Spotify has promoted The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to a new role as head of global sports strategy, reported Deadline. Simmons has worked under the streaming service’s umbrella since it bought his sports and culture podcast network The Ringer back in 2020. In his new role, we’ll likely see Simmons expand upon the current lineup of NBA, MLB and NFL-focused podcasts and dive into international territory. We’ve already gotten a hint of that with shows like The Rugby Pod with Andy Goode, Big Jim Hamilton and host Andy Rowe.
Spotify’s non-US audience is getting larger — the service is currently available in 178 countries. Its number of subscribers actually grew by 2 million in the first quarter of 2022 (despite losing all of its Russian subscribers), which it pinned on "outperformance in Latin America and Europe". Last year, the streaming service expanded to 86 new countries, with the goal of eventually streaming to over 1 billion users. Earlier this year, Spotify announced it was going to become the main partner of FC Barcelona, as well as its official audio streaming partner. Given the fact that no global sports coverage would be complete without soccer, we’re likely to see even more from this space. There’s no doubt an appetite amongst Spotify’s global audience for shows focused on the Premier League, FIFA and the World Cup, as well as other international sports topics.
The promotion of Simmons is a part of a broader shake-up in Spotify’s exec structure. Parcast founder Max Cutler will become Spotify’s head of creator content and partnerships, overseeing originals and heading an entirely new division of “creator-focused” content. Julie McNamara will oversee studio partnerships and Hollywood-produced works.
In Spotify’s latest earnings call, it announced it reached a record 422 million global monthly active users. But despite its strong growth, the initial concerns that Spotify may have bitten off more than it can chew with its $ 1 billion investment in podcasts hasn’t faded. While podcast listening hours skyrocketed during the pandemic, there’s no guarantee that Spotify will be able to hold on to that momentum in the future.
You won't have to leave the social media sphere to catch some of the coverage surrounding FIFA World Cup matches. Fox Sports has expanded its relationship with Twitter to offer live pre-game shows and in-match previews (through @foxsports and @foxsoccer) for every match of World Cup 2022 and Women's World Cup 2023. You can also expect "near real-time" highlights during play as well as post-match discussions.
The exclusive deal for both the men's and women's tournaments is a first for Twitter, according to the social network's global content head TJ Adeshola. Naturally, you can expect Fox to support the streams through ads.
You'll still have to use the Fox Sports app or website (plus a pay TV subscription) if you want to stream the matches themselves. Like it or not, the broadcaster still wants to steer you toward its most lucrative business. Even so, this at least offers more ways to immerse yourself in the group stages or build up hype for a must-win knockout match.
Tribit features regularly on TalkAndroid and for good reason; the brand usually delivers impeccable sound at an affordable price. Its latest entry into the audio segment is the MoveBuds H1 Sports Earbuds that feature IPX8 water resistance, up to 40 hours battery life when you take the charging case into account, and a price tag […]
Come comment on this article: Tribit’s new MoveBuds H1 Sports Earbuds offer up to 40 hours of playback, IPX8 certification, and cost $ 89
If you’ve bought a smartphone in a certain color and wish you’d chosen a brighter colorway, Vivo’s V23 could be the answer with its color-changing rear panel that changes from a bronze color to a bright blue-green finish when exposed to sunlight. Vivo’s new series of phones consist of the V23 and the V23 Pro, […]
Come comment on this article: Vivo’s V23 Pro sports an incredible color-changing rear panel that reacts to sunlight
Fox Sports used a Sony A7R IV during a broadcast to give NFL fans a more intimate and cinematic experience, according to a tweet from NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo and article by Sports Video Group (SVG). The relatively inexpensive rig was deplo…
When Samsung announced that it would provide three years worth of OS upgrades for handsets stretching as far back as the Galaxy S10, it would have been reasonable to assume that the Galaxy S9 had reached the end of its support schedule and that it wouldn’t receive any further significant updates. Thankfully though, the Galaxy […]
Come comment on this article: Good news sports fans! The One UI 2.5 update is coming to Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Note 9 (and a whole lot more)
Parents and caretakers,
We know this isn’t the easiest time for you. You’re juggling work, life, kids and the state of the world today. The struggle is real. Honestly, there’s an 11-year-old child, asking for my help, as I type this. That’s why we’re hosting Camp YouTube: a digital learning experience to help parents recreate the fun of summer camp at home.
With Google searches for “virtual summer camps” spiking over the past few weeks, we want to help parents structure this new normal. Starting today, Camp YouTube will spotlight content on the Learn@Home site and YouTube Kids across beloved summer camp themes, such as arts, adventure, sports, STEM, and more. We’ll have over 1,200 videos programmed during this two-week period with content refreshed every weekday through Sunday, July 5.
We’ve made sure there’s something for everyone.
If you’re looking to bring the outside in, we’ll have an adventure camp that will help you explore the world around you and appreciate nature. Teenagers can enjoy wildlife, unscripted and unedited, with Explore.org; learn how to examine the outdoors the way scientists do when they’re doing fieldwork with The Brain Scoop or discover dinosaur fossils and organisms from all over the planet with the American Museum of Natural History.
We’ll also have a dedicated section for families with kids under 13 across each camp theme, where parents and kids can watch summer camp-themed videos on YouTube Kids that encourage creativity, curiosity, playfulness and offline activities. For adventure camp, families can discover how to make a tide pool aquarium in their backyard with Brave Wilderness, learn how to best prep for a hike with PLUM LANDING or find their animal soulmates from Dodo Kids.
For those looking to be creative, we’ll have an arts camp focused on self-expression and talent-building. With arts camp, the teenagers in your household will be able to cover everything from art history, dance and music; to acting, songwriting and drawing, including a creative-writing workshop from TED-Ed.
