US Open & Wimbledon – Warns against Periscope use
One big issue that has hit headlines in relation to Periscope News over the past week has been the warnings that have been issued to the general public by both the US Open and Wimbledon officials against the improper use of the Periscope App at their respective sporting events by live broadcasting the tennis matches to the world at large.
These are obviously big events on the Tennis calendar which command big dollars on entrance fees and television rights. Which has prompted event officials to come out and say that basically, anyone who is caught using their mobile phones for the purpose of live streaming or broadcasting the actual event from the stadium will be immediately kicked out and banned from the event.
I think this is going to be a big issue that is going to come about at all sporting and musical events in the future as live streaming apps become more popular.
Periscope Broadcast on Mayweather v Pacquiao Fight
We saw the big debate arise, soon after Twitter re-launched the Periscope App, when Periscope was used to live stream the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao boxing fight as it was shown on Pay Per View television.
This caused an immediate uproar and concern by media companies such as HBO Boxing who were immediately threatened by the use of live streaming apps. Periscope was immediately providing the same service of live Pay Per View television companies for free on peoples mobile phone devices. Granted the quality was not as good, but FREE is FREE right?
Obviously the big Pay Per View companies make millions of dollars from people paying to watch live sporting events and Periscope became an immediate threat to their entire business model.
Paid Events & Periscope Concerns
The reality is that people will happily turn into their mobile devicess if they are able to watch something for free rather than pay for it and that’s the concern of the sports events organizers. Surely, certain music event organizers and artists will have similar concerns since their exclusive rights to live events will be thrown into jeopardy.
So be warned tennis fans if you are heading out to Wimbledon or the U.S. Open to watch the tennis, you are allowed to take your mobile phones. Previously, they have banned any use of mobile phones. But the main concern for officials is the use of live streaming apps such as Periscope to broadcast the event as it happens.
If you’re going there to broadcast it for free, expect to be caught and kicked out.
It will certainly be interesting to see how live streaming apps change the face of live events in the future.