iBNSports and Vootage Raise Standards for High School Sports Broadcastst

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Leading high school sports broadcasting companies agree to long term partnership.

Internet sports television network iBN Sports announced today that they have joined forces with their primary competitor for high school sports, Vootage. For the past four years, the two companies have led the way in live broadcasts of high school sports in California and sports fans will now benefit from the strengths of both companies. Vootage’s advanced in-video tagging technology and statistical data tracking will combine with the robust streaming platform and back-end infrastructure of iBN Sports to deliver the most comprehensive high school sports broadcasts on the Internet at the highest quality.

In addition to its High School Channel, the iBN Sports network has a range of sports channels that include professional independent baseball, soccer, boxing, MMA and more. iBN Sports will first showcase the Vootage technology on its High School Channel before expanding its use on other channels. This “tagging” technology allows customized play-by-play editing by the user that can enhance the fan’s experience. It will be available on the iBN Sports High School Channel in early 2010 at http://www.ibnsports.com/hs. Vootage will focus on the licensing and development of their technology and continue to make it available for procurement by other production companies.

The two companies have a history of working closely together. Over the course of the 2009 football season, that relationship has solidified as they expanded across California, covering nearly 200 high school football games. Due to the success of the collaboration, the mutually beneficial partnership will become official and long term. As the technology melds behind the scenes, iBN Sports will be the single source for the highest quality video coverage of HS Sports; the place to watch the biggest games and best match-ups: http://www.ibnsports.com/hs.

This powerful iBN Sports platform, capable of delivering millions of video streams simultaneously without interruption or degradation, will integrate the Vootage tagging technology and indexing capabilities. Armed with this technology and added production resources, iBN Sports will look toward expanding its proven model for high school sports broadcasts throughout the country in its quest to be the dominant sports Internet TV network.

“We are extremely pleased to combine forces with Vootage and engage their software technology by deploying its tagging tools towards the monetization of our mutual content,” said John Mudge, CEO of iBN Sports. “Vootage is one of the innovators and leaders in the Internet sports broadcast space. We have always worked cooperatively together and this year we saw our two companies work even closer by co-producing multiple events. This is the logical next step in combining the strengths of our companies and in the end, the fans will be the recipients of an even better product and entertainment experience” said Mudge.

“This past football season has been a huge success as we partnered with the team at iBNSports,” said Jeff Proctor, CEO of Vootage. “iBN’s strength in hosting a wide range of content across multiple sports to a large sports audience offers Vootage numerous opportunities to showcase our tagging software. We are looking forward to focusing our efforts in the licensing of this technology, while partnering with iBN to become the premier Internet destination to view high school sports,” said Proctor.

About iBN Sports
iBN Sports is an Internet-based television broadcast network providing world class coverage of live sports, archived footage on-demand, news, highlights and other unique programming that reveals the compelling stories of the sports world. Current and past programming has included professional and amateur sports alike from local high schools to international federations. A sampling of these sports includes: mixed martial arts (MMA), Independent Baseball, Pro Cycling, boxing, surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, motocross and high school football, basketball and baseball. iBN Sports markets and distributes sports content through its alliance of global media partners, sports channels, clubs, governing bodies, sponsors, radio, television, print, restaurant chains, and web partners. Production and content are driven by an experienced group of Hollywood branding, design, and media experts. iBN is headquartered in Orange County, California and operates worldwide through its partnerships and affiliates.

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Briggs Porter
(949) 910-2416

Email: bporter(at)ibnsports.com
Web: http://www.ibnsports.com


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