For the first time ever, coverage of El Clasico this season will give fans the ultimate match experience. Sound technology that allows viewers to be right at the heart of the action will be used.
The biggest fixture in LaLiga and arguably in world football between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou will be one of the most groundbreaking televised sporting events of 2018, on the same level with other global events, such as the Super Bowl, in terms of the use of innovative technology to provide viewers from all over the world with the most immersive football experience possible.
The El Clasico will once again be produced by MEDIAPRO in 4K-HDR resolution thanks to 30 Ultra High Definition (UHD) cameras strategically placed around the Camp Nou.
The first leg of this year’s El Clasico coverage will include sound technology for the first time which allows viewers to be right at the heart of the action.
This brand new system locates the ball using automatic tracking and activates the microphones in its vicinity.
While respecting the players’ privacy when they exchange words on the pitch, fans can listen to what is happening on the pitch, from each shout to each shot on goal and even every hit on the woodwork.
LaLiga has collaborated with various leading technology providers on the global stage to put together a range of technical tools including 4K-HDR, 360º replays, an aerial camera and Be The Player, giving a potential audience of over 650 million supporters in 183 countries the opportunity to feel closer to the action in Camp Nou than ever before.
An uninterrupted international feed will begin two hours before kick-off and run until after the post-match press conferences, making sure that fans all over the world do not miss a single second of the event.
There will be a total of 40 cameras, including ones in helicopters or on cranes, while six super-slow ones will keep track of the world’s biggest stars throughout the clash.
In addition, thanks to 38 5K cameras positioned all over the stadium, coverage will feature 360° video replays, using the same technology implemented in competitions such as the NBA and NFL.
The 360° replays offer unique shots from anywhere on the pitch, including the chance to take in the action from the players’ perspective, all thanks to the Be The Player feature.
This groundbreaking technology was used for the first time in LaLiga during El Clasico in December 2017.
A total of six stadiums in Spain are equipped with 360° replay technology: the Camp Nou, the Santiago Bernabeu, the Sanchez-Pizjuan, the Wanda Metropolitano, Mestalla and San Mames.
The aerial camera used in LaLiga is positioned 21 metres above the pitch, which provides an amazing overhead footage and allows fans all over the world to enjoy spectacular bird’s-eye views of the action and the stadium.
The lofty vantage point, coupled with the camera’s ability to spin and travel at great speed, means it offers a special perspective of the pitch.
The El Clasico will also feature LaLiga’s Mediacoach suite of cutting-edge match analysis tools and services, developed by Media Pro, which will be available to managers Ernesto Valverde and Julen Lopetegui even as the action unfolds during the match.
Mediacoach captures statistical, tactical and performance-related data, which is made available almost in real time, so that the managers can make quick decisions in the dugout.
These technologies being incorporated into the game ensure that LaLiga fans around the globe continue to get the best and most innovative television experience ever seen in the world of football.
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