Since the very beginning, ESPN has revolutionized the way we follow sports. From the very first sports telecast to be broadcast in stereo, to bold new advancements in 3D production, ESPN Technology is at the very core of ESPN’s history of innovation.
ESPN Technology develops the ideas and applications that bring the fan closer to the game with new, innovative production enhancements. ESPN Technology’s award winning team designed and supports two of the most technologically-advanced production centers in the world, the Digital Center in Bristol, Connecticut and the Los Angeles Production Center, which is the first 1080p capable production facility. In addition, the Emerging Technology Group has developed many on-air advancements over the past 30 years, including virtual graphics applications, Huck-O-Meter, and the Emmy-winning EA Virtual Playbook.
Recognizing the need for a real-world testing ground to continue the development of ESPN 3D, ESPN has designated the ESPN Innovation Lab at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as the hub for developing 3D technology. ESPN’s Innovation Lab opened in October 2009. Since then, it has produced two innovative production elements, Ball Track and ESPN Snap Zoom. Ball Track is a Doppler radar hit-tracking system that has the ability to track home runs showing the distance and height of the ball in-flight, updating continuously during the ball’s flight. It debuted on the 2009 MLB Home Run Derby telecast on July 13. ESPN Snap Zoom debuted on Monday Night Football on September 28 and is a freeze-frame technology that brings the fan closer to the play by zooming in on an area of interest and providing insight to action on the field, giving the viewer a different view on a particular focus of play.
The new production center will also serve as a training facility for production personnel to gain experience in telecasting 3D events.
“The Innovation Lab and the new production center based at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex gives ESPN a designated testing ground to continue creating a robust ESPN 3D network,” said Chuck Pagano, executive vice president, technology, ESPN.
“This complex provides ESPN access to more than 300 sporting events which means 3D production testing can occur throughout the year. The research ESPN gathers through these facilities will set the pace for innovation and provide fans the best 3D on-air coverage of sporting events,” Pagano said.
ESPN will invite various technology companies to utilize the site for emerging technology enhancements focused on 3D television. In addition to the resources at the Innovation Lab, ESPN will bring online a new production center that can be used for producing live sporting events for multiple ESPN platforms.
In addition to new breakthroughs in 3D technology, ESPN continues its tradition of innovative technological advances through MiniCams, Ref Mics, The Sky Cam, Ultra-Mo, Player Tracking, the 1st & Ten Line, K-Zone and much, much more.
Here’s a sampling of Technology related accolades and awards that ESPN has recently received:
• Fast Company named ESPN No. 16 in the 2011 list of 50 Most Innovative Companies.
• ESPN's transmission group was named by Broadcast Engineering as winner of its New Studio Technology - Network award.
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