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NV Interactive is a design and development company based out of Christchurch and Wellington in New Zealand. NV have a long-standing relationship with New Zealand Cricket, going back to some early work on big-screen scoreboard solutions for live matches.
More recently, NV Interactive put together the BLACKCAPS Video Vault, a searchable compilation of every highlight from international limited-over matches played in New Zealand. Built on Silverlight, the Vault is well worth checking out, with all highlights categorised by date, team, player, event, and more. But don’t let me be the judge: The BLACKCAPS Video Vault has netted NV Interactive two of their four finalists spots in the 2011 Onyas, New Zealand’s premier web awards.
So it was a natural choice for the team at NV Interactive to bring the New Zealand Cricket content to Windows Phone 7. They’ve combined scoring information (live and in real time when available) with the huge video archive, and added news feeds, game schedules, and tournament scoring tables. Similar to the Video Vault, you can search for videos by year (right back to 2005), match, and type of action (four, six, wicket). When you find what you want – probably a video of Ricky Ponting getting out – you can view the video right there in the application.
The app is a natural fit with the Windows Phone 7 UI, and makes fantastic use of the Silverlight development platform and media integration. I took some time on a recent trip to Christchurch to talk to Zack from NV Interactive about the development process for the application. Take a look at the video below to see the app in action, and hear how NV found the development process.