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Beach Ball Classic Online Streaming

HTC to Broadcast Beach Ball Classic, Carolinas Challenge & Crescent Bank Invitational Via Internet

HTC and the Beach Ball Classic provide opportunity for local and national fans to view 23 Beach Ball Classic games via the internet.

December 15, 2010, Horry County, SC –– HTC and the Beach Ball Classic are excited to announce that they are once again joining forces for the sixth consecutive year to provide local and national hoops fans with the opportunity to view LIVE webcasts of 23 Beach Ball Classic games.

The competition begins December 19 when the University of South Carolina Lady Gamecocks face off with the University of North Carolina Lady Tarheels at 3 p.m. in NCAA Women’s Basketball action in the Crescent Bank Carolinas Challenge. This year, the Crescent Bank Holiday Invitational action will be expanded to include the semi-final games on December 22 and the Championship game will be broadcast LIVE on Wednesday, December 23 at 3 p.m. To complete the Beach Ball weeks, HTC will provide LIVE broadcasts of all first round games and all winners bracket games of the 30th Annual Beach Ball Classic starting on December 27 with the Championship Game scheduled for December 31 at 7:30 p.m.

“HTC is proud to be the local partner to provide this unique connection for the Beach Ball Classic for the sixth consecutive year. This is a win-win situation for the Beach Ball Classic, HTC and the fans,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing. “Online viewership of the tournament has been phenomenal every year and the 2009 Beach Ball Classic was no exception with our records indicating more than 30,000 pageviews, in excess of 9,400 visitors in the United States and over a hundred more from overseas logged on for the 2009 tournament. Statistics continue to prove that the demand for online viewing is there and this option is critical to families and fans that are unable to attend the tournament in person.”

All streaming video can be viewed via the internet on www.htcconnect.com. Fans can also view the games by visiting the Beach Ball Classic website at http://www.beachballclassic.com and clicking on the “Watch Live presented by HTC” link. A complete schedule for all three events is available at http://www.beachballclassic.com.

“If you cannot make it to the games, we hope family, friends and high school basketball fans will take advantage of the opportunity to view a premier invitational high school basketball tournament online,” said John Rhodes, Beach Ball Classic Executive Director. “We were thrilled to see that fans around the world in 12 countries and 48 states took advantage of online access in 2009 and we appreciate this opportunity being made possible once again in 2010 by our friends at HTC.” The 2009 games were viewed all over the United States and numerous international locations including Europe and Kuwait. Other countries include the United Kingdom, Canada, and Indonesia.

Video and audio captured at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center will be encoded on site and sent over the HTC fiber optic network to a media server at HTC Headquarters. The feed will then be made available in a streaming video format over the Internet.

Access will be given on a first come, first served basis. Each BBC championship bracket game will be recorded, archived and available for viewing after the game. For more information about 2010 Beach Ball Classic events, December 27-31, please contact John Rhodes, Executive Director, at 843-213-0032 or visit http://www.beachballclassic.com.