It’s not long now until Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund lock horns and stake their claim to be the best football club in Europe.
Saturday evening’s Champions League final at London’s Wembley Stadium has all the makings of a classic, and UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB has introduced an interesting new feature to one of its iPad apps that lets viewers take control of the action. Well, the highlights at least.
Sky Sports for iPad goes 360
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BSkyB actually offers a number of apps that do slightly different things, and it can be difficult to keep up with which one does what.
By way of a summary, Sky Sports TV, for example, is an iPhone-specific app that lets non-Sky Subscribers watch Sky Sports live on their mobile phone for a small monthly fee. Sky Go, on the other hand, is aimed only at BSkyB subscribers, giving them cross-platform access to their whole subscription service – including Sky Sports. Then there’s Now TV, which offers pay-as-you-go movie and sports access to anyone.
Though some features are open to non-Sky subscribers, Sky Sports for iPad essentially offers enhanced features for those who are already signed up for a Sky Sports TV package. For example, it lets them watch live football with form guides, player profiles, live match stats, split screen and so on.
And now it has introduced a pretty neat multi-camera highlights feature that lets viewers switch the point-of-view to suit their preference, be it behind the net or along the goal-line.
Sky Sports 360 features 20 separate camera angles and, while it is timed to coincide with the upcoming Champions League final, it will be available for all Champions League coverage from next season too.
The new feature can be accessed via the Champions League Events Centre of the Sky Sports for iPad app, and lets users select and replay saves, tackles, goals and everything else from throughout the match. It serves up access to slow-motion replays too.
This is a neat addition for sure, but it would be even more neat if such a feature could be integrated into live coverage, letting viewers replay a goal or other exciting moment on-demand.
The updated Sky Sports for iPad app is available to download now.
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