Three of England’s biggest Premier League clubs Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool are among the first set of soccer teams to install Intel technology at their stadiums to enable fans to watch highlights of matches through the eyes of players, The Mail reports.
All three clubs will each place 38 5K ultra high definition cameras around their stadiums. The 5K ultra HD cameras will enable the three big clubs to benefit from Intel’s True View, which allows for 360-degree, 3D replays in and the ability to view replays from a player’s perspective.
Intel’s new True View technology uses cameras that record images, heights, width and depth data to produce voxels-pixels with volume. With this technology, 3D will be enabled, while virtual scenes can be created, allowing users to view replays of key moments from any conceivable angle.
The technology being deployed by Intel is also being used in the National Football League [NFL] and the National Basketball Association [NBA] both in the US. Intel has confirmed that the same technology will now be available to broadcasters during live matches as well as Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool on their websites and on social media channels.
Fans and football pundits will be able to access and scrutinize replays created by 360-degrees, and will be able to view actions from the player’s perspective.
“Immersive media experiences continue to create more opportunities for sports teams and leagues to put the fan experience first,” said Intel Sports’ vice president and general manager James Carwana per The Mail. “With the expansion of Intel True View into more stadiums with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, we have the chance to transform the experience for fans of one of the world’s top sports leagues with our leading and differentiated volumetric technology.”
Fans and critics of the English Premier League have always clamored for the introduction of Video Assistant Referee [VAR] as a means of checking poor officiating, but Intel’s True View is not intended to solve the problem. Rather, the technology is designed to offer “immersive” content to fans.
Arsenal, one of England’s biggest clubs and one of the three teams to benefit from the new technology sees it as a new way to engage with its supporters. Commercial director Peter Silverstone said: “The technology effectively allows a supporter to step into the boots of players and see the game from their perspective. We have seen the impact this Intel technology has had in other sports leagues across the world and are excited that it will be installed at Emirates Stadium.”
Speaking on behalf of his club, Damian Willoughby, senior vice president of partnerships at City Football Group said: “We love to be first, both on and off the pitch, so we are delighted to pioneer this game-changing technology at the Etihad Stadium. We are sure City fans, and football fans around the world, will love watching beautiful football from every angle.”
Intel per The Mail, has confirmed that the True View technology will be available from March 10.