Microsoft has decided to spice things up with the availability of live football coverage on Xbox One. NFL Network app is offering something that current cable and satellite boxes are unable to do, which is sports delivered at 60 frames per second.
Thanks to a new partnership with the online streaming specialists at Neulion, Microsoft will be able to increase the frame rate of its live football app content to up to double the frame rate of broadcast TV.
All types of fast-motion content, especially sports benefits from higher frame rates. The higher speeds provide smoother, more lifelike viewing experiencing. Neulion is able to deliver the lofty frame rates thanks to the Xbox One’s lightning-fast video card and it’s advanced processing.
According to CED Magazine, Neulion has struck a multi-year deal with Microsoft to deliver 24/7 live sports programming, on demand coverage, and a host of live stats updates, such as those necessary for the app’s Fantasy Football monitoring system.
Neulion will be doing most of the work necessary to deliver the live streams to the Xbox One from its cloud-based platform, including encoding, transcoding, and formatting the streams.
To assure no buffering will take place, the streams will be provided at seven different tiers, ranging from the top stream of 720p HD resolution at 60fps (bout 6 Mbps), to below SD resolution at 30fps (about 600 kbps).
The frame rate and pixel resolution will depend upon a viewer’s bandwidth and network conditions. No word was given as to whether the app will be scaled up to full 1080p HD resolution, but the faster frame rate could make it worth sacrificing a few pixels.
According to CED, sports networks, including ESPN, have said time and again that frame rate trumps resolution if given a choice between one and the other.
Microsoft wanted to make their console an entertainment hub and with this service, they have helped quite a lot of fans who are interested in sports.