TCU to Take Sports Fans Behind-the-Scenes
Sept. 3, 2003
Fans of TCU intercollegiate athletics can now subscribe to Gofrogstv, a weekly behind-the-scenes program featuring in-depth coverage of Horned Frogs' games, players and coaches delivered direct to their computers where they can enjoy a quality, full-screen viewing experience without the limitations imposed by slow Internet connections.
Subscribers to Gofrogstv, which can be accessed at www.gofrogstv.com, will receive two Gofrogstv iMags (video magazines) each week. The programs will be broadcast over the AOM Broadcasting Network (ABN), a new Internet broadcasting network owned by Affinity Online Media, LLC (AOM).
"Gofrogstv, the TCU iMag, will provide subscribers with behind-the-scenes coverage of every campus sport - from football to women's soccer - that they simply won't find anywhere else," said Wayne McElreath, AOM chairman and CEO.
Gofrogstv is one of several iMags being developed by ABN and Division I-A universities as the result of a partnership between ABN and the Division I-A Athletic Director's Association (DI-A). Under the agreement, subscription dollars generated by Gofrogstv will be shared with the TCU athletic department and the DI-A's CHAMPS program. CHAMPS - Challenging Athletes' Minds for Personal Success - is a life skills program that supports the future growth of athletes beyond college.
Dutch Baughman, executive director of DI-A, said the partnership between ABN and his organization represents a great deal for all parties to intercollegiate athletics. "The college sports iMags create a new revenue stream for the DI-A athletic departments while benefiting fans of all college sports, as well as former student-athletes who don't move on to the professional ranks," Baughman said. "I can't think of another arrangement that produces more benefits for all those involved in college athletics."
"Gofrogstv represents a unique opportunity for TCU fans and alumni to follow our sports programs no matter where they live. It will offer our fans a direct connection to everything that happens in TCU sports," said Eric Hyman, TCU's Director of Athletics.
Every week ABN will broadcast the Gofrogstv iMag to subscribers' computers via the Internet with no disruption to the computer screen or Internet connection. The Gofrogstv iMags can be viewed on demand with no commercial interruptions, and unlike steaming video, which can appear jerky or patchy even over high-speed Internet connections, the viewing experience will be much like watching a DVD.
To subscribe to Gofrogstv, TCU fans can visit www.Gofrogstv.com. The subscription price is $6.95 per month, with the TCU athletic department and the DI-A's CHAMPS program receiving a portion of each subscription.