The Nine Network has introduced yet another technology that will change the way Australians watch sport and other popular television programs: Nine Extra.
Nine Extra is a newly designed “live game” companion for the iPad. It was trialled for the first time in last night’s State of Origin game two in Sydney, giving rugby league fans at-a-glance access to real-time match and player information and statistics.
With Nine Extra, fans can watch in-game highlights and on-demand video replays of every great moment shortly after exclusive live broadcast on Nine.
Apart from an immediate inventory of facts and statistics, sports fans will be able to access multiple camera angles of each match highlight to conduct their own in-game analysis at home.
Wide World of Sports, Australia’s leading sports brand, has embraced every new phase of broadcasting technology for 30 years. Wide World of Sports has again led the way with the launch of Nine Extra in what is arguably the biggest sporting contest of the year, the rugby league State of Origin series.
Nine confidently anticipates that this new technology will prove successful and popular with viewers. After pioneering it in Origin, the network plans to refine and expand the application of Nine Extra to more sports and other relevant programs.
“Nine continues to give viewers the very best in sports broadcasting and Nine Extra is a testament to our commitment to the ongoing development of sports television presentation in Australia,” Executive Producer, Rugby League, Matthew Callander, said.
Nine Extra has iPad features including multi-camera-angle video on demand available just moments after it happens, live scores and match statistics, State of Origin match historical data, team and player profiles, live feed of Nine’s State of Origin Twitter feed, live news feeds from Nine’s commentary team and expert panel, and profiles of the Wide World of Sports rugby league broadcast team. It will also have archival vision from 2011 Harvey Norman State of Origin games one and two.
The new application will be made available as a free download from iTunes prior to Origin game three which will be played at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Wednesday, July 6, at 7.30pm and broadcast live on Channel Nine.