In a move that will impact over half of the high schools in the country and likely most of the college programs as well, this morning Hudl is announcing that it has acquired Digital Sports Video (DSV) as well as DSV's Player Direct (the largest recruiting, most current recruiting video library).
By our estimation, the combined high school user base of these two industry leaders includes nearly half of the high school football programs in the country (and over 80% of the top 200 teams in the country). When you combine that with these schools' oponents, Hudl and it's clients will now likely have access to full game video from at least 70% of the programs in the country.
College programs that subscribe to Player Direct (and in the Fall those that subscribe to Hudl's new recruiting tools) will immediately benefit from the increased availability of video.
Sounds like a great combination to us.
Short term, here are the real life impacts for high school clients. Hudl clients should see no change. Clients using DSV software can continue to use it (however going forward it would make sense to transition to Hudl software for support and upgrade purposes). DSV Anywhere clients will immediately be upgraded to Hudl's package.
Longer term, there is little question that "mobile" is the direction that the sports video world is headed. With the way Hudl's platform works on Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms, we anticipate seeing more great things evolve from this company. Hudl clients that currently use Hudl's iPad app say it's a great tool. We look forward to seeing what innovations Hudl brings to this industry over the next few years.
For more information on the transaction and to find answers to any questions you might have about how this directly impacts your program, please visit this link: Hudl Acquires DSV