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Amazon catches NFL games for a cool $50 million (The 3:59, Ep. 205)

All games will be available globally to Amazon Prime members. Also, we chat about the new world of care robots.

Get ready for some Amazon Prime live-streaming football.

The online retailer won a bidding war among Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube to snag the global streaming rights for 10 Thursday night National Football League games for $50 million. That price is five times more than Twitter paid last season.

We debate why Amazon spent so much and what the company hopes to get out of the deal. (Disclosure: CBS, CNET's parent company, also airs Thursday Night Football games, along with NBC and NFL Network.)

Also on the podcast, we discuss the emerging market of care robots, which could help a growing population of senior citizens live independently for longer by assisting them with simple chores around the home.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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Amazon catches NFL games for a cool $50 million (The 3:59, Ep. 205)


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