Amazon and NBC Sports to launch new live sports hub on Fire TV for the Olympics

Amazon has announced a new hub for live sports coming to the Fire TV home screen. While it’s technically for “sports biggest stage,” this is clearly meant to be for the Olympics, since it goes live July 22, a day before the Summer Olympics start, and will be available for 17 days. The hub is intended to make it simpler to access live streaming sporting events as well as on-demand replays. Read more ›

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Super Bowl 2021 will not stream in 4K or HDR

CBS has confirmed to The Verge that Super Bowl LV this year will not be available in 4K or in HDR, due to limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year’s broadcast by FOX was the first time the Super Bowl was available in 4K and HDR, however, that broadcast was actually shot at 1080p and upscaled to 4K. CBS says they’re focusing, instead, on making the stream reliable and low-latency. Super Bowl LV will be on February 7th.

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Amazon Fire TV gains a new dedicated Sports hub

Amazon has added a new Sports section to Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions for live sports, documentaries, sports commentary, and more. Unlike the recently added Live and Free sections found in the navigation menu, the new Sports section is accessed through an icon in your list of apps and channels. This sports hub serves as an aggregator to pull in and display sports content from your various apps and services in one location for easier browsing. Read more ›

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NFL Thursday Night Football will stream on Prime Video and Twitch for Free

Amazon will once again be streaming Thursday Night Football for free this year. The coverage will kick off this Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8:20 p.m. ET, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears. The full schedule, found here, includes 11 games and culminates in the Christmas Day game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints, which actually lands on a Friday. In addition to streaming on Prime Video, Amazon will also stream the games for free on Twitch. Amazon will be using their X-Ray feature on Fire TVs and mobile devices to provide real-time stats, insights, and, new for this year, is the ability to call up replays on-demand to re-watch top plays. This is the 4th season of Thursday Night Football on Prime Video and Amazon has extended their deal with the NFL for 3 more years, through 2022.

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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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Sports Illustrated TV to launch tomorrow exclusively on Amazon Channels

A new streaming service from Sports Illustrated called SI TV will be launching on November 16th exclusively on Amazon Channels. The service will cost $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial and will focus on sports storytelling through movies, documentaries, and talk shows, instead of broadcasting live games and highlight/recap shows like most sports networks. Read more ›

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Dallas Cowboys release their own dedicated Amazon Fire TV app with live streams

The Dallas Cowboys have just released their own dedicated app for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models. This app is significant because I believe it’s the first time a professional sports team has taken it upon themselves to bring content directly to their fans on the Fire TV, instead of relying on their league’s all-encompassing app, and boy is it a lot of content. The Cowboys Now app offers free access to live streams of pre- and post-game shows, as well as live daily video podcasts and live press conference streams. The app also has a ton of on-demand content like news shows, documentaries, and studio shows. While many leagues seem to be slow to adopt streaming media and continue to rely on cable and broadcast television for their content, it’s refreshing to see a team go directly to their fans with their own app.

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New 2017 NCAA March Madness app with Live Stream arrives on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

College basketball fans will be happy to hear that a new NCAA March Madness app has just been released for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The app gives access to live streams of all the games airing on TBS, TNT, and truTV. For games airing on CBS, you’ll have to use the CBS app. The March Madness app also provides on-demand game playback, highlights and behind the scenes. As you’d expect, you’ll need to activate the app with a paid TV subscription before you can watch any of the live streaming games and other content in the app. It’s compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models.

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NFL Now, NFL Game Pass, NFL Network, and NFL RedZone combine into new all-in-one NFL app for the Amazon Fire TV

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The National Football League has release a brand new NFL app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick that combines all of their various streaming content into a single app. With this new app you can access free ad-supported highlight clips through NFL Now, live game coverage via NFL Network + RedZone if you activate the app through a cable provider, and access to every NFL game back to 2012 with an NFL Game Pass subscription. The new NFL app is available on all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models, new or old, and is a must have app for any NFL fan. Read more ›

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Major League Soccer releases official MLS app for the Amazon Fire TV

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Major League Soccer, the profesional soccer league in the United States, has just released a new MLS app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Unfortunately, the app does not provide access to full games, neither live nor on-demand, but it does offer news, highlights, and analysis videos. All content is free with no need to activate the app through a cable provider or subscribe to a monthly subscription. The app claims to provide the deepest library of MLS videos and says that new videos are added daily.

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How to watch Super Bowl 50 live and for free on the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

This is for the 2016 Super Bowl
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2017 SUPER BOWL

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This is for the 2016 Super Bowl
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2017 SUPER BOWL

Now that a new CBS Sports app has been released, watching Super Bowl 50 live and for free on a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick is simple. The app is compatible with 1st-gen Fire TVs, 2nd-gen Fire TVs, older Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Sticks with Voice Remotes. Here’s how to watch the big football game with all the ads on Sunday February 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET. Read more ›

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