Amazon is bidding to buy Fox’s 22 regional sports networks

Amazon is among several other organizations that are bidding to acquire all 22 of Disney’s regional sports networks, which were formally owned by Fox, according to CNBC. Disney, who already owns ESPN, is forced to sell the networks as a condition of their pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox. If Amazon wins, they would gain broadcast rights to over 40 MLB, NBA, and NHL teams. These games could potentially be offered for free to Prime members, much like Amazon’s existing streams of Thursday Night Football and upcoming Premier League soccer games. Over 40 parties have expressed interest in acquiring these channels, but only Amazon and a few others have actually participated in the first round of bidding. The new Fox company, which consists of the assets not included in Disney’s acquisition, such as cable networks Fox News, Fox Business, and Fox Sports, did not participate in the first round of bids but is said to bid in the second round.

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NBA League Pass with live games likely coming to Amazon Prime Video Channels

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It appears as though the NBA will be offering their NBA Leauge Pass streaming subscription service through Amazon’s Prime Video Channels. A tweet from an Amazon employee shows the NBA subscription plan being offered on an Amazon Fire TV device, even though such a subscription is not yet available to the general public. If the plan becomes available, it means that live NBA games will be available through Amazon’s Prime Video platform for the first time. Read more ›

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WatchESPN becomes “ESPN for Fire TV” and streams new ESPN+ service for $4.99 per month

In conjunction with today’s launch of ESPN+, the new $4.99 per month standalone streaming service, ESPN has rebranded their WatchESPN app in the Fire TV appstore to ESPN for Fire TV. The newly redesigned app provides Fire TV owners access to live sports events including MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA, golf, boxing, tennis, rugby, and more. It also includes access to original shows, highlights, and analysis. The ESPN app continues to accept activation from traditional television providers, just as the old app did, but now sports fans have the option to pay monthly for direct access.

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Alexa can now give recaps and stats for NBA and NHL games and players

Giving sports scores has been a feature of Alexa for as long as the voice assistant has been available, but Amazon has now expanded its sports knowledge with the new ability to recap games and give individual player stats, according to Engadget. If you ask “Alexa, recap the [team name] game” for an NBA or NHL team, you’ll receive a recap of the last game played. An NBA recap, for example, will provide the final score and tell you which players scored the most points, got the most rebounds, and gave the most assists with specific values for each stat. Alexa is also better with playoff games, so you can ask “Alexa, when are the next [league] playoff games?” to hear about upcoming postseason season games. You can also ask how a specific player is doing in the playoffs, by asking “Alexa, how many points/goals has [player name] scored in the playoffs?,” and other specific sports quieries.

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ESPN’s standalone sports streaming service launches April 12th for $4.99/mo

ESPN has announced that they will be launching their standalone sports streaming service, called ESPN+, later this month on April 12th. For $4.99 per month and without needing a traditional cable subscription, customers will have access to live coverage of MLB, NHL, MLS, colleges sports, boxing, PGA golf, tennis and more. Read more ›

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New NHL app brings live hockey games to the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

The NHL have just released a new app for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models. The new app gives access to NHL TV where hockey fans can watch out-of-market games live and on demand. The app features a free game of the week to give it a try, but you’ll generally need an NHL TV subscription to enjoy everything the app has to offer. Games through the NHL app are streamed in HD at 60 frames per second.

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How to watch NCAA March Madness Basketball Live on a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

The NCAA Division I men’s college basketball championship, better known as March Madness, will consist of 67 single-elimination games played over the next 21 days, between March 13th and April 2nd. All games, including tonight’s Selection Show which starts at 6 pm ET, will be available to stream live through an Amazon Fire TV, Firestick, and Fire TV Edition television. Here’s how to watch all the live coverage and which apps you’ll need. Read more ›

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CBS launches Free 24/7 streaming sports news network CBS Sports HQ

CBS has launched a new streaming sports news network called CBS Sports HQ. The 24/7 stream will feature live sports news, game highlights, and team analyses. Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television owners can watch the stream completely for free through the CBS Sports app. A cable subscription or CBS All Access subscription is not required to watch. This new network is very similar to CBS’ 24/7 live news network, CBS News, which is also free and available on all Fire TV devices.

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Amazon in negotiations against YouTube, Twitter, and Verizon for NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’ streaming rights

Amazon is back at the bidding table for streaming rights to the NFL’s Thursday Night Football (TNF) games, according to Variety. They’re up against Google’s YouTube, Twitter, and Verizon. FOX just locked up broadcast rights to TNF for the next five years, but now Amazon is negotiating for digital streaming rights for equally as long. Read more ›

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FOX Soccer app arrives on all Amazon Fire TV models

FOX has brought their FOX Soccer Match Pass app to all Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The app gives subscribers access to over 1,700 live and on-demand soccer and rugby games. Over 30 soccer leagues and competitions are included in the coverage as well as several rugby leagues. The service costs $19.99 per month or you can pay $139.99 for an annual pass, which saves you about $100. All events stream without any commercials and some offer multiple camera angles. A 7-day free trial is available to give the app a try.

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