Channel 4 has launched a new second screen app, the Channel 4 Horse Tracker which for the first time will allow viewers to track the position and speed of the horses in the Grand National and other races for the Aintree three-day meeting.
The free app, is available to download immediately from the Apple App Store, uses Monterosa’s LViS second screen technology and TurfTrax data to allow users to access live race information synchronised with their TV coverage of the race – including the position of horses, as well as the speed of their selection; distance to the next horse and to the finish. A non-synchronised version of tracker will also be available online at channel4.com/racing.
Through the Channel 4 Horse Tracker users can choose to track one horse, a multiple selection, or track the live positions of all the horses in a race – helping the viewer to more clearly understand where their horse is positioned in the field. The app will cover 12 of the 15 televised races from the Grand National meeting, including The John Smith’s Grand National – broadcast at 4.15pm on Saturday 6th April.
James Rutherford, Channel 4’s Multiplatform Commissioner for Sport, explains: “Innovation has always been at the heart of Channel 4’s sports coverage and this is a great opportunity to give our viewers a whole new perspective on the world’s most famous horse race.”