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Channel Nine to introduce Spidercam to rugby league coverage this season

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    IT will be rugby league, but not like anyone has seen it before.

    League lovers will get a swooping bird's eye view as Channel 9 introduces Spidercam to league coverage this season, with the cutting-edge camera to take fans directly above scrums and play-the-balls.

    And Nine indicated they would make the aerial vision available for use in video referees' decisions, although they say that Spidercam won't be used in all televised games.

    The camera, which is suspended over sporting venues by a maze of pulleys and cables, was successfully used in Test cricket coverage in the summer and received rave reviews from Australia's cricketers.

    Spidercam will be used for the first time in league in Thursday night's season-opener between Roosters and Rabbitohs at Sydney's Allianz Stadium before it is unveiled in Brisbane for Friday night's Broncos-Manly blockbuster.

    Nine plans to deploy the camera for all State of Origin games and selected blockbuster NRL games, as long as the wind is below 40km/h.

    Nine has previously used a device called Skycam for league coverage but that moves in straight lines, whereas Spidercam is the most manoeuvrable aerial camera in sporting history.

    "Viewers will feel like they are looking right over the shoulders of their favourite players on the field," Nine's director of Sport Steve Crawley said. "It can go down to virtually any height and will give an extra dimension to the coverage.

    "It will be like nothing you have seen before on a rugby league field.

    "Spidercam is probably a lot better suited to rugby league than other sports, it can get right over the top of scrums and play-the-balls."

    Nine has the support of the NRL and stadium authorities and work began last week on installing the complex system at Suncorp Stadium.

    Top cricket umpires and players gave Spidercam their blessing this summer and Crawley said several NRL coaches have already approached Nine to use Spidercam vision in their post-match reviews.

    "All the coaches want aerial and high views of their games to analyse and some have already asked us to look at Spidercam footage when they sit down for post-match reviews," Crawley said."

    Spidercam can have complications and it has been hit by several football goalkeepers in Europe and also at last year's Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament in South Africa.

    Fellow rights holder Fox Sports will also use the 2013 NRL season to experiment with new technology, introducing its cornerpost cam, Foxkopter and possibly Ref Cam, which has been trialled in rugby union.

  2. Eagles2nv

    Eagles2nv Sea you in the finals 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    So does anyone know what the rule will be if you hit the camera with the footy.

    channel 9 has said selected games because certain ovals can support it, such as our beloved Brooky. It requires anchor points - it was for that reason the Adelaide oval games didn't have it this summer, as a big part of the stadium was under construction.
  3. Pablo

    Pablo Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,269 /24
    Don't see how the top view of a scrum or play the ball makes things any more exciting........side on is fine.
    Unless it shows the full width of the field so you can see player positions.
    Good to have another perspective for video ref decisions though I suppose.
  4. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Apparently fox sports have some amazing new tricks up their sleeves with 360deg replays that are much better then the cricket ones that have the staff at nein flabbergasted.
  5. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    +2,376 /60
    What next?

  6. simon_eagle

    simon_eagle Well-Known Member

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    The spider cam coverage of the cricket this summer was fantastic. It really gives you the best insight possible as to what the players can see out there on the pitch.

    It almost got hit a few times from skying shots, so I wouldn't be surprised if a surprise bomb ends up hitting it.
  7. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,578 /80
    I like that 360deg view they have been using on the cricket, be interesting to see how it works on the NRL.
  8. The Who

    The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Does anybody else see a conflict in interest with the NRL stating one of its main aims is to get more fans to the games, yet they sell out to a broadcaster who does everything in its power to keep fans in front of their TVs and away from the grounds by scheduling matches on days, and at times, only convenient to armchair viewers?
    Where are the innovations for people who actually pay to attend a match?
  9. Hamster Huey

    Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

    +1,178 /9
    Upgrade SportsEar to CoachEar? Might be a bummer when tuning into a Newcastle game but it would add another dimension to the next Manly vs Dogs match.
  10. The Eagle Has Landed

    The Eagle Has Landed Well-Known Member

    +485 /8
    If channel nine wanted to impress me maybe they should have more live games instead of sitting through a thousand ads every 3min.
  11. bones

    bones Bones Knows

    +9,037 /102
    Spidercam, Spidercam
    Does whatever a spider can.
  12. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

    +494 /0
    The use of hearing aids will go up after listening in on a Bellamy tirade and that's when the Storm are winning.
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    • Kiwi Eagle

      Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +3,866 /65
      Hopefully get to see it, as it stands right now, no NRL rights have been secured by TV in NZ


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