As the dust of three days of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament clears, are your eyes still bloodshot? Is your head still throbbing at the thought of Stephen F. Austin beating West Virginia, Northern Iowa hitting a half-court bomb to defeat the Texas Longhorns and what about Middle Tennessee State dominating the Spartans of Michigan State? In days gone by, college hoop fanatics would’ve missed one or more of the “shining moments” that occur each March, but not in 2016.
The recently released 2015 Accenture Digital Consumer Survey says that more and more TV viewers are using a second screen, to the tune of 87%, while sitting in front of their HDTVs. The phenomenon is called “second screening” and it can involve watching two or more sporting events at one time or inching through your social media feed and trash talking via Twitter and Facebook your team pulls a big upset. Many sports fans use a second screen for checking statistics or seeing how their fantasy team is doing in real-time.
Dish Network just debuted their “Sports Bar Mode” with the roll out of their game-changing Hopper 3, and sports fans are giving it high marks. D-Link’s Ultra Wi-Fi routers are at the ready for TV and live sports enthusiasts are always looking for ways to actively integrate social experiences into games. Think of our current political season and all the polls, contests and questions being thrown at Americans from all angles. Soon the term “watching TV” will mean something completely different and it will keep evolving from that point.
To get the most out of your multi-screen experience, the most important device in your household isn’t your HDTVs, laptops and tablets, it’s your router. I bet some members of your household don’t even know where the router is located.
“You need good Wi-Fi,” writes Dustin Illingworth in the D-Link Blog. “The ecstasy and shattered dreams of you and your friends over the next few weeks practically require it! As you probably know, March Madness is no longer a passive experience. It’s something lived, discovered, shared, communicated – often all simultaneously. You and everyone in the room are checking brackets, talking smack on forums, watching highlight videos, tweeting live responses, and posting Insta pics of the amazing 7-layer dip you’re enjoying.”
This and every March, the NCAA is contributing to this “second screening” by sports with their annual March Madness Live app. The March Madness Live app is the perfect companion when it comes to watching all the hoop action. Not only will fans get real-time score of all the games, you can see all the games, highlights, stats and more. You can be watching your team in a round of 32 game and see that fantastic finish happening in another regional. This “Live” app is available for not only your desktop and laptop, but also smartphones, tablets and mobile devices.
No longer can a household that watches any amount of TV get by with a low-end router. D-Link’s AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router offers the ultimate in Wi-Fi performance for your household or small business. This D-Link high performance router blasts Wi-Fi speeds of up to 3200Mpbs and eliminates those pesky dead zones one might find in parts of their house or yard. The AC3200 Ultra also comes with D-Link’s Smart Beam technology. This isn’t something from Star Trek, it’s an algorithm that is embedded in the router and can detect devices that are using a signal from the router. In turn, it sends a focused wireless signal directly to that device or devices. This is a fastest connection you can get and for “second screeners” it’s a welcome feature.
Forget about point guards and post players when it comes to March Madness, great Wi-Fi is the MVP of each and every NCAA Tournament game and every program that gets DVRed, streamed or watched in your household. If you want to multi-screen, it all begins with Wi-Fi and your router.