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DirecTV to provide interactive US Open coverage

nobama
08-25-2006, 11:59 PM
Not sure if this was already mentioned. Very cool for DirecTV customers. Do you have to have a special receiver for this to work?

http://informitv.com/articles/2006/08/14/directvservesfirst/
DirecTV serves first interactive US Open tennis coverage

DirecTV and the USA Network will provide the first interactive TV coverage of the 2006 US Open tennis tournament. It will be similar to the groundbreaking interactive Wimbledon service developed by the BBC in the UK, which has proved to be one of the most appealing and popular applications of interactive television to date.

Available free to DirecTV satellite television customers across the United States, the interactive service will expand the USA Network national coverage of the tennis tournament.

It will provide up to 300 hours of tennis coverage, with more than 100 additional matches, with access to early-round stages, statistics and the ability to select from up to five courts from a multiscreen US Open Mix channel.

http://informitv.com/images/articles/directv/US-Open-Mix.jpg

Eric Shanks of DirecTV called it “the biggest advance for tennis fans since colour television”.

It follows the highly successful interactive Wimbledon service which premiered on the BBC in the UK in 2001 and remains one of the most popular and eagerly anticipated interactive television services, now available across satellite, terrestrial and cable platforms.

DirecTV viewers will be able to enjoy five channels of expanded coverage, covering all the action on the featured courts during the first five days of the US Open.

Subscribers with interactive receivers will also have access to an overlay screen providing results and details of forthcoming matches.

“We’re excited by the notion of combining USA Network’s national coverage of the US Open with DIRECTV’s interactive television innovations to create the ultimate US Open experience for viewers,” said Bridget Baker, executive vice president of NBC Universal Cable, which operates the USA Network.

“Each year, dramatic storylines unfold during early round matches from many places at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, so it makes perfect sense to provide tennis fans access to as much of this drama as possible, as it occurs.”

DirecTV has previously offered similar interactive features with its NFL Sunday Ticket and NCAA March Madness subscription sports packages, but the tennis coverage will offer an opportunity to reach a broader audience.

scoobs
08-26-2006, 12:01 AM
If this is the first time you have this, you'll LOVE it.

BBC interactive coverage of Wimbledon is HUGE and really enhances the enjoyment of the event.

Mechlan
08-26-2006, 12:04 AM
That's fantastic. I've had this idea for a long time; no idea the BBC already had something like this.

scoobs
08-26-2006, 12:06 AM
The BBC has been doing this for Wimbledon in the UK for the past 4 years.

I thought you guys would have already had this - you're normally the ones who innovate on this sort of thing.

mishagirl
08-26-2006, 12:12 AM
yay!! i have directv. i've seen commercials but i didnt know it was so indepth.

fedpras
08-26-2006, 12:12 AM
Ah, I don't have DirecTV. I'm so jealous.

But one question...
http://informitv.com/images/articles/directv/US-Open-Mix.jpg
...who is Corilla?

Deboogle!.
08-26-2006, 12:22 AM
Lucky you guys :ras:

but I have ttc, so I can't complain really :p

nobama
08-26-2006, 01:13 AM
Lucky you guys :ras:

but I have ttc, so I can't complain really :pI wish I was that lucky. But I switched from directv to dish just to get TTC.

mangoes
08-26-2006, 01:38 AM
That's really nice...........I'm jealous too...........:lol: :lol: :lol:

federated
08-26-2006, 01:50 AM
fuck you, comcast.

TenHound
08-26-2006, 01:57 AM
Interactive??? Does that mean we get to vote for shot selection, or merely vote for who we want to win? :)

scoobs
08-26-2006, 01:58 AM
Interactive??? Does that mean we get to vote for shot selection, or merely vote for who we want to win? :)
It's not quite interactive in the way that...say...web porn can be interactive :)

Foosimoo
08-26-2006, 02:03 AM
Oh how I wish I still had DirecTV. :sad:

Deboogle!.
08-26-2006, 02:11 AM
fuck you, comcast.I don't think it's Comcast's fault? :confused:

case
08-26-2006, 03:36 AM
ive got direct tv but isnt the tennis chanel picking up roland garros?
last i heard direct tv still isnt going to carry the tennis channel.

I cant win :banghead:

croat123
08-26-2006, 03:42 AM
u can't win? i can't win. i have no ttc and have comcast

i seriously can't catch a break with coverage

Maxpowers
08-26-2006, 03:51 AM
I was thinking of getting direct tv or dish network. Is there a particular package or something I have to sign up in order to get this? I'm very interested in getting it, but don't understand how it works.

case
08-26-2006, 04:01 AM
u can't win? i can't win. i have no ttc and have comcast

i seriously can't catch a break with coverage

sorry ur right. yeah i guess it could be worse. i wont complain until next spring.

uNIVERSE mAN
08-26-2006, 12:03 PM
why can't usopen.org just provide something like wimbledon live?

Fedex
08-26-2006, 12:36 PM
Hmm, and to think that I just switched from DirecTV a couple monthes ago. Still, I'll take my HBO and Cinemax on Demand, which is something Directv still doesn't offer.