Comcast and AT&T are offering features-from smartphone applications to live game streaming- for area residents to enhance their March Madness viewing experience.
“Comcast wanted to make March Madness even better for our sports lovers,” Jim Weigert, vice president and general manager for Comcast Chattanooga, said in a prepared statement. “Viewers will even be able to watch what’s happening on multiple games at one time and will have the ability to switch between live games easily. Finding your team will be a snap.”
Many area residents, as well as sports lovers nationwide, will spend time in coming weeks following the tournament.
A recent survey showed that most business leaders don’t mind if employees spend some time at work keeping up with the games.
Some bosses said that it is a morale booster for business.
AT&T spokeswoman Cathy Lewandowski said that March Madness is a time when people want to stay engaged while at work or when they are away from a computer.
“AT&T can connect you to some fantastic applications that can help you continue cheering for your team wherever you go,” she said.
The NCAA tournament begins Tuesday and ends April 2.
Comcast is offering live streaming of all 67 men’s NCAA tournament games online from a central location-Xfinity TV’s March to Glory tool allows customers to stream games live regardless of the network, leaders said.
It also features commentary, updated brackets, news and game recaps.
March to Glory is free to existing Comcast Xfinity customers.
Comcast leaders said that March to Glory provides features that allow viewers to keep track of the latest scores in real-time, move between live games on their televisions and computers, and use their computer as a remote to change the channel, find games, filter games by region and record games to DVR.
A new Xfinity Sports Remote app allows sports fans who have an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch all the same features as the March to Glory site offers.
The site also features bonus videos from ESPB, Fox Sports, Big Ten Network, AP and Reuters.
Lewandowski said that AT&T offers an array of apps to enhance the game-watching experience.
For example, Pocketbracket is an app that costs 99 cents and allows the user to create an unlimited number of brackets so that they can keep up with more than one bracket pool.
The Thuuz Sports app ranks upcoming games on how good they are expected to be, and rankings adjust as games are in action so that users can change the channel if another game gets intense.
The Are You Watching This? app shows users what times and channels each games will be on for each service provider.
AT&T’s March Madness Live App allows users to watch live games on a smartphone device.
AT&T’s Facebook App Brackets by 6-year-olds is a “unique and funny” way to choose teams, Lewandowski said.