LONDON Jan 21 Fans attending English soccer
club Arsenal's games could be able to watch replays of goals or
contentious tackles on Sony's PlayStation Portable (PSP) devices
by the end of next season.
The Premier League club's commercial director Adrian Ford
said a Sony-developed application would allow fans to watch live
streaming video of a game, along with data and statistics, and
give the ability to watch near-instant replays.
The personalised system had been tested and could be rolled
within 18 months, Ford said in an interview with Reuters TV.
Sony Europe's director of retail, transport and venues Eric
Siereveld said personalised video was the next technological
step for Arsenal's state-of-the-art Emirates Stadium, and it
could even allow supporters to create in-game communities.
"This device will brings an extra dimension to the game with
information and statistics," he told Reuters TV.
"But we think that the next generation of the software that
runs it could actually link fans during the game with each
Ford said Arsenal fans were already used to watching
pre-match entertainment and in-match statistics on hi-definition
screens in the stadium in north London, which opened in 2006
"What we are trying to do is pump a variety of different
entertainment on to those screens to help you arrive earlier and
maybe stay later," he said, adding that the club had doubled
revenue since the stadium move.
"There are a few rights issues that we have to overcome but
on the basis that we do that, we think it's a product we can
offer to our fans within the next 18 months or so," he said.
(Writing by Paul Sandle; Editing by David Holmes)