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Sports apps to use whilst watching tv

May 29, 2011
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Baseball

The MLB app provides detailed statistics of every live baseball game, it provides the fan with more statistics than one would get watching the tv broadcast.

Features

  • “Enhanced, re-designed Gameday pitch-by-pitch features, including realistic ballpark renderings
  • Home and away radio broadcasts
  • In-progress video highlights
  • Condensed Games and video library archive
  • Breaking news, standings, schedules, rosters and stats”

Customer Reviews from iTunes
Love it. by Lord Bellingham of Sidcup
I love this app, i love being able to dive into each game in progress to see what’s happening live. I wish there was a similair app for cricket.

 Love it!!! by Andrew Donnelly
Fantastic for every baseball fan, especially if, like me, you lie in the UK, where the coverage is not widespread on TV as it is in the States.”

Looking at its features and the video demo, this is a very useful app. Baseball is a statistics ordinated game and this app exposes even more statistic, it is a must for a baseball fan. There are regular breaks within a baseball game, so there is plenty of opportunity for the tv watcher/user to look up something in the app without missing any play.

Reference – iTunes. (2011)  MLB.com At Bat 11 for iPad [ONLINE]. Available from: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/mlb-com-at-bat-11-for-ipad/id420035457?mt=8#[Accessed 29 May 2011].

Reference: MLB At Bat 11: iPad App of the Week. (2011). [ONLINE VIDEO]. Available from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIqv3OH9XIU [Accessed 29 May 2011].

Basketball

This NBA Game time app provides scores, videos and statistics, whilst watching live games. The game screen is key to what is going on during a live game.

Features

  • “Performance Info – This is the first product to give fans easy access to team performance during a game. See real-time shooting percentages and performance by zones on the court, know each team’s stat leaders, box scores, and quarterly play-by-play action.
  • Live Court View – Know who’s on court at every moment and see substitutions happen live. Plus, see individual shooting with the live shot chart.
  • Standings – Keep up to date on league standings for conference, division and the whole NBA.
  • Player Cards: See player’s season and career stats.
  • Live Ticker: the latest news from NBA.com.”

Customer Reviews from iTunes
Perfection by Sumshy
Wow, this app is a revelation. At first glance it looks like every other app. But the detail that developers put into this app is what elevates it. I find myself looking at every app and thinking ‘I wish it did this or that’, but this app actually does those things and more.

Incredible  by Jcvdfdytr
Best app for an NBA fan. Gives you every freakin video, just amazing

WOW by T Baller 2.0
Absolute must have for any NBA fan.

From the video app review this app has plenty of features that the basketball fan would want, there are natural breaks in the game for the user to access the content in this app.

Reference: NBA Game Time Courtside App Review for iPad. (2011). [ONLINE VIDEO]. Available from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bANdNzsuFo [Accessed 29 May 2011].

Reference – iTunes. (2011) NBA Game Time for iPad. [ONLINE]. Available from:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nba-game-time-courtside/id364284970?mt=8  [Accessed 29 May 2011].

Motor racing

This F1 app maps the positions of the cars on to the race circuit (real time). This allows the user to see what is happening across the race. One can follow a specific driver, with their position being shown on the circuit map.

Features Include:

“★ REAL-TIME TRACK POSITIONING ★

Displayed on our dynamic and fully interactive 3D map. You can see the position of every F1 driver on the track at the same time. Pan, zoom and spin the track maps to focus on a specific driver or pull back to see the whole field. See the gaps and pit stops as never before!

★ CORNER CAMERAS ★

Selectable corner numbers change the camera view to that corner so you control the action!

★ FOLLOW YOUR FAVOURITE F1 DRIVER ★

Selecting a driver switches the camera to follow that selected driver around the race track. Watch as they battle for position!

★ LIVE TIMING DATA ★

Timing data is streamed direct from Formula One Management’s technical centre at the race track to the palm of your hand. With multiple timing screens including sectors, gaps and speeds. Watch the sessions like the engineers on the pitwall!

★ LIVE LEADERBOARDS ★

Combined with live timing data, scrollable leaderboards display a wealth of data, combining visual images of the cars and driver flags with split second data.”

Customer Reviews from iTunes
Expensive but spectacularly good by Chris Clague

Worth the money if you get it for the season

Turkish delight 😉 by F1 Chump
I’ve had this App from the start of the season and so far it’s been a pleasure to use.

The “ZX Spectrum colours” are in keeping with the official timing screens so any other colouring for these would be confusing. Besides, I can’t see anything wrong with them.”

This mapping of race data on to a map, makes the visualisation of the race very useful for any fan. Lap times and live leader boards means that one can see the data when one wants it and not have to wait for the broadcasters.

Reference – iTunes. (2011) F1™ 2011 Timing App CP. [ONLINE]. Available from: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/f1-2011-timing-app-cp/id401619387?mt=8# [Accessed 29 May 2011].

Reference: F1 2011 Live Timing App Review. (2011). [ONLINE VIDEO]. Available from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXmFmeYkoAo [Accessed 29 May 2011].

Reference: F1™ 2010 for the Apple iPad. (2010). [ONLINE VIDEO]. Available from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqRySs0Uo2U [Accessed 29 May 2011].

Football

It was hard to find a good football app to support the tv viewing experience, Sky Sports and espn have app which gives one some extra information, team line-ups, statistics and latest scores.

The Total Football – Champions League app provides great visualisation of the match statics with live match updates. For the fan this is an interesting way to see how well your team is playing.

Features

  • “LIVE MATCH UPDATES, including goalscorers, yellow & red cards and substitutions plus every pass, shot, tackle, interception, clearance, save, foul and many more events displayed on the pitch!
  • View which players are having the biggest impact in the game with the ‘Player Influence’ feature
  • Tap, double tap, triple tap and drag the selection on the match timeline to focus on the particular period of the game you’re interested in
  • Compare player v player, team v team or player v team across any of the events and any games
  • Match stats including number of shots on target per team, passes and tackles
  • View player stats such as who completed the most passes or made the most shots”

Reference – iTunes. (2011) Total Football – Champions League. [ONLINE]. Available from: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/total-football-champions-league/id395137510?mt=8## [Accessed 29 May 2011].

Reference – Zax, Robert. (2011) 5 Best Football Apps for iPhone. [ONLINE]. Available from: http://iphoneappcafe.com/5-best-football-apps-for-iphone/ [Accessed 29 May 2011].

Conclusion

Sporting organisations have official and unofficial apps that provide real time statistics when the live sports games are happening. All these apps give the user more information than what they are getting through the live tv broadcast. The user also can access information when they want it and not have to wait for the broadcasters to update their on screen graphics or commentary.

Real time stats is key for all these apps, as it gives the user extra linked content to the live event being broadcast.

Looking a customer reviews on iTunes, most users think these type of apps are brilliant for the fan.

Looking at videos and functionality of these app there seems to be a potential for extra information related to the event to give the sporting/tv viewer an enhanced experience that they can control.

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