MVPCast is a streaming service that allows viewers, players and coaches to use the video from games in a number of ways.
Hockey has returned to rinks across Colorado, but COVID-19 restrictions have limited the number of fans in attendance at games. But Rink Aid and a new partnership between the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association, the Colorado Avalanche, Toyota and MVPCast is making it easier to watch by increasing access to live streams of games.
The partnership was created from a desire to support hockey players, teams, organizations and rinks across the state as each navigates a safe return to play, and is part of a newly launched initiative called Rink Aid.
Rink Aid began on Nov. 1 and is a joint effort between CAHA, the Avalanche and Toyota designed to assist both rinks and local hockey clubs by using the money from the Toyota Hard Hat Heroes program along with funds raised from the Avalanche’s 50/50 raffle, which benefits Colorado youth hockey. Click here to read more about Rink Aid.
As part of that plan, the venture with MVPCast was born. Every Colorado hockey team registered with USA Hockey received a sponsored MVPCast account.
MVPCast is one of the many streaming services available for sports teams to use to make their games available for everyone via a live stream on the internet. It was developed by Sergey Blyashov. He’s spent more than 20 years in the technology field and is also a youth sports parent.
“I realized that we needed a better, easier way for athletes and parents to be able to use a streaming service,” Blyashov said. “That’s when I started creating a platform that had easy and intuitive ways to record, upload, edit and stream games.”
MVPCast was one of the options CAHA President Randy Kanai, and many in his organization and the Avalanche considered when looking for a streaming partner.
What made MVPCast unique is the different capabilities this platform has, Kanai said.
When games are streaming, the platform has a score bug that is on the screen so viewers can see the score, time remaining and period.
“We liked the score overlay,” Kanai said. “Compared to what’s commonly being used out there, (MVPCast) just has features other programs don’t have.”
Besides that, a high-definition game replay automatically available once the action is over as an on-demand option. Coaches can edit the video and tag different players while also using it for film study. Users can also create highlight reels or other video packages.
Unlike other platforms, MVPCast used a camera operated by a person on site. That improves the quality of the stream because the person can pan the camera to stay with the game action.
CAHA and the Avalanche provided each team with an account, and access to the account will be granted to a team videographer who is responsible for generating the video that everyone else can watch and use.
For more information on the account or to register as a videographer, visit go.co.hockey/stream. Once a person is registered, he or she will receive an email that the account has been created and activated.
For those wanting to watch the stream or video, MVPCast provides a number of different options. There are two different individual subscription packages, starting at $14.99, and team plans that cost $20 per month and include five to nine subscribers.
CAHA is working with rinks to improve their wi-fi to make the MVPCast experience even better. The hockey organization is strategizing with rinks to see what wi-fi improvements are necessary to accommodate MVPCast, anything from boosting the signal to creating a separate wireless network specifically for the MVPCast stream.
“We’re in that assessment phase to see what rinks need upgrades and what don’t,” Kanai said. “We’re working with those rink managers on how CAHA and the Avalanche can help make that happen. We’re committed to making those upgrades.”
So far, the partnership has been well received by the hockey community.
“The demand is there,” Kanai said. “So far, the anecdotal comments have been 100 percent positive."
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