3 thoughts on “Sports and Mobile Devices (Video)

  • October 11, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Hey Russell,

    Nice job! Thanks for the shout-out to YinzCam in your video blog post.

    Right now, in addition to the Pittsburgh Penguins (who started us off), NFL team such as the NE Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the SF 49ers are deploying smartphone-based instant replays and live camera angles (including the NFL RedZone channel) inside the stadium, with us.

    What’s interesting is that the outside-stadium piece of these apps is getting richer: it has news, video-on-demand of press conferences, aggregated team twitter, drive-by-drive real-time stats, head-to-head breakdown of the game as it progresses, player stats, depth chart, injury reports, which is fascinating to watch (as a fan myself). Check out the jumbotron keepsake feature–a new way to overlay that special game-time celebration moment onto the jumbotron to create a virtual keepsake.

    All of our apps are provided on the iPhone/iTouch, Android and Blackberry. We also have iPad versions under development for launch later into the season.

    Thanks again!


  • January 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Great stuff here. One thing I was especially interested in is when you mentioned (around 5:20) that teams may have existing agreements with one carrier (ex: Verizon) that might prevent them from promoting an app for a device (ex: iPhone) that runs on a competitor network. How often does this happen? Also now that Verizon will be getting the iPhone, how do you think this will change the approach for teams who might not have created iPhone apps in the past?

  • February 9, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Jason – I think it happened a lot. Before this month, if Verizon was a top-tier sponsor, that team probably avoided having an iPhone app since that would have been exclusive to AT&T, and vice versa for Droid apps (Blackberry didn’t have this issue since it’s cross-platform).

    Now that Verizon offers the iPhone, that concern goes out the window.

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