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The One Point has been actively developing Hull KR TV since its launch in 2010, so to find out it has been nominated for an award is fantastic news!! We couldn't be happier about it.
When Hull KR TV started out, it was much like most sports TV channels in that it had pages containing flash videos, and that was it really. However, it was already standing out from the likes of Hull FC TV. When Hull FC TV was created, it was cutting edge, but that was going back a few years technology had moved on, and so much the system that would power Hull KR TV.
The old system was static. It was hard to update and not very flexible. We decided to start from scratch and build a fully dynamic database-driven application that could cater for the fans and be flexible enough to adapt as the site grew.
I built the new system that was fed directly from a database. This enabled the pages to be created and edited on the fly. This meant when a page needed to be added, I didn't need to be contacted. The manager of Hull KR TV could simply go into the website's administration and fill in a form and then have a page generated for them.
Managing videos is a straightforward process. At a glance, the administrator can see what page a video is on, what type of video is stored and what order the videos are displayed. Again this can be changed very easily.
The simplicity of managing all of Hull KR TV's contents and the superb videos been filmed and edited by Eon Media are some of the reasons why it has been so successful.
More recent developments included premium videos that can only be seen if logged in. At first, this was exclusive to Team Card members only, but some fans wanted to access these videos that didn't have a Team Card. Therefore, we built an SMS subscription service enabling anyone to subscribe to Hull KR TV, giving them full access to all areas.
Another addition I discussed with Eon Media was watching videos even when flash is not available such as on an iPhone or iPad. This led us to further develop the system to show a user a flash video if a flash video is stored and their device can support it. If their device cannot support flash, it will serve a non-flash video instead.
These changes have had a positive impact on the site user base; with fans' support and technology moving forward, We see further developments coming in the future.