Together with our partner NTT Europe, we have just launched an online video platform for FIBA Europe. The new video service enables timely game analyses of EuroLeague basketball games for tactical and optimal game preparation. The video on demand platform is available to all 24 FIBA member teams in 12 different countries. From the beginning of this season, which started this week (October 27 2010), all EuroLeague Women games were made available online through the new VoD platform, only 24 hours after each game.
“This online video pilot will help teams to analyze players’ performance shortly after each game, which allows for in-depth preparation for upcoming games,” says Nick Marzoli, IT Manager of FIBA Europe. “We are already considering an extension of our new on demand video platform and this was one of the reasons, why we selected Flumotion and NTT Europe to power it. They provide a flexible solution and are already working with other major sports organizations.”
Flumotion 360 WebTV provides a user friendly Media BackOffice that enables clients to easily upload and publish video content. Videos have always been an integral element of game preparation and analysis. FIBA Europe’s new online video system creates a professional and fair tool for analyzing games and players. With Advanced streaming features such as Visual Seeking, viewers are able to find the relevant part of each video faster, facilitating easier analysis of the club’s own players as well as competing teams. Up until now, all FIBA Europe members had to send DVDs with videos of recorded games to FIBA headquarters, who then sent them to all members
“The flexibility of Flumotion’s streaming technology was an important criteria when selecting our new streaming provider,” says Nick Marzoli, IT Manager of FIBA Europe. “We want to have the option to easily integrate additional features after the initial launch of the service.”
A current Nielsen study about video consumption shows that already 70% of all Internet users watch online video. Also the world’s most important online video platform, YouTube, is increasing their offering of live sports events. They recently acquired the rights to all 60 games of the Indian National Cricket Team, which was watched by an audience of over 50 million people worldwide.