SBD/June 5, 2013/Media

YES Network Adds New Replay Tech For Yanks' Games Showing 360-Degree View

YES Network for its broadcasts of Yankees' home games has "begun using YES View, an advanced panoramic replay device," according to Eric Fisher of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The technology "provides a 360-degree view of key game moments, such as close plays at the plate or home runs." YES View "bears some similarity to EyeVision, the 360-degree replay system prominently used by CBS in Super Bowl XXXV" in '01. But "unlike that technology, YES View provides full-motion, high-definition panoramic replays; offers a deeper, almost 3-D-like viewing experience without the need for a special TV or glasses; and has much more flexibility in the angle and tilt of the camera rotation." YES View "uses nine cameras positioned around Yankee Stadium." The cameras use proprietary algorithms to "collectively create a blended replay image, somewhat akin to principles of animation." The system was "tested last year during the global feed of gymnastics competition" for the London Olympics, but the YES alignment "represents the first regular deployment of the technology" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 6/3 issue). MULTICHANNEL NEWS' Mike Reynolds notes with YES View, nine "static cameras have been positioned and calibrated in Yankee Stadium’s 200 level along the first base line, extending from just to the right of home plate to the grandstand in right field." Testing of YES View "began during home games throughout April before the RSN unveiled the upgraded replays on-air during a series in early May" against the A's. YES Network Senior VP/Broadcast Operations & Engineering Ed Delaney said that since then, YES has been "enhancing its home telecasts with three or four YES Views per contest." Delaney said that the technology is "a significant investment that has been offset to some extent because its deployment at Yankee Stadium is being used by the vendor as a marketing tool of sorts." Delaney: "A lot of people are coming by to see the replays," including MLB Network, NBC Sports and Fox Sports (MULTICHANNEL NEWS, 6/3 issue).
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