Premier League matches could kick off as late as 7:45 p.m. from the 2019-20 season as part of plans to broadcast at least half of the 380 games live on television, according to a report in The Times.The plan was proposed after broadcasters Sky reported that television viewership for league matches fell 14 percent last season while subscriptions to their mobile video service and online live video provider rose by 31 percent.”As we anticipated, the way customers engage with live sport is changing, with strong growth in newer, digital-first platforms,” a Sky spokesman told The Times.Supporters are likely to oppose the change as travelling to games will become harder compared to the current 3 p.m. kick-offs but the league’s growing international popularity is expected to provide incentive to showcase more matches.”The Premier League is more popular than ever due to the fantastic football put on by clubs and the commitment of fans,” a spokesman for the league told The Times.”In the season 2016-17 stadiums were a record 96.5 percent full, unique broadcasting reach in the UK was up 2 percent on the previous season and matches were available to watch in one billion homes in 188 countries.”Broadcasters can submit their bids for domestic rights by the end of the year and the final decision is expected to be made in February.Sky and BT Sport acquired domestic broadcasting rights worth 5.14 billion pounds ($6.52 billion) for three years in 2015.
Continue Reading Previous Intel: FPGA programmable acceleration cards to speed up data center computingNext Swissbit: SD memory card in “Deep Well Imaging” project Designers seeking to enable continuous monitoring of various health parameters can now quickly create unique, highly accurate wearable solutions using Health Sensor Platform 2.0 (HSP 2.0) from Maxim Integrated Products. This next-generation rapid prototyping, evaluation and development platform, also known as MAXREFDES101#, brings the ability to monitor electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate and body temperature to a wrist-worn wearable, saving up to six months in development time.When it comes to wearables, a wrist-based device is convenient for users to wear daily. However, it has been challenging to derive precise ECG monitoring from the wrist (most alternatives require a wearable chest strap). In addition, getting accurate body temperature typically requires using a thermometer at another location. Through its proprietary sensor and health monitoring technology, Maxim has overcome these challenges in the HSP 2.0.Enclosed in a watch casing, the wrist-based form factor enables HSP 2.0 to provide basic functionality out of the box, with body-monitoring measurements starting immediately. Data can be stored on the platform for patient evaluation or streamed to a PC for analysis later. Unlike other wearables, the data measurements collected by the HSP 2.0 can be owned by the wearer, alleviating data privacy concerns and allowing users to conduct their own data analysis. Also, because HSP 2.0 is an open platform, designers can evaluate their own algorithms on the board. In addition, the modular format is future proof to quickly accommodate new sensors over time.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software