Ericsson and U.S. Ski Team Bring the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships to the USA
For the first time the U.S. will have a chance to watch live coverage of the 2015 Nordic World Ski Championships. Ericsson and the U.S. Ski Team announced that the coverage will be available on mobile devices throughout the country. This year’s championships take place in Falun, Sweden, from February 18 to March 1.
Ericsson will use its existing solution on top of its Service Enablement Platform plus Mediaroom Reach TV Anywhere solutions to make live broadcast feeds from the event in Falun accessible via the Live Arena Falun2015 app, developed by Tension Graphics.
As the digital experience partner to the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun, Ericsson has delivered a platform called Ericsson Networked Event that collects a vast amount of data and information from and around the championships. The information is made available to developers through APIs that make it possible for third-party developers to create apps and interactive webpages that offer a unique second screen experience for ski fans and followers of the championships.
Together with the U.S. Ski Team, the broadcasting rights owner in the U.S., Ericsson can now offer this experience to the North American market. Through two different apps, fans and followers of the championships will get detailed information and a better experience of all competitions.
“The U.S. Ski Team invested in the U.S. rights to the World Championships in order to ensure that our fans in America would have the opportunity to watch the action live,” says Michael Jaquet, Chief Marketing Officer at the U.S. Ski Team. “With its innovative Live Arena app, Ericsson is an outstanding partner to help deliver the event to the USA.”
While viewers in Sweden will also have the option of watching the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on broadcast TV, the Live Arena Falun2015 app will be the only means of watching live TV coverage of the event in the U.S. Viewers in the U.S.
Beyond the broadcast experience, the Live Arena Falun2015 app also offers a highly interactive experience that will allow users to follow their favorite skiers as they compete and take a virtual tour of the ski stadium. In the United States, the app also incorporates all TV streams – meaning the user can choose from a variety of different camera angles to create a personalized viewing experience.
At the event, around 700 athletes from more than 50 countries will compete in cross-country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined events.