Tuesday, August 30, 2011

ESPN and Xbox


I found this article using a link posted to Blackboard. This article immediately interested me because it dealt with two things I enjoy sports and videogames. The article goes on to discuss how ESPN is creating an app for Xbox which will allow Xbox Live Gold subscribers to watch games live. Other features the application include; the ability to watch two games side by side, control both games as if they are on DVR, viewers also have the option of viewing highlights of other games on one side of the screen while still viewing a live game. This app would also work with Xbox Kinect which would allow the users to control the games completely without a remote using their bodies.

There is however a few negative aspects to viewing live sports in this fashion. The main problem being the picture quality of games being broadcast through Xbox Live will not be as high quality. The second problem is licensing agreements must be met with the leagues like NFL and meeting these can become very expensive.

I’m very curious to see how this will play out and if ESPN and Xbox will actually be able to work out the licensing agreements. If this all does get worked out it would be a great way to watch some games.

1 comment:

  1. I saw this last week, Tyler, but being a fan of neither (most) sports nor (most) video games, I was curious what an actual fan would think. Do you think this is something you'd be interested in checking out, or does it seem gimmicky to you? Your explanation here nicely lays out some of the advantages and disadvantages--I'm just wondering what you think, as someone familiar with both platforms.