Team stream: The best setup for a summer of Aussie sport
With summer upon us, there is more to setting up your lounge room for the sport season than dusting off your favourite chair.
Generally, summer in Australia means beaches, holidays and family time at Christmas. But just as important for many Australians is the start of summer sport.
Summer in Australia often conjures up images of cricket, tennis and beach sports, all of which can be viewed from the comfort of home – and with a cool drink!
The changing face of sport
Pay TV and free to air channels used to be the best way to watch sport at home. While this was okay for the average punter, they were often at the mercy of the programmers and ratings, and would not always be able to see their favourite team or sport live in action.
There has been a shift in the past couple of years towards a digital solution for sports fans.
Global sport on demand
Today, it’s not only movies, music and entertainment that are streamed using the Internet.
Many TV networks and sporting codes have come to recognise the change in the way people are interacting with their favourite content.
A big reason for this viewing change has been due to an increase in internet speeds. Faster internet speeds have given broadcasters the ability to stream a match to anyone with a viable internet connection.
Stream your sport
Streaming has allowed fans to enjoy sports broadcasts across numerous devices from the comfort of their own home.
More importantly, the fact that sport can be streamed to numerous devices at once enables households with more than one avid fan to watch their sport of choice without fighting over the remote.
Another major advantage is the ability to watch a match of choice on demand, allowing viewers to catch up on the game in their own time.
Many streaming services also offer the chance to watch all matches from a competition, allowing fans to enjoy every minute of their favourite team or player.
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The advantage of streaming is the ability to watch these sports on demand on any number of devices including Smart TVs, computers or mobile devices.
With the Australian Open around the corner, many tennis fans are chomping at the bit to see how the first major of the year will play out.
Last year, Channel 7 teamed up with Yahoo7 to stream almost 600 games of tennis during the open.
It is impossible to speak about sport in summer and not mention Australia’s most iconic summer sport, cricket.
Cricket.com.au offers a live stream of the Aussies as they play this summer, allowing users to stream to numerous devices.
Apps to help extend the sport experience
Many of the mainstream sports now offer phone and tablet apps, designed to help viewers get the most out of their experience. These apps allow a user to check real-time stats, replays and player information while watching their favourite sport to help enhance the sporting experience.
Smart TVs to keep up on sport
As well as the above options for mainstream sports, there are a host of free Smart TV apps that can keep fans up to date.
Cricket.com.au is also available on Apple TV. It offers many of the same features as the web version but available on the high definition big screen.
Billabong is an example of an app that is available for Sony Smart TV. It showcases videos, interviews and events and is perfect for any fans of board sports.
A new network for a new way to watch sport
The way in which Australians consume our sport is changing, allowing fans to watch, interact and even participate like never before.
A fast Internet connection for more Australians will enable sports-crazy fans to stay up to date with all events in their own time and across multiple devices. Check your address to see if you can connect to the nbn™ network.
Last updated on 6 June 2016