Sky Sports adds Premier League Football second screen to iPad app

20 Aug 2012

Broadcaster Sky has added a new football second screen experience the ‘Football Match Centre’ to its iPad app to support Sky Sports’ coverage of the new Barclays Premier League season.

All game content – including analysis and player information – will now be housed in the new area within the Sky Sports iPad app, available free to Sky Sports customers.

The Football Match Centre will accompany Premier League matches broadcast on Sky Sports.

The Match Centre will include in-depth player stats including full squad listings, team line-ups, formations and profiles along with appearance stats and fantasy football points.

It will also include match-day stats such as the number of shots on and off-target, yellow and red cards and passing success rates.

In terms of social media the Football Match Centre will include a curated Twitter feed with aggregated fan commentary.

“We know that Sky Sports customers want the latest stats and facts about their favourite teams and players, and the new Football Match Centre within the Sky Sports for iPad app does just that,” David Gibbs, Director of Sky Sports Digital Media said.

“With over half a million downloads since launch, we hope that the addition of a football second screen experience to the iPad app will continue to excite fans, providing an intuitive and innovative way to follow the match included as part of their Sky Sports subscription.

“The update builds on the launch of the Formula One and Masters second screen experiences which add more depth to a viewer’s enjoyment of our linear channels,” Gibbs added.

The new football companion experience follows the successful launch earlier this year of the F1 ”Race Control” second screen experience within the Sky Sports for iPad app, which offers Sky customers additional live video feeds, a customizable split screen, race highlights, social networking feeds and live race data.

Sky says the companion app experience will soon be extended to accompany Sky Sports’ Champions League football coverage, with a further update to follow which will introduce a new second screen experience for golf fans ahead of the Ryder Cup in September.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years