Super Bowl 2019 high-tech broadcast will razzle-dazzle your retinas

CNET | 2/2/2019 | Eric Mack
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Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta will be loaded with tech to bring the big game to the world.

The Super Bowl might revolve around a piece of pigskin, but for those of us watching at home, it's all about the tech. It starts with making sure your big screen and streaming service of choice are ready to go. Then there're the big ads for gadgets, and even, uh... sex toys that sync to the action on the field.

Elements - Super - Bowl - Scenes - Broadcast

But the most high-tech elements of Super Bowl 53 can actually be found behind the scenes of the broadcast operation that projects the whole spectacle onto the retinas of over 100 million people.

As our sister site TechRepublic reports, the brand-new Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta, which is hosting the championship, is embedded with over 4,000 miles of fiber to support a network that includes plenty of internet-of-things sensors throughout the building. The dome also has 90 miles of audio cabling and nearly 2,000 Wi-Fi access points.

Jason - Cohen - Vice - President - Productions

Jason Cohen, vice president of remote technical productions for CBS Sports, told me there'll even be a plane 2,000 feet above the stadium before kickoff and a tethered drone 3,000 feet due west of the dome, just to provide those nice panoramic shots of the city during breaks in the action.

Watch this: What is AR and how does it differ from virtual reality?

Year - Network - Cameras - Sensors - Ncam

This year, six of the network's cameras will also be outfitted with augmented-reality sensors from ncam that let them track AR graphics.

Integrating AR into a broadcast isn't new. Watch enough NFL games and you're bound to notice the graphics, animations, lines and other various markers on the field that aren't really there. But this year, Cohen says, CBS is experimenting with pushing the technology...
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