And for those under the age of 13, families can tune in to YouTube Kids to express their creativity with Art for Kids Hub, make art with household items while learning art history with the ArtistYear or practice ballet for beginners with NANI NANI KIDS. If music is your passion, you and your kids can learn dance moves together with KIDZ BOP.
There will also be a number of videos focused on sports and wellness from soccer, football and baseball to yoga, meditation and stretching. With the help of the WNBA and NBA community, the Jr. NBA has developed two youth basketball development camps, one for kids ages 13 and younger that features beginner basketball exercises and drills, and one for teenagers that features intermediate and advanced training.
We’ll also have a STEM camp for those interested in science, space, coding and more. For teenagers, STEM camp will have a number of science facts and experiments, and cover everything from coding to chemistry. You can learn about space exploration from National Geographic, earth science from AsapSCIENCE or computer programming from Jabrils.
Families with little ones can also join in on the fun and get their feet wet with STEM through YouTube Kids, too. They can learn coding with Goldieblox, or complete fun and weird science activities with PBS KIDS.
We know this summer may be a bit different for a lot of us. However, with the help of creators on YouTube, we hope you and your families can experience the magic of camp from home!
Malik Ducard, VP of Content Partnerships, Learning, Social Impact, Family, Health, Film & TV
Formula E is delivering more than realistic race simulations to fill the gap in broadcasts left by the temporary shutdown of conventional sports. The Envision Virgin Racing team has teamed up with Jelle’s Marble Runs, the YouTube channel of Marbleymp…
Engadget RSS Feed
It’s only a couple of weeks since Poco first teased that a) the brand was still alive and b) that it was launching a device today, and here we are with the Poco X2, the long-awaited successor to the Pocofone F1. Having been spun off from Xiaomi as its own brand, Poco has dug around […]
Come comment on this article: The Poco X2 sports a weird mix of mid-to-high level specifications
Following news of a powerful 108MP binned primary camera sensor in Samsung’s upcoming flagships, we’ve now heard the entire S11 series will also use a 48MP binned sensor for zooming. We’ve been seeing a steady increase in the number of leaks Samsung‘s next-gen flagship Galaxy S11 series in the lead up to their expected announcement […]
Come comment on this article: Samsung Galaxy S11 family sports 48MP zoom camera alongside 108MP primary
Facebook isn't the only company struggling over the prospect of end-to-end encryption in messaging apps, as a report from Yahoo Sports cites examples from "every level of sport" turning to encrypted messaging. While Whatsapp and iMessage provide encr…
Engadget RSS Feed
Insta360 — as the name implies — is usually known for its 360-degree cameras, but this time, it's braving sports cam territory with a little surprise, literally. The Insta360 Go is apparently the "world's smallest stabilized camera" — so small tha…
Engadget RSS Feed
Need a new set of wireless earbuds to work out in? We’ve got an offer that you might not want to pass up. The XT9 truly wireless earbuds are the perfect companion for running and working out thanks to their ergonomic design that won’t fall out of your ears, and they’re on a pretty big […]
Come comment on this article: [TA Deals] Save on the XT9 truly wireless sports headphones with an including charging dock (62% off)
HQ Trivia has been broadcasting its live game show to mobile devices for about a year and a half now, and usually the events were hosted by "quiz daddy" Scott Rogowsky. He hasn't been on the air for the last few weeks, and as TMZ first reported today…
Engadget RSS Feed
Audi's performance Sport division announced that will introduce a four-door high-performance EV as part of Audi and VW's grand electrification plans. The E-Tron GT will be based on the Porsche Mission E platform and built alongside the E-Tron Quattro…
Engadget RSS Feed
British mad scientist Colin Furze likes to make things fast. His latest project is the world’s fastest bumper car for Top Gear’s. With a 600cc, 100-horsepower sports bike engine, it set a world record by averaging more than 100 mph.
The post World’s fastest bumper car tops 100 mph with a 600cc sports bike engine appeared first on Digital Trends.
Wireless earbuds, particularly for sporting and fitness activities, can get expensive. The Jaybird X2’s sit at $ 100 or more. While quality headphones, not everyone wants to invest that much money into earphones. Enter, the Syllable D700 wireless sport earbuds. Syllable believes they’re on par with more pricey headphones, and they might just be. Find out […]
Come comment on this article: Syllable D700 Wireless Sports Earbuds review
Garmin combines luxury and sport with its latest smart watch, the Fenix Chronos, which features an ultra-sleek look, yet still carries the features would expect from a sports watch under the hood.
The post Garmin’s Fenix Chronox could be the most stylish sports watch we’ve ever seen appeared first on Digital Trends.
Yahoo Sports has completely redesigned its mobile app for iOS and Android. The app now offers a personalized guide to Major League Baseball (MLB) live-streams, and also hosts selected MLB streams itself.
The post Looking for MLB live-streams? Yahoo’s redesigned Sports app has you covered appeared first on Digital Trends.
Polar has announced its latest fitness tracker, the M600, which is the company’s first to feature Google’s Android Wear. The tracker also offers a proprietary heart rate monitor and is waterproof.
The post Polar pairs Android Wear with fitness tracking for the M600 sports watch appeared first on Digital Trends.
You can finally watch sports in VR (but you might feel like a peeper), Blue Origin plans to start sending people into space as soon as 2017, and DARPA wants to make cyborgs a reality.
The post Trends with Benefits: Watching sports in VR, civilian space travel, real-life cyborgs appeared first on Digital Trends.
Garmin has launched a trio of GPS running watches, including the first equipped with the company's new wrist-based heart rate sensor. The Forerunner 235 uses the "Garmin Elevate" optical sensor that displays heart rate and training zone directly on…
Engadget RSS Feed