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This month saw a wide range of content ideas across many different industries. More than 200,000 Buddhists gathered over Zoom to celebrate Makha Bucha Day virtually. The first ever Global Chess League that will mix in person and virtual play was announced and The Malaysian Netball Association partnered with Astro to deliver the Super Netball League. Meanwhile, a trailblazing Sydney based OTT streaming platform wins the rights for the UEFA Champions League.
The Temple of Zoom
More than 200,000 Buddhist devotees gathered via Zoom to celebrate Makha Bucha Day, one of the most important holidays in the religion. The event, which would usually be held at Dhammakaya Temple on the outskirts of Bangkok, was instead held on a 280-meter long LED screen, which allowed for devotees to virtually attend due to the pandemic. More than 200,000 people attended the ceremony which consisted of an annual prayer and lantern ritual.
Temple of Zoom: 200,000 Thai Buddhists mark holy day via video link https://t.co/F1gzOiszj1 pic.twitter.com/7IkbZkOxlZ— Reuters (@Reuters) February 26, 2021
Global Chess League goes hybrid
Tech Mahindra, the provider of digital transformation, consulting, and business re-engineering services and solutions, has announced the launch of the Global Chess League. This event will be the first event league that is a mix of physical and virtual. The League will see eight franchise-owned teams from around the world competing in a mix of virtual and in-person events depending on social distancing restrictions. Tech Mahindra has announced that it plans on using 5G, artificial intelligence and virtual reality to explore new ways of engaging global audiences.
We are excited to announce the launch of our first-of-its-kind phygital Global Chess League, to revolutionize & popularize the sport across the world with @vishy64theking on-board as the League’s Mentor, Advisor & Facilitator-in-chief – https://t.co/67bVwINrYt#UnlockTheNXtNow pic.twitter.com/K44izWrzof— Tech Mahindra (@tech_mahindra) February 22, 2021
Sports Flick wins UCL rights
OTT streaming platform Sports Flick, which launched late last year, has reportedly secured the rights to the UEFA Champions League. The Sydney-based company currently holds the rights to properties such as the Serbian rugby league, Future Wrestling Australia and the Nicaragua Football League. Sport Flick currently uses Grabyo’s live production tools to deliver regionalized commentary of the Women’s UEFA Champions League.
Sydney startup @SportsFlick has snagged the @UEFA Champions League broadcasting rights for Australia, in a move that signifies the further splintering of broadcast rights for international sport.#stws #sportstech #sportsbizhttps://t.co/AxfJuJxOWc— Sports Tech World Series (@sportstechws) March 2, 2021
The Malaysian Netball Association partners with Astro
The Malaysian Netball Association has partnered with Astro to deliver the inaugural season of the Netball Super League. The competition runs from March 19 to April 11. Alwiyah Talib, president of the association, believes that getting Netball onto such a major broadcaster in Malaysia will allow women to showcase their talents in a way they have not been able to before. This comes as part of the Malaysian Youth and Sports Ministry initiative to develop women’s sport in the country. The Netball Super League will be broadcast live to millions of viewers on Astro, with the aim to transform the sport into a phenomenon in Malaysia, competing with other major Netball countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica.
Alang-alang dah ada dekat Stadium Juara ni, kita layan terus game pembukaan Netball Super League 2021 antara Perak Pheonix & Kedah Sunshine.— Team Malaysia (@TeamMsia) March 19, 2021
Perak tengah leading 26-14 & baru je habis suku kedua ni. 🔥 #NSL2021 #KamiTeamMalaysia #KitaJagaKita pic.twitter.com/pJO8neKHso
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