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DirecTV will kick off its 4K UHD content with the Masters

DirecTV will kick off its 4K UHD content with the Masters

AT&T has announced plans to kick off 4K Ultra HD content on DirecTV with the Masters Tournament next month. The game will be broadcasted on the DirecTV 4K Channel, giving golf fans access to the show in crisp detail. The channel itself will be dedicated to UHD content, and will launch as of next month under the company’s Premier and Ultimate subscription packages.

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Virtual reality sports is Intel’s big gamble on mainstream VR

Virtual reality sports is Intel’s big gamble on mainstream VR

Intel has snapped up a virtual reality sports startup, with the chip behemoth seeing Replay Technologies as a way into the lucrative arena of digitized entertainment. The deal, announced today, will see the five year old startup's freeD format folded into Intel's technology, with the potential for football, basketball, and other sports being digitally captured from multiple angles that can then be recreated by the fan at home.

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Part of 2016 Olympics to be shot in 8K, preparing for Japan

Part of 2016 Olympics to be shot in 8K, preparing for Japan

8K isn't even a thing yet, even among most of the TV makers in the market. But maybe in four years' time, the landscape might be different already. The Olympic Broadcasting Services apparently isn't going to sit still on that front. When the 2016 Olympics kick off in August in Brazil, it will be shooting a very small portion in 8K resolution. Since the rest of the event won't be in that hi-res quality, this is most likely just a test in preparation for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

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TuneIn Premium adds access to all 2016-17 NBA games

TuneIn Premium adds access to all 2016-17 NBA games

TuneIn and the NBA have struck a partnership, and those with a TuneIn Premium subscription will benefit from it. Starting with the 2016-17 basketball season, TuneIn will offer live play-by-play coverage for NBA pre-season content, as well as regular and post-season games as the months roll by. The NBA content will be available to premium subscribers located in the United States.

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Snapchat teams with MLB to launch ‘Snapchat Day’

Snapchat teams with MLB to launch ‘Snapchat Day’

Major League Baseball and Snapchat have teamed up to launch what they call ‘Snapchat Day.’ On March 11, MLB players will be given the greenlight to use smartphones while games are underway, doing so to take selfies and videos for sharing on Snapchat. The selfie stick ‘SnapBat’ first introduced last year will also be resurrected for Snapchat Day, bringing with it a new design; each team will get its own SnapBat.

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Yahoo Esports hub covers League of Legends and more

Yahoo Esports hub covers League of Legends and more

Yahoo has announced a new hub called ‘Yahoo Esports,’ and as its name suggests, it is dedicated to news and coverage of esports events from around the globe. The hub has tapped several people from the industry to contribute editorial and video content, including weekly videos covering things like League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone, Dota 2, and Heroes of the Storm.

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IOFIT is the first smart shoe to focus on fitness and golf

IOFIT is the first smart shoe to focus on fitness and golf

You get up in the morning and grab your smartphone, then you put on your smartwatch, wander around your smart home, and before you leave, you can put on your smart shoes. The smart shoe market isn't exactly huge at the moment, but like anything with the "smart" title, we'll start seeing more and more of them. In fact, Samsung is prepping to launch their own smart shoe.

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PGA Tour Golf VR made real with IM360

PGA Tour Golf VR made real with IM360

Virtual Reality has reached the green. The PGA Tour has partnered with the crew at IM360 to create a series of VR experiences for Samsung Gear VR and the Oculus Store. For those of you that do not (yet) have a Gear VR or an Oculus headset, a couple of the collection of videos are available on YouTube for viewing with your Google Cardboard headset. The full PGA VR app is also available starting this week through the Oculus store on Samsung Gear VR through users' Samsung Galaxy S6, S5, Note 5, and Note 4 - as well as the Edges, of course.

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Wilson X Connected Football hands-on: The IoT gets competitive

Wilson X Connected Football hands-on: The IoT gets competitive

With the Super Bowl upon us, what better time to preview the latest in Wilson X's wirelessly-enabled sports tech, the Connected Football. Though it's stuffed with Bluetooth and a bevy of sensors, at first glance you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a regular football but, as Wilson demonstrated when I met with them in San Francisco this week, it'll unlock a wealth of new data when it arrives in time for the 2016 season.

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Robot hits hole-in-one, puts other golfers to shame

Robot hits hole-in-one, puts other golfers to shame

Everyone has something that they're good at. Something that they've practiced for years, and done their best to perfect. And sometimes someone else comes along that's new to whatever that activity is, and puts you to shame. Well, golfers everywhere will be disappointed to see a new robot roll up to the tee and sink a hole-in-one.

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Smart soccer ball works with app to improve game skills

Smart soccer ball works with app to improve game skills

Trying to improve your soccer skills, but finding the process difficult? A new smart soccer ball aims to help with that, integrating smart technology into a ball that, when used alongside a related mobile app, gathers and provides data showing skill details. The company behind the soccer ball also envisions third-party training apps that will work with its model.

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Sling TV Latino: stream Super Bowl 50 live in Spanish

Sling TV Latino: stream Super Bowl 50 live in Spanish

Spanish speakers will have a high-definition Spanish streaming option via Sling Latino, the Spanish language version of Dish Network’s Sling TV television service. The big game is coming up this Sunday, and it’ll be available for streaming on both Sling Latino and DISHLatino via ESPON Deportes, the first time the network has streamed the game live in Spanish.

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