Streaming of GAA matches has really come on the agenda in the last few weeks – but, from my experience of establishing Local Streaming and Mayo GAA TV, it is tricky, costly and time-consuming, writes Liam Horan.

Clubs, in particular, will find it hard to get it right. The technical skills aren’t lurking in every club.

Dowd Media in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, and nTrai in Limerick have a proven capacity to do it, but they’re professionals – and they know only too well the tightrope they walk every time they do a live broadcast from a sports venue.

Add pay-per-view into the mix and it gets even more complex.

My advice to clubs is quite simple: if your club hasn’t got someone really up to speed with streaming, commit first to doing audio commentaries of your matches.

We’ve been doing this in my club – Ballinrobe GAA – for about six years and it’s a great service that has proven very popular with Ballinrobe GAA supporters all over the world. The enthusiasm of skilled broadcasters like Tom Carney, Padraic Costello and Kevin Murphy has ensured we have people to cover a lot of games each year.

In fact, Tom built on his Ballinrobe Club Radio experience to become part of the commentary and reporting teams at Mid West Radio and Mayo GAA TV (Mayo GAA).

Club Radio has become an integral part of the club’s operations.

It is easy to do, costs only about €150 per year and will find people in your club who might graduate to streaming in time. Conquer Spreaker first before trying to get streaming sorted.

I elaborate on streaming versus club radio in this interview with Caoimhin Rowland of CRCFM.



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