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Jorn
Nov 27th, 2007, 01:32 PM
Sony Ericsson WTA Tour to Introduce Live Tennis Match Stream

Sony Ericsson WTA Tour to Introduce Live Tennis Match Streaming in 2008
Posted on Nov 19, 2007

One of the biggest roadblocks standing in the way of tennis’ popularity has been its slow ascent into the world of internet technology.

Live scoring, live blogging, and live updates have helped draw more followers to the game, but for many fans, one of the latest Sony Ericsson WTA Tour innovations will help them follow tennis easier and faster than ever before.

The Tour has announced that live, online tennis match streaming will be introduced in the upcoming season.

Speaking after the successful conclusion of the Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour CEO Larry Scott made the announcement that live streaming of final matches will be available from Tier I tournaments in 2008.

“You are also going to see next year significant activities taking advantage of the emergence of digital technology and the internet,” said Scott when addressing the upcoming changes.

“We are going to be taking our TV pictures and showing more highlights online next year. From each of our Tier I tournaments next year we’ll be live streaming the finals from those events.”

Tournament highlights from the 2007 tennis season are currently available from the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Theater at www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/2/multimedia/.

Live streaming of Tier I finals will not be the only highly-anticipated change in 2008. The Tour is set to unveil a new advertising campaign, a special version of the Tour website in Chinese, and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Internet Network - an internet portal which will link tournament and participating player websites.

The Tier I tournaments of the 2008 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour tennis season are the Qatar Total Open, Pacific Life Open, Sony Ericsson Open, Family Circle Cup, Qatar Telecom German Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, Toray Pan Pacific Open Tennis Tournament, and the Kremlin Cup.

Jorn
Nov 27th, 2007, 01:34 PM
As a start from the Tier I Finals only :o

saniapower
Dec 24th, 2007, 12:29 PM
interesting!

TatiNovic
Dec 28th, 2007, 04:49 PM
Good job WTA!!
But
Free or Paid???

Shvedbarilescu
Feb 13th, 2008, 11:44 AM
So what? Pretty much every Tier I final is televised any way. When we start getting streaming from Tier IV 1st round matches all the way up to the big Tier I finals that's when I get excited. That said, I suppose this is a start but it's still a very small one.

Jorn
Feb 13th, 2008, 03:34 PM
Final matches are not much from Tier I's

Eurosport will show 5-6 hours first days.

In The Zone
Feb 13th, 2008, 03:48 PM
Uh, so what? All Tier I finals are televised in the normal markets. In this day and age, especially with how the Golf Channel handles golf, the tournaments should be covered from the first point to the last point -- all day, every day. I mean, come on. The sponsors are there and ready.

hablo
Feb 15th, 2008, 07:58 PM
We hardly get any coverage outside of grandslams in Canada & Canadian Open, so I guess this is better than nothing. ;)

RND
Feb 16th, 2008, 07:31 AM
We hardly get any coverage outside of grandslams in Canada & Canadian Open, so I guess this is better than nothing. ;)
Agree. ;)

Except for Taiwanese challengers ,we only have coverage of 3 slams and some SFs/Finals from lower tier Asian tournies.