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On Pro Football: Steelers Come Out of Their Fog, Holding On to Beat Patriots

By BEN SHPIGEL

Three late collapses in a row had Pittsburgh on the ropes, but a win over New England reminded the A.F.C. how dangerous, and inscrutable, the team can be.

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ProSiebenSat.1 forms joint venture with eSports.com

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German media group ProSiebenSat.1 is expanding its eSports activities: 7Sports, the company’s sports business unit, is forming a joint venture with international eSports portal eSports.com.

The two partners intend to jointly expand into the leading eSports platform in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. www.eSports.com covers all aspects of the topic as a news portal, with content ranging from highlight videos from major eSports events, editorial reports and results through to online tournaments.

With its expertise in the production and marketing of sports content, 7Sports aims to make a significant contribution to the platform’s growth. The two partners each hold a 50% interest in the newly established eSports GSA GmbH, which will be jointly managed by Stefan Zant, managing director and COO of 7Sports, and Fabian Furch, CEO of eSports.com AG.

7Sports has been active in the area of eSports since 2016, including live broadcasts of international tournaments and a weekly highlights magazine on ProSieben MAXX. With the joint venture, 7Sports is now taking the next step in establishing a dedicated eSports ecosystem.

This includes broadcasting eSports topics and events on TV as well as digital offers. Plans also include the organisation of its own eSports tournaments, the establishment of eSports leagues and the management of professional sportspeople and teams. A dedicated department has already been created at 7Sports for this purpose.

“eSports are already a mass phenomenon in Asia, and the German market will see strong growth over the coming years. This is why we are stepping up our involvement and working with a strong partner in eSports.com,” said Conrad Albert, deputy CEO of ProSiebenSat.1. “eSports are an excellent fit for our portfolio, as they allow us to continue to expand our entertainment offering, create additional marketing space and extend our digital reach to new target groups.”

Zeljko Karajica, CEO of 7Sports, added: “To date, eSports content in Germany has been largely focused on a relatively small group of heavy users. With our eSports offering on TV and in digital on eSports.com, we are addressing the mass audience of gamers and fans in order to help establish eSports as a popular sport in Germany. Our objective is clear: We want to be the market leader.”

Helen Klaben Kahn, Survivor of a 49-Day Yukon Ordeal, Dies at 76

By RICHARD SANDOMIR

She was a 20-year-old Brooklynite seeking adventure when her plane crashed. But she and the pilot, both injured, endured in subzero weather until rescued.

NBCUniversal’s OTT service Hayu comes to the Benelux

By Robert Briel

NBCUniversal International’s SVOD service Hayu is rolling out in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

The service offers more than 6,000 episodes of reality content from more than 200 shows, most of which debut on the service the same day as they premiere in the US. Hayu is available as an OTT service on mobile, tablet, and web.

“Our direct-to-consumer launches in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg are the next key expansion for hayu as we pick up the pace broadening the service’s geographic footprint,” commented Hendrik McDermott, SVP, Branded On-Demand, NBCUniversal International.

“hayu’s popularity as a must-have service delivering the best in reality – built off the foundation of NBCUniversal’s formidable expertise as a producer of reality programming – is fueling our on-going momentum and we look forward to introducing the service to a new community of reality fans across the Benelux countries.”

The monthly, no-contract fee to access the full range of content is priced at €5.99. All new Hayu customers receive a full 30-day free trial as soon as they sign-up.

Hayu launched in the UK, Ireland and Australia in March 2016 and followed in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark in November 2017; the service’s most recent launch was in Canada in late September 2018. The addition of the three Benelux countries makes Hayu now available in 11 countries.

NBCUniversal’s OTT service Hayu comes to the Benelux

By Robert Briel

NBCUniversal International’s SVOD service Hayu is rolling out in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

The service offers more than 6,000 episodes of reality content from more than 200 shows, most of which debut on the service the same day as they premiere in the US. Hayu is available as an OTT service on mobile, tablet, and web.

“Our direct-to-consumer launches in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg are the next key expansion for hayu as we pick up the pace broadening the service’s geographic footprint,” commented Hendrik McDermott, SVP, Branded On-Demand, NBCUniversal International.

“hayu’s popularity as a must-have service delivering the best in reality – built off the foundation of NBCUniversal’s formidable expertise as a producer of reality programming – is fueling our on-going momentum and we look forward to introducing the service to a new community of reality fans across the Benelux countries.”

The monthly, no-contract fee to access the full range of content is priced at €5.99. All new Hayu customers receive a full 30-day free trial as soon as they sign-up.

Hayu launched in the UK, Ireland and Australia in March 2016 and followed in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark in November 2017; the service’s most recent launch was in Canada in late September 2018. The addition of the three Benelux countries makes Hayu now available in 11 countries.

Books News: A New Book About Mussolini Is Provoking a Debate Over His Legacy

By EMMA JOHANNINGSMEIER

Antonio Scurati, the author of “M,” sees his book as an anti-fascist history lesson disguised as a novel. Others disagree.

The Carpetbagger: Lucas Hedges and His Father Never Meant to Make a Movie Together

By KYLE BUCHANAN

Peter Hedges knew his Oscar-nominated son wouldn’t want to star in “Ben Is Back.” Then, to be supportive, Lucas read the script and everything changed.

The Saturday Profile: The β€˜It’ ’80s Party Girl Is Now a Defender of the Catholic Faith

By JASON HOROWITZ

Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis used to hang with Warhol. Now, she hosts Stephen K. Bannon and the bishops opposed to Pope Francis in her 500-room palace.

Walmart Shoppers Get Holiday Surprise From Tyler Perry: Debts Forgiven

By LAURA M. HOLSON

The actor and producer donated $432,635 to pay off layaway accounts at two Atlanta-area stores, days after the Saints’ owner paid shoppers’ debts in New Orleans.

The Invincible Benjamin Netanyahu

By ANSHEL PFEFFER

The prime minister of Israel is being investigated for corruption. His cabinet is crumbling. And he’s not going anywhere.

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