The Platform Tennis Channel – Live Streaming and Live Scoring
“How cool was that!” Two club players in the Boston area, at different times in one weekend, both used that same expression when they tuned into Live Streaming of the Chicago Charities tournament.
For some fans, watching video and listening to the commentary offered access to the best players in the nation playing the best paddle. For some viewers, it was the first time they had ever seen the game. For anyone who tuned in, watching the late rounds of one of the top tournaments of the season provided great entertainment and some education.
While this isn’t the first time the APTA has used Live Streaming, the quantity and quality of the production was much better and more comprehensive than ever before. Viking’s Cort fish connected Charities Chairman John Noble with ENetTV, a St. Louis-based company that has expertise in producing other similar-sized sporting events, like racquetball. The production involved five cameras, four on one court and a secondary camera on another court, two cameramen, and one director.
“Platform Tennis Night in America” was an ambitious and successful broadcast. More matches were available to the audience. Men’s quarterfinal, semifinal and final matches were all filmed live this year. The videos are still available online, free of charge, through ENetTV. This is the first time Live Streaming has been accessible via computer after an event. Previously, one had to wait for the Nationals DVD to come out….[click image to read more]
Source: Platform Tennis Magazine, Vol. 15, Issue 1 Sept./Oct. 2013