Sports broadcasting has evolved tremendously in the digital age especially with the development of the Internet and mobile technology. Cable and satellite TV providers understand that sports events should be available for viewing on multiple platforms instead of just television. These days, passionate sports fans are no longer glued to their TVs when live games are shown. Smartphones and tablets are used to stream broadcasts of competitions in real time.
Sports channels might offer special packages that provide exclusive access to live and recorded games on mobile devices. Smart TVs can also be used to watch sports programs via the Internet. Such plans usually come as part of subscriptions to sports channel packages on cable or satellite TV. Instead of recording games on a DVR, it’s sometimes more convenient to watch the games in virtual archives that are available on the websites of sports channels. With online streaming, sports fans never have to download large files that take up massive amounts of space on an internal hard drive of a computer or laptop. By contrast, DVR content has to be regularly deleted in order to leave space for new recordings.
To watch live or recorded games, high speed Internet access is needed. Most Smartphone and tablet users probably connect to public Wi-Fi networks that have reliable broadband. Sometimes, sports fans might find themselves outside of any accessible Wi-Fi connections. This situation might prevent fans from streaming live events because of the heavy data usage that’s required. To save precious mobile data on Smartphones, sports fans might want to simply receive real-time updates in text format. Featuring highlights and scores, mobile apps are available for free download. Such simple technology allows fans to stay updated on their favorite players and teams without having to connect to a Wi-Fi network.
While driving a vehicle, sports fans surely can’t keep their eyes on the Smartphones just to read the latest scores and updates. Fortunately, radio still plays a major role in sports media. Satellite radio delivers play-by-play commentary directly to vehicles. Drivers can subscribe to such radio service that features hundreds of channels in categories such as adult, politics, sports and talk shows. Of course, there is also a diverse lineup of music channels on satellite radio. Some sports channels provide free digital radio broadcasts on select events. However, digital radio is transmitted only via the Internet rather than traditional AM or FM bands.
Another way to keep sports fans updated about the latest scores and other news is to make posts on social media. It’s common for sports channels to have their own social network sites that provide live updates during games. Every minute or two, the score and other important statistics are posted in real time. During such updates, social media tags are used to label certain moments that could possibly go viral online.
Professional networking sites are also used by sports broadcasting workers seeking new connections in the industry. An executive like Jed Drake and other businessmen are examples of sports broadcasting figures who use social media for personal and professional applications. For example, virtual resumes can be posted by individuals seeking job opportunities in sports media outlets.
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