Eurovision, operated by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), has launched a game-changing app to bring sports fans must-see live action, replays and highlights of elite world sports from the portfolio of sports federations and rights owners currently in partnerships with the EBU.
Starting in May, the Eurovision Sports Live app will feature live events from federations such as the European Union of Gymnastics, FISA and European Athletics. Free to download, its content is available largely free of charge, although some pay-per-view content may feature in future.
The app is available on the App Store for iPad, iPhones 4 and 5, and iPod touch, and on the Google Play Store for Android phones and tablets (10” and 7”). For a stunning viewing experience Eurovision Sports Live also delivers all the action to televisions using AirPlay and Apple TV.
Highlights of the user-friendly app include:
- Clips sorted by channel
- Live view - a quick way to access events happening now or soon
- Tablet users can watch and tweet comments simultaneously
- Simple search function
- Tag favourites to store top videos
- Keep on top of event news via each channel’s Twitter feed
- Helpful warnings if a video is about to be streamed via a mobile connection. WiFi access is recommended to lower costs
Eurovision Director of Sports & Business Stefan Kuerten said: “We work closely with many of the world’s top sports federations to maximise the free-to-air exposure that most benefits them, viewers and sport. Eurovision Sports Live is an exciting but natural next step for us, and we’re confident that it will give a big extra push to the quality sports content that people everywhere want to see.”
Coming live events confirmed on the app so far are:
- European Union of Gymnastics: 30th European Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships (17 May 2014)
- European Union of Gymnastics: 31st European Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Championships (24 May 2014)
- FISA: European Rowing Championships (May 2014)
- European Union of Gymnastics: 30th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships (June 2014)
- FISA: World Rowing Cup II (June 2014)
- European Athletics: European Athletics Team Championships (June 2014)
- FISA: World Rowing Cup III (July 2014)
- European Athletics: European Athletics Championships (August 2014)
- FISA World Rowing: World Rowing Championships (August 2014)
- European Athletics: European Cross Country Championships (December 2014)
- International Biathlon Union: 2014/2015 IBU World Cup Season