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Volume 25 No. 177
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Clippers' CourtVision Adds Niche Viewing Option, But Is It Necessary?

FS Prime Ticket's Clippers CourtVision streaming option on Fox Sports Go this season has "felt smooth, information-rich and -- at this moment in time, at least -- slightly superfluous," according to Mirjam Swanson of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. One can wonder whether viewers streaming the game "really need an animated overlay announcing 'Buckets!' when Clippers’ shots fall." The alternate viewing experience "felt a little like watching someone play a video game, and a lot like an ambitious use of the augmented reality technology" used in various sports broadcasts. However, the most interesting of CourtVision's features is its "probability function, in which an ever-changing display illustrates the percentage each offensive player shoots depending on where he is on the court." That function is "part of 'Player Mode,' which also features in-game stats, such as scoring and rebounding, with updates appearing over players as their totals increase." Everything about that mode is "great except for the top-of-the-backboard baseline video feed, which often is jagged as it pans in and out while trying to keep pace with the action on the other end of the court." During recent viewing experiences, CourtVision "synced nicely" with the broadcast team's commentary, but fans tweeting about the game "stayed about two minutes ahead of the action on the app, and therefore served up spoilers whenever something exciting was about to happen." That is "something that is expected to change as CourtVision improves and adds features" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 11/13).