The Atlantic Coast Conference recently announced that, beginning this fall, its digital coverge will expand to iPhone users, as the ACC iPhone App will become available to purchase at the start of football season. As a quick rundown, its features will include live streaming, highlights, recaps, and even original programming. For now, it will cover football and basketball seasons, with plans in place to launch Olympic sports coverage for the 2011-12 seasons. No plans have been announced on whether Virginia will follow suit with an equally robust application, but one would have to think that that Craig Littlepage and company must be considering it.
According to the ACC release, the application will "focus on" live streaming of all Raycom-covered football and basketball games, as well as information regarding the ACC Championships. No word on which Olympic sports will be covered next academic year, but as most of the ACC Championships are already broadcasted online at theACC.com, one would expect comparable iPhone coverage.
The App looks like it pretty much has everything a fan would need, including scores, stats, team standings, schedules, etc. You'll be able to customize it for your favorite team, and you can receive Fan Alerts for breaking news, start times, etc. Your AP and Coaches Polls will be built right into the App. The ACC Video section will also include a "This Week in the ACC" section to cover highlights, accolades, etc.
All in all, it looks to be a pretty powerful package. And for only $1.99, it seems to me to be well worth it. The SEC's app is only $0.99, but I do not believe it includes live streaming.
So the question is, Virginia...when do we get our own? Here are a couple more renderings: