What is the GLVC Sports Network?
The GLVC Sports Network (GLVCSN) is the official streaming network of the Great Lakes Valley Conference — the first NCAA Division II conference to create an inclusive, league-wide network. Through its programming, GLVCSN showcases both the academic and athletic success of the Conference and its 15 member institutions.
What is on GLVCSN?
GLVCSN serves as the official streaming platform for all GLVC member sports, regardless of league sponsorship. Since its inception in 2014, the Conference office has streamed 515 events at all 117 GLVC Championships while a total of 8,362 events across 22 of the league's 24 sports have been streamed on campus. Heading into the 2020-21 academic year, 8,877 events have been streamed with 3.6 million loads and 2.3 million plays.
Will athletic events be the only content aired on GLVCSN?
No. It is GLVCSN's mission to showcase the complete student-athlete experience, ranging from competition and championships to the classroom and the community. The GLVCSN will stream annual events such as the GLVC Football Kickoff and the Enterprise GLVC Awards Reception, while member institutions will be encouraged to provide additional content originated from its respective campuses. In 2016, GLVCSN streamed the GLVC's Discussion on Diversity and Inclusion, which took place at the league's annual fall meeting.
What does it cost to watch?
All live and on-demand archived video is available completely free of charge!
How can I watch GLVCSN?
GLVCSN is available on both your desktop and mobile/tablet devices, as well as four over-the-top (OTT) platforms, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV 4th Gen. GLVCSN.com is the official website of the GLVCSN, while the GLVCSN mobile app is available for iOS in the App Store and Android on Google Play. Both apps now include push notifications, which allow the user to be notified as soon as their favorite school or team begins a stream. Mobile devices including iPhone, iPad, and Android will work with the default web browser. Devices should be kept up to date and connected to a reliable data connection for optimal playback. Apple users and owners of an AppleTV device can simply 'throw' the webcast from their iPhone or iPad using the AirPlay feature. See How to Use AirPlay. Computer users can output their display directly to an HDMI signal if supported, otherwise a converter may be required. These options may require advance setup and we suggest using an 'On Demand' archive to test prior to watching a live event.
Is a certain internet browser required to view games?
We recommend to use an updated version of Google Chrome for optimal viewing and compatibility. If your browser is older or outdated, there is a chance that it will not correctly load the website.
What kind of Internet connection do I need to view a live streaming video?
We recommend viewing from a wired connection with a download bandwidth of at least 1000-2000Kbps (1-2Mbps). However the stream may require higher speeds if the stream is being encoded at a higher bitrate. To test your speed, go to SpeedTest.net. Bandwidth fluctuates constantly (especially on WiFi and mobile internet), so running three (3) tests is recommended. As a general rule, your download bandwidth must be greater than the bitrate of the stream you are trying to view.
What does the future hold for GLVCSN?
GLVCSN will continue to evolve in the years to come, offering additional ways to view content as new technologies emerge. From a coverage standpoint, our goal is to provide resources to our member institutions to allow for multi-camera productions on each stream. GLVCSN continues to serve as a learning laboratory for students, and it is the GLVC's priority that students continue to have access to GLVCSN to hone their skills in broadcasting, production, staging, graphics, and social media.
Is GLVCSN on Twitter?
Yes, currently all information regarding the GLVC Sports Network can be found through the GLVCSN's official Twitter account, @GLVCSN. Additional information on the GLVC can be found on the Conference's official Twitter account, @GLVCsports.