WAC Plays With Piksel

Piksel, the supplier of multiscreen video platforms, said it, in partnership with VISTA Worldlink, won the deal to design and implement the systems running the Western Athletic Conference’s Digital Network.

The WAC’s Digital Network, which uses Piksel’s Digital Stadium platform to manage content, offers access to the WAC’s live and archived sports coverage across the conference’s eight member schools (California State University Bakersfield, Chicago State University, Grand Canyon University, University of Missouri-Kansas City, New Mexico State, Seattle University, University of Texas–Pan American, and Utah Valley). The WAC Digital Network is offered through iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Web browsers and Roku devices.

“It has always been one of our goals to showcase the talents of our student athletes across different sports, and with the Digital Network we can now bring our fans closer to their favorite sports, beyond the physical arena,” WAC Commissioner Jeff Hurd said, in a statement. “We are reaching new levels of exposure and giving fans the best possible experience with high quality broadcasting on a global scale.”

On the tech side, WAC content is distributed to VISTA Worldlink directly via IP, then ingested by the Piksel management/publishing platform. The WAC also lists NeuLion as a key tech partner.

Piksel initiated a relaunch earlier this year that included the introduction of a new modular OTT video platform for content owners, aggregators, and distributors.