George Mason’s Live Game Audio Switches to a Subscription Service
Posted: November 25, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
As part of the university’s ongoing efforts to bring the best entertainment available to fans of George Mason athletics, the Intercollegiate Athletics Department, in partnership with the Official College Sports Network (OCSN), has joined RealNetworks’ College Sports Pass, giving fans the ultimate in Internet programming. The Patriots join more than 55 top colleges and universities in the digital media subscription service.
“The partnership we share with OCSN has not only benefited our athletic department, but also many of George Mason’s supporters, fans, and alumni,” say Director of Athletics Tom O’Connor. “GMUsports.com has been well received since its relaunch in January, and our move to the College Sports Pass will allow Mason to remain on the cutting edge of multimedia and digital technology. Our fans will see an improvement in the quality of service provided by the subscription and a more entertaining visual and audio experience.”
GMUsports.com was relaunched in January 2003 as part of OCSN, which administers the site. RealNetworks partners with OCSN to deliver College Sports Pass to fans of collegiate athletics around the world. Prior to the 2003-04 season, GMUsports.com offered Patriot supporters live game audio and visual feeds for free. As the cost of providing streaming broadcasts and hosting multimedia events continues to rise, it became necessary for the Athletic Department to shift to a subscription service in order to operate more successfully.
In aligning with RealNetworks’ College Sports Pass, the Athletic Department can now offer a better user experience, including better quality audio and video, more live and on-demand programming, integrated gameday features like “GameTracker” for basketball and seven-day-a-week phone support.
The cost for the RealNetworks’ College Sports Pass is $6.95 per month or $18.95 for a three-month period.