Ten Television Tech Advances That Have Made Watching Sports More Interesting
Some are insightful -- like the straight down camera in football games -- and others are gimmicky -- the catcher cam? -- but the addition of multiple cameras and angles around stadiums and arenas has changed how we watch the game. Think of how cool it is to watch a diver from start at the top of a platform to finish at the bottom of the pool, all in one seamless camera shot.
More than anything else, the DVR is a handy tool that means you don't have to stay glued to your TV no matter what. Hit pause and you can grab a snack or hit the little boy's room without missing a second. Pro tip: Set the DVR to record the first 30 minutes to an hour of the game and you can blow through the commercials and still watch in near real time.
3. Slow Motion
Perhaps no invention has helped to illustrate just how fast sports really are. Seeing an athlete slowed down to frames per second demonstrates just how incredible they really are. Slowing a ball down clears up bad calls and allows viewers to get a view of the details of a pitch or throw or shot.
Before high-definition television, no one thought that TV held a candle to the visual experience of sitting in a stadium. It may not have altered that entirely, but it got damn close to leveling the playing field. A great movie in HD is amazing. A great sporting event in HD can be transcendent.
1. Bigger Screens
Nothing has changed spectator sports in the home like big-screen televisions. Going from a 13-inch, black-and-white box to a 60-inch, rich color flatscreen is like going from a horse-drawn carriage to a NASA rocket.