RyderCup.com & Ryder Cup Apps to be Ultimate Destination for Golf’s Biggest International Team Event Including Live Streaming Coverage
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
September 27, 2016
Ryder Cup LIVE Video Player – Across Phone, Tablet & TV Apps, Plus Desktop – to Premiere “Featured Match” Coverage & New 1st Tee Show, Along with In-Depth Course Highlights
New Multimedia Features Include Wayfinding Spectator Resource, Minute-By-Minute Content Streaming, Facebook Live Programming & Virtual Reality Content
RyderCup.com and the suite of Ryder Cup apps, managed by Turner Sports in partnership with the PGA of America and the European Tour, will provide extensive digital coverage – including LIVE video streaming – of the 2016 Ryder Cup held Tuesday, Sept. 27, through Sunday, Oct. 2, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.
The Ryder Cup LIVE presented by Scottrade video player will offer live streaming from the world’s premier international team golf event with dedicated programming produced exclusively for RyderCup.com and the Ryder Cup apps. New for this year, Ryder Cup LIVE will offer “Featured Match” coverage of the four-ball and foursome events on Friday and Saturday – two matches per day starting at 8:30 a.m. ET – followed by in-depth coverage of Sunday’s single match play starting at noon.
The Ryder Cup LIVE commentating team will include host Vince Cellini, analyst Billy Kratzert and on-course reporters Luke Elvy and Brian Katrek. Additionally, Amanda Balionis will serve as the social media correspondent, hosting Facebook Live programming throughout the event.
An all-new daily 1st Tee Experience presentation will showcase the many qualities that make the first tee grandstand area at the Ryder Cup so unique, from lively chants of the pro-USA and European fans to the raucous and at times intimidating atmosphere surrounding the tee box. The live stream show – which starts 30 minutes prior to each session and covers every group teeing off – will also feature special celebrity guests, player exchanges and interviews. Further, the show will utilize innovative Pixellot technology to stitch together four unmanned camera angles to produce the show’s video coverage.
Overall coverage of the event begins on Tuesday, Sept. 27, with live interviews and practice highlights throughout the day. Ryder Cup LIVE and Facebook LIVE programming throughout the week will also feature Celebrity Matches, Captains Matches, Opening Ceremonies and the Trophy presentation.
Additional cross-platform highlights:
Ryder Cup Across Phones & Tablets
A full suite of interactive Ryder Cup apps will be available across a wide array of platforms including phones, tablets and select Smart TVs. Both the Android app, sponsored by Samsung, and the iOS app, sponsored by OMEGA, will offer access to live video, breaking news, “Minute-By-Minute” aggregation of social content and live reporting, scoring, comprehensive coverage, photo galleries, a course tour, select live video casting for television, and on-site spectator resources.
New Wayfinding Feature to Enhance On-Site Fan Experience
Golf fans attending the event will enjoy a completely immersive experience with access to a wide range of content and resources via the Ryder Cup app, including state-of-the-art course navigation. A first of its kind Wayfinding feature will deliver a detailed view of the course with routing instructions that account for walking paths and crosswalks to help enhance the spectator experience. The customizable map – built in collaboration with Google and Ubilabs – will also allow users to toggle their displays to show on-course points of interest, from merchandise locations to guest amenities.
Virtual Reality Comes to Ryder Cup
On-demand, fully immersive virtual reality content will be available for Ryder Cup via Facebook and YouTube VR apps on Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard. For users without equipment, the content will be available on YouTube.com, Facebook and RyderCup.com as web-based touch-and-pan 360-degree content.
Google Trekker Technology Delivers Unprecedented Digital Fan Experience
Turner Sports, in collaboration with Google and Ubilabs, developed the largest scale 360-degree photo experience ever for a sporting event. This unprecedented, interactive experience – under the “Hazeltine Explorer” banner – is available through RyderCup.com and the suite of Ryder Cup apps – allowing fans to virtually walk the course from a first person perspective. The tour also features custom elevation graphs for every hole, integrated video highlights and course-specific historical moments.
Redesigned RyderCup.com Optimized for Mobile
The redesigned RyderCup.com is now fully responsive to better serve content across all platforms. Enhancements for the event’s official online destination include improved usability and performance, especially for mobile consumption, along with
expanded video offerings, social integration and complete editorial coverage from a staff of PGA.com and European Tour writers. An enhanced leaderboard will include video highlights showing all the action from the day.
Social Content Gives Fans All-Access
Ryder Cup USA and Team Europe fans can experience all the excitement surrounding one of golf’s most engaging international events via a wide range of RyderCup.com and PGA.com social platforms including Facebook Live programming, special Ryder Cup-inspired emojis for Twitter, real-time Twitter highlights, and a Snapchat Live Story on Friday. Additionally, innovative 360 and virtual reality technology will capture photos and video that will live on Facebook, giving fans the immersive experience of being on the grounds with panoramic photos and video. Additionally, the app will feature live “Minute-by-Minute” multimedia streaming of social media content featuring video highlights, analysis and discussion.
PGA.com is the official site of The PGA of America operated by Turner Sports, and Rydercup.com and the Ryder Cup apps are managed by Turner Sports on behalf of The PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe.