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Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« on: February 10, 2011, 12:46:41 pm »
I researched this a while back, but couldn't find a way to do it without paying $ub$cription fees for the info.

ESPN.com has a sports ticker app (bottomline), but it's a tiny bar at the bottom of your screen.
Ideally, I'd like to make my jukebox display college football scores while watching games on the tv behind the bar.
It would have to be big enough to see from around 8 feet away.  
It would have to update the scores automatically and require nothing of me, beyond starting it up.

Anyone aware of a program to do this?
I found posts where people talked about building such a program that gets the info from an RSS feed, but I never found where it had actually been done.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2011, 04:45:40 pm by BadMouth »

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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2011, 04:28:12 pm »
Would this help?
http://espn.go.com/bottomline/

Seems they have their own program for it and it has an option for float so id assume you can move it to a monitor somewhere and possible use a magnifying program to make it display bigger kinda like the built in one in xp?

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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2011, 12:29:31 pm »
years ago, we wrote something similar... basically a stock ticker bar...

we wrote a very simple html, which fetches data from like yahoo finance, parse the data, and just stream it on to another webpage we were working on...

this is just for a demo when we were putting the real deal together...

if you can code, you probably can write something up and fetches espn scores page every minute, then just parsed the data, and scroll it on to another window / page... whatever...
Another Brilliant mind ruined by education....  :p

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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2011, 01:23:16 pm »
How can I dock the BottomLine to different areas on my desktop?
Simply drag it by its edges to wherever you'd like it. The cursor will turn into a four-way arrow when your mouse is over a draggable edge. If you move it close to the top or bottom of your screen, it will 'snap' into place. If you decide to have to 'float' on your desktop, you can turn off or on the 'Always on Top' option using the red 'E' icon in the lower *right* side of your Windows Taskbar.

seens like bottom line would work

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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2011, 09:05:10 am »
Thanks for the replies.  I have zero coding skills, so I guess I'll try bottom line and some kind of magnification program.
If anyone else does have the skills and would be interested in coding something, this might be useful:
http://espn.go.com/bottomline/faq.html#gen1

EDIT: Tried with with a magnifier program and the text is pretty pixelated, but it doesn't look that bad if you're more than a few feet away from the screen.
Guess I'll go this route until I find something better.  

I might try putting the original bottom line on a 2nd monitor (the tv, which will be on the game, not the pc input) and then putting the magnified window on the jukebox with a blacked out frame and the rest of the screen blacked out.  That should get the effect I want, aside from the text being pixelated due to it being magnified.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2011, 01:33:22 pm by BadMouth »

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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2011, 04:23:30 pm »
Hey badmouth

http://static.espn.go.com/bottomline/espnewsbottomline_cust.swf

If that's on the screen is it viewable across the room?

If so then you can just load that up in firefox/chrome and have that resized to where you want it on screen and if you set it as your homepage then next time you start the program it will load that up and keep the browser the same size and location.

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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2011, 07:24:38 pm »
Hey badmouth

http://static.espn.go.com/bottomline/espnewsbottomline_cust.swf

If that's on the screen is it viewable across the room?

If so then you can just load that up in firefox/chrome and have that resized to where you want it on screen and if you set it as your homepage then next time you start the program it will load that up and keep the browser the same size and location.

Thanks for messing with it!  :cheers:

Still not as big as I'd like, but it looks a whole lot better than the original when magnified.
My jukebox has a 4:3 screen, so I can't make it too long.  :-\
I'm zooming in on just the red scores section and cutting off the black news section.
I think this will work.

I should play around with some different magnifier programs.  I just used the first one I found.
It would be cool to find one that could run two instances and magnify two different areas.
That way I could stack the scores on top of the news and have both.


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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2011, 04:32:04 pm »
Try this
Code: [Select]
<body bgcolor="#000000">
<embed name="example_flashGame" src="http://static.espn.go.com/bottomline/espnewsbottomline_cust.swf" width="1800" height="120" allowScriptAccess="always" loop="false" menu="false" quality="high"  wmode="window" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer"></embed>

Create a new text file and paste the above into it then rename it to htm and then see how that looks

Currently it's huge on my screen and only shows the small section on where the actual information is.

I'm currently at work so i don't have much time to fiddle with it and code it better but it works fine a few improvements would be to set no scroll bar on the bottom etc.

But see how that goes for you it was tested in firefox fyi
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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2011, 06:05:41 pm »
oooh, seems understandable enough that I can tinker with it and maybe learn something.  :)
I expected something more cryptic.

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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2011, 10:12:28 pm »
Well if you need any extra help let us know

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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2011, 04:40:54 am »
Another option is a used LED sign (Prism, BetaBrite, ALpha, etc.) off of ebay and a RSS feed to send the scores.  Much easier to read from across the room.  I think my sign is 48" by 7" and it is clear from 20' away.  I can dig up the thread over at AVS if you want more info.

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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2011, 09:01:59 am »
Another option is a used LED sign (Prism, BetaBrite, ALpha, etc.) off of ebay and a RSS feed to send the scores.  Much easier to read from across the room.  I think my sign is 48" by 7" and it is clear from 20' away.  I can dig up the thread over at AVS if you want more info.

I've been considering doing this.  I'd love the info!  :)

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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2011, 11:32:51 am »

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Re: Sports Ticker software for the game room?
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2011, 02:08:35 pm »
The first link above is the solution I use.  Not perfect yet, but it definitely "works".