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If sources are to be believed, Twitter Inc is in talks with the NBA, Major League Soccer and Time Warner Inc’s cable network Turner Broadcasting to buy digital streaming rights for content related to major sports and events, Recode reported.
The content could either be actual game footage or live interviews and analysis. The report comes two months after the micro blogging service provider struck a deal with the NFL to stream some of its Thursday Night Football games this fall. Twitter also streamed pre- and post-game content around Wimbledon this week. Streaming the games live will give the company a new avenue to attract users and better compete with rival social network operators including Facebook Inc, which has over a billion users.
Twitter has been increasing its push into video as users turn to the internet from traditional cable for their entertainment fix.
Last month, the company said it would allow users to post longer videos of up to 140 seconds and enable video publishers to make money from their content on Vine, its streaming service. Twitter , MLS and NBA declined to comment. Turner was not available for comment.