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Kangaroo Media Suing YinzCam Over Mobile Patents For Live Game Content

Kangaroo Media is “suing a Pittsburgh company known for its software that allows fans of the Penguins and Steelers to watch instant replays and other video on their smartphones during games,” according to Alex Nixon of the PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW. Kangaroo Media, which is owned by Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross, alleges in its complaint that Pennsylvania-based YinzCam Inc. "has infringed on two of its patents related to mobile video technology used by spectators at sporting events.” Kangaroo Media has a service called FanVision that sells and rents devices where sports fans can see replays in the venue. YinzCam develops free smartphone apps “that allow fans attending professional sporting events to view game replays and other video highlights on their phones during a live game.” Since creating apps for the Penguins and Steelers, YinzCam has “added similar free apps" for two more NHL teams and 16 additional NFL teams. Nixon notes YinzCam Founded Priya Narasimhan "did not return a call seeking comment;" no attorney was listed for YinzCam in court records. The company “had not responded to Kangaroo Media's complaint as of Wednesday” (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 3/29).
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