Twitter has announced plans to stream matches from the Six Nations in France.
The social media giant will stream matches involving Guy Noves’ side over the course of the tournament, highlighting further their interest in expanding into live sports coverage, following their coverage of American sports such as the NFL and NBA.
Twitter has partnered with television company France Télévisions in order to stream the match on its service – online users could already stream the matches on the TV channel’s web player (similar to the RTE Player in Ireland and BBC iPlayer in the UK), but users in France will now be able to view the service on Twitter as well should they so wish.
The Twitter stream has the added feature of a live Twitter feed next to the action, allowing users to follow what others think of the game at the same time as the action is happening.
The bad news (for the remaining five nations at least) is that the service is only available in France this year (though given the fact that the matches are broadcast on terrestrial television means it’s not a huge issue), but it does indicate that it is only a matter of time before all of the matches are broadcast on the social media platform.
The first match to be streamed on Twitter will be Les Bleus’ fixture against Scotland in Paris on Sunday.