Get ESPN Winter X Games!
ESPN Winter X Games
Keep up with the action at the Winter X Games with live results, WatchESPN integration, video highlights and a schedule you can customize based on your favorite events. Or, if you’re headed to Aspen, use the free app to get around the area and more.
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If big air above the snow is your thing, the upcoming Winter X Games (Jan. 26–29) in Aspen are sure to get your attention. And with the Winter X Games Aspen app, experiencing the action should be easier and more entertaining.
With events planned across four days, the app’s custom schedule-maker is essential. You can filter the calendar to find the date and time of activities, or see which will be on TV (and on which network). You can also set events as favorites to create a custom calendar, even adding a reminder for each.
If you’re new to following the Winter X Games, the results section is a good place to learn the basics. Broken down by event type—skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling—each competition includes basic rules and, if there’s scoring, how the judges award points. You can also get to know each athlete, with biographical information, past X Games results and an interactive list of what events they’re competing in this winter.
The X Games app does a nice job of intertwining its content and making it easy to find useful information. If you’re in the calendar and click on an event, for example, you are taken to its results page, where you can learn about the event and its competitors, in addition to finding the results.
Once the games begin, the app will become integrated with WatchESPN, an app that provides live streaming video from across the company’s networks. ESPN is promising 16 hours of live programming of the X Games on its main networks. (The Winter X Games app is from ESPN, so the sports network is present throughout the experience, including banner ads and scrolling headlines similar to what you’d find on SportsCenter.)
Other offerings in the app include a news feed; Facebook and Twitter integration; and X Cast, which includes live streaming video of the competition, athlete interviews, behind-the-scenes analysis and commentary from judges. A separate video section on the app includes segments from ESPN and other original content. Before the event began, the videos streamed without trouble on a home Wi-Fi network.
And if you’re lucky enough to be headed to Aspen for a live look at the games, you can use the app to get directions, see shuttle information and, most important, find a bathroom on the mountain.
Reviewed: Jan 24, 2012 | Michael Grossman