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Bill Vint | PBAMedia Relations 

Professional Bowlers Association | 55 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 401 | Chicago, IL 60604

bill.vint@pba.com | cell: 414.339.0404

 

PBA, NeuLion Announce Upgrades and Enhancements for Xtra Frame

New look, new features unveiled in time for PBA Tour’s major championship series

 

CHICAGO (Jan. 29, 2016) – The Professional Bowlers Association and NeuLion, its partner in production of PBA’s online video streaming service, Xtra Frame, have announced a renewal of an agreement that has been in place since 2010, and another series of upgrades and enhancements for bowling fans around the world.

 

Effective immediately, the all-new Xtra Frame service includes a brand new look and design for desktop users along with other enhancements that will improve the viewership experience for PBA’s steadily-growing fan base who use mobile devices to watch the action while they are on the go.

 

The upgrades are in place as the PBA Tour heads into a three-event series of major championship tournaments, all of which will include extensive live coverage of qualifying and match play rounds leading into their ESPN finals. Other new or enhanced features include:

 

● Availability of Xtra Frame on desktop, Android and iOS platforms. Subscribers can enjoy high-quality video playback of exclusive content along with interactive features at home and on the go.

● The upgraded service features all new mobile and tablet apps.

● Faster access to event replays.

● A more advanced HD video player featuring “slow motion” capability that fans can control.

● Ability for fans to share with friends and other bowling fans via social media.

 

"The NeuLion® Digital Platform is delivering an enhanced experience for PBA Xtra Frame subscribers, and we’re pleased that the PBA continues to see value in NeuLion’s technology and services. We look forward to working with the PBA to implement new monetization features to drive additional revenue,” said Dr. Kanaan Jemili, CEO of NeuLion.

 

Current subscribers will have access to the new website, but mobile device users may have to delete the old app and download the new app, at no cost.

 

“With NeuLion’s help, the PBA has delivered a one of a kind digital home for fans of bowling from all over the world, and we look forward to enabling more access to the professionals and competitions who drive this hugely popular sport,” said PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark.

 

Subscribers will experience the new Xtra Frame features beginning with live coverage of the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday. The regional event also is the qualifying tournament for 38 players to advance to the FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions beginning Tuesday at FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla.

 

Following the regional, Xtra Frame will cover the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET, and then will cover Tournament of Champions qualifying and match play Tuesday Feb. 2 through Friday, Feb. 5 with PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman helping to call the action. ESPN will air the TOC finals live on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT) from the FireLake Arena.

 

Xtra Frame continues to offer three subscription packages: $3.99 for a three-day subscription, $7.99 for a 30-day package and $64.99 for the XF Season Ticket, a 12-month package. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

 

In addition to Xtra Frame’s live video streaming coverage, PBA fans can follow all three major championships via “Live Scoring” on pba.com.

 

XTRA FRAME’S UPCOMING PBA SCHEDULE

 

FireLake PBA Tournament of Champions

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., all times local

 

Saturday, Jan. 30

9 a.m. – Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open/TOC qualifying

2:30 p.m. - Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open/TOC qualifying

 

Sunday, Jan. 31

8:30 a.m. - Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open/TOC cashers’ round

Noon - Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Southwest Open/TOC round robin match play finals

 

Monday, Feb. 1

8 p.m. – PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Events Center

 

Tuesday, Feb. 2

10 a.m. – FireLake PBA Tournament of Championship qualifying

5 p.m. - FireLake PBA Tournament of Championship qualifying

 

Wednesday, Feb. 3

10 a.m. - FireLake PBA Tournament of Championship qualifying

5 p.m. - FireLake PBA Tournament of Championship qualifying

 

Thursday, Feb. 4

10 a.m. - FireLake PBA Tournament of Championship cashers round

5 p.m. - FireLake PBA Tournament of Championship round robin match play

 

Friday, Feb. 5

10 a.m. - FireLake PBA Tournament of Championship round robin match play

5 p.m. - FireLake PBA Tournament of Championship round robin match play

 

UNITED STATES BOWLING CONGRESS MASTERS

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, all times local

 

Tuesday, Feb. 9

8 a.m. – Squad A qualifying

Noon – Squad B qualifying

5 p.m. – Squad C qualifying

 

Wednesday, Feb. 10

8 a.m. – Squad B qualifying

Noon – Squad C qualifying

5 p.m. – Squad A qualifying

 

Thursday, Feb. 11

8 a.m. – Squad C qualifying

Noon – Squad A qualifying

5 p.m. – Squad B qualifying

 

Friday, Feb. 10

9 a.m. – Three-game double-elimination match play

11 a.m. – Three-game double-elimination match play

1:30 p.m. – Three-game double-elimination match play

3:30 p.m. - Three-game double-elimination match play

5:30 p.m. - Three-game double-elimination match play

 

Saturday, Feb. 11

9 a.m. – Three-game double-elimination match play

10:45 a.m. – Three-game double-elimination match play

1 p.m. – Three-game double-elimination match play

2:30 p.m. - Three-game double-elimination match play

 

BARBASOL PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio all times local

 

Tuesday, Feb. 16

9 a.m. – Squad A qualifying

4 p.m. – Squad B qualifying

 

Wednesday, Feb. 17

9 a.m. – Squad B qualifying

4 p.m. – Squad A qualifying

 

Thursday, Feb. 18

10 a.m. – Cashers qualifying round

5 p.m. – Round robin match play

 

Friday, Feb. 19

10 a.m. – Round robin match play

5 p.m. – Round robin match play

 

About the PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is an organization of more than 3,200 of the best bowlers from 27 countries who compete in PBA Tour, PBA International Tour, PBA Regional, PBA Women’s Regional and PBA50 Tour events. The PBA is in its 57th consecutive year of nationally-televised competition, reaching bowling fans around the world who follow PBA activities through the PBA Network which includes Xtra Frame, the PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, ESPN and CBS Sports Network, and the PBA on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. PBA sponsors include Barbasol, Brunswick, Ebonite International, GEICO, Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, HotelPlanner.com, MOTIV, 900 Global, PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game, Rolltech, South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, Storm Products and the United States Bowling Congress, among others. For more information, log on to www.pba.com.

 

About NeuLion 
NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN) offers solutions that power the highest quality digital experiences for live and on-demand content up to 4K on any device. Through its end-to-end technology platform, NeuLion enables digital content management, distribution and monetization for content owners worldwide including the NFL, NBA, World Surf League, Univision Deportes, Euroleague Basketball and others. With the recent acquisition of DivX, LLC, NeuLion also operates a robust consumer electronics licensing business that has enabled over 1 billion devices worldwide with secure, high-quality video playback, and delivers a DivX consumer software offering that has been downloaded over 1 billion times. NeuLion's customers include major sports, entertainment and global content companies as well as major consumer electronics manufacturers and software companies. NeuLion is headquartered in Plainview, NY. For more information about NeuLion, visit www.NeuLion.com.

 

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