Are You Watching This?! Releases Data Services API, Opens Access to Exclusive Sports Data Platform

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Supplies Developers with Sports Data on over 150,000 Games across Dozens of Sports, Signs Sporting News as First Customer

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"When I started Are You Watching This?!, the market for sports data was an immense but unrefined space. My goal was to use that raw data in a meaningful way to make watching sports more engaging and personal,” - Mark Phillip, CEO of RUWT

Are You Watching This?! (RUWT), the sports application that guarantees no sports fan ever misses an Instant Classic with personalized alerts and recommendations, today announced the availability of the RUWT Data Services API (application programming interface) for the first time, opening up their exclusive sports data and algorithms to developers and businesses for power rich applications and websites.

The RUWT API allows developers to leverage RUWT’s core, patent-pending technology, including predictive algorithms and machine learning technology to process real-time, in-game statistics.

“When I started Are You Watching This?!, the market for sports data was an immense but unrefined space. My goal was to use that raw data in a meaningful way to make watching sports more engaging and personal,” says CEO Mark Phillip. “Achieving that in our app was step one, and an amazing ride, but now we want RUWT to power many sports apps and sites everywhere. The apps we’re currently powering have some of the most excited and engaged fans out there and we want to extend that even further.”

RUWT delivers data-enriched notifications through personalized recommendations sent to users when a game is getting hot and deserves new attention. All alerts are tied to customized television channel listings for immediate action. The technology incorporates massive data feeds for almost all sports, 24/7 and parses and analyzes activity to identify upsets in progress, frequent score changes, overtime and more. It incorporates statistics and news stories, as well, allowing industries such as broadcast television previously untapped capabilities targeted towards sports-obsessed consumers.

With RUWT, sports businesses can build more robust apps and sites, stimulate engagement, and build a more captive audience, whatever the point of engagement. The new RUWT statistics and data offering will serve as an outsourced R&D department for many businesses using their data.

The market for sports data is enormous, taking in $400-425 billion yearly. With the introduction of the Data Services API, RUWT is now adding comprehensive analytics to businesses in need of intelligent sports data.

RUWT’s system has rated more than 150,000 games across more than a dozen sports. An excitement rating is calculated as many as 500 times throughout every game RUWT’s platform analyzes. The sports-focused architecture was designed from the start for scalability and speed, with the RUWT algorithm making calculations in less than a tenth of a second.

RUWT’s data can be used to predict excitement, keep users up-to-date, send alerts when attention is warranted and build new kinds of intelligent offerings that go beyond simple sports feeds. It goes well beyond the scoreboard and ticker, providing next-generation sports intelligence in an output format that has been curated and enriched with metadata and predictive analytics, and configured for modern and mobile use cases.

Currently, key sports data sources include:

  •     MLB
  •     NFL
  •     NHL
  •     NBA
  •     College Football
  •     Auto Racing
  •     Men's College Basketball
  •     Women's College Basketball
  •     Soccer
  •     NBA Development League
  •     WNBA
  •     Canadian Football
  •     Minor League Hockey
  •     College Hockey

RUWT will be adding more sports data sources and features in the coming months.

As part of this new venture, RUWT recently partnered with Sporting News. The Sporting News app’s “What to Watch,” powered by RUWT, is the latest example of how TV is getting more and more personalized. Fans will never miss a game that’s sure to be exciting, and will never be teased about a game not airing in their location. Most importantly, users are lured back into the app when a game is trending, or matches their unique interests – meaningfully increasing engagement.

"Are You Watching This?! extended our fully personalized and customized sports magazine with a novel fan experience that spans mobile, Web and TV," said Jeff Price, President and Publisher of the Sporting News. "The What to Watch page in our new iPad app has been the most sticky section, and it's just the tip of the iceberg. We want to curate an experience for the user that works asynchronously, whether they happen to be in the app or not. The next instant classic isn't scheduled in your TV Guide."

A number of other major customers will be announced later this year.

For more information on accessing RUWT’s data services, visit http://www.areyouwatchingthis.com/api or watch this video on the technology in action.

About Are You Watching This!?

Are You Watching This?! (RUWT?!) watches every game on every channel, from football to hockey to racing, and tells you to tune in so you never again miss an instant classic. When RUWT?! finds a hot game, it sends out an alert via email or text with the score, time left, and basic information on the game (no-hitter, close finish, big upset, etc.) along with the exact channel to turn to.

RUWT?! is powered by a patent-pending game-rating engine that objectively analysis data and rates events using algorithms based on the league, score, time left, rankings, teams involved, user opinion and Internet buzz. Games are categorized as OK, Good, Hot, orEpic and users can “root” for games, upping their levels.

For more information, visit http://www.areyouwatchingthis.com, or follow RUWT?! on Facebook, Twitter and on the blog.

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