Blog > 17 June, 2022
Everything you need to know about creating highly professional looking live scoreboards on your PC. It's actually much easier than you think!
You don't need to spend large sums of money on specialist equipment to get a professional looking scoreboard. In fact, you already have all the equipment you need: a PC and a TV or projector.
Like many other specialist hardware, expensive scoreboards are getting replaced with generic PC hardware and mobile phones. Remember physical alarm clocks? They are now just an icon on your phone. And the same is happening with scoreboards.
Not only can you turn your PC and your TV into a scoreboard, but in theory any screen that is capable of showing the output from a computer. All you need is a device that is capable of showing a webpage, which includes tablets, smartphones and smart-watches.
The size limit of your scoreboard is determined by the size of your TV. This is one of the cases where big = better!
The essential component you need to create and display your scoreboard is the correct software.
Here too, a paradigm shift has been happening in the past few years (as with specialist hardware). Software used to be bought in nicely presented boxes or downloaded for a fee and then installed on your PC. But these days there is a much better solution: web-based online software. Not only do the results look as good (or better) as installed legacy software, there are other clear advantages.
Are there disadvantages to online scoreboards? Yes, of course there are. The main disadvantage is that you require an internet connection. Considering that most places on earth now have reliable and high-speed mobile access, this is a minor burden to bear.
Keepthescore.com is one of the leading solutions for creating online scoreboards. But don't take our word for it, our customers have this to say:
"Wow guys, what a great app, thank you for all your work to get it up and running, I'm using it to stream my son's rugby games in South Africa!" — Lance
We pride ourselves on being very easy to get started with. You can literally be up and running in under 30 seconds, no registration nor payment required. If you don't believe us, give it a try.
What's very convenient is that you can control your scoreboard from anywhere, including a mobile phone. Read on for more details.
First you need to decide upon your setup:
Option 1: Use one PC for controlling and displaying the scoreboard. This means that you need 2 displays connected to the PC. One display will show the control panel for the scoreboard, the other will show the scoreboard itself. How this is set up will depend on your operating system and is beyond the scope of this article, but here is a good guide to get you started.
Option 2: The alternative is that you have one PC (or mobile device) for controlling the scoreboard and a second PC for displaying it. The only minor problem you have to solve here is how to get the link for the scoreboard to the second device (you could email it to yourself for instance). The 2 devices do not need to be connected via a cable or Bluetooth, but they do both need an internet connection.
Once you have decided on your setup, here's what you need to do:
The basic scoreboard is free, and you can start using it right away, including embedding it into an online video stream.
Some extra features, such as setting team logos, cost money. You can read more about that on our pricing page.
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