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NFL blackout hits Dish Network as talks sour

NFL blackout hits Dish Network as talks sour

For the first time ever, the NFL has had its channels dropped by a TV service provider, a popular one at that. Dish Network kicked off an NFL Network and NFL RedZone blackout after talks between the two companies soured. The squabble is reportedly over distribution fees; the existing contract that gave Dish the NFL channels has expired, and the service provider apparently didn’t like the terms being offered by the new proposal.

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Pittsburgh Steelers test robot tackling dummies

Pittsburgh Steelers test robot tackling dummies

The Pittsburgh Steelers are experimenting with robot tackling dummies that chase players across the training field, potentially ramming into them with columnar, padded bodies. The robot dummies are able to operate independently, featuring a base upon which they can roll and brake. In a demonstration video posted by the NFL, the dummies are able to zoom after someone, brake when they dodge, and reverse course quickly.

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NFL inks deal to stream classic games on YouTube

NFL inks deal to stream classic games on YouTube

Last year, the NFL partnered with YouTube to bring a variety of content to the video service. These include game previews, in-game highlights, post-game recaps, and more. However, thanks to a new deal, we will start seeing entire games show up on the company's YouTube channel.

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DirecTV adds live out-of-market games for NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers

DirecTV adds live out-of-market games for NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers

DirecTV has announced that NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers will soon be able to stream out-of-market regular season football games on Sunday afternoons, removing the need to upgrade to an NFL Sunday Ticket Max subscription. Subscribers will be able to stream the games live on their favorite devices -- tablets, smartphones, and other connected gadgets. The new season of live NFL games starts September 11.

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Microsoft HoloLens wants to bring new tech to NFL fans

Microsoft HoloLens wants to bring new tech to NFL fans

Microsoft foresees a day when an NFL fan's favorite team won’t be confined solely to their TV on game day. Microsoft wants to use the HoloLens to give football fans an entirely new world of interactivity with the game. Microsoft's vision for the future of watching football was unveiled at the Super Bowl 50 panel discussion.

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Comcast’s adding new features for football fans

Comcast’s adding new features for football fans

Comcast is catering to the wants of its subscribers, at least the subscribers who enjoy football season. On Thursday, the service provider announced that it is making its X1 Sports mobile app “the ultimate football companion” for football season — for both the NCAA and NFL seasons. Comcast says it’ll be bringing users more football content than before, including everything from visualizations that make it easy to catch up on what has already gone down to real-time stats on games.

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NFL Game Pass brings games to Apple TV, Xbox and more

NFL Game Pass brings games to Apple TV, Xbox and more

The NFL has offered a subscription streaming service for a while, but it has been limited in both availability and what it offers. That will be changing with NFL Game Pass, a new service that updates its previous offering to include support for additional devices like Apple TV and gaming consoles. Game Pass will, for the most part, be replacing Game Rewind, and it’ll bring on-demand streaming of past regular season games. Unfortunately, live streaming options will still be limited.

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Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle goes up for pre-order

Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle goes up for pre-order

Football fans, today brings good news: the Xbox One is arriving in a new bundle, and it’s bringing Madden NFL 16 with it. Called, most appropriately, the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle, it includes an Xbox One with a 1TB hard drive, offering ample space for all the downloads you’ve got planned, as well as a full download for Madden NFL 16 when it launches next month (August 25, to be precise). It is coming with a couple other perks, too, and you can pre-order it now.

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$19.5M in counterfeit NFL merch seized by Homeland Security

$19.5M in counterfeit NFL merch seized by Homeland Security

As you sit down to watch the Super Bowl tomorrow, rest easy knowing that your favorite NFL jersey and other sportswear is authentic, legitimate, and safe, thanks to officials at Homeland Security. Much like they do every year around this time, government authorities have just announced that millions of dollars in counterfeit, "unsafe" NFL merchandise have been seized, this time amounting to $19.5 million. That means you have a few less knockoff sports team jerseys, shirts, and hats to worry about.

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Super Bowl weekend gets ‘beaconized’ courtesy of Gimbal

Super Bowl weekend gets ‘beaconized’ courtesy of Gimbal

As the sporting world steadies its gaze on Phoenix this weekend, there’s more than just a Super Bowl going on. The event, once just a game to decide the champions of the NFL, has morphed into a festival. Much like the NFL has grown, so has their coup de grace. If you’re weaving your way through the festivities orbiting the Super Bowl this weekend, you might even find your phone is getting in on the action, helping you find great stuff to do.

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NFL, Google huddle to bring Super Bowl to YouTube, Search

NFL, Google huddle to bring Super Bowl to YouTube, Search

The team-up that many have been waiting for is happening at long last. The NFL and Google have signed up a deal that will bring the upcoming SuperBowl XLIX front and center in Google's world. But don't get the wrong idea. The deal in place only covers search results, clips, and, of course, ads, with revenue being shared by the two. Official NFL content must still be consumed from NFL's own source or partners, with Google providing only a teaser and a gateway to the Super Bowl world.

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NFL Mobile app update drops ahead of Super Bowl XLIX

NFL Mobile app update drops ahead of Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl XLIX will be upon us in the very near future, and ahead of the game the NFL has pushed out an update for both its iOS and its Android apps. Several changes come with the update, the most important of which is the (future) ability to stream the Super Bowl and the 2015 Pro Game for Verizon's subscribers specifically. Joining the streaming feature is some additional functionality, all of it centering around the big game on February 1.

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