SBD/February 27, 2013/Media

Nets, Barclays Center Apps Look To Change Arena Experience With Live Video Streaming

The new Barclays Center and Nets apps officially launched Feb. 1 "after nearly a year in development," and were "showcased at a media event" prior to the Nets' Feb. 19 home game against the Bucks, according to Katie Linendoll of ESPN.com. The apps offer live video feeds via "StadiumVision," which allows fans to "tune into live video streaming, choosing from different POVs from unique camera angles, including slam cam, sideline cam and replay cam." With use of "everything from handheld cams to GoPros to capture and stream multiple videos, this gives fans new added value for their stadium vantage points -- especially when in the bathroom." Fans also can order food with the apps, which offer "more obvious features such as an interactive map, stats, check-in on social networks and an events breakdown." The Barclays Center app has been "downloaded 21,000 times and the Nets app has 43,000 downloads." The apps currently are available on Apple's iOS and Android, but Nets execs said that if "there is demand on Windows and BlackBerry, they'll build those in the future." Linendoll wrote the app's developers, including Willow Tree, "set out to change the way we watch arena basketball, and they succeeded" (ESPN.com, 2/25).
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