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4: Faster, Higher, Stronger: The Future of OTT

2017 was the year in which OTT video became a demonstrably mainstream platform as viewership of its services extended into a majority of US homes for the first time. David Walmsley sets the scene in the first part of our in-depth report into the state of the growing sector of OTT broadcasting.

In this month's issue we cover the following: COMING TO AMERICA  – Bayern Munich's New York office helps to secure new partners JUVENTUS – the commercial strategy of Italy's top club LOCAL

Facebook's decision to prioritise 'meaningful social interactions' over throwaway content in changes to its news feed algorithm will have significant implications for rights holders. Adam Nelson looks at how the sports ecosystem can adapt.

Richard Clarke looks at the AR and VR developments showcased at the annual Facebook gathering.

Social media platform Facebook has agreed a deal to stream the Florida Cup, the club football exhibition tournament, across Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America

Spanish LaLiga football club Real Madrid has launched a subscription-based service on social media platform Facebook

Technology company GameOn has partnered with North American basketball league the NBA to launch a new chatbot service through social media platform Facebook that aims to enhance the fan experience

Facebook is exclusively live streaming in the US all 32 games from the World Baseball Softball Confederation's 2019 Premier12 national team baseball tournament, which started on Saturday in Mexico

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What does the launch of Facebook’s Sports Stadium service mean for the future of the sports media market? Kevin Roberts speaks to Dan Reed, head of sports partnerships at Facebook.

Has Facebook stolen a march on its rivals with its Sports Stadium treatment of live events? Kevin Roberts looks at the initiative.

Mundane family photos, courtside experiences and getting the timing right were among the themes as the NBA and Facebook discussed how to create engaging social media content at the Leaders Sports Summit this afternoon.