MUMBAI: The official broadcaster of UEFA EURO 2016, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN),has announced an extensive list of digital initiatives to improve the experience of users watching the tournament on their digital platform Sony Liv. The digital campaign is an extension of its on-air time to switch campaign, where the channel has created a personalized on-brand user experience for digital consumers to engage them before, during and after the matches throughout the tournament.
The whole platform has been built to provide a unique real-time experience which is completely led by data science. Real-time data will be captured and a lot of new data science techniques will be used to present data in a manner that will enhance the overall experience of watching these matches.
“UEFA EURO 2016 is going to be one of the biggest sporting events not only in India but worldwide. And we are taking this opportunity to give a very unique, engaging and immersive experience to all our users. And staying true to our campaign philosophy, with our digital initiatives we will cater to the entire spectrum of football fans. On our platform there are many innovative initiatives such as Probability Meter, Momentum Meter, Ball Position, etc. which would excite both the ardent as well as casual fans. Aimed at enhancing the user experience, the microsite features a ‘Time to Switch’ tab for both footy fans and novices alike that will make the ‘switch’ that much more enjoyable and further lift the entire experience of watching UEFA EURO 2016 on our platforms”, Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited digital business executive VP and head Uday Sodhi.
The tournament will commence on 10 June 2016, and will be telecast live on Sony Six and Sony ESPN channels at primetime slots of 6:30 pm, 9:30 pm and 12:30 am.
The match will stream live exclusively in eight countries India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan. This service is available to audience for free with no subscription cost. The matches will be streamed live on the app and will be available on iOS and Android, as well as on the specially created dedicated microsite www.sonyliv.com/euro2016.
Some of the key highlights digital users can look forward to are:
The Probability Meter will provide winning probabilities for each team during the match. This probability will be calculated real-time and change on the basis of every event that occurs in the match.
Momentum Meter is a graphical representation of the momentum between the two teams. This graph will show the momentum building for both the team and the shift of momentum between the team minute by minute.
Ball Position Tracker
Ball Position Tracker is an innovative tool where users can see the plotting of the exact position of the ball on a real time basis. This is done against a graphical representation of the stadium.
The stats meter will provide a real-time account of each and every event that takes place during the match which will be updated in real-time basis.
LIVE Text Commentary
Users will be able to see real time updates of the scores along with minute-by-minute text commentary of every match.
Along with this, users will also be able to access information not only about the tournament, but also about each and every participating team. Information such as Fixtures, Team Ranking, Team Results,
Historic Performances and Team as well as individual performances over the tournament will be updated on real-time basis.
Once the match is over, users will be able to enjoy unlimited video on demand content for every match which will include complete 90 minute re-runs of the match and lots of short videos (3-10 mins) covering highlights, goals, hat-tricks, saves, free kicks, special moments, penalties etc. which will be made available both on the app as well as the microsite minutes after the match is over.
SPN has also created a fun and interesting time to switch tab on the microsite which offers interactive features to sports enthusiasts who may be novices to football. Online users can take advantage football aids that will ease them into the footy community and become an authority on the sport.
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Sony SIX will telecast the English language feed for the tournament while Sony ESPN will give viewers the option of Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil or Telugu language feeds.