PSALIVE.TV TO PROVIDE LIVE WEB STREAMING
OF THE 2005 BRIT INSURANCE SUPER SERIES FINALS
Following a successful trial at the 2004 event, PSALIVE.tv will provide
squash fans worldwide with live web coverage of this year's Brit
Insurance Super Series Squash finals at London's Broadgate Arena from
9th to 13th May.
By logging on to PSALIVE.tv, fans will be able to book their 'virtual
seats' to watch every match from this year's tournament.
PSALIVE.tv is a distinct and dedicated squash web-streaming channel
launched in March 2005 by the Professional Squash Association (PSA) in
collaboration with Horizon Software.
The March launch followed a series of successful trials whereby top
professional squash was transmitted via the internet through web
streaming to audiences around the world. The initiative represents a
major new service to the global squash community.
PSALIVE.tv will bring direct to squash fans' homes a menu of the PSA's
top tournament matches throughout the year on live and delayed live
(replay) broadcast via broadband internet direct from the events.
Horizon Software, recognised as one of the leaders in sports IT and
media services since 1993, trialled this ground-breaking web streaming
service for squash at PSA events during 2004, developing the technology
and getting feedback from squash fans around the world on what they
wanted to see.
"The response received through the trial year to our pilot streaming has
been overwhelming, and the number of viewers keen to follow the world's
best players has left us in no doubt that this service will benefit
squash audiences and fans around the world," said Fiona Harrison,
Horizon's Sales & Marketing Director.
There has been a significant amount of investment in time, resources and
technology to pilot this service and get it to this point. To meet the
demand of the now proven market, a small fee will be charged on the new
website for accessing the service on a pay-per-view basis, to meet the
upfront costs of not only delivering the service live but also covering
ongoing costs when viewers access replays.
Replay access was limited during the pilot year to keep a cap on costs
(which have been met internally) during the trials.
"Feedback from users of the service has left us in no doubt that squash
fans are happy to pay a small fee for a guaranteed, quality service,
which we will be able to deliver via this method," explained PSA Chief
Executive Gawain Briars.
Fiona Harrison added: "We are very excited about PSALIVE.tv. We have
worked very hard to get to this point and hope that the squash fans that
have been supporting our pilot projects over the last 12 months will be
pleased with the new PSALIVE.tv services that we are offering.
"We will now be able to offer more "seats" for live matches (although
spaces aren't unlimited so we recommend fans reserve their seats
early!), and we will now be able to guarantee access to replays as well,
which fans have been crying out for!"
There is a menu of Hi-res and Low-res options for viewers to choose
from. Hi-res are matches streamed at 250 kbps and suitable for watching
on a broadband connection, whereas Low-res matches are streamed at 50
kbps for viewers with slower download speeds.
"The quality of the service will also depend on the speed of local
connections we have at venues around the world and how fast the upload
speed is for streaming, so the PSALIVE.tv on-site teams will be working
closely with PSA and promoters and the local environments to bring you a
quality service from more and more tournaments over time," Harrison
"Fans that have watched matches during the pilot year have been
and enthusiastic and have helped us get to this point with their
We will be continuously improving the site and welcome feedback so we
can continue developing and extending the technology to meet our
"We will keep making PSALIVE.tv better and better with everyone's input
and are really excited to be leading the way in this new area of
technology with squash."
Gawain Briars concluded: "Squash has been waiting a long time for an
opportunity like this. Fans from all around the world will now have
direct and full match length viewing access to the top professionals in