Sky Sports debuts its first-ever mobile-friendly vertical livestream

Skysports Bundesliga Bayernmunich
Skysports Bundesliga Bayernmunich (Image credit: Sky Sports)

What you need to know

  • Sky Sports is trialing a brand new mobile-friendly vertical live stream.
  • It will show Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in 9:16.
  • The game kicks off at 2:30 pm ET.

Sky Sports has announced that it will stream the Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich game on its app in a brand new mobile-friendly vertical 9:16 streaming format.

Sky announced the move in a post today stating:

In a first of its kind, Sky Sports will broadcast the heavyweight German Super Cup clash between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich on Tuesday night on the Sky Sports App in a mobile-first vertical 9:16 stream. It will be the first time that an elite-level football match has been broadcast in a vertical stream fully optimised to viewing on a mobile device and is exclusive on Sky Sports.

The game will be available on Sky Sports' app for free in the UK and Ireland, as well as the usual broadcast on Sky Sports Premier League. Sky didn't give a reason for the new format save stating "Traditionally, sport has been broadcast in a 16:9 landscape ratio. But the 9:16 stream on the Sky Sports App will mean that viewers can watch the game in portrait mode."

Sky isn't the latest broadcaster to try and shake up its live football. At the weekend, BT Sport announced a new Hype Mode for viewers:

UK broadcaster BT Sport has announced a new feature that will change the way we watch football. Whether that's good or not, it's difficult to tell! Welcome to Hype Mode, a feature coming to BT Sport's apps from tomorrow.Set to kick off with the Manchester United Vs Leeds United game in the Premier League tomorrow, the feature promises "a youthful and entertaining broadcast experience." That boils down to some on-screen overlays that will show viewers how fast people are running, how hard they're hitting their shots, and more. Oh, and there are some funky animations to go with it.

Dortmund vs Munich kicks off at 7:30 pm UK time.

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