Neulion provides video portal for National High School Coaches Association
By Andrew Lippe
Neulion, an IPTV service provider has developed an IPTV platform for the
National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA). The NHSCA joins a long
list of Neulion’s Network partners that includes Islanders TV and NHL TV. The
high school TV Network created by Neulion community will enable fans to upload
video highlights from high school sports games.
“The video portal will feature 16,800 high schools,” says Chris Wagner
Neulion co-founder and executive vice president. The NHSCA sports website will
bring other high school sports websites together. Fans will be able to blog and
email each other in the vast community and parents of high school athletes wil
be able to watch sporting events they world normally miss. The website will
serve as a digital archive for coaches and a highlight portal for their team’s
fans. Most of all it gives high school alumni a chance to catch up on their
Neulion will serve as the content delivery service. They will manage and
distribute the uploaded content onto the Internet. Neulion will be responsible
for encoding the videos into formats. Their content management system enables
them to encode as low as 300kb and as high as 800kb. “We provide a high-quality
video experience,” adds Wagner.
Neulion will manage billing services which include managing user accounts
which is free to users who join the community. Neulion will also maintain
relationships with numerous content providers. There will also be opportunity
on the website for sponsorship and fundraising. The next step for the NHSCA
will a set top box that fans will be able to place on top of their
Televisions and be able to watch games.
“The goal of this ambitious project is to bring together all
existing high school sports websites, coordinate and streamline their current
efforts while expanding to include more teams and sports. It allows high
schools to connect with their alumnae while furthering the talents and academic
futures of young students,” says Robert Ferraro, founder and chief executive
officer of NHSCA.