Manchester City become first Premier League club to launch dedicated second screen matchday app with live video replay technology
Thu 30th Oct 2014 | IT & Technology
The Barclays Premier League Champions have become the first Premier League club to launch a dedicated second screen matchday app.
Packed with exciting and innovative features designed to bring fans closer to the action than ever before, CityMatchDay launches ahead of City’s upcoming derby clash with Manchester United, which is set to be viewed by millions around the world.
Whether supporters are sitting in their favourite seat at the Etihad Stadium, on the move, or watching from their sofa on the other side of the globe, City’s new smartphone app will transport them behind-the-scenes to the heart of the action on game day.
Initially available to download for free on iPhone and Android, CityMatchDay will enable legions of fans from across the world, from Beswick to Buenos Aires and Burnage to Beijing to experience CityTV Live, in the palm of their hands.
The next best thing to being in the Etihad Stadium, CityTV Live is one of three video channels available through the app and is crammed with exclusive, live behind-the-scenes video content including the line-up announcement and pre-match player interviews as they step off the team bus.
Users can also watch live footage direct from the players’ tunnel, the post-match managers’ press conferences, and in-match and half-time commentary from Club pundits, fans and special guests.
In addition to CityTV Live, users watching the game at the Etihad Stadium can harness the power of the recently introduced free, high speed WiFi to stream two additional live video channels to their mobile devices.
A ‘Highlights’ channel will allow fans to watch multi-camera angle replays of important incidents in the match and those conversation-shaping controversial decisions.
Meanwhile, Tactical Cam will give fans a view of the match from high above the pitch, providing a unique look at formations, passing and pressing lines, and other tactical movements.
A ‘rewind 30 seconds’ function will also be available across all the live in-stadium video channels, giving fans the ability to rewind at the touch of a button.
Commenting on the launch of CityMatchday, City’s Director of Media and Fan Relationship, Diego Gigliani, said: “Football is much more than just the 90 minutes on the pitch.
"The matchday ritual begins for many fans the moment they wake up in the morning.
"This is what we wanted to try and capture and share with our fans, wherever they’re supporting us from.
“As a Club, we have always prided ourselves on digital innovation and continually trying to push the boundaries of what is possible to ensure our fans have a great time supporting their team.
This philosophy not only lies at the heart of our fan engagement, but also our aim to create the world’s most immersive digital matchday experience.”
In addition to its exclusive live video channels, the CityMatchDay app comprises all the benefits and functions you’d expect, designed to keep fans engaged, informed and on the edge or their seats.
To encourage interaction and participation among fans, the app offers supporters the chance to play several simple but fun games throughout the build-up and the match itself, such as Guess the Starting Eleven, Guess the Score and Scorers, Be the Ref and voting for the Man of the Match.
Participants will earn points based on correct answers, with prizes awarded to each matchday’s highest scorer.
Fans who love the science behind the beautiful game will be able to feast on real-time match stats and graphics ranging from possession, attempts on goal, fouls, off-sides and corners to name but a few.
Additional features include live radio commentary from the BBC, real-time score updates from other matches, team sheets, league tables, photo galleries, and a live blogging ‘wall’ that pulls in photos, tweets, and Vines from across the social conversation.
Fans will be able to get up close and personal with the CityMatchDay app for the first time during the build-up to City’s derby clash with Manchester United, on November 2nd.
Posted by: Kev Howland
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