New Apps for Apple and Android Extend Reach to More Viewers
LEXINGTON, Ky. / INDIANAPOLIS (September 1, 2017) — The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), in partnership with BlueFrame Technology, is pleased to announce the immediate availability of mobile streaming apps for the GLVC Sports Network (GLVCSN). The new apps provide a mobile-first user interface, social media sharing, stored user preferences, a conference news feed (RSS), and an audio-only mode that includes bluetooth integration and background listening.
The new apps, available for Apple iOS and Android devices, can be found by searching “GLVCSN” in the App Store and Google Play. GLVC fans can quickly and easily access their favorite live and archived events produced by the GLVC and its 15 NCAA Division II member institutions. The live-first app design immediately presents the most timely content from across the entire Network. GLVC Championships and content produced on member campuses are organized by channels within the app, and the user-configurable interface allows viewers to efficiently search through thousands of archived events.
“We are very excited about the release of our GLVCSN mobile apps in time for the opening weekend of the 2017-18 season,” said GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich. “It has always been the mission of GLVCSN to promote the athletic and academic success of its student-athletes to student bodies, alumni, friends, families, fans and prospective students. Not everyone has the same viewing preferences, so we are thrilled GLVCSN is now available on desktop, mobile and over-the-top devices.”
GLVCSN, the first NCAA Division II conference-wide digital network, has been at the forefront of providing viewers enhanced access on multiple platforms through its partnership with BlueFrame Technology.
Last September, the GLVC launched GLVCSN.com to serve as its dedicated streaming website, and soon followed in January with the release of GLVCSN’s first over-the-top (OTT) apps on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV.
Broadcasts on GLVCSN are produced, delivered, and consumed using the end-to-end digital network solution from BlueFrame.
“BlueFrame is excited to elevate the mobile viewing experience for GLVC fans,” said Ben Kant, co-founder and CEO of BlueFrame Technology. “Recent studies show that nearly two-thirds of consumers are using their mobile devices to watch live video, with millennials 30 percent more likely to watch through a dedicated app than through a mobile browser. As a result, we expect to see even higher consumption of GLVCSN content this year, especially by students.”
The initial release of the GLVCSN mobile apps is feature-rich, and will soon include push notifications, podcasting integration, and the ability to launch the application from a browser. Additional advertising features for the GLVC, member schools, and sponsors will be added over the course of the year.
Great Lakes Valley Conference
The Great Lakes Valley Conference is one of the premier NCAA Division II conferences, made of 15 member institutions from five Midwest states (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin) and comprised of 6,000 student-athletes, 50,000 students and 500,000 alumni. Founded in 1978, the GLVC has grown to sponsor 22 conference championships and is among the nation’s elite in academic and athletic success. GLVC schools have captured 16 NCAA Division II national championships, including 11 on the men’s side, seven of which are in basketball. Among the 24 NCAA Division II conferences analyzed in the 2016-17 report published by the national office, the GLVC ranked third in Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) at 64 percent and third in Academic Success Rate (ASR) at 82 percent for all student-athletes. The GLVC is also home to the GLVC Sports Network – the first NCAA Division II conference-wide digital streaming network that launched in 2014. GLVCSN, which can now be found on Apple TV 4th Generation, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Roku OTT platforms as well as iOS and Android mobile apps, has streamed 4,200 events since 2014. For more information about the GLVC and GLVCSN, visit the conference’s official websites at GLVCsports.com and GLVCSN.com.
BlueFrame Technology is the only end-to-end live streaming technology provider specialized for the sports market. Based in Lexington, Kentucky, BlueFrame services all levels of sports organizations by providing the software to put their brand and message first. For more information, visit www.blueframetech.com.