MASTERCLASSING

BBC Sports App Adds Chromecast Functionality

Tim Maytom

sports appThe BBC has updated its Sport app for iOS and Android to support Google's HDMI streaming device Chromecast.

The update has been timed to coincide with the opening of the Commonwealth Games, and enables viewers to watch live and on-demand sport, including up to 17 streams of live action from Glasgow's games, on their televisions using the Chromecast device.

"After the success of the Chromecast integration in BBC iPlayer, we had a unique opportunity to take all of the multi-stream content from the BBC Sport website and provide our users with a new way of viewing this summer's live sporting events on the big screen," said Sam Taylor, senior Android engineer for BBC Sport. "We worked closely with the BBC iPlayer team to define and create a reusable component which would enable us to include this functionality in the BBC Sport app.

"This collaboration started with a two day technical investigation, which involved people from both teams brainstorming and prototyping various ideas about how this feature could be included. This process gave us a better understanding of the challenges we would face, and the steps required to complete the work in time for the Commonwealth Games."

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