LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 21, 2012) - Today, the popular Sky Sports for iPad app sees the addition of a new football second screen experience.
The update enables fans to receive in-depth information and statistics about matches, teams and players, providing an even richer experience around Sky Sports' coverage of the new Barclays Premier League season, which starts on Sunday 19th August with Wigan vs. Chelsea at 1.30pm.
Content and information on all aspects of the game and players involved will be housed in a new 'Football Match Centre' area within the Sky Sports for iPad app, which is available at no extra cost to Sky Sports customers. The Football Match Centre will accompany Premier League matches broadcast live on Sky Sports, enabling Sky Sports customers to enjoy Barclays Premier League football like never before.
Features within the new Football Match Centre area of the Sky Sports for iPad app include:
- Team and player profiles: In-depth player stats including full squad listings, team line-ups, formations and profiles with appearance statistics and Sky Sports Fantasy Football points
- Match day stats: Number of shots on and off target, yellow and red cards, passing success rates
- Team form: Team line-ups and match stats for each team's last six matches
- Social media streams: Curated twitter feed with aggregated football fan commentary
David Gibbs, Director of Sky Sports Digital Media commented:
"We know that Sky TV customers want the latest stats and facts about their favourite teams and players, and the new Football Match Centre within the Sky Sports for iPad app does just that. With over half a million downloads since launch, we hope that the addition of a football second screen experience to the iPad app will continue to excite fans, providing an intuitive and innovative way to follow the match included as part of their Sky Sports subscription."
The new football companion experience follows the successful launch earlier this year of the F1™ "Race Control" second screen experience within the Sky Sports for iPad app, which offers Sky customers additional live video feeds, a customizable split screen, race highlights, social networking feeds and live race data. The companion app experience will soon be extended to accompany Sky Sports' Champions League football coverage, with a further update to follow which will introduce a new second screen experience for golf fans ahead of the Ryder Cup in September.
Sky entertains and excites more than 10.4 million homes through the most comprehensive multichannel, multi-platform television service in the UK and Ireland. Sky continues to break new ground with its own portfolio of channels: Sky 1 combines its commitment to UK production with the best of the US; Sky Living pushes ahead with fresh and innovative entertainment formats; Sky Arts is the UK's only dedicated arts channel brand; Sky Atlantic is the home to HBO and other iconic drama and comedy, Sky Sports is still raising the bar in sports broadcasting; Sky News remains a pioneer in television news; and Sky Movies is leading the way in High Definition and on-demand.
Sky also works with dozens of other broadcasters on the satellite platform, as well as online and on mobile through the ground-breaking Sky Go service. Sky has also led the UK into the age of HDTV, launched Europe's first 3DTV channel, Sky 3D, and offers customer even more flexibility and choice through Sky Anytime+, its internet-delivered video on demand service. Since launching Sky Broadband and Sky Talk in 2006, the company has also been the UK's fastest-growing home communications provider which now also provides fibre optic broadband.
Sky believes in making a wider contribution to the communities in which it operates, not least by increasing participation in, and access to, the arts, supporting grassroots sports, and taking positive action on the environment.