In this week’s SBJ Tech newsletter, I continue reporting from my behind-the-scenes trip to Mercedes-Benz Stadium to see the venue’s Delta Fly-Through Lanes, an integration with Wicket’s facial authentication. You can read that newsletter (and see the SBJ Tech Week speaker lineup) here. — Ethan Joyce
In today’s edition of Power Up:
SportsEngine, Pixellot team to stream youth sports
Athlete’s Voice: Formula E’s Jake Dennis
Infosys, TA offering Australian Open activations
NBC Sports Next-owned SportsEngine has partnered with AI camera solution Pixellot to offer free, automated streaming to youth and amateur sports venues in North America, SBJ’s Joe Lemire reports.
Sports facility operators will receive the Pixellot hardware so that all of their competitions can be streamed through SportsEngine Play, the subscription streaming service that launched in October. There are three tiers of offerings: a free, ad-supported option; a premier version that removes ads and includes highlight clipping features; and an all-access tier with access to a library of masterclass videos from Olympians and other star athletes. Venue operators receive a share of revenue generated, so the addition of Pixellot streaming has upside with no expenses.
In the latest installment of Athlete’s Voice, SBJ’s Joe Lemire spoke with reigning world champion Formula E driver Jake Dennis.
The 28-year-old is featured in the unscripted docuseries “Formula E Unplugged” that airs domestically on the Roku Channel and began Season 10 with a ninth-place finish in Mexico City earlier this month. He is again driving a Porsche, this time alongside his new Andretti teammate, Norman Nato, as well as the TAG Heuer Porsche team of Pascal Wehrlein and António Félix da Costa. Read the full conversation here.
Infosys, the digital innovation partner of Tennis Australia for the past six years, is activating multiple AI-enabled technologies around the 2024 Australian Open, encompassing use cases in fan engagement, athlete performance and content creation, SBJ’s Rob Schaefer reports.
On the Australian Open’s website, fans can participate in bracket challenges on a daily and tournament-wide basis (for the tournament challenge, competing against automated predictions). The Infosys Match Centre platform will also include AI-generated visual cards featuring text, stats and imagery as well as audio narration summarizing match play. Infosys’ AI video capabilities are being used to automate highlights for social media use as well.
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