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.
Twitter Debuts 'Happening Now' to Call Out Real-Time Events
Twitter has rolled out a new way to see what's happening live around the world with the addition of a "Happening Now" tool in users' timelines. Twitter says the Happening Now content will center on events and topics it thinks users will be interested in, though it is kicking off the feature with a focus just on sports in the U.S.
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.
Google Play Instant Lets You Test-Drive Games Without Downloading Them
Google today announced several changes to the Google Play Store and Google Play Games apps that should entice Android device owners to check out the latest games. A new feature called Google Instant Play lets people tap and try games directly in the Google Play Store and Google Play Games app without first downloading the game.
Olympics to Be Offered In Virtual Reality for Samsung Gear VR
NBC today said that it will provide virtual reality coverage of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, but only to the Samsung Gear VR headset. NBC plans to capture about 85 hours of virtual reality programming, including the opening and closing ceremonies, and select competitions.
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