Amateur Soccer Gets Web Streaming Platform

German sports production company Wige Media has launched web TV platform, www.sporttotal.tv, using Pixellot automated sportscasting solutions.

Pixellot systems are being installed by regional amateur league football clubs to go live in the second round of the current season.

With 24 million amateur athletes in 90,000 associations, Germany’s amateur sports sector is the largest in Europe. However, amateur and semi-professional games receive little attention on Germany’s sports TV channels. Leveraging Pixellot’s fully automated sports production solution, broadcast and media specialist Wige Media set out to change this to enable lower league and youth clubs to affordably and effortlessly produce their own high-quality content.

“Pixellot’s automated sportscasting system democratizes sports production,” said Peter Lauterbach, CEO at Wige Media. “As a content specialist, we see a huge demand for content beyond the traditionally televised first-league events and expect massive usage of sports video services that let people watch their friends, children, or local clubs.”

The weatherproof Pixellot camera system is fix-installed on indoor and outdoor courts. Computer-vision algorithms create TV-like footage without human intervention. From the venue, game footage is automatically streamed to the web portal and can be integrated into existing sport portals. Game videos will also be available through an interactive mobile app where fans choose their view, create clips and share them on social media.

The streaming service will be offered for free, financed through ads and sponsorships, or as an ad-free premium subscription.

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