I’m watching U.S. Open Tennis live, right now, in HD on the grand slam’s official website, usopen.org. It. Is. Awesome. Here’s why:
- You control coverage. Unlike TV, this broadcast lets you pick and choose which matches you want to see from all available courts, including picture in picture. Nice.
- Live commenting. Want to discuss the match with other fans in between side changes (or during points)? Click that little overlay in the upper right corner and you can.
- Stats on demand. How many unforced errors does Blake have? Click on the match stats overlay and bam!
- It’s free. What more can I say?
That’s interactive television done right. That’s the future of broadcasting. Now if only we can get a simple computer-to-TV streaming solution, as neither my Wii or PS3 browser is compatible.