Pixellot Automated Production System Powers HockeyTech’s New HockeyTV Community Network
HockeyTech has launched HockeyTV Community Network, a brand-new platform for the youth and recreational market. The Introduction of the HockeyTV Community Network marks the latest innovation of the HockeyTV platform, which streamed over 27,000 games last season for more than 30 leagues. The HockeyTV Community Network, which officially launched on Oct. 1, will stream an additional 40,000 games each year including youth rep leagues, minor hockey tournaments and recreational leagues from over 50 ice surfaces.
“The HockeyTV Community Network is the realization of a longstanding vision at HockeyTech to make hockey at all levels of play available to fans, families and coaches,” says HockeyTech CEO Stu Siegel, “our Community Network content will make an excellent addition to the valuable content already streaming on HockeyTV.”
HockeyTV Community Network venues will feature ViPr cameras powered by the Pixellot automated game broadcasting system, that follows the play in real-time using artificial intelligence. ViPr cameras installed at each venue take a 180-degree panoramic shot of the ice surface then automatically follow the play to simulate a camera operator. The broadcast also includes an automated score slug overlay so that viewers can see the score and time of the game. Fans can access the HockeyTV mobile app to give them the full panoramic view of the ice and follow the play by tilting or zooming their mobile device.
“We are excited to partner with the Community Network to bring Hockey production to more families and communities. Utilizing AI technology games are produced at a fraction of the cost, resulting in more games being produced,” says David Shapiro, President of North America for Pixellot. “Sports have an inspirational impact on youth athletes and by providing professional broadcast quality production everyone involved will have the ability to share and capture those magical moments.”