NBA TV Presents First-Ever Dual Skycam Telecast
Posted Apr 5 2006 10:25AM
Sonics-Spurs Game To Be Televised on April 11
NEW YORK, April 5, 2006 – NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour television network, will take a unique look at the NBA when it televises the first-ever game to utilize two high-definition Skycams when the Seattle Sonics meet the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET. While a traditional basketball telecast uses two center court cameras, NBA TV will provide a new perspective of the game through the sky cameras, which will offer a crisp, close-up view of the action, akin to what would be a seat 10 rows up in the lower bowl of the arena. Rick Kamla will host this original NBA TV telecast from San Antonio’s AT&T Center, which will be televised nationally in high-definition television.
“NBA TV’s goal has always been to bring fans as close as possible to the game,” says Steve Herbst, Vice President and General Manager, NBA TV. “On the heels of our recent telecast of the ‘Silent Game’ between the Houston Rockets and the Orlando Magic, we plan to give viewers the best possible seat in the house through the latest video technology, which will convey the true speed and athleticism of the Sonics and Spurs as well as the passions and emotions displayed by these players in high-definition.”
Emmy award winning director Andy Rosenberg will direct the telecast. In addition to the Skycams, NBA TV will enhance the production by utilizing high-definition robotic cameras above the backboards to capture all of the action around the cylinders as well as one at center court at the scorer’s table to provide a court level perspective.
The audio for the HD broadcast will once again be in 5.1 Surround with enhanced features to capture the sounds of the game from the squeaking of sneakers to the shouting out of plays by coaches and players. NBA TV will deploy new technologies such as an adaptive array and advanced piezoelectric microphones in an effort to expand upon the February 26th “Silent Game” between the Rockets and Magic, providing a more realistic sound environment to what a fan in the seats would be accustomed to hearing.
From sitting courtside to integrating himself amongst the fans in the stands, Kamla will report on the game from different vantage points throughout the arena during the telecast. The host of NBA TV Fantasy Hoops, a 60-minute show dedicated to fantasy basketball enthusiasts or serious followers of the NBA, Kamla is also the play-by-play man for the Euroleague Game of the Week as well as the host for Basketball International.
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