Manage episode 225427911 series 2313429
- What is BAMTech, and why is it, according to The Verge, "the future of television”?
- BAMTech’s origins as part of Major League Baseball's Advanced Media division ("MLBAM)”)
- MLBAM’s founding CEO Bob Bowman’s decidedly “non-tech” background, and growth into one of the most important tech leaders of the past 15 years
- Initial technology struggles and learnings from early streaming efforts (including a botched audio package of Ichiro Suzuki’s games with the Mariners for fans in Japan)
- Landing on a streaming model that works with the launch of MLB.tv in 2002/2003—three years before YouTube is founded!
- Improvement of the MLB.tv service and MLBAM’s streaming expertise over the next ten years through the rise of mobile, and simultaneous growth of MLBAM’s revenues to over $1B annually
- MLBAM’s initial deals to expand its streaming services beyond baseball, starting with ESPN in 2010, then WWE, the PGA, HBO and the NHL
- The importance of media rights, and MLBAM’s transition from a simple tech/infrastructure provider to a full-fledged media company
- The decision to initiate a spin-off process for BAMTech from MLB in August 2015, and Disney’s $1B investment into the newly created spin-out company in August 2016
- Disney’s subsequent announcement that they’ll be working with BAMTech to create a direct-to-consumer ESPN streaming service
- BAMTech’s $300M deal with Riot Games in December 2016 for the media rights to League of Legends eSports content
- Bob Bowman’s announcement in February 2017 that he’ll be stepping back to from a day to day role, and hiring of former Amazon VP of Video Michael Paull as BAMTech’s new CEO
- Facebook’s struggles with Instant Articles
- Microsoft killing Wunderlist (David is VERY sad)
- Instagram continues its torrid growth, passes 700M MAU
- Amazon’s new Look
- The Cloudera IPO
- Confirmation the ride sharing wars are far from over: Didi raises $5.5B in the largest private funding round ever
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