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Virtual slime cannons go off in the end zone after a touchdown during Nickelodeon's kid-focused broadcast of the NFL wild-card playoff game between the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints at the Superdome, Sunday,  Jan. 10, 2021 in New Orleans. The positive reviews for Nickelodeon's kids-focused broadcast of last Sunday's NFL playoff game showed the potential of alternate broadcasts of sporting events. The success of that broadcast has led to many wondering what other sports it could expand to and when we might see it again in the NFL? (CBS/Viacom via AP)

NFL wild-card games show potential for alternate broadcasts

Jan. 14, 2021 4:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brian Robbins directed “Varsity Blues” and was the producer of “Coach Carter,” but both of those might have been eclipsed last Sunday with Nickelodeon's successful kids-oriented broadcast of an NFL playoff game. Even a couple days after last Sunday's game, the...

FILE - This Aug. 13, 2020 file photo shows a logo for Roku on a remote control in Portland, Ore.  On Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, Roku is buying short-lived streaming service Quibi’s content library to bolster content for its free Roku Channel. Financial terms were undisclosed.  AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

Roku buys library of the short-lived streaming service Quibi

Jan. 8, 2021 11:35 AM EST

Roku is buying the content library of Quibi, the short-lived streaming service, to bulk up its own free ad-supported channel. Quibi, short for quick bites, raised $1.75 billion from investors including major Hollywood players like Disney, NBCUniversal and Viacom. It produced shows that were released in 10- to...

FILE - Visitors to the Pax East conference play the new Nintendo Switch video game Animal Crossing, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Boston. Thousands of gaming enthusiasts attended the Pax East conference that opened in Boston, Thursday. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

From Zoom to Quibi, the tech winners and losers of 2020

Dec. 28, 2020 5:54 PM EST

We streamed, we Zoomed, we ordered groceries and houseplants online, we created virtual villages while navigating laptop shortages to work and learn from home. In many ways, 2020′s pandemic-induced isolation threw our dependence on technology into overdrive, snipping away at our real-life connections while...