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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

RootMetrics Review of Network Performance at US Baseball Parks

My buddy who works for [a major U.S. cell carrier] told me about RootMetrics to see crowdsourced coverage data. The first thing staring me in the face was this article from late October. Serendipity?

You have to dig into the site to get more specific info and there’s an app you can run on your phone that reports back to the Mother Ship so that they can tabulate these coverage maps.

When you’re at a game, you might want to check the scores of other games with your phone, manage your fantasy baseball team, or upload a picture of your favorite player to social media. Given the importance of your smartphone at the ballpark, lagging data performance from your mobile network can act as a significant pain point. Venues, however, can be incredibly complex areas for networks to cover. Congestion from crowds, dense construction materials, and even location within the stadium can impact your mobile experience.

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: November 10, 2015 at 12:27 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Friday, October 09, 2015

The Curious Case Of The Extra .2 Seconds - BaseballAmerica.com

How does this impact companies which do a lot of analysis based on video?

Look at Arrieta’s front foot and his glove in this progression. Yes, Jake Arrieta is an amazing pitcher. He combines a plus-plus fastball with a wear-you-out slider and impeccable command. But even more impressively, Arrieta has managed to figure out a way to bend the laws of time and space. How do you hit a pitcher who manages to reverse time in the middle of his delivery?

OK, maybe that’s not the best explanation. There has to be another explanation that doesn’t refute Albert Einstein.

A call to TBS this morning offered something that doesn’t violate the laws of physics: that live broadcast you’re watching, well, it’s a little less live than you think.

The technology MLB uses to serve those virtual ads behind home plate? They require a little pause that refreshes when switching to the center field camera. This is true no matter if it’s ESPN, TBS, MLB Network or Fox Sports 1 broadcasting the game. The Sportvision technology requires the shot to back up .18 seconds to put the ads in the right place. That Bleacher Report ad isn’t actually there. It only exists in bits and bytes and the tech needs a little time to get it served up properly, apparently.

I’m not saying I fully understand why the technology needs a delay. I’m not sure the person explaining it could have explained it any better. But we know enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
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