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Stanford Streams Instant Replay to Mobile Devices

Cardinal fans just got a new reason to cheer: they can now stream instant replay clips to their mobile devices during live, on-campus sporting events.

Stanford University worked with Elemental Technologies to deploy a new system this past September that enables fans attending games at Stanford Stadium and Maples Pavilion to view video and audio clips on any mobile device over a Wi-Fi connection. The Palo Alto, CA-based university is among the first intercollegiate athletic programs to deliver instant replay to handheld devices.

The Cardinal's new system delivers instant replays to mobile devices within 15 seconds of live play, according to the company. The system captures--and continuously encodes in real time--input from multiple cameras, converts it to an HTTP file, then stores it on a local web server. Operators push the replay clips to the Stanford GameDay Live Web site for fans to access. In addition to instant replay, Stanford GameDay Live also delivers games, live stats, and mobile food ordering capability.

While the university is happy with the instant replay system, administrators admit they still have some technical issues to sort out. Stanford said in a recent MacWorld report that the institution is "still playing around with how to create the best experience for fans."

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Kanoe Namahoe is online editor for 1105 Media's Education Group. She can be reached at knamahoe@1105media.com.

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