting organizations trust the brand, including FIBA, NFL, EPL NCAA, NASCAR, AFA, and Liga MX. Its partners benefit from Genius Sports' cutting-edge technology, scale, and worldwide reach. About TSN With five national television feeds, TSN+, TSN.ca, TSN Radio stations, and a 5G-enabled app, TSN is Canada's Sports Leader, delivering world-class content across industry-leading platforms. The company's network has a deep and diverse roster of live sports programming. It is a part of Bell Media, a leading television, radio, digital, and out-of-home multimedia company in Canada.

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Genius Sports Awarded Ohio Sports Gaming Supplier License

Genius Sports Limited | December 21, 2022

Genius Sports Limited (NYSE:GENI) (“Genius Sports”), the official data, technology and commercial partner that powers the ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media, announced that it has been granted a Sports Gaming Supplier License by the state of Ohio, Casino Control Commission.With the addition of Ohio, Genius Sports now holds 39 licenses, or equivalent, in North America across US states, territories, tribes, and Canada, providing its award-winning products and services to a wide array of clients operating within these jurisdictions. “We are honored that the state of Ohio has awarded Genius Sports its sports gaming supplier license to provide licensed sportsbooks across the Buckeye State with access to our groundbreaking NFL products and marketing services As a growing majority of U.S. states legalize sports betting, Genius Sports welcomes the opportunity to work with states like Ohio, on providing sports fans with official sports data-driven solutions to power their sportsbooks.” -Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports Legal sports betting will be available in Ohio beginning on January 1, 2023. About Genius Sports Genius Sports is the official data, technology and commercial partner that powers the global ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media. We are a global leader in digital sports content, technology and integrity services. Our technology is used in over 150 countries worldwide, empowering sports to capture, manage and distribute their live data and video, driving their digital transformation and enhancing their relationships with fans. We are the trusted partner to over 400 sports organizations globally, including many of the world’s largest leagues and federations such as the NFL, EPL, FIBA, NCAA, NASCAR, AFA and PGA. Genius Sports is uniquely placed through cutting-edge technology, scale and global reach to support our partners. We are more than just a technology company, we build long-term relationships with sports at all levels, helping them to control and maximize the value of their content while providing technical expertise and round-the-clock support.

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HyperX in Collaboration with Influencer Valkyrae Announces Third HX3D Personalized Keycap

Businesswire | May 15, 2023

HyperX, the gaming peripherals team at HP Inc. and brand leader in gaming and esports, today announced the HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap – Mika the Shiba will be available starting Friday, May 19. As the third HX3D personalized keycap drop, the HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap features a unique and adorable design inspired by Valkyrae's furry friend Mika. As a must-have for gamers and fans of Valkyrae and Shiba Inu dogs alike, this personalized keycap demonstrates HyperX’s continued commitment to innovation and collaboration within the gaming community. As the inspiration behind the HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap, Mika the Shiba Inu is now a fun keyboard accent or collectable and forever keepsake. Involved in every step of the design process and showcasing her personal touch, Valkyrae worked closely with the HyperX team to create the keycap to be included in the HyperX HX3D collection. The keycap features Mika holding a dagger in his mouth symbolizing Valkyrae’s love for swords and a red collar – a nod to 100 Thieves. “I loved bringing Mika to life as a 3D keycap with HyperX,” said Valkyrae, HyperX ambassador and influencer. " I can’t wait for everyone to see what we’ve created.” Collaborating with game developers, esports teams, content creators, influencers, and internal creative teams, HyperX plans to continue to deliver fan-friendly 3D personalized products that can be used while gaming or collected as keepsakes or cherished collectibles. HX3D 3D printed products are produced on HP Inc. 3D printers as part of the growing cooperation with HP Inc., leveraging their experience and bringing synergy, innovation and color printing skills to gaming. HyperX’s personalization products are manufactured using re-used powder nylon. Availability The HyperX x Valkyrae Limited Edition Keycap – Mika the Shiba – will be available in the U.S. only through HyperX.com starting Friday, May 19, at 9 a.m. PDT at Hyperx.com for 48 hours or until supplies last. The price for this keycap is $19.99. Be sure to catch Valkyrae’s “best friend” before Mika is gone. Once the HyperX limited edition keycaps are sold out, they won’t be available again. For more information, please visit the HX3D product page. Pricing from HyperX.com is subject to change without notice. Retailers’ pricing may vary. About HyperX For 20 years, HyperX’s mission has been to develop gaming solutions for every type of gamer and the company is consistently recognized for delivering products that provide superb comfort, aesthetics, performance, and reliability. Under the tagline of “WE’RE ALL GAMERS,” HyperX gaming headsets, keyboards, mice, USB microphones, and console accessories are the choice of everyday gamers as well as celebrity ambassadors, pro gamers, tech enthusiasts, streamers, and influencers. Visit www.hyperx.com. About HP HP Inc. is a technology company that believes one thoughtful idea has the power to change the world. Its product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions helps bring these ideas to life. Visit http://www.hp.com. Editor’s Note: For additional information or executive interviews, please contact Mark Tekunoff, HP Inc., 17600 Newhope Street, Fountain Valley, CA USA 92708, mark.tekunoff@hyperx.com or Hyperx_PR@hyperx.com. HyperX and the HyperX logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of HP Inc.in the U.S. and/or other countries. All registered trademarks and trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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TSN and Genius Sports Team up to Deliver NFL Playoff and Super Bowl Feeds on TSN+

