LONDON, December 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
With 4.2 million people in the UK watching sport in the pub each week, it is a wonder that so many of them don't know where they can watch specific games. The launch of new website MatchPint, however, will ensure that this is no longer a problem. Visitors to the website can view a feed of the next fortnight's games as well as which pubs and bars are showing them.
Users can also search a list of sports pubs and bars by venue, viewing individual pub profiles to see how many screens it has and whether it has HD or 3D. But they can also get a feel for the pub by reading descriptions and looking at photos before choosing where to watch the game.
MatchPint isn't just an information platform though. My Profile accounts, for example, allow users to select their favourite sports, teams and areas so that the website can recommend different venues to them. Furthermore, the site's integration with Facebook allows visitors to publicise where they will be watching the game making it incredibly easy to organize group visits to watch the game at the pub.
Fans will also be delighted to find that the games covered are not only those on Sky Sports. Of course, punters can find plenty of pubs showing Premiership football on Sky, Champions League on ITV, Six Nations rugby on the BBC and NFL on ESPN America. They can also, however, find pubs showing those elusive 3 o'clock kick-off games on Saturday, NRL Rugby League from Australia and even international table tennis from Germany.
The idea of listing pubs is not new, of course. There are plenty of comparison sites filled with punter comments informing the 'online punter community' which pubs serve the best ales, which have the best selection of Sunday Roasts and are staffed by barmen never to be engaged with in conversation Shortly, however, visitors to MatchPint will also be able to add their own comments to pub and bar profiles seeing MatchPint add its name to the list of sites for this 'online punter community'. The difference is, of course, that this one is for sports fans.
The website has been live for the last month with hundreds of fans finding pubs and bars in which to watch their favourite matches. Though the service is mainly aimed at London, MatchPint already lists over 400 venues across the country with coverage in Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as its venues in the capital.
With the free iPhone app due for release in January covering all of the same services, it seems that the days of desperate fans wandering from pub to pub in search of a game may finally be drawing to a close.
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