AT&T Buys Quickplay to Power DirecTV’s Internet-Video Services

AT&T is acquiring Quickplay Media, a provider of Internet-video streaming services, which it will use to launch three over-the-top DirecTV services later in 2016.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The telecom giant is acquiring Quickplay from Madison Dearborn Partners, a private-equity firm that bought the Toronto-based company for $100 million in 2012. AT&T said it plans to retain Quickplay’s more than 350 employees and contractors.

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Periscope, a Streaming Twitter App, Steals the Show on Boxing’s Big Night

Periscope, the Twitter live-streaming app, barged its way onto sports’ biggest stage on Saturday as Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. How many thousands of people watched the bout via Periscope is not easy to calculate, but for those who did, the rogue approach to viewership represented saving a pay-per-view fee of as much as $100 — and a potentially worrisome moment for rights holders.

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