News by Russell Buckley on Monday March 14, 2005.
|Sponsored links, if any, appear in green.|
Berkeley's School of Information Management & Systems' mReplay allows users to replay and pause sports action on their mobile phones. The main audience is intended to be people actually at the game, which overcomes one of the problems with attending games live - you can miss part of the action. And what fan wouldn't want to see again (and again and again) their team's latest goal, touch down, try, home run, six, conversion or basket?
Users can also vote (wo/man of the match, goal of the game) and more worryingly, if a controversial referee decision was right or not. Who'd want to be a referee, these days?
mReplay is organised by team, so users subscribe to the one they support. Users can choose which replay they'd like to see, which includes the last immediate 30 seconds of play.
Another nice touch is that they can send a link of the action to friends, so they can share the moment or you can gloat about your team's victory over theirs.
What isn't clear is the business model - assuming there needs to be one, as it's an academic project, currently. It's a free service for subscribers, other than the data download charges paid to the carrier.
One potential issue with this idea might be the quality of watching video in the outdoors - or more accurately in direct sunlight. It's really not very good currently, although it will obviously get better.
Thanks to Rick for sending this in.