, the leading provider of sports technology solutions to professional and college teams, announced plans to launch College Sports Direct later this summer. College Sports Direct will be a college sports portal that delivers content across multiple platforms, including Internet, Video-on-Demand (VOD), digital cable, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and wireless. The portal, due to launch on August 8, will provide fans of college sports with streaming broadcasts of football, basketball and other sporting events.
"This is a milestone moment for XOS and for college sports fans that will now have access to a multitude of content that can be accessed at a time and via a medium of their choosing," said Dan Aton, president and CEO of XOS. "We are excited about the prospect of employing our technology for the benefit of the millions of fans around the country and the world who support and love their respective college teams."
XOS will leverage thousands of hours of video content from its college client base and live events accessed from primary rights holders. Sports fans will be able to watch events on the http://www.collegesportsdirect.tv
site and will also be linked to content on XOS clients' athletic sites. Additionally, XOS will repurpose video content for delivery through digital cable and VOD platforms and will provide the requisite technology to enable athletic departments to stream video content to their fan base via IPTV. XOS is also developing .mobile sites that will allow athletic departments to distribute headlines, news and videos to PDA's and cell phones.
"College Sports Direct provides the proprietary XOS' technology that now makes it possible for college athletics to be connected directly with their many fans across the state, the country and around the world," said Dave Almstead, senior vice president of programming for XOS. "Creating new revenue streams to support athletic programs and being positively connected with fans are both critical missions in today's highly competitive collegiate environment."
In conjunction with the launch of http://www.collegesportsdirect.tv
on August 8th, XOS will announce a preliminary listing of football and other fall sporting events that will be streamed on the site. The list of available games will be updated throughout the year as XOS works with media rights holders to clear the games for distribution via College Sports Direct. Basketball and other winter sports will be listed as they become available