Official Rangers Website
The Official Rangers Website was upgraded in the summer of 2009 from the previous one, which to be honest, looked amateurish. The new one came with a new, more professional look which mirrored the site for ticket sales. They decided it was time for a change and felt it was time to enhance the club's online presence to reflect its status as the best in Scotland. It started off quite slowly for some users as it kept crashing for people using Firefox and Safari but this appears to have been fixed. The official website is extremely popular and has over 500,000 unique visitors a month. New features include free screensavers and downloads, there are also interactive flash-based player profiles with video footage, related articles, links to photos, biographies and statistics. Also introduced is a flash-based picture gallery section which covers all games and major club events.
Walter Smith will write 'Manager's Mail' once a week and you can see the difference in Rangers strips through the years. In the ticket sales website, you can purchase tickets for games and can look at a stadium plan to see what seats are available. Rangers TV was also re-launched and overseas users now experience a better picture and generally, a better quality overall. Each game there is a special guest to discuss pre-match, half time and post-match with host Emma Dodds and full screen is now available for Mac users, whereas before it was only for Windows. Should people abroad decide to purchase a Season Ticket to watch every league and selected cup games, the full Rangers TV package will be included for that year. You can watch Old Firm classics, European games from the past, former player interviews etc.. or the daily weekday show, Blues News. You will also be able to watch a re-run of the latest Rangers game at midnight that night. It's worth noting Rangers were the first club in Britain to launch a dedicated online TV channel to supporters, despite others trying to claim otherwise.
An iPhone application was launched around Christmas 2009 and immediately became the top Sports app in the United Kingdom. The app contains all present players profiles, match reports, the league table, information on our history and Ibrox, a news feed which delivers all the latest news straight to your phone or iPod and a link to Facebook which allows you to update your status. It costs £3 for people in the UK and $5 for people in North American and Canada. As well as an app, the media team at Rangers developed a Firefox web browser. Yet again, they were the first club in Britain to do so. If you are on your iPod but don't have the official Rangers app or just have a phone you can also go on mobile.rangers.co.uk
The features on this includes:
• Live text commentary and match stats for all games
• Live updated league tables
• Live scores across the divisions
• Downloadable match video highlights
• All the latest news
• Match reports
• Official Club Downloads
It appears the Rangers media team have done their homework and have excelled at this part of the club, leaving everyone else in Scotland behind.
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