Report: NBC To Use Skycam Angle For Steelers/Titans

Steelers Titans Week 1

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans will be sort of a guinea pig for a concept that’s been used out of necessity the past few weeks. Next Thursday, NBC will use the Skycam angle as their primary shot, they announced today.

“After pivoting out of necessity to SkyCam in the New England fog, we’ve been aggressively planning and testing with the intent of utilizing the system for a full game,” said NBC executive producer Fred Gaudelli (a legend for anyone who pays attention to this stuff).

“Younger generations of NFL fans have grown accustomed to watching football from this angle through their love of video games. This telecast will have a look and feel akin to that experience.  We’ll still have our full complement of cameras and will revert to traditional coverage when situations dictate, but the primary viewing experience of the game will come from the SkyCam angle. Thursday Night Football has always been about technical innovation and new technologies, and this production will fit perfectly with that.”

As he mentions, NBC has had to switch to the Skycam angle twice recently due to foggy weather that made it impossible to watch the game from an aerial view. For those unfamiliar, here’s what the Skycam angle looks like from an Ohio State/Notre Dame game last year.

This will give more of an “All-22” feel to each game  and provide a much better look at the entire field. You’ll be able to watch blocking lanes unfold, route combinations, and coverages, with much less guesswork.

As the press release indicates, NBC will still use “traditional” camera angles when appropriate but this is an exciting time to be a football fan.

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  • alevin16

    I’m old. I like the current angle. I hate change. Hey kids get off my lawn! ;D Seriously though I think I like the current view best.

  • ThatGuy

    Ugh, don’t fix something that isn’t broken.

  • Ed Smith

    Agree with you. This view is not going to allow much of an angle at plays down the field as this is more of a view from the QB’s perspective. Will be like sitting in end zone, but in the first couple rows vs. upper level.

  • Hagen Rinde

    isn’t this the opposite of all 22? I’m scared…. Changes suck..

  • Reader783

    I’m a member of the “young generation” and I hate when they switch to this angle in game. They zoom in so much and follow the QB that I can’t see downfield routes or anything like that. Maybe they’ll improve the way they do it, but so far when they’ve done it to overcome the fog, I’ve hated it.

  • Ed Smith

    you are correct

  • falconsaftey43

    I’ve been wanting this forever. You can see so much more from this angle. With more and more passing, it’s dumb to primarily use an angle you can’t really see the WRs and DBs in. Plus you can see where the holes in the run game are and stuff. It’s all better.

  • PittShawnC

    no depth perception
    why I also hate EZ seats lol

  • SouthernSteel

    Is this game on Amazon prime?

  • Sdale

    Yep. Another solution looking for a problem.

  • PaeperCup

    yup, you get to see about half the team with this angle.

    I can’t wait until they get wide lens cameras on the QBs helmet, I’d love to see what they see.

  • PaeperCup

    The endzone looks about 10 yards away.

  • PaeperCup

    “Younger generations of NFL fans have grown accustomed to watching football from this angle through their love of video games.”

    L2!!! L2!!! I would love the ability to zoom out to see the whole team, and even show the routes. haha.

  • Reader783

    It all depends how they execute it. If they execute it as they say, like Madden video games, then yes, it could be nice.

    But if they execute it like they have been on TNF and as they did in that clip Alex attached, it stinks. The reason the current angle works is because it is 1 angle and does not move that much. That clip above might make some people have a seizure it moved so much during the play.

  • 6 ring circus

    Not a fan.

  • Cullen James Riley

    This would be nice for replays, but traditional aerial view doesn’t need to go away.

  • falconsaftey43

    very true. They need to back up a little bit further so there is less movement.

  • Steelerbob

    Well, that sucks. this looks awful.

  • Stairway7

    I hear that. I got a headache just watching that play run a few times.

  • T3xassteelers

    Lame. Don’t like it.

  • Nick Sabatella

    Interested to see what it looks like live!

  • e. smith

    You are Ed Smith? I thought I was Ed Smith. WTF.

  • T3xassteelers

    Hahah yes yes yes!! If only our remote could do that!

  • Generic Steelers Fan

    Ugh. First they start using lenses with wider angles in the 80s to capture more action, then they switch to high definition cameras. Now this? UGH stop changing stuff. The game looked fine when they first started televising it in the fifties or whatever, stop MESSING WITH IT

  • Ace

    Finally getting something right here. Doesn’t hurt to try it IMO. Soon enough we will get to choose our announcers and our preferred camera view, so this is just a step in that direction. RE the confusion on depth during this angle, I think they should go Skycam on runs and traditional view on passes down the field. I think it could be done fairly easily. It will be exciting seeing Lev Bell, picking and choosing his gaps waiting on the lineman to move and position. Couldn’t have picked a better game for this. I think fans are going to like this one.

  • John Noh

    Let’s hope that it’s a view to a kill for the Steelers. Other than that, don’t really care.

  • hojo

    How much longer until we get the QB POV angles?

  • Bryan

    Maybe I’m in the minority, but the normal angle is way better. Sure seeing the receivers down field and the holes opening up is cool, but in the skycam angle, seeing any form of depth is incredibly hard