You Want Brackets? Now You Got ‘Em in the Sports Channel

March 17, 2009

sports-channel-bracket-2A couple weeks ago, Windows Media Center announced the launch of the Sports Channel, an application that offers a wide range of sports content from CBSSports.com, Fox Sports and MSNBC.com and more.

Today we launched interactive brackets in the Sports Channel, which  serves as the portal for accessing game coverage, including the option to turn off scores if you can’t catch the games live and don’t want the outcomes to be spoiled. Just open your PC, click on the green button and launch the Sports Channel (under the Sports menu) to check it out for yourself.

If you are unable to watch the game live- due to work, school family obligations- etc.,  you can interact with the  brackets and even turn off the scores, allowing you to enjoy the game without spoiling the outcome. No more rushing from work to the TV hoping to catch glimpses of your favorite teams highlights and  spoiler soaked experiences.

For more information on the Sports Channel, College Hoops and interactive brackets, click here.

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Get in the Game with the Sports Channel for Windows Media Center!

March 5, 2009

sports-channel-finalBy now you’ve probably seen that we’re working with various sports bloggers who’ve weighed in on their TV-viewing preferences and the TV on Your PC movement. You may have also been wondering what we’ve got up our sleeves.

Well, have we got news for you…Going live today in time for the Men’s College Basketball Tournament later this month, the new Sports Channel for Windows Media Center offers a wide range of sports coverage from CBSSports.com, Fox Sports, MSNBC.com and more – all in one place. The Sports Channel features breaking sports news, interviews of your favorite players, the option to track your fantasy sports teams, and more, with CBSSports.com joining the ranks as a fresh content addition to Windows Media Center.

If you’re connected to the internet, simply launch Windows Media Center on a PC or laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate, scroll down to Sports, and click on the Sports Channel tile to start tapping into programming from all of the aforementioned sites. Easy as pie 🙂

As you’re gearing up for the upcoming Men’s College Basketball Tournament, make sure to check out the Sports Channel’s “College Hoops” feature to get everything you need for your tournament games in March and April using Windows Media Center. Here’s what you’ll get:

Watch complete games in condensed form shortly after the games are completed. (Condensed  form means you get all the game action without timeouts, half time, ball retrieval, etc.)
– Watch marquee games in the first two rounds, then view all the games after that through to the championship game

Game Highlights (1-2 min)
– Highlights from every tournament game (63 games total)
Post Game Interviews (1-2 min)
– Post game interviews as available

Buzzer Beaters (2-10 min)
– Last few minutes plus of select games with great finishes

Best of all, this particular effort is just the latest in a line of content investments and applications in Windows Media Center aimed at providing new and easier ways for people (you!) to find and access compelling content. The Sports Channel joins the NBC Olympics on the Go service and the MSNBC News beta (now out of beta) which both went live last year.

Boot up your PC, click on the green button to explore the Sports Channel and tell us what you think!