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While teams and players are on to the 2017 draft, the National Football League is working to avoid a repeat of last year's TV ratings drop. Recently-released research and analysis suggests there were many reasons for the lower viewership - some of which the league could address with technology.

The NFL has tools to enhance and advance the TV viewing experience. Applying them would require the league to work with their long-time broadcaster partners and tech friends on what could be an expensive undertaking. The kit includes next-gen stats, 360 degree replays, virtual reality, Be the Player and eventually ultra-high definition programming. However, none of these are quick and easy fixes.

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When the NFL is ready for some football this fall, who will stream its games? And will its 32 teams still be restricted in their use of social media?

A year after its launch and on a winning streak in the pro sports sector, Facebook Live joins Twitter in the race to land the NFL's social media game streaming. The answer may be both as teams are in many cases working amid restrictions with each to focus fan engagement strategies.

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In a case of the saying "everything old is new again," Sony PlayStation Vue has evolved picture-in-picture (PIP) technology that dates back to the mid-1970s to let viewers of its Internet TV service to simultaneously watch three channels in what should be a fan favorite for sports fans.

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