Pekin high school is testing out video streaming with a $1,600, hands-free camera from Pixellet at the Pekin Insurance Holiday Tournament.

The camera system, which came from Israel, has four camera features and uses a tracking system to follow player movement and the ball. Pekin athletics director Rick Kestner was approached about using the system.

Tournament chairman Jay Holloman, also the Pekin Insurance Director of Financial Products, said live-streaming was already being discussed and researched.

“They were doing football and basketball at Normal Community, so we went and looked at what they were doing,” Holloman said. “We were impressed by it. When we saw that the money was going to be there, we said, 'Let’s do it.' ”

Holloman thought the system was perfect to live stream.

“The camera doesn’t move,” he said. “There are four lenses inside of it that follow the motion. It’s totally unmanned.”

Tournament officials program the games' start times, with extra time built in to ensure none of the game is missed.

“It works great for everybody,” Holloman said. “There are parents and grandparents that might not be able to travel or come to every game and they can watch it. It’s good for the school and good for the sponsor.”

Tournament games are being streamed live on the NFHS Network, a subscription-based network that costs $10 per month or $60 per year.