What does a Sports Blogger think about the Sports Channel?

March 20, 2009

One of our bloggers participating in the TV on your PC sports club program, Joel Hollingsworth of Rocky Top Talk, provided his thoughts on the Sports Channel for Windows Media Center.

In his post, Joel also inserted a self-created YouTube video which walks readers through the main features of the Sports Channel, including the interactive brackets. Something people who haven’t used the Sports Channel might find useful.

One suggestion Joel made in his post was adding more content to Windows Media Center from sites such as Hulu, ESPN, etc. We’re on the same page.

When it comes to content, Microsoft is always looking include more of it into Windows Media Center, with recent additions like the Sports Channel and the MSNBC News application being just the tip of the iceberg, the story only gets better with Windows 7. I

Additionally, if you have the Windows 7 beta you can check out Windows Media Center and the integrated broadband/broadcast Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) that aggregates both broadband and broadcast content. This will give you a good idea of where we’re headed.

If you’ve used the Sports Channel application, what are your thoughts? If you haven’t, then we encourage you to check it out. Just click on the green button in Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate.


Round two of TV on your PC Sports Team

February 25, 2009


Now featuring the second of our TV on your PC sports club teammates, Joel Hollingsworth, or as many of you refer to him, “Rocky Top Talk” is a huge sports advocate from the Tennessee area.

He mainly writes about the Tennessee Volunteers and through his sports notoriety, Joel has been interviewed by NBC Sports, ESPN and the Sports Tap radio program. Even more interesting, Joel is the megaphone behind the College Football Blogger Awards, where he created a united effort to promote the college football blogosphere.

Taking time out of his hectic schedule, Joel chatted with us about merging blogging with his work schedule and how he best communicates with other sport enthusiasts like himself.

Q. You said you love writing as your creative outlet, how is it different to manage a blog for sports fans?

One of the great things about writing about sports is that there is new material every time a game is played. Each game tells its own story, and as the season plays out, the season begins to tell a story of its own. All the blogger has to do is pay attention and spot the developing theme. There are certainly many different kinds of fans, but the ones that frequent sports blogs tend to be very passionate and intelligent folks with highly stressful day jobs, and we recharge our batteries during off hours by immersing ourselves in pure escapism.

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