Live TV Events - Category Information

A live broadcast sports game with a large number of people watching at a particular time across different counties across the United States. For example, during the basketball game Villanova Wildcats vs Baylor Bears on March 27, 2021, there were over 150,000 people in Cook County, Illinois watching the live broadcast of the basketball game, as well as over 130,000 people were watching the game in Los Angeles County, California, etc.

Note: Live TV Events covers live games. Replays of sporting events are not included.

Live TV events provide viewership data that is attached to events in other categories. Initially, it was launched for the sports category. In future it will be extended to other categories. Live TV events is not actually a category itself but consists of rich information on who is watching events in different locations.

The current release of Live TV events shows the number of people watching sports events per county in the US.

See also:


Walk through the TV Events Jupyter Notebook with Data Scientist Andrew Walker

Coverage

Event Types

Live TV Events covers the broadcasts for the following seven sports leagues in US:

NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, D1 NCAA Basketball, D1 NCAA Football

Broadcasts for sporting events other than the seven leagues may have predicted viewership available. These are events that have high viewership and are assumed to be televised nationally (in all counties). These are typically one-off events or are finals of their respective competitions, such as the 2019 NCAA Women's Basketball Final.

Date Range Coverage

Live TV Events covers sports games that started from January 1, 2018 to two weeks into the future.

Location

Live TV Events currently available in the US at the current stage.

Broadcasts Status

Broadcasts have three status:

scheduled

For those broadcasts where we know the date, time and location of a TV broadcast based on TV schedule information. We enrich our data with television listings to determine their televised time and location (county).

predicted

For these broadcasts where we predict their televised time and location (county). It means we don’t have detailed TV schedule information for the sports event. These events have high viewership and are assumed to be televised nationally (in all counties). These are typically one-off events or are finals of their respective competitions, such as the 2019 NCAA Women's Basketball Final.

We calculate viewership per county based on many factors including the amount of sports fans in different counties. This information is not as precise as those with the scheduled broadcast_status but should give a reasonably accurate prediction of who will be watching these large events. Customers may want to use the broadcast_status to indicate the confidence of a broadcast airing; they may build this as a feature or to treat scheduled broadcasts differently from predicted.

cancelled

The broadcast is no longer scheduled to be televised.

Date & Time

Date & Time Value Availability - Broadcasts Availability - Event Notes
Start date Yes Yes
  • Broadcast records have a start date and time in both UTC and local time where the broadcast is scheduled.
  • Physical events have a start date and time in both UTC and local time in the event timezone.
  • End date No Yes
  • The Broadcast record doesn’t have an end date or time available.
  • Physical events have an end date and time in both UTC and local time in the event timezone.
  • Start time Yes Yes
    End time No Yes
    Predicted end time No Yes For sports events where there is no official end time available, we predict end times using our machine learning models and intelligent algorithms. PredictHQ’s Predicted End Times feature provides end times for the physical event in it’s local timezone.
    Timezone Yes Yes

    Location / Geopoint

    The broadcast record presents the number of people who are watching the live sports game in a county. The latitude and longitude provided with the broadcast record under the geopoint element references the center of the county. For example, the center of Erie County in New York state:

      "geopoint": {
          "lon": -78.77966,
          "lat": 42.75824
      },
    

    The associated sports event is taking place in a physical location with the latitude and longitude pointing to the specific location. The venue name and address is also attached on the event record.

    Places in any hierarchy level can be used to search in the API or in Control Center. The results will be returned on the county level where the place is located. For example, users can search the broadcast in Bell City, Los Angeles, all broadcasts in Los Angeles County that match other criteria will be returned in the result.

    Ranking

    PHQ Viewership

    PHQ Viewership is the number of people who watch the live broadcast game in a county. Broadcast records have PHQ Viewership available.


    Physical Event Details

    The broadcast API also returns the physical event details accordingly with all available information. Users don’t need an event subscription to access relevant information.

    • Event ID: event_id of the physical event can be used to find all broadcasts nation-wide for that specific sport game.

    • Label: event.label for the physical sports event provides more information about the sports type and league. It can be used to find broadcasts for the specific sports type.

    • Entity: The physical sports events have venue entities available.

    • PHQ Rank: The physical sports events have PHQ Rank available.

    • Local Rank: The physical sports events have Local Rank available.

    • Aviation Rank: The physical sports events have Aviation Rank available.

    • PHQ Attendance: The physical sports events have PHQ Attendance available.