In addition to a column on Dodgers team photographer Jon SooHoo that posted today at DailyNews.com/sports, we have these notes of the week worth posting:
== Virtual reality, drones and 3D holograms are just some of the new-tech ways to make viewers feel as if they’re watching a sporting event from a new perspective, but it really depends on your point of view.
Exactly as Fox wants, as it officially announced Thursday a POV perspective technology that it will implement during the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Houston that’s unlike anything ever shown during a live TV sporting event.
“(Former UCLA and NFL quarterback and current Fox game analyst) Troy Aikman saw this and said it’s the closest thing he’s ever seen that makes you feel as if you’re inside a helmet during a game,” said Fox Sports chief Eric Shanks during a media event in Pasadena on Wednesday.
Shanks said the Fox Sports Lab has been testing the Intel technology out all year in San Francisco and what they’re calling “Be The Player” allows a viewer to see a perspective from any player on the field without having a camera physically attached to them or their helmet.
“We tasked Intel to push their amazing Intel 360 Replay technology to the limit of what it could do, using their array of cameras circling the stadium to synthesize a player’s view on the field,” said Michael Davies, Fox Sports SVP of Field & Technical Operations, in a press release.“The cameras, backed up by a huge bank of Intel computing power, allow a moment to be recreated in 3D space, so that a ‘virtual camera’ can be placed at the player’s eye line — not unlike how limitless camera views can be created in video games.
“From the beginning, seeing and breaking down the play from the player’s point of view is the undiscovered country of sports broadcasting. This broadcast enhancement is like no other — it literally brings the audience down to the viewpoint of the player at the critical decision-making moment. What other choices did he have? Was his sight blocked? It all looks much different from field level, and can assist our announcers in describing what actually happened on the field.”
Here’s a sample of what it will look like as a replay/educational feature during a game.
And a version of the story from a Boston angle.
== Now that we’re past the not-so-wild wildcard round, the schedule again for the NFL divisional playoff weekend:
= Seattle at Atlanta, 1:30 p.m., Channel 11 (Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch)
= Houston at New England, 5:15 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)
= Green Bay at Dallas, 1:40 p.m., Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman)
= Pittsburgh at Kansas City, 5:20 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth) Update: This was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. but was moved back by the NFL because of weather factors that gives the city more time to clear roads of snow.
Buck and Aikman have the noon NFC Championship for Fox on Jan. 22 with Nantz and Simms on the AFC Championship for CBS at 3:30 p.m.
Buck and Aikman are on the 51st Super Bowl on Feb. 5 at 3 p.m.
== Sunday is the 50th anniversary of the first “Super Bowl,” as it wasn’t called — the Jan. 15, 1967 NFL-AFL title game from the Coliseum that NBC and CBS jointly covered. What do you recall about watching it — or, if you lived in L.A., attempting to watch it through the blackout. Send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
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