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Livestreaming option for squash Open

Last updated 10:37 27/06/2014
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INNOVATIVE SORT: Gareth Hare has set up a business doing live online streaming of sports events.

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Livestreaming of the Southern PSA Squash Open in Invercargill is available on the internet.

Last night's first round of the open was livestreamed by Gareth Hare's Nelson-based company sportwebcasts.com.

The quarterfinals tonight (5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm), semifinals tomorrow night (5.30pm, 6.30pm) and final on Sunday (about 2.50pm) will also be livestreamed on websites http://new.livestream.com/NBLlivestreaming/events/3072393" and sportwebcasts.com/index.html

Hare has three cameras operating and two commentators - squash official Grant Smith and PSA player Kashif Shuja.

A PSA event, the New Zealand International Squash Classic, in Palmerston North this month was also livestreamed by Hare's company.

The Southland Sharks-Manawatu Jets basketball game at Stadium Southland on June 7 was another to be livestreamed.

The national basketball league have used Hare's services for other games this year.

"Having commentary definitely makes it and we've got live scoring," Hare said.

"With technology, you can hook it [internet] up to big screens in peoples' lounges ... and it's not through Sky [television].

"It's obviously a way squash can spread the word about international tournaments like this [Southern Open]."

Squash Southland chairperson Russell Brocks, of Christchurch, is unable to attend the open and will watch livestreaming of the $15,000 event.

A basketball game was the first sports event Hare livestreamed two years ago.

Owning a small tourism business 10 years ago got him involved in making promotional videos. He then moved into sports videos and DVDs before investing in livestreaming.

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- The Southland Times

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