OK first of all a disclaimer: the Herald Sun invited us to their offices to view this as a special preview for its grand unveiling tomorrow. While we were there I drank their beer and I had 2 cold rolls. I didn’t see Big Sexy eat or drink anything – he’s good like that.
We got invited to the HWT building last week to get a preview of the new SuperFooty Live HQ website. Here’s the invite:
I’m writing to you on behalf of the Herald & Weekly Times/Herald Sun.
You may have seen/heard this week the Herald Sun unveiled its expanded multi-platform offering.
A key part of the Herald Sun’s premium online content is SuperFooty Live HQ, a second-screen experience for AFL matches. It will include a fully interactive match centre with scores, stats, fixtures, live chats, live SuperCoach points, news, video and social media interaction.
Live HQ launches this Tuesday, March 20 in preparation for 2012 season kick-off.
We’d like to invite you (and Duck and Big Sexy) to the Herald Sun for a special sneak preview of the site in action before it goes live.
Given your passion for and involvement in footy, I thought this might be something you’d be interested in?
Details are as follows:
DATE: Monday, March 19
TIME: 6 pm for 6.15 pm
ADDRESS: HWT Tower, 40 City Rd, Southbank 3006 (meet downstairs at Security in the first instance).
Joining us from the Herald Sun will be: Nathaniel Bane (Digital Editor), Peter Clark (Digital Director), Finn Bradshaw (Deputy Network Sports Editor at News Ltd). We’re also hoping for one of the Herald Sun sports journos to pop in for a chat as well (deadlines permitting!).
If you can come on Monday night – that would be awesome! Please drop me a return email or call on xxxx xxx xxx.
Also, do you mind letting me know the names of those attending? Something tells me I don’t think the Herald Sun Security guy will let ‘Big Sexy’ in without a real name to go with it.”
So BS and I turn up tonight and in the room, amongst others is Walesy, mOnty, and Frankie Leach. On the HS side, Robbo drops thru, Jay Clark says g’day and I have a good old chat to Al Paton. There’s probably about 20 people there and I’ve never felt so comfortable in a room full of strangers.
I snapped off some shots but they’re not that great so I’ll just tell you about what went down. Finn Bradshaw did most of the presenting and for the attentionally challenged amongst us, I’m gonna dot point:
- the functionality of the new site did look good. What really impressed me was the graphics that show the linkages to get to goal. You hover over a dot on the screen (ie a player) and it shows you what he did (eg play-on handball, effective handball, 2 points) and if that player is in your SC team, his dot on the screen has a green circle around it to indicate that.
- you’ll get live updates of how your team is doing against whoever you’re playing, in whatever league.
- there’ll be live chat.
- there’s a match score predictor for the footy tippers amongst us
- it won’t encroach upon anything SuperCoach Gold is doing at the moment – ie you won’t get player score predictions – the relationship between the HS and Virtual Sports is too tight
- there’s social media integration – facebook and twitter
- it won’t be offered free of charge through the other News Ltd masthead newspapers
- there’ll be no end-of-quarter scores provided anymore – it’ll be end-of-game only. I spoke to mOnty and he’s hopeful of getting something but I wasn’t convinced. I do hope he does.
There was a lot of other stuff but I’d had 3 beers and to be honest was kinda distracted by Saint Frankly’s footwear – anyone ever seen those shoes before that kinda mold around your toes? – so I didn’t pick it all up.
You want to know if its worth it. Personally, I will probably pay for it. Yes, I know I’ve ranted in the past against the HS for doing this (and believe me I’m still angry about the costs) but what other choice do I have if I want the live experience? It IS better than what is offered via Dream Team. I probably won’t get it every week but right now I’d say the majority of weeks I will.
As a side note, I was alerted to a uni student offer while I was there tonight where you’re offered an annual subscription for something like $20 (correct me if I’m wrong on this one) where the Digital Pass is thrown in with that subscription. If you’re a struggling bohemian, it looks like you’ll get getting this stuff relatively cheaply.
For everyone else its $2.99 a week or $1 a week extra if you sign up for a HS subscription and have the paper delivered.
After the show, BS and I headed on down to PJ’s for a quiet couple of orange whips and a good chat with Walesy. I’ve never met him before but I can tell you he’s a great bloke. BS snapped off a shot of the 2 of us together but I’m struggling to add it to this post so I’m gonna tweet it.
Fair to say that the conversation was DOMINATED by SC and who we like and don’t like for the year. I won’t betray any confidences by revealing the details of that conversation but Jay Clark did tell me tonight that his smoky this year was Ben Jacobs. I know, go figure.
Anyway, they’re probably reading this, so feel free to let the world know how you feel about the paywall and anything else to do with the HS in general.