Harlingen Cardinals webcast reaches global audience

The final figures are in and it looks like Action 4 News had a global audience for its LIVE video stream of the Harlingen Cardinals game on Friday night.

The Cardinals made local high school football history as they took on the San Antonio Madison Mavericks at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville.

Action 4 News televised the game and used a live video streaming service from YouTube to bring the game uninterrupted to Cardinals fans across Texas, the United States and the world.

According to figures from a Google analytics service, the page for the video stream received more than 42,000 views on Friday evening.

The figures show that where was an average of 600 people logged onto the page for the three-and-a-half hour game at any given moment.

Global Audience

Rio Grande Valley natives tuned into the game in the heaviest numbers from other Texas cities such as Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.

With more than 9,100 views, San Antonio residents watched more than any other city.

Others Valley natives tuned in from Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta, Oregon, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida and Hawaii.

A number of viewers came in from military bases and other overseas locations from Germany, South Korea and the Middle East.

One viewer called from Matamoros where they were watching the game on TV in their living room but wanted to stream the game on their laptop on their patio where they were having a BBQ.

An unedited, archived version of the game has been posted to the KGBT-TV YouTube channel where it has receieved more than 3,200 views.


According to figures from the CoverItLive service, some 2,394 people logged onto the Harlingen Cardinals chatroom leaving 2,519 comments and shout outs.

Some San Antonio Madison Mavericks fans even logged into the chatroom making for a lively game night discussion.

KGBT-TV President & CEO Tom Keeler said the Cardinals game united the Valley and that Action 4 News was glad to broadcast it as a community service.

"Action 4 News was honored to give Valley residents a front-row seat to the Cardinals game, in addition to providing web users worldwide a glimpse into the spirit of the Rio Grande Valley," Keeler said.