This weekend’s Big Ten football championship game on Fox Sports will be very important. Not just to of the huge playoff implications but because of an experiment that is taking place on the field. Football fans will get to see the field in a whole new way. When Wisconsin takes on Penn State for the Big Ten Championship referees will be wearing hats equipped with GoPros. If all goes well this will be helpful for ratings and the struggling GoPro who recently had to issue a recall for its drones.
I for one am looking forward to seeing things from a referees perspective of the action. An unseen benefit of this experiment is that it might make fans more forgiving of them when they blow calls if we can see what they see or don’t see for that matter. Fox Sports worked alongside GoPro and Big Ten officials to make sure things will work without issue.
This won’t be the first time that Fox Sports Lab has tried out the GoPro. They have already successfully tested out the system during the Wisconsin vs. Minnesota game. That footage above and also can been watched on The Nightly Dish podcast right now. Fox Sports will also have a dedicated stream of GoPro Hat Cam footage on their Fox Sports Go app. Unfortunately you’ll need a cable subscription to take advantage of what that streaming app offers. ESPN might have to watch its back.
The NES Classic Edition may have not been selling at the same rate as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 but that is mainly because it was already flying off the store shelves. PlayStation 4 was selling at a rate of one every 20 seconds and the Xbox One was selling one a minute during Black Friday. The system was an instant hit and a reminder that for Nintendo there is hope to get to its glory days. Or it could be that we want to live the glory days of video games when it was not about the DLC (downloadable content) and multiplayer. The $60 console preloaded with 30 retro games has created a very real supply shortage for Nintendo.
That has opened up the door for many people on the online marketplace eBay the most expensive and only place to buy the Classic. Or maybe not. Walmart, Best Buy and Target seem to always be out of the Classic Edition, with stock only showing up periodically. Making getting your hands on an NES Classic Edition is almost impossible.
“The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system is a hot item, and we are working hard to keep up with consumer demand. There will be a steady flow of additional systems through the holiday shopping season and into the new year. Please contact your local retailers to check product availability.” ~Nintendo
You can constantly keep stalking the stores for new stock or you can use this use this nifty stock-checking tool which will show you inventory that comes in overnight.… Read the rest
Fitbit may have not let on to how much pressure it has felt from the Apple SmartWatch and others. So much so according to sources it is acquiring smartwatch maker Pebble. The wearable industry is declining so it makes sense that these two would team up. Pebble laid off a quarter of its workforce. Pebble being phased out will be hard to watch. It was one of the first to take Kickstarter and the wearable industry by storm.
We don’t know how much Fitbit is getting Pebble for but since they are mainly after its intellectual property it most likely won’t be that much. Fitbit might be paying $40 million for Pebble. While that sounds like a lot it is small changed compared to the $70 million Intel was offering earlier this year. Previously unreported offers were double that at $70 million from Intel earlier in the year. Pebble is loved by many. The smartwatch operating system alone is worth it.
While Pebble will help Fitbit it might not save it from a slow death. Fitbit a very rough time and has posted weaker guidance for the holiday season. Other companies like Jawbone and Nike already bailed on the crowded tracker market. Seems its harder said than done to take on Apple Watch and the Android Wear devices with their recognition.
Netflix must have felt some heat with Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and the recently announced DirecTV Now. So much so that they have finally given members what they have wanted and wished for. Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos gave hints that the feature was coming while doing an interview with CNBC. Looks like that hint is now fact. Starting today users worldwide can now download content in addition to streaming. You get this wonderful feature without great any extra cost. Before you get too excited, Netflix only allowing select movies and TV shows to be downloaded for offline playback
Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode. Your favorite stories are now available for download any time. pic.twitter.com/g7QZA3TyE8
We don’t know what Netflix content will be available but did say “many of your favorite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way.” What we do know is that the content that will be available is Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, and The Crown. You can download using your iOS and Android device as long as you update the app. The feature works on all Netflix plans. It could not be any easier. You simply press the download button in the app. Amazon already has a download feature with Amazon Prime so Netflix isn’t the first streaming service to offer offline playback but I mean, this is Netflix.… Read the rest
Get Hands on with Nintendo Switch on January 13th in New York City
The last time Nintendo had a hot system was the gimmick Nintendo Wii. The Classic system does not count. If you happen to be in New York in early January and part of the press you might be able to try the new hotness. Reports are circulating that Nintendo will host a hands-on event for the upcoming Switch on January 13th in New York City. A day earlier on January 12th Nintendo will host a live-streamed presentation about the Switch in Japan. In that event Nintendo plans to unveil the release date, price and of course the all important launch games of the Switch.
As the time of this post Nintendo has not publicly announced the event yet or give a location for the event. The on only thing we know is the city it will be held. We have less than a month to find out all the facts but that the rate these leaks are happening it won’t be that hard. Nintendo’s Switch is officially scheduled to launch in March 2017.
The NYC Switch event “will further emphasize some of the details that Nintendo plans to announce.” ~Nintendo
DirecTV Now is set to take on Sling TV and PlayStation Vue on November 30th. The wait is almost over. AT&T has officially unveiled all the details about its upcoming streaming TV service. The service will be called DirecTV Now. The service lives up to its promises. The new DirecTV Now will have on-demand and live programming from over 120 channels. AT&T was able to get programing from many networks. They also plan to have offer premium add-on options.
It is too early to know if Sling TV and PlayStation Vue have anything to worry about just yet. DirecTV Now will launch on almost every single streaming device you can think of. The app will be on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Fire TV, Fire Stick and Android devices. Don’t worry Chromecast fans. Support from iOS will be available next year but no word for you yet Roku owners.
To get you hooked. DirecTV Now will offer a free 7-day trial at launch and customers who sign up early will be eligible for the $60/month package at $35/month going forward. The streaming TV package includes four tiers ranging from $35/month to $70/month with 60+ to 120+ channels.
Just like with PlayStation Vue, CBS and Showtime are missing. However unlike with PlayStation Vue the folks at Viacom are playing nice and will be on board right at launch with DirecTV Now. Another bonus is the possibility of Sunday Ticket. AT&T says it’s working with the NFL on making Sunday Ticket availability a reality.… Read the rest
Apple Campus 2 Delayed Until Second Quarter of 2017
Apple Campus 2 Delayed Until Second Quarter of 2017. The Apple Campus 2 delay is not due to the main structures holding things up. In fact the main parts of the campus are almost complete. What is holding things up is the pretty stuff. The fountains and landscaping is the issue. You can get a better look with this new drone video in lovely high-definition. Just look how lovely the solar panels look on top of the Apple Campus 2. They are hoping to have the building be self-sustaining, at least during sunny days. The solar panels cover almost all the buildings and parking structures. Apple plans is to sell excess electricity to the grid through its Apple Energy subsidiary. Apple had pushed back its completion date to the second quarter of 2017. The updated schedule extends that three months until the start of 2017.