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Sunday’s match between Manchester United and Liverpool was significant for a number of reasons. Liverpool’s 3-0 victory means they’re still firmly in the Premiership title race, while the result ratcheted up pressure on David Moyes to what must be near-insufferable levels. However, it was Google’s experiment with its hangout video technology that was, for me at least, the most significant aspect of the game.

What was the experiment? In brief, 20 Man Utd fans from across the globe enjoyed a private Google+ hangout while watching the game, and video feeds from their webcams were beamed onto the digital advertising hoardings that border the Old Trafford pitch. (Head here for #MUFrontRow background details.)

Amazing, huh? Well, yes and no …

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what’s The event?

On Sunday 16th March 2014 at 13:30 on Sky Sports, you will see Manchester United embrace Google+ hangout technology as they give fans from around the world front row seats – quite literally – for the match against arch rivals Liverpool.

How so? Following a competition on Manchester United’s Google+ page, live video images of 20 winning fans, who’ll be watching the game from their homes, will be beamed onto the digital advertising display boards that surround the Old Trafford pitch.

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