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Sky Sports F1

About This Project

Sky Sports F1 Companion

 

The Sky Sports F1 companion app was designed to support the launch of the Sky Sports F1 HD channel and add value to the Sky subscription. This second screen enhanced experience allows users to:

 

♦  Watch the live broadcast
♦  Pick from up to eight onboard camera feeds
♦  View editors highlights
♦  Rewind the action
♦  View all the live race data
♦  View drivers championship tables
♦  View constructors championship table
♦  Read twitter feeds related to F1

 

Role on project: Ideas for features, wireframes, design layouts, presenting and liaising with clients and stakeholders, asset creation and delivery and working with development team in an Agile process.

Demo promo video

Overview

Sky Sports F1 channel was launched on the 9th of March 2012. A channel dedicated to the Formula One season covering every race in the calendar. As part of this exciting channel launch and in keeping with Sky’s dedication to pushing new technologies and adding value to the subscription model, the Sky Sports F1 companion was commissioned as a second screen experience on iPad. Over 180,000 people use the Sky Sports F1 app, on every race weekend.

 

The Brief

Create value for the Sky Sports subscription and enhance the viewing experience of Formula One through a second screen in conjunction with the on air broadcast. The challenge defined by the client and stakeholders was to create ideas and design features that would complement the sport of Formula One and push the boundaries of the technologies available.

 

Insight

We had to push both the capabilities of the hardware and at the same time distil the needs of a Formula One fan. In some respects this required some trial and error prototyping of components to establish what was actually possible and also taking into account the added pressure of knowing that the deadline was unmovable so the product had to be ‘shippable’ for the start of the F1 season.

 

Creative and Development

Once the core features were agreed and the visual house style created the challenge was to marry creative ideas and features with front end and back end development. The team focussed efforts together to work towards a revolutionary frontier app. This was managed through an Agile process and in respect to the more complex features an iterative approach was needed to gain knowledge and decipher what was actually possible within the technological and hardware capabilities. A huge learning curve was undertaken to get the most from the end product but within the boundaries of a short deadline.

 

Technologies

We pushed the capabilities of the iPad; incorporating the live broadcast feed, multiple camera selection, split screen, edited race highlights and live data feeds. All of which needed to be automated through a CMS system and various APIs and streaming servers so the editorial team at Sky could manage them.

 

Results

The F1 companion experience is used by over 180,000 unique users over any given race weekend. Many use it to watch F1 on the go as well as a second screen experience. Sky Sports is also perceived to give more to its subscribers than other competitors through its investment to new technologies. Due to its success other sport companion experiences have subsequently been commissioned.

Examples of wireframes and user journeys

Examples of visual design for ipad app

Sky Sports F1 companion

F1 enhanced experience for iPad.

Category

App, Design, iPad, UX