October 31, 2005 - The National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks and Americaneagle.com, a leading Web site design, development, hosting, and maintenance company based in Park Ridge, Illinois, have brought iPod Video to Blackhawks fans.
The Blackhawks are the first NHL team, and first major professional sports team in the United States, to provide their fans with Podcast video clips. As with the standard audio only Podcasts, fans simply sign up for the feed and the video clips are downloaded automatically for them. If they do not have an iPod with video capabilities the Podcasts can still be viewed with iTunes or an assortment of other players. The Blackhawks are offering this incredible service free to anyone who signs up at .
Podcasts are a unique way for sports teams to reach their target market because they allow the fans the ability to control what they want to see and when. The Blackhawks have already begun videocasting player interviews and post-game press conferences as Podcasts for their fans. The team also produces a weekly audio Podcast called HawkCast, which debuted on Aug. 29. Updated every Friday, the 15-20 minute show features the latest news on the team, player interviews, coach and management interviews and a look behind the scenes.
"We're very excited to be the first team in professional sports to offer fans the ability to watch post-game coverage and other video features on their iPods," said Blackhawks web producer Adam Kempenaar. "When Apple released the new iPod with video, we recognized that it would provide another great opportunity to communicate directly with our fans and give them exclusive content that they can watch at their convenience. The HawkCast Video feature will be a nice complement to the weekly Podcast we currently produce."
While iPod clearly dominates the market as the player of choice for listening to Podcasts, they can be listened to in many other players.
iPod Video takes Podcasting to a completely new level. With video, fans will be able to watch interviews, press conferences and other video features. Video Podcasts can offer either an MPEG-4 or H.264 video for their fans with.m4v, .mp4, and .mov as the formats of choice at 30 frames per second. H.264 video offers speeds up to 768 Kbps, sizes up to 320 x 240 pixels and a baseline profile up to level 1.3. MPEG-4 video offers speeds Up to 2.5 Mbps, sizes up to 480 x 480 pixels, and simple profile.
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