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MLB fans handed control of Fox’s in-game cameras

US broadcaster embeds interactive live streams into new 5G-powered app.

by Steven Impey

MLB fans handed control of Fox’s in-game cameras
  • New Android app rolled out in partnership with Samsung
  • Video player allows users to zoom in and out of live action
  • Fox Sports mobile viewers also able to view personalised highlights and select camera view

US broadcaster Fox Sports has added a host of 5G-enabled viewing experiences to its Major League Baseball (MLB) coverage via a new mobile app.

The innovations built into the Fox Sports 5G View mobile platform include an interactive video player that allows users to manipulate camera angles during live streams. Users will be rotate cameras remotely and zoom in and out of live game play, including a closer look at the plate and down-the-line hits.

The interactive mobile viewing options are only available to Android users, with the 5G platform built in partnership with South Korean technology company Samsung.

For its broadcasts of the National League Championship Series (NLCS), the network added several other new features for Fox Sports app users, including five unique camera angles from around the diamond.

Mobile viewers have also been handed control of the in-game highlights and the option to rewind up to three minutes via the new app, offering access to more than 90 in-stadium cameras during live game play.

The innovations were debuted as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in the NLCS opener on 12th October from the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Field, in Arlington.

Fox Sports head of digital David Katz said: “After recently reimagining the Fox Sports app, we’re thrilled to work with Samsung to add this exclusive 5G smartphone experience for the NLCS and World Series.

“During these unique times for fans, we have an immense opportunity to get the closer to the action with impactful, creative solutions during some of our biggest moments. This collaboration combines the best of Fox Sports production and mobile user innovation for the fan of the present and future.”

The Dodgers and Braves resume action in the playoff biosecure bubble environment at Globe Life Field for game two on 13th October. The winner of the seven-game series will advance to the 2020 MLB World Series, beginning 20th October.