The greatest moments in a certain golf tournament broadcast can be captured with just a few cameras on a course of several hectares. But the upcoming broadcast of the Players Championship golf tournament on March 12 will show you all of them of the moments. If you subscribe to PGA Tour Live via NBC Sports Gold, you can look through one of the 120 cameras around the TPC Sawgrass track and switch through the live stream to view one of the 144 athletes you want – all in real time.
If you have ever watched a golf broadcast, you know that they usually focus on one player at a time. Part of it comes down to matching the slower pace of golf as a sport, but it is also a well-disguised technical limitation. With only a few cameras on a course of several hectares, networks had to be incredibly judicious about who is on screen and, crucially, when they are on the screen. Typically cameras hold tightly on popular players, those who are about to take the lead (or possibly destroy) or those who are about to take a challenging shot. Because of this, every other player, many of whom are incredibly talented, remains out of the picture for quite some time.
Unlike basketball or football, 120 cameras on the golf course will not add exciting or rather unseen angles to the game. But what they contribute to the game of golf is similar to the spectator modes in some video games that allow you to follow the perspective of each player while watching an esport event or when you just play an online match yourself. If you have the option to view each player, you can see the game unfold through a different lens, and that is valuable if you want the full picture. For example, there are 100 players in a Fortnite match, so it’s a lot easier to follow your favorite player when you can view things from their perspective.
If you have nothing else, with immediate access to 120 cameras you have something that network broadcasts don’t do: freedom to see who you want and when you want. That is certainly an interesting (and probably very expensive) way to give subscribers the feeling that they get value for money with a PGA Tour Live subscription, which costs $ 10 per month or $ 64.99 per year when all in one is paid once.
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