Apr 5, 2017

Amazon wins coveted NFL streaming deal

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Amazon has landed the rights to stream Thursday night NFL games next season, Recode reports, giving Amazon Prime subscribers around the world access to the 10 Thursday-night games on mobile or on a smart TV.

The tech giant is reportedly paying $50 million for distribution rights, 5x what Twitter paid last year. The contract is a huge win for Amazon, which lost out in 2016, despite reportedly outbidding Twitter by $5 million. Amazon won't have exclusive rights to the content, however; as CBS and NBC will also be able to stream the games they broadcast on their digital platforms.

Why it matters: Twitter says each game they live-streamed last season drew an average of 3.5 million unique viewers. While Twitter only saw marginal revenue gains for the quarter, the deal helped establish their presence in the live content space. Amazon is also hoping a major sports broadcasting deal will help them win future live and scripted TV content deals.

Live sports are big: Social and streaming companies are brokering content deals in an attempt to eat into the $72 billion U.S. TV ad market. They're going after sports deals for their live-streaming platforms because unlike most TV content, sports are still viewed live (per comScore, 90% of sports games are watched live, as opposed to 71% of dramas).

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Schools get creative to keep students connected

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School districts are exploring ways to keep their homebound pupils connected to the classroom, even though many students don't have the internet service or devices they need to do assignments.

Why it matters: All teachers face the problem of "summer slide" — when students lose skills during summer breaks. This year will be doubly hard because students are losing between one and three additional months of in-classroom instruction due to coronavirus-driven closures.

U.S.-led coalition in Iraq withdraws from 3rd base this month

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The United States-led coalition in Iraq withdrew from K-1 Air Base in the northern part of the country on Sunday, AP reports.

Why it matters: It's the third site that coalition forces have left this month as the U.S. gathers troops in Baghdad and at Ain al-Asad Air Base.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 679,977 — Total deaths: 31,734 — Total recoveries: 145,625.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 8 a.m. ET: 124,686 — Total deaths: 2,191 — Total recoveries: 2,612.
  3. Federal government latest: Trump announces new travel advisories for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but rules out quarantine enforcement. Per CDC, those residents should "refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days," with the exception of critical infrastructure industry workers.
  4. State updates: Alaska issues a stay-at-home order — New York tries to nearly triple hospital capacity in less than a month and moved presidential primary to June 23. Some Midwestern swing voters who backed Trump's initial handling of the virus balk at call for U.S. to be "opened up" by Easter.
  5. World updates: In Spain, over 1,400 people were confirmed dead between Thursday to Saturday.
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