"Longer term it's something we'd like to do": PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter on streaming more ProTour after UK Open success

For the first time, the UK Open was streamed in full and barring a few teething problems with one or two boards, it was deemed a success also to PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.

"You get to watch every game at the UK Open unless you're watching the first half hour," he joked to Online Darts.

"Which was a bit iffy so apologies for that but we sorted it out after 25 minutes and since then it's been great. I think it's a really good addition to the event to give the fans the opportunity to see everybody."

"Also in the arena, there's the screens so people can see more closely what's happening on the board they are watching. Few little teething problems but overall we are really pleased."

"People think live streaming is really easy. To do it to a decent standard is difficult and especially then to do eight streams at once but that's not an excuse. We didn't deliver it properly for the first few minutes."

But is this part of a longer term plan to stream more ProTours, it is a possibility according to Porter but more needs to be done for this to happen and also demand gauged.

"Possibly, certainly longer term it's something we'd like to do. I don't think it's realistic to have 16 boards livestreamed at once. You've got to look at how many people are going to be watching that. The Barnsley internet may struggle with that."

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