TSN & Genius Sports | January 20, 2023

On January 19, 2023, TSN, a popular sports network in Canada, and Genius Sports Limited announced signing an agreement to broadcast cutting-edge NFL games on TSN+. Genius Sports, the NFL's official data partner, will power groundbreaking, augmented broadcasts during the upcoming NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl LVII. It will provide NFL fans with a revolutionary experience on TSN+. TSN+ broadcasts will feature Genius Sports' award-winning augmentation tools, including live feeds from NFL, EPL, NBA, March Madness, and more. Bell Media's largest Canadian sports network, TSN, brings viewers these unique, improved NFL feeds exclusively through TSN+. TSN+ NFL will include play-by-play data-driven insights, graphic overlays, visualizations, and more. NFL NGS data will be integrated into the live broadcast to display key player statistics such as passes completed, rushing, passing, and receiving yards, along with route trails, radar maps, and other on-field enhancements. The new direct-to-consumer streaming service, TSN+, is available on the TSN App and TSN.ca, offering fans of Canadian sports a way to enjoy more world-class games, matches, races, and events than ever before. The enhanced feeds on TSN+ are in addition to the live game coverage on CTV, CTV2, TSN, and RDS, which delivers games all over the country during all of the league's broadcast windows. Bell Media is the only company in Canada that can show NFL games on TV. Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports, expressed, "In partnership with TSN, we're thrilled to be powering the most advanced NFL broadcasts available through a unique marriage between our state-of-the-art technology with an innovative new platform to deliver a football first for Canadian NFL fans." He added, "The NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl are world-renowned and we're proud to be providing our full suite of broadcast augmentation tools to help bring fans closer to the action, transforming the way every play is experienced on TSN+." (Source- Business Wire) About Genius Sports The global ecosystem connecting betting, sports, and media is powered by Genius Sports' data, technology, and broadcast partnerships. Its technology in over 150 countries provides immersive solutions that enhance fan experiences for the entire sports sector. Over 400 sporting organizations trust the brand, including FIBA, NFL, EPL NCAA, NASCAR, AFA, and Liga MX. Its partners benefit from Genius Sports' cutting-edge technology, scale, and worldwide reach. About TSN With five national television feeds, TSN+, TSN.ca, TSN Radio stations, and a 5G-enabled app, TSN is Canada's Sports Leader, delivering world-class content across industry-leading platforms. The company's network has a deep and diverse roster of live sports programming. It is a part of Bell Media, a leading television, radio, digital, and out-of-home multimedia company in Canada.

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Genius Sports Awarded Ohio Sports Gaming Supplier License

Genius Sports Limited | December 21, 2022

Genius Sports Limited (NYSE:GENI) (“Genius Sports”), the official data, technology and commercial partner that powers the ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media, announced that it has been granted a Sports Gaming Supplier License by the state of Ohio, Casino Control Commission.With the addition of Ohio, Genius Sports now holds 39 licenses, or equivalent, in North America across US states, territories, tribes, and Canada, providing its award-winning products and services to a wide array of clients operating within these jurisdictions. “We are honored that the state of Ohio has awarded Genius Sports its sports gaming supplier license to provide licensed sportsbooks across the Buckeye State with access to our groundbreaking NFL products and marketing services As a growing majority of U.S. states legalize sports betting, Genius Sports welcomes the opportunity to work with states like Ohio, on providing sports fans with official sports data-driven solutions to power their sportsbooks.” -Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports Legal sports betting will be available in Ohio beginning on January 1, 2023. About Genius Sports Genius Sports is the official data, technology and commercial partner that powers the global ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media. We are a global leader in digital sports content, technology and integrity services. Our technology is used in over 150 countries worldwide, empowering sports to capture, manage and distribute their live data and video, driving their digital transformation and enhancing their relationships with fans. We are the trusted partner to over 400 sports organizations globally, including many of the world’s largest leagues and federations such as the NFL, EPL, FIBA, NCAA, NASCAR, AFA and PGA. Genius Sports is uniquely placed through cutting-edge technology, scale and global reach to support our partners. We are more than just a technology company, we build long-term relationships with sports at all levels, helping them to control and maximize the value of their content while providing technical expertise and round-the-clock support.

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