Andy Murray’s big Wimbledon win made history in sports and on social media, earning a spot on the list of events with the most Tweets per minute.
After an intense series of live sports events online — from the U.S. Open and NBA playoffs to Wimbledon and the Tour de France — it’s odd to hit a black-out window for the All-Star Game. Everything is geared to sending fans to their TVs.
Want to watch all the action from Wimbledon, without calling in sick for two weeks? No worries, tennis fans can watch much of the action online, thanks to multiple live streams. Apps for Android and iOS even make the prestigious tournament available on the go.
For the first time in the digital age one U.S. network has complete rights across platforms. ESPN will live stream 800 hours+ on broadband network ESPN3, plus ESPN and ESPN2 via Watch ESPN, And it’s only for subscribers. Tennis Everywhere, as long as someone pays.
Novak Dkojovic and Petra Kvitova weren’t the only winners at Wimbledon this year. Fans who thinking watching sports live matters won big whe…
Wimbledon is always a favorite among tennis fans, and this year’s tournament will likely be no different. But how do you watch all of the action while matches are happening during the workday? Luckily, ESPN3 and NBC Sports are providing live streams of the tournament.
Wimbledon 2010 kicked off this morning, and if you’re a tennis fan, there is no doubt that you’ll want to watch the tournament live. However, the matches take place during work hours — luckily, there are once again ways to watch all the fun online.
NBCSports.com (s GE) project manager Eric Black was on hand at Microsoft’s (s MSFT) Silverlight 3 event on Friday to talk up the network’s commitment to use Silverlight for all its coming major sporting event HD streaming, including the Vancouver Olympics. We followed up with him afterward to ask about the site’s just-finished sportscast, that of Wimbledon 2009. It was one of the first implementations of Silverlight’s new, smooth streaming.
While fans were justifiably P.O.’ed at NBC’s delays of matches both on TV and on-air, Black reports a respectable watching group for the finals last Sunday morning. Actual numbers should be out this week. Microsoft bragged at the presentation that all 35-plus hours of streamed tennis from six different courts were powered by two servers.
Black said NBCSports.com is committed to Silverlight, but it hasn’t figured out which other streaming partners it likes best. For Wimbledon the site used iStreamPlanet, but NBC has also worked with or announced plans to work with Move Networks, Conviva and Pando. Update: Black notes in the video the NBC will be working with iStream on the Olympics, which had been previously unannounced.
I’m sitting outside on a lovely Friday morning, sipping a cup of tea and catching up on the news. What’s wrong with this picture? It’s the f…
I’m in the midst of moving, so I’m stuck in between mountains of cardboard boxes and molehills of bubble wrap this holiday weekend. That means I have little access to the Internet and television and, by extension, the Wimbledon semi-finals. Evidently, NBC forgot the “live” part of its online live-streaming and is delaying the televised and online coverage, a tactic NBC CEO Jeff Zucker (s GE) is fond of (tape-delayed Olympics, anyone?).
East Coast bloggers are particularly perturbed:
Staci D. Kramer (the “D” is for “Damn you, Jeff Zucker!”) at paidContent writes:
I’m sitting outside on a lovely Friday morning, sipping a cup of tea and catching up on the news. What’s wrong with this picture? It’s the final Friday of Wimbledon and I’m reduced to either watching a pirated feed from a place where the broadcasters value live sports or following the Andy Roddick-Andy Murray match vicariously through Twitters and live blogs. That’s because NBC Universal (s GE) values the Today Show more than live sports and, or at least, more than this live sport and its fans, and NBC Sports has the right to “save” a match for its exclusive window.
And Henry Blodget, who seems ready to bludgeon Zucker, writes over at Silicon Alley Insider:
Following on its disastrous “coverage” of the Wimbledon quarterfinals, NBC is now wrecking the Wimbledon semifinals.
Andy Murray and Andy Roddick are a tight first set (Roddick’s up 4-3). ESPN, which owns the rights for this hour, can’t show the match on TV because NBC won’t let them.
NBC, meanwhile, refuses to show the match online, because that might dilute its TV audience when it finally bothers to put Wimbledon on the air.
If NBC’s coverage was a tennis match, this would be a double fault.