May 11, 2017 / 2:31 PM / 4 months ago

Twitter, NFL sign multi-year deal for live show

The Twitter logo is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said on Thursday it signed a multi-year deal with the U.S. National Football League to live-stream pre-game coverage as well as a 30-minute show on the microblogging website.

The live show will be aired on Twitter five days a week during the NFL season, covering news, highlights and pre-game updates, Twitter said.

Twitter already has a partnership with the NFL to broadcast game highlights and analysis.

Live-streaming has been one of Twitter’s biggest pushes since last year as it seeks to attract new users, as sports fans increasingly rely on the Internet to watch video.

Over 800 hours of live video across more than 450 events were streamed on Twitter in the first quarter.

Twitter had partnered with the NFL for streaming Thursday-night games during the 2016 regular season, but last month, Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) beat out the social media site in grabbing the rights to live-stream the games.

Twitter’s Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto previously served as the NFL’s finance chief.

Twitter, which has been struggling to attract more users, last month reported its strongest user growth in more than a year.

Reporting by Laharee Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar

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