Big Red fans who enjoy watching Cornell sports events when they can’t make it to the game will find it easier this season. The Ivy League Digital Network has announced apps for Apple TV and Roku to put the broadcasts right on your TV.
Launched three years ago, the Ivy League Digital Network provides live streaming video coverage for over thirty sports for each of the eight Ivy League member schools, plus a ninth Ivy League channel. The subscription service also provides on-demand replays after the games are over.
Cornell says ILDN is adding game previews and recaps, as well as improvements to their live event production.
Until now, subscribers could watch in a web browser on Mac or Windows computers, or on iOS or Android phones or tablets, but if they wanted to watch on a TV they had to have their own way of getting streaming video to the bigger screen, like Apple’s AirPlay feature. Now, the ILDN app for Apple TV or Roku will connect straight to the streaming service so users can watch right on their TV sets. (Only the 4th generation Apple TV model, which has an App Store and downloadable apps, is supported. Previous Apple TV models can still work with a computer or iOS device and AirPlay.)
“Fans’ natural tendencies are to watch video, especially live video, on the largest device available,” says Tim Vargas of NeuLion, the company providing the streaming service. “By providing over-the-top apps, Ivy League fans will now be able to enjoy a big screen television experience.”
According to Cornell’s athletics department, there were nearly 30,000 views of Cornell athletic events on ILDN last season, with about 137 home events covered, not counting away games played at other ILDN partner schools that were thus available to Cornell viewers.
Live ILDN coverage for this season begins Friday with four women’s soccer games, and Cornell’s events begin on September 2nd, when Big Red men’s soccer faces Central Connecticut State at 5pm. Cornell says all home and select away games in football and men’s and women’s basketball will feature multi-camera HD coverage, and they’ll also broadcast all sprint football, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics, men’s and women’s ice hockey, baseball, softball and men’s and women’s lacrosse home games, along with available away league games.
Cornell sports fans can visit www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com to subscribe.