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Chargers try little screen

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by sdbound, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

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    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20071215-9999-1b15lvis.html

    Fans to test handheld instant-replay device at stadium
    By Jonathan Sidener
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    December 15, 2007

    Die-hard football fans will tell you that one thing is missing when you watch a game in person: the unending stream of TV replays that you've grown accustomed to from the couch.

    Some Charger fans will view replays and live video on Lvis from San Diego-based WiseDV.
    But tomorrow, 100 Chargers fans get the best of both worlds. They will try out new video gadgets that will show replays not available to the rest of the Qualcomm Stadium faithful. And, unlike home viewers, they will be able to pick and choose camera angles.


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    The Chargers fans will be testing the Lvis wireless video system designed for sports fans by San Diego-based WiseDV. The Chargers, who would not say how interested they are in ordering the system, will pass out the pocket-sized devices to select ticket holders for the Chargers-Lions game.

    Lvis, which receives the TV video feeds from up to six cameras, also lets users dial up replays from any of the camera views. It provides sports scores and menus from the stadium's concession stands.

    The Chargers say they haven't decided whether the device has a future at the stadium, but they're curious enough to let select fans put it through its paces.

    “We're interested in anything that enhances the ticket holder's experience,” team Chief Operating Officer Jim Steeg said. “We want to see what it looks like, how well it works and what the fans think.”

    Vice President Martin Greenwood sets up for tomorrow's test of WiseDV's portable video and replay system at Qualcomm Stadium.
    To test the Lvis, the Chargers have selected season ticket holders from seats throughout the stadium. If you didn't get an invitation and are dying to get your hands on the gadget, you'll have to wait. All Lvis gadgets have been spoken for, Steeg said.

    As the attention-deficient, multitasking generation comes of age and traditional couch potatoes grow accustomed to TiVo replays on command, professional sports leagues are looking for ways to keep fans engaged. Leagues are turning increasingly to wireless technology and video services.

    Last summer, Nintendo and the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field tested a system that allowed fans to order food and drinks, watch the live television feed of the baseball game, access stats and scores, and play trivia on the dual screens of the Nintendo DS. For a $5 fee per game, owners of a DS portable gaming system could access the extra services through the gadget's Wi-Fi wireless capability.

    Competitor Kangaroo TV offers a portable device that receives DirecTV programming, including the NFL Sunday Ticket coverage of up to 14 games. It also links to scores and fantasy league statistics. The cost is $25 per game with programming included.

    The service is available at NFL stadiums in Seattle; Washington, D.C.; Miami; and Houston. A racing-oriented version is available for NASCAR events.

    The Chargers' test will mark the first time WiseDV – short for wireless interactive sports entertainment digital video – is used at an NFL game. The technology was featured at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship in New York in August and at several Anaheim Ducks hockey playoff games at the Honda Center.
    Because WiseDV is a San Diego company, its demonstration of the technology in Qualcomm Stadium made a lot of sense, WiseDV founder Atul Anandpura said.

    “We have suppliers and others who come in to our business and hear about Lvis, and a lot of them ask, 'When can I take this to a Chargers game?' ” Anandpura said. “It's good to finally do that.”

    Anandpura acknowledged stiff competition for spectator video services. In addition to his two competitors already in stadiums, some cell phones can display live video, and they could join the fray.

    The U.S. Open selected Lvis, which Anandpura says is a sign his device can compete with market leader Kangaroo TV. American Express loaned the devices to 2,000 cardholders, allowing them to track the action on several courts.

    While Kangaroo TV provides satellite that Lvis can't match, WiseDV's device links to multiple camera feeds instead of the single-view satellite broadcast. Cell phones might also provide a single broadcast view, and their video would be limited to smaller screens. Even the iPhone with its 3.5-inch screen can't match the Lvis' 4.3-inch display, Anandpura said.

    “Devices designed to do many things cannot do any one thing well,” he said. “Most phones have small screens. The iPhone can't link to six live video feeds.”

    WiseDV will look for other corporations to sponsor events, as American Express did at the U.S. Open. In addition, it hopes to sign season-long deals with teams and then sell devices to sports fans for $299. Fans also would pay an additional fee for the content.

    The owner of an Lvis could use it at any venue that offered the service. Between events, it can be used as a video and music player.

    While WiseDV, Kangaroo and Nintendo all hope to expand business at sports arenas, similar concepts have failed in the past.

    The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and San Francisco Giants offered “smart seats” in which baseball fans could watch highlights and order food and drinks from built-in screens. Both teams eventually canceled the service due to lack of interest.

    Anandpura thinks his system will fare better.

    “At the U.S. Open, 2,000 people used our device,” Anandpura said. “The response was very positive, very encouraging.”




    I want one.:yes:
     
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  2. Showmeyourbolt

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    How ****ing cool is that? Technology keeps coming out with the coolest things.
     
  3. Retired Catholic

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    Geez, what's wrong with just paying attention to the game, drinking your brew and arguing over stuff with the other people sitting next to you?
     
  4. Electric Chair

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    Technology rules.
     
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  5. Carlsbad_Bolt_Fan

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    I hear you.

    Two season ago, DirecTV contacted me and asked if I wanted to demo their "in stadium" product. It's was a little TV that picked up all the NFL Sunday ticket games. Nice idea, but I wouldn't want to use it ever again. I had everyone around me bugging me to find out the score of other games and whatever. Really distracting and I couldn't concentrate on the game.
     
  6. Electric Chair

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    I can't imagine this helping crowd noise. People would be looking at angles/other games instead of cheering.

    The more I think about it, no way this works.
     
  7. Showmeyourbolt

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    What, you don't think that that kind of technology is pretty cool? Who gives a **** if it doesn't work in the stadium. I think that it's pretty awesome that one day I'll be sitting in my living room watching a football game, and I'll have the ability to switch from one camera angle to another while watching the game.
     
  8. Retired Catholic

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    I love the technology. Playing interactive games in your living room with the screen in one hand and a bubbly or a beer in the other is fine. At the stadium, get you head out where the sun shines or the rain drips down your butt crack. Being at a game is all about the field. The highest tech thing I've ever brought to the stadium was a fake radio with a fake ear plug that hid a flask of brandy. I don't bring a hand held game to the theatre, but I do bring some airline bottles.
     
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    I would never bring a piece of high tech equipment to a football game. It's to liable to get stolen, or damaged when you're not looking. Plus, when you're standing and cheering on the defense, who has time to look at a portable TV? This idea would work for tennis, or maybe baseball, but not football.
     
  10. Buck Melanoma

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    From someone who doesn't have the luxury of seeing the Bolts live - screw the technology at the stadium! Enjoy the experience!!!
     
  11. Buck Melanoma

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    From someone who doesn't have the luxury of seeing the Bolts live easily - screw the technology at the stadium! Enjoy the experience!!!
     
  12. Ride The Lightning

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    Wait until people get bored and start throwing them from the upper deck.

    Fuk that.
     
  13. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    Belichick will use it to cheat! He will intercept the feed and play gay porn staring himself and Brady!

    Dear God! Dont picture it, you will go blind!
     
  14. TheLash

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    Good Take:tup:
     
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  15. Retired Catholic

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    Grassiass.
     
  16. RM24

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    I want one. I also want an iPhone, a 65 Inch 1080p Plasma, a Blue Ray Player and more memory for my laptop. That's it.....:yes:

    And a partridge in a peartree! :abq2:
     

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