PrestoSports and NewBlue announced at NAB 2019 a strategic partnership to launch an innovative new sports streaming solution, meeting the production demands of the college sports industry.
For many college and university athletic departments, as well as their affiliated conferences and organizations, full production studios and trailers are not accessible. This summer, PrestoSports and NewBlue will release StretchCast, an all-in-one software-based streaming application. This solution harnesses the power of NewBlue’s award-winning graphics and incorporates their new live video switching, instant replay, video playback and streaming capabilities for a complete workflow.
With a shared vision of providing solutions that support the resource demands of colleges, PrestoSports and NewBlue are making it possible for one person to run a full-scale sports production.
As live streaming continues to proliferate outside of traditional media and broadcasting entities, the need for simple, turnkey solutions has grown exponentially. “NewBlue’s driving vision is simple; anyone with a laptop should be able to create affordable, high-end live graphics,” said Todor Fay, CEO of NewBlue. “We are so excited to be working alongside PrestoSports to take the live production experience to the next level in college athletics.”
StretchCast will offer direct integration into the new PrestoSports StretchLive video platform, as well as other streaming platforms. Users can also send to multiple destinations through a direct integration with Switchboard Live. With integrated four-channel instant replay, the platform sets a course to simplify a multi-camera production workflow into one interface.
This solution further enables users to create lower thirds and other sports specific graphics, like starting lineups and team stats. XML data from live scoring platforms, such as PrestoStats, and scoreboard outputs can be used to drive data in real time, while manual controls allow a broadcaster to manipulate scoreboards in any situation.
Delivering an engaging online fan experience is an expectation that should be afforded to all colleges and conferences. “We are very excited to introduce StretchCast,” shared Keith Womack, President of PrestoSports. “By combining NewBlue’s phenomenal capabilities with our new generation StretchLive platform, this is the perfect complement to realizing our all-in-one vision for sports broadcasting with an amazing partner.” StretchCast delivers on this requirement with a solution that has been built by the recognized leaders and innovators in the college sports streaming industry.
Attendees of the NAB Show can visit NewBlue in the NDI Central Pavilion, SL5616 to see a demo of StretchCast or learn more.
NewBlue is a leading provider of effects and motion graphics solutions for post-production and broadcast professionals worldwide. Since 2006, NewBlue has empowered video pros and enthusiasts alike to take their productions to new heights with creative video titling, effects plugins and on-air graphics tools. We share our customer's passion for visual storytelling and partner with industry leaders such as Adobe, AVID, Grass Valley, Magix, Telestream, EVS and many more, to provide seamless end-to-end experiences. Learn more at www.newbluefx.com.
PrestoSports is a software-as-a-service company providing technology to colleges and conference offices. Backed by Battery Ventures, PrestoSports delivers solutions for building athletic brands, igniting fans, and funding sports programs. Battery Ventures formed its sports division in 2017 which included the acquisitions of PrestoSports, Stretch Internet, and Black Diamond (SIDHelp). PrestoSports is committed to delivering customers a more expansive suite of software solutions to help them nurture and grow their tight-knit communities of members, fans, athletes, and coaches.
Clubessential Holdings LLC
Clubessential Holdings is a Battery Ventures company, fulfilling their global mission of investing in and creating cutting-edge, category-defining businesses by providing a full suite of membership and club management Software as a Service solutions to private clubs, health & fitness clubs, and college athletic programs. Across three brands – Clubessential, ClubReady, and PrestoSports – the company offers a variety of forward-thinking technology and services which help more than 6,000 customers attract, engage, and retain members and fans for life. For more information, visit the following websites: Clubessential http://www.clubessential.com; ClubReady http://www.clubready.com; PrestoSports http://www.prestosports.com; and Battery Ventures https://www.battery.com/.