As March Madness reaches its peak, Trend Central reports there are a number of new digital media innovations giving fans of all sports new ways to interact with, and/or filter, can’t-miss games and events.
Apple TV’s Live Sports Streaming: Cord cutting has become an increasing threat to cable companies, so some are doing whatever it takes (no matter how controversial) to offer subscribers place-shifting flexibility. That said, sports fans are one of the holdout consumer segments when it comes to hard wire liberation. But with the recent announcement that Apple TV will begin offering access to MLB.TV and NBA League Pass, it’s not hard to envision a new wave of TV viewers breaking out the proverbial pliers. Although Roku has offered similar functionality for a while, and Xbox Live boasts ESPN content, the ‘Apple Effect’ tends to mark shifts in consumption patterns, so this could be a tipping point.
Thuuz: There are sporting events so climactic that fans would miss their own birthday party, and then there are those so boring that fans can’t believe they went to the trouble to make nachos for the occasion. Catering to those fans for whom time is of the essence, new web-based service Thuuz uses computer algorithms to separate the thrillers from the snoozers. Subscribers to the free service select which sports and/or teams they want to receive alerts on, upon which they receive emails or text messages about games deemed to be “exciting” as they happen, using a meter that measures user reactions and play-by-play stats. Perhaps they should call it a “DVR efficiency meter.
Scoreboard: During the NFL season, fantasy league competitors can hone their projections by using Pre Play Sports, an iPhone app that delivers instant updates, scores and play-by-play data in real time. Now, soccer fans have a similar hub through which to engage in amateur statistical analysis. Scoreboard is a new Facebook app where users can predict scores of upcoming English Premier League games, converse with other users, and use in-game currency to bet on their predictions. Every Friday, an hour-long show, hosted by former pro soccer players, dissects upcoming games, incorporating content both from Facebook users and BBC Radio personalities. The only thing missing is a virtual pint to clink.
Pretty cool but when will these apps be available for the women’s games?