Nine is set to head into the summer of 2019 without a major sports rights deal, refusing to pay $60 million to Seven for the rights to the Australian Open. Seven is now stuck with the rights to two major Australian sporting codes, after nabbing the media rights for cricket from Nine and Ten in a deal worth at least $1 billion over six years.
Microsoft is reportedly developing technology that would enable cashierless point of sales systems to help retailers keep up with the growing competitive threat of Amazon Go. The Reuters story states that the software giant has shown “sample technology” capable of tracking items added to shopping carts to several retailers, and three unnamed sources told the news agency that Microsoft has spoken Walmart about “a potential collaboration.”
Are you Overgramming? Instagram is stepping up to help you manage overuse rather than leaving it to iOS and Android’s new screen time dashboards. Facebook sub-company’s CEO Kevin Systrom confirmed its forthcoming launch.
Systrom wrote, “It’s true . . . We’re building tools that will help the IG community know more about the time they spend on Instagram – any time should be positive and intentional . . . Understanding how time online impacts people is important, and it’s the responsibility of all companies to be honest about this. We want to be part of the solution. I take that responsibility seriously.”
Both on and off the pitch, the Russian tournament will see technology playing a bigger role than ever. A new approach to tactical analysis and use of video technology are just some of the changes we will see.
Although a bit late to the party, football’s governing bodies have finally recognised the importance of technology. This is in contrast with many other sports, which had incorporated video replays and other systems into their rules earlier.