Game, net, match: Aussies use tech to turn homes into sports stadiums
New nbn research reveals fast broadband is unlocking a new breed of ‘tech-tators’
Sports-mad Aussies are turning their living rooms into ‘high-tech stadiums’, with new figures revealing we are watching a staggering 60 million hours of sport at home every week.
The nbn™ Future of Sport report, conducted by The Gemba Group, uncovers new trends into how Australians are embracing access to fast broadband to enhance their consumption of sport in the home as well as how the sport industry is evolving to meet the needs of tech-savvy fans.
Highlighting our endless appetite for sport, the report reveals more than half (59 per cent) of Australians are interested in new ‘entertainment’ formats of traditional sports with (44 per cent) believing their internet connection is helping them feel more connected to their favourite games.
It also predicts the rise of ‘tech-tators’ with more than half of Aussie sports fans (51 per cent) admitting to doing multiple things whilst watching sport such as accessing live status updates, key stats and view multiple matches at the same time.
Sports and entertainment commentator and Head of Strategy of Gemba Group, Craig Roberts, said:
“Sport fans now demand non-stop entertainment, full immersion and unfettered access to athletes, team and events. Digital technologies and increased connectivity is at the core of this revolution. More sports, deeper engagement and a heightened experience. All enabled by a rapidly developing digital eco-system that is underpinned by access to fast broadband powered by the nbn.”
“Today we see a glimpse of the sporting future – multiple camera angles, virtual reality, access to any sport in the world, and eSports. All of these innovations will be significantly enhanced by a faster broadband network. And what’s even more exciting is the innovations that are yet to come. Innovations that will enhance all aspects of the viewership experience, and all made possible by increased digital connectivity.”
Finn Bradshaw, Head of Digital at Cricket Australia said:
“The blurring of the line between entertainment and sport will continue at pace. Every second, eight people hit play on a video on one of our platforms across the globe. Connectivity is fuelling the digital sporting trend and allowing more people access to the sports they love, no matter where they are. It’s for this reason that we continue to develop our digital offering for cricket fans.”