Liverpool Football Club Scores With Viewcast
The ViewCast Niagara Pro streaming video encoder was recently used to stream a pre-season Liverpool Football Club (LFC) match against FC Lucerne. A longtime user of ViewCast’s Osprey video capture cards for streaming applications, Liverpoolfc.tv is testing the Niagara Pro as part of a strategy to upgrade and broaden its broadcasting capabilities, as exemplified by the recent opening of a new broadcasting center in its home city of Liverpool, England.
Following successful webcasts of the FC Lucerne and Wisla Krakow friendlies on July 16 and 19 respectively, the LFC will again employ the Niagara Pro to webcast their match with the Rangers Football Club of Glasgow, Scotland on August 2.
“We’ve had great success with the Osprey cards, and now the Niagara Pro gives us the opportunity to jump to the next level in streaming video and deliver the absolute highest-quality video from SDI source to our fans,” said Matthew Quinn, systems coordinator for the LFC. “Since the Niagara Pro is so easy to operate, our TV engineering staff can stream video without any special training, which keeps our operating costs down.”
Liverpoolfc.tv has exclusive rights to the Web broadcast of most of the pre-season games. Once the regular football season begins, Liverpoolfc.tv will supplement the live game coverage with a wide range of supplemental programming including news and features about teams and players, chat and phone-in shows, and documentaries — all produced in the new LFC TV broadcast studio.
“Streaming video on the Internet has revolutionized sports coverage by enabling fans from any location to watch live games and follow their favorite teams, even on mobile devices,” says Dave Stoner, president and chief operating officer of ViewCast. “Liverpoolfc.tv is a great example of a leading sports organization that recognizes the potential of streaming media on the Web, and we’re pleased that the Niagara Pro is playing such a leading role.”