Friday, January 30, 2015

OH My - This is Scary


The Swedish Floorball Federation has decided to give up on Solidtango as the provider of live Floorball games from the national leagues.
This is a good decision since Solidtango was a very poor solution for foreginers. We will not write about Solidtango again.

Here comes the scary part - now they go with a company called Sportsground.

Here is why we think it is definitely not better:

A) There seems to be no embed solutions, or we can't find it - the other older provider had one - but it was extremely complicated and not intuitive to work with. Why is the embed functionality so important to us? Two reasons - 1) It has been hailed as the functionality that made YouTube as big as it is 2) If you want to reach more people and a larger audience - you not only use the embed code - but you promote the use of it - at Sportsground we can not even find it. Backwards thinking reign.

B) Yes, Sportgrounds video feed do look better here in the USA, and it is good that material is not locked to the IP address - as before.
But where the previous providers video lagged and stopped this one gets pixelated - in particular at high speed movements. We think that this has to do with the flash technology used and we have a hard time to figure out the resolution of the video - something we probably can measure with a tool - but no, that is not what an average user should do.
The whole Internet world knows that on-line video right now shifts from flash feeds to HTML 5 - but here comes a flash feed, we think, when everyone else (at least the big behemoths) go HTML 5. Why?

C) Sportgrounds website looks outdated and ugly.

D) Paid-per-view is a sandbox idea that only cater to a local market - and therefore directly harmful to the larger spread and share of the sport. Why not try to arrange Olympic games inside of Sweden instead - instead of fiddling with odd SEK 39 video solutions?

So why is this done? Well, it is said to be cheaper. We believe them.
Nope, we see this as fully scary - and who is to blame for this? Well, not at least us here.

Whatever You think - we say as we have said before #floorballwithoutborders please and the main growth area is not always in your own backyard.

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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!