19 Oct

Time spent streaming spiked 20 percent worldwide this past weekend

first_imgProduction HaltedWhile viewing of live TV is also on the rise thanks to 24/7 coverage of the virus outbreak and more people being stuck at home, production of most TV shows and movies has halted for the foreseeable future, creating a potential shortage of new programming.Streaming services are in a good position because consumers look to them for their libraries of titles on demand — not a live feed — and they have already banked programs for release in the weeks ahead.Traditional TV networks must be on the air 24 hours a day, and outlets such as CBS, Turner and ESPN have scrambled to replace the live sports that have gone on hiatus.That’s opened the door to unconventional forms of programming, from marble rolling to live in-home concerts. Singer John Legend performed from his home Tuesday, streaming live on Instagram for an audience that reached almost 100,000 people.An avatar is displayed in an arranged photograph of the Honour of Kings mobile game, developed by Tencent Holdings Ltd., in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. (Bloomberg/Justin Chin)Streaming of GamesOne industry that may face minimal disruption from the pandemic is video games, which participants have long enjoyed and played without being in the same place.The audience at Twitch, which lets viewers see gamers compete via livestreams, has increased 10 percent in the past few days, according to Doron Nir, CEO of StreamElements, a provider of tools and services to the industry. And YouTube Gaming is up 15 percent, he said.“With more stay-at-home mandates being issued around the world and the entertainment industry finding new ways to migrate their offerings to livestreaming platforms, we expect to see these numbers rise,” he said in an email.David Steinberg, who is 27 and streams himself playing video games, saw an influx of viewers in recent weeks as more people have been staying home.“Now that sports are canceled — NBA, PGA — they are just out of stuff to watch,” he said. “I am a one-man army here in my basement and I can still create content. And with so many people looking online — especially on Facebook, where they check how is their family is doing — it’s been good.”An increase in viewers could translate into more revenue from advertisers or sponsors looking to reach that captive audience, unless, that is, those companies tighten their belts, too. Steinberg says his total audience across sites like Facebook and YouTube is 3.5 million.“I’ve gotten thousands of messages from people,” Steinberg said.Topics : A pedestrian holds an umbrella and her phone while wearing a protective mask in the SoHo neighborhood of New York, U.S., on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Bloomberg/Demetrius Freeman)“While video streaming is far from the most important thing on the world agenda, it is an industry that indirectly will see a major shift due to the crisis,” said Sean Doherty, Wurl’s chief executive officer.Driving that growth is the collapse of many leisure and entertainment activities because of the virus, from restaurants and movie theaters to professional sports and concerts.Media companies have torn up their normal strategies to satisfy growing demand for programming from people stuck at home. Universal Pictures, the studio division of cable giant Comcast Corp., will offer three movies for rental at home before they leave theaters, while Walt Disney Co. released “Frozen 2” on its streaming services months ahead of schedule. For years, TV executives have fretted there is too much TV. Now, with the coronavirus looming large, they are worried there might not be enough.Because of the pandemic, streaming surged this past weekend, according to Wurl, a company that delivers video and advertising to connected TVs. The amount of time people spent streaming spiked by more than 20 percent worldwide, including more than 40 percent in Austria and Spain.While streaming services haven’t commented on any increases in traffic, researchers are seeing more activity places like Netflix and Twitch, the online gaming network owned by Amazon.com. Installs of the Netflix app leaped 34 percent last week in Spain and 57 percent in Italy, according to SensorTower. Italy has the second-most coronavirus cases worldwide, after China.last_img read more

20 Sep

Villarreal sign Gerard Moreno on five-year contract

first_imgBarcelona, June 12: Spanish football club Villarreal on Tuesday announced the signing of Spanish striker Gerard Moreno to a five-year contract, after three seasons with Espanyol.Moreno, 26, was Espanyol’s top scorer in the 2017/2018 season, and the club confirmed Villarreal had paid the 20 million euros ($23.58 million) termination clause, reports Efe.”After three intense seasons, with good and bad moments, today I quit being an RCD Espanyol player,” Moreno said in a post on his official Twitter account.”I want to thank the club for the treatment and affection I received during these three seasons,” he added.Moreno first joined Villarreal in 2010 with the under-19 A team, ascending to the Villarreal B team in the Second Division A the same year.In a statement, the Spanish club said “Gerard is a left-footed, hardworking, quality striker who is strong in the air and has a great finish ability. He always has the goal in sight but also has the virtue to link up with his teammates.”The club praised Moreno as “one of the key players to help the Yellows get promoted back up to the First Division” following their difficult 2012/2013 season in the second-tier Spanish league. IANSlast_img read more

14 Aug

Saints vs. Falcons odds, prediction, betting trends for NFL Thanksgiving game

first_imgWhen the Saints (9-2) travel to face the Falcons (3-8) in an NFC South battle on Thanksgiving, they won’t be just looking for revenge after losing to their rivals in New Orleans three weeks ago. They also can clnch a third consecutive division title, as with a win, they would be up 4.5 games up on the Panthers (5-6) with only four left to play.The Saints lost that shocker in Week 10, 26-9, but they have since routed the Buccaneers and edged the Panthers in NFC South play. The Falcons routed the Panthers on the road in Week 11 but got ripped by the Buccaneers at home in Week 12. Stat that mattersThe Falcons have the No. 27 pass defense in the NFL, allowing on average 266.4 passing yards per game. The Saints have the No. 9 passing offense, averaging 260.5 yards per game. With Brees fully back and Atlanta getting burned badly downfield by Jameis Winston and the Bucs last week, this bodes well for New Orleans to stay moving on the road in a controlled environment.Saints vs. Falcons predictionThe Saints’ passing game is red-hot and their running game is starting to find its groove at the right time of the season. The Falcons can’t run effectively even with Freeman and Ryan and the passing game tend to be disappointing in what looks like favorable situations. The Saints will remember what happened in the Big Easy and won’t take it easy on the Falcons, celebrating another division title in the visitors’ locker room.Saints 27, Falcons 20 It’s a holiday, but there won’t be much love given from the Saints to the Falcons as they look to take their latest crown.Here’s everything to know about betting on Saints vs. Falcons in Week 13, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for the 2019 NFL Thanksgiving game.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewSaints vs. Falcons odds for Thanksgiving 2019Spread: Saints by 7Point total: 49Odds: Saints +104, Falcons -114The Saints have been around touchdown favorites since the initial line came out, which means they would be 10-point favorites again if this game was in the other Mercedes-Benz monikered venue. Although New Orleans had to fight hard not to be upset by Carolina, Atlanta regressed to looking terrible against Tampa Bay.Saints vs. Falcons all-time seriesThe Falcons lead the series 53-48. Before their Week 10 game, however, they had dropped three straight in the rivalry. Before that, it was the Falcons who enjoyed a three-game winning streak. That’s been the nature of this tight, up-and-down matchup over the years as the teams have competed in both the NFC West and NFC South.Three trends to know— 67 percent of bettors like the Saints to cover the spread. 54 percent of moneyline bettors also are on the Saints to even the season series.— 60 percent of bettors like the point total to go over with Drew Brees and Matt Ryan quarterbacking two potent passing games, despite the defenses’ recent successes.— The Saints are 7-4 against the spread this season. The Falcons are 3-7-1 against the spread this season.Three things to watchFreeman healthier, but Jones notFalcons running back Devonta Freeman is set to return from his foot injury, but now go-to wide receiver Julio Jones has a shoulder injury. The Falcons will do their best to get their running game back on track, but with Brees on the other side, they will need to throw more to win the rematch. Should Jones be limited and Ryan continue to slump, that’s not bound to happen.Kamara and MurrayThe Saints have their dynamic backfield duo working extremely well together. The Falcons have been good against the run, averaging giving up only 3.9 yards per carry. But Kamara is a nightmare on the edge and in the short passing game, while Murray has great power and burst with which to change the pace.Thomas and CookMichael Thomas continues to be a beastly record-setting presence as the Saints’ top wide receiver. But now he has a real running buddy in tight end Jared Cook, emerging as a consistently dangerous No. 2 option. The Falcons don’t really have combined coverage answers for them.last_img read more