K-State Athletics launches new digital platform

K-State Athletics Communications

K-State Athletics and SportsLabs — one of the nation’s leading sports technology providers — are partnering on a new k-statesports.com, mobile/tablet applications and full digital platform. (Photo: K-State Athletics Communications)

K-State Athletics and SportsLabs — one of the nation’s leading sports technology providers — are partnering on a new k-statesports.com, mobile/tablet applications and full digital platform, providing Wildcat fans with industry-leading features and enhanced mobile and video experiences. 

The revamped site at k-statesports.com will continue to provide content for fans while now using the latest Internet technology to provide a seamless, robust experience for fans that is unique to K-State. SportsLabs, in cooperation with K-State's athletic Internet services and communications staff, has been working the past several months in preparing both the site’s and application’s new look and feel and features for the anticipated July 1 launch.

“Our fans continue to crave content, whether it be through K-StateHD.TV, k-statesports.com, our mobile applications or various social media platforms, and we feel this partnership with SportsLabs will dramatically enhance their overall experience,” said Athletics Director John Currie. “I appreciate Director of Internet Services Dave Smoller, in addition to John Burris and the entire SportsLabs staff, for their hard work throughout this process, and I know the K-State nation will be satisfied with these new enhancements as we continue to improve the digital experience for our fans.”

One of the key enhancements of the new platform is the fully responsive site design, which will allow users to view content in a consistent, streamlined and user-friendly presentation across all desktop, mobile and tablet devices.

In addition to the website, Wildcat fans also will enjoy an improved mobile experience. Following the launch, fans can download the new mobile application K-State Gameday for free, which will be available for iPhones and Android smartphones, enabling fans to access all sports programs, live audio, video and real-time K-State social streams. The app, which will launch Aug. 1 and replace the current application, will be the ultimate guide for fans attending K-State games and include interactive maps, fan guides, upgrades and more.

“K-State is already a digital leader in several categories, so any launch of new experiences had to be a move to the next generation of media offerings,” said Burris, president and co-founder of Silver Chalice and SportsLabs. “Working hand-in-hand with the team at the university, we believe we’ve built something special that will showcase not only the athletic success but the institutional leadership of K-State.”

Fans also will see a seamless transition with K-StateHD.TV, the most-watched intercollegiate digital network in the country. The new SportsLabs platform creates the opportunity for more video distribution through various products and applications. Last season, K-StateHD.TV produced more than 130 live events, and the 2015 season-opening football game against South Dakota on Sept. 5 will be broadcast live on K-StateHD.TV beginning at 5:30 p.m. CDT with the K-State Gameday preview show followed by a 6:10 p.m. kick. 

Beginning July 1, all fans will need to resubscribe to K-StateHD.TV as a new account and can do so at k-statesports.com following launch. Those current subscribers who have paid for annual subscriptions will be contacted directly via email for specific details and instructions regarding how their subscription will be transferred to the new platform.

Current monthly and annual K-StateHD.TV subscribers will need to cancel their existing account through the current provider by clicking here

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