Hey Sports Tech Fans,
It was a busy week at CES for the world of sports tech. It was tiring keeping up with all the content and news coming out so I can only imagine being on the ground and walking the miles and miles of showroom floor.
If you were at CES, get in touch as I would love to hear your experience of this year’s show, as sports tech had a big presence this year.
More talks from CES are posted below.
The Quibi keynote was particularly interesting to me. It’s not strictly sports tech but I imagine they will have a lot of sports content on the platform when it launches as sports has such a wide appeal.
Their technology that allows for seamless vertical and horizontal video consumption was exciting to see, so no more black bars!
The interesting part is that content can be different when in each mode, a new camera angle on the action for example. So a standard view of the show in landscape mode and a first person view in vertical mode.
They also announced another $400 million raise so Quibi looks to be doing a lot of things right but time will tell if they will get the adoption they need for a new video platform.
In other content news, it looks like Spotify will continue its push into the podcast world, this time with sports being the focus. It’s only a report but I suspect it’s 100% true. Spotify has made some great acquisitions in the podcast space and sports is a no brainer for getting market share.
With no royalties to pay to the music labels, Spotify has a huge incentive to turn their users into more podcast consumers and help them gain even more market share in the audio streaming wars.
It’s unclear when their sports podcasts will launch and what will actually launch but I would expect them to launch broad focus podcasts ie a NFL podcast, a Premier League podcast etc. The future might see them focusing more on specific teams and more niche sports.
Have a great sporting weekend,