At the weekend, we reported that the PS3 was set to get a new sports application from the BBC. Well, now it’s been officially announced via the glorious medium of interpretive dance. Only joking, they sent a press release.
The application will hit later model Bravia TVs from 2011 and 2012, as well as touting an arrival on other devices soon after launch (that’s iOS and Android, we assume) but who gives a monkey’s about those, we’re here for the PlayStation news, right?
It’s going to arrive in time for Wimbledon coverage at the end of June – on PS3 and those Smart TVs. It’ll feature live sports footage from big BBC-covered events like Formula 1 and that little gathering they’re having in London at the end of the summer.
Actually, let’s not be flippant about the Olympics. That event, being so large in scale, offers some great insight into what this new BBC Sports app is capable of. During the Olympics there will be 24 live streams, all viewable via this application. That’s 24, all live. Quite impressive, isn’t it?
Some dudes from Sony are quoted in the press release as saying how pleased they are that the app will penetrate so many homes because of the PlayStation 3 and how it’ll be a showcase for this kind of connected TV coverage. To be honest, I got stuck on twenty four live streams and have been a bit too gobsmacked to read the rest of the marketing blurb.
They say it’ll be familiar to users of the BBC Sport website so expect plenty of garish yellow to dazzle you when it loads. They also say it’ll be easily controllable with a PS3 controller and a media remote. Are you listening, 4OD, you uncontrollable bundle of junk?
Source: Press release