Hey Sports Tech Fans,
The future of TV 9 was held back in October, but the condensed version is now live.
Founder and Host Brian Ring conducts surveys and then assembles a panel to discuss the trends and of course the future of television.
It is a great way to stay on top of the different trends happening in TV as digital continues its push at becoming the way that people consume their broadcasts.
There’s a great Twitter thread from Disney CTO Aaron LaBerge, about the ESPN flip phone that launched in 2005 as a phone with a built-in ESPN app for news, live scoring, and more.
It was out two years before the first iPhone and 3 years before the app store launched.
It probably didn’t get much attention at the time but the technical achievement to pull this off is pretty remarkable.
The evolution we have seen in phones since then has been insane.
Phones are now a must-have companion for most sports fans as they look to dive deeper into stats, check their fantasy scores, place a bet, chat with friends, or to see what people are live-tweeting.
Of course, phones are now used to actually watch live sport as well as highlights.
LaBerge opens his Twitter thread with Steve Jobs saying people don’t want to watch sports on their phones.
That was very much true in 2005 when screens were tiny with terrible resolution but the way mobile technology is advancing.
Apps like buzzer have come on the scene with a mobile-first sports streaming solution that takes a different angle on live sports consumption.
It will be fascinating to see the evolution of mobile technology over the next 16 years to see how far we have come from that ESPN phone.
With F1 entering an exciting season finale, Channel 4 has agreed to sub licence the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from Sky.
I would imagine ratings for F1 are already high this season as there has finally been a challenge for the drivers championship that’s not between two Mercedes drivers.
Drive to Survive, the Netflix show based on F1, has resulted in a huge spike of new fans joining the action for live races and having the grand finale on a free to air channel in the UK & Ireland is bound to have a positive effect on overall ratings and new fans.
The deal will see qualifying on Saturday and the actual race shown live on Channel 4.
Have a great sporting weekend,