With Over 8.7 Million Hours of Live Streaming Video and Audio Recorded, Total Consumption has Already Surpassed Entire 2009 Tournament
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, March 23, 2010 — CBSSports.com, in partnership with CBS Sports and the NCAA, today released traffic statistics for NCAA March Madness on Demand (mmod.ncaa.com) through the first four days of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. In total, there have been over 8.7 million hours of live streaming video and audio consumed by over 6 million unique visitors to the NCAA March Madness on Demand (MMOD) video players —.a 35% increase over 2009 figures.
Additionally, the NCAA MMOD “Boss Button” has been clicked nearly 3.3 million times through the first four days of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The “Boss Button,” which was redesigned for the 2010 tournament, hides the live video action on the screen and silences the audio, replacing it with a “business-like” image. The 2010 Boss Button was designed by cartoonist Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic. Click here to view the 2010 Boss Button.
NCAA MMOD traffic figures through Sunday, March 21:
· Over 8.7 million total hours of live streaming video and audio consumed.
· Over 6 million unique visitors to the NCAA MMOD video players.
· 3.3 million clicks of the “Boss Button” – surpassing the total clicks of the Boss Button for the entire 2009 tournament (2.77 million).
· The most-watched hour on both Thursday (3/18) and Friday (3/19) was 2:00-2:59 PM, ET with 910,258 combined streaming hours of live video and audio.
· The most-watched game through the first four days of the tournament was the double-overtime Florida vs. BYU game with 521,000 hours of streaming video and audio. The second most-watched game was Robert Morris vs. Villanova (462,000 hours) and the third most was Siena vs. Purdue (403,000 hours).
“With four overtime games in the first four days of the tournament, exciting finishes and upset victories have really sparked March Madness on Demand consumption thus far,” said Jason Kint, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBSSports.com. “Our philosophy of distributing this engaging content across the Internet and utilizing the reach of the CBS Interactive network continues to pay off with record-breaking growth.”
“The first weekend of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship featured some tremendous games,” said Greg Shaheen, NCAA senior vice president for basketball and business strategies. “As shown by the numbers, more and more NCAA basketball fans are turning to MMOD to ensure they don’t miss any of the magical moments that occur in any given game of the tournament.”
NCAA MMOD is the Emmy award-winning video player that provides live streaming video and audio of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. MMOD shows live video all 63 games, from the first round of the tournament through the semifinal and final games of the Men’s Final Four,® making it the only major sporting event that is broadcast live and in its entirety for free on the Internet. In addition to live video, NCAA MMOD also provides live audio from the Westwood One radio broadcasts of the entire NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
In 2010, free access to NCAA MMOD is made possible by presenting sponsors and NCAA Corporate Champions AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola.
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