NBC to Stream Olympics to Android and iOS Devices Free
NBC has unrolled plans to offer every event at the 2012 Summer Olympics to smartphone and tablet users for free via dedicated mobile applications. The service, which will be available to Android and iOS devices, but not BlackBerries or Windows Phones, will require that users subscribe to a for-pay television service of some sort, whether it be cable or satellite. The NBC Olympics Live Extra app can be used to watch some 3,500 planned events (competitions, medal ceremonies, etc.) during the two-week stretch of the games, which are scheduled to kick off July 27. A second app, called NBC Olympics, will offer additional content, such as athlete interviews and similar information. Both apps are live in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and can be used between now and July 27 to view the event schedule, select favorite sports, and so on. NBC will also be streaming the games via its web site.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
YouTube Gaming Hits the Start Button
Google today fully launched its stand-alone YouTube Gaming site. The site features dedicated search algorithms so results focus on games.
Verizon Zero-Rates Its Fios Mobile Video App
Verizon Wireless today said the company's Fios home internet and television customers can stream an unlimited amount of live and recorded shows over LTE without impacting their monthly data allotment. Specifically, Fios customers can use the Fios Mobile app on their smartphones and tablets to watch 140 channels of live television, movies, and stored DVR content.
BBM Gains PayPal for Android, BlackBerry, iOS
BlackBerry today added a handful of new features to its cross-platform messaging service. All versions of BBM (Android, BlackBerry, iOS) earn the ability to send money to BBM contacts using PayPal.
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