Most innovations in live television broadcasts are derived from sporting events. Innovations such as in car cameras in NASCAR or camera’s on wires just above the playing field are all recent creations in live sports television that are popular and are used in other television and film genres.
Slow Motion is Used to This Day and Was One of First Television Innovations
Roone Arledge of ABC Sports was credited with many live sports innovations including: hand held cameras on sidelines of live sporting events, live microphones on the sidelines (which occasionally caught more language than anticipated), freeze frame.
The most important innovation the late Roone Arledge brought to live television coverage was slow motion coupled with instant replay. This single television innovation still has a tremendous impact on live sporting events to this day. NFL Super Bowls, NBA Championships and the NHL Stanley Cup have all used instant replay with slow motion to determine the outcomes of the most significant live sporting events over the 15 years.
Instant replay was first used in an NFL game between the Cleveland Browns and the Chicago Bears, Sept. 7, 1986. Since that date it has gone through several incarnations and was not used for seven years between 1992 and 1999. Since 1999 the NFL has fully committed to the use of instant replay.
DirecTV’s Red Zone Channel has Changed the Way Fans Watch NFL Football on Sundays
The Red Zone Channel on DirecTV has permanently changed the way NFL viewers watch football on Sunday and it is affecting much more than viewers habits. It is apparent that the Red Zone Channel on DirecTV has made it impossible for DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket viewers to change the channel or even get out of their seat.
There is some confusion now with the introduction of the new NFL Red Zone Channel which is available on cable networks. The real Red Zone Channel is only available with the NFL Sunday Ticket package and is on DirecTV channel 703. This is the real Red Zone Channel hosted by Andrew Siciliano.
Siciliano hosts the Red Zone Channel from the DirecTV studios, which flips from one game to the next once a team makes it into the red zone (20 yards away from the goal line). The action is fast paced and if Siciliano and crew do happen to miss a huge play they immediately flip over to catch the highlight virtually within seconds.
NASCAR In-Car Cameras Now Have Their Own Pay-Per-View Channels
February 18th, 1979 is a significant date in NASCAR history for many reasons. Many credit the Daytona 500 on this day as the day the sport of NASCAR was brought to the masses across the United States. It was the first live NASCAR telecast and featured the infamous brawl in the infield between Cale Yarborough, Bobby and Donnie Allison.
This was also the first race to use in-car cameras for a live race. Richard Petty and Benny Parsons carried the first two NASCAR in-car cameras for CBS during the live telecast. Now the in-car cameras are used to give fans an in depth view of their favorite drivers and teams through pay-per-view on DirecTV’s NASCAR Hot Pass.
3D Technology in it’s Infancy but Already Successful For Viewing Live Sporting Events
3D television is the next trend as live sports viewers exposed to HD television now crave more. #D is being tested at many live sporting events across the country to garner reactions from fans. ESPN has been testing the 3D system in the real world since October 2009 and has the jump on most conventional 3D television systems. The ESPN Innovation Lab at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has been opened since October of 2009 and now that the ESPN 3D is entering the market the buzz has been all positive.
NBC Sunday Night Football Introduces Night Vision in 2010
Night Vision is the creation of the techies at NBC Sports and is being utilized on Sunday Night Football. This could be a huge creation not only for technology for the viewers. This new technology could be a huge help to coaches when explaining play breakdowns to young players.
The technology uses a black background and eliminates all other background visuals. This technology is excellent for explaining elements of the game that the average NFL viewer may miss. Chris Collinsworth already is the perfect teacher for the technology and he explains the intricacies of the game effortlessly. The new technology is going to used in game film eventually for coaches because it simplifies the game.
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