C-Cast from EVS is providing the platform for the brand new Canal Football App, a second screen application designed exclusively for Canal Plus subscribers.
The unique app provides up-to-the-minute statistics, multicam video clips of all the highlights and bonus material such as Super Slow Motion action replays in full length.
Seconds after a clip has been created, it’s available on the app’s timeline for review. Users can then select any camera in the stadium, or on the pitch, to view the action from their preferred angle.
The new service will run during the live coverage of all 76 headline matches each season for the next four seasons of Ligue 1. It also offers filmed reactions from Canal Plus football commentators and interaction via social networks.
EVS is promoting the C-Cast platform as a complementary benefit to its broadcast clients, demanding few additional overheads, as the operators already working on the EVS live production tools provide all the content and metadata required. C-Cast instantly processes and transfers live multicam media recorded on EVS’ XT/XS production servers, along with descriptive metadata and third-party items (graphics and statistics), direct to iPad and Samsung Galaxy tablets equipped with the app.
François-Charles Bideaux, director of sports production at Canal Plus, explained that C-Cast was easily integrated into the French broadcaster’s existing infrastructure. “Coupled with the added value that it brings, marginal production costs can be quickly recovered,” he said. “It will increase the engagement of the fans and give them more control over the content they want to see.” – Michael Burns