If the past decade is an indicator, sports broadcasts will be very different ten years from now. FOX Sports is already experimenting with 3D television that could allow different viewers to watch different games depending on the viewing angle of the TV.
Other more realistic advancements are already being made. HD broadcasts are great now and improving dramatically. New cameras provide new and exciting angles almost every year. The best new camera in the last couple of years is the Sky Cam, which runs on a cable over a football field, giving the viewer an unprecedented look at the action.
Sports broadcasts are so much different now than five or ten years ago. Graphic technologies have revolutionized broadcasts, especially football. I find it hard to watch a football game without the computer generated first down line on the field. Baseball broadcasts have taken advantage of this technology as well. ESPN for example uses the K-Zone which uses computer technology to show whether a pitch was a ball or a strike.
Actually I did not save this until the end so-much as I just discovered it at the last minute. Either way this site is absolutely fantastic. It provides .pdf files of past issues of Sports TV Production magazine. It is packed with information about technology used in sports broadcasts.
The best feature about this site is that it is completely about sports, unlike the other sites I have found. It also has full issues of the magazine at no cost, complete with pictures.
The articles appear to come from a reputable source and competent writers.
One such article is “Spotlight On…Slow Motion” by An Tran. This is a complex and through article discussing the use of slow motion in sports broadcasts and the technology behind it. It goes into a lot of depth and explains how it works is easy to understand language.
This site from Broadcast Engineering is another good site with news and analysis of newtechnology in broadcasts, including sports. Just like my other two sources, this one appears to be reputable despite being a .com site. It is made by the makers of the Broadcast Engineering magazine which is aimed at news stations and broadcast networks. Therefore it contains information applicable to my topic.
The site is orginized nicely with an internal search engine and a page with the latest news in broadcasting. There could be more things about sports however. There is not nearly as much depth here as in the previous sites.
The site is however trying to get viewers to by their magazine, limiting the use of the site. Other that that, it will be valuable to my research.
The second usefull website I have located is broadcastingandcable.com. This site is very farmiliar to the first one. It contains articles from past issues of the Broadcasting and Cable magazine.
The greatest asset of this site is its reliability and trustworthyness. Broadcasting and Cable is a long-standing and trusted source for broadcasting news and information. The articles are great and there are a few that can really help me research my topic.
The site is layed out adiquitly, although it is somewhat confusing and hard to navigate. However, just like the previous site the internal search engine allows one to find past atricles and is invaluable. This site will help my reaserch tremendously.
A great article on this site is “Cameras on the Court” by Allison Romano. It gives information about new cameras ESPN began using a few years ago to enhance broadcasts of basketball games. The article is easy to understand and will surly come in handy when I begin research for my essay.
The first useful website that I have found is TV Technology.com. The site is based on the magazine TV Technology. The site is fantastic and has many features. Along the left hand side of the page are several categories, each with many articles, many pertaining to my subject. The site is easy to navigate and has a nice site map as well as an internal search engine powered by the almighty Google.
The information appears to come from a reputable source, IMAS publishing. Even though this is a .com site, the information is professional and written by people who are experts in the field they are writing in.
The site’s biggest strength is its content. There are hundreds of useful articles about the newest technology used on TV today. The articles are written at a great level for me, not to technical and not too simple.
One article discusses how networks broadcast sporting events in HD. The article, written by Jan Ankeney, is great for my topic. The article is slighty over my head, but with a little extra research I could fully understand the article.
Nothing like leaving stuff until the last minnute eh? I will be up late tonight using Google and making blogs. Fun times indeed.