Last year, Microsoft and the NFL formed a $400 million partnership that resulted in a redesigned Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet PC becoming the official tablet of the NFL. Part of the agreement stipulation is a requirement for all NFL coaches to use the Surface Pro tablets for the next 5 years.
The coaches are using the tablet devices on the sidelines while coaching live NFL games. They have the ability to review high definition images of plays on the tablet screens, which is an immaculate upgrade from the formerly used black and white printed photos.
The redesigned and updated NFL Surface Pro Tablet PCs come with a preinstalled app called the “Sideline Viewing System” or “SVS.” Microsoft apparently developed the app to specifically pick up the exact same digital feed that used to be sent directly to image printers.
The previously used long-outdated printouts have been replaced with high def digital images. The images are being received by the NFL coaches much faster. A process that used to take 30 seconds has now been reduced to about 4 or 5 seconds. The coaches are also now able to utilize the tablet PC’s high resolution touch screen for zooming in on image segments and making annotations.
The NFL surface tablets are not capable of public internet access and the taking of photos and/or videos by the any members of the league’s team personnel is not permitted while games are in session. The Surface Pro NFL version does not include an actual camera function in its design.
Microsoft is hoping that the promotional value of this extended agreement with the NFL will help to increase the tech industry giant’s Surface tablet sales. Since the Surface Pro tablet’s initial release back in 2012, Microsoft has suffered nearly $1.7 billion in losses on the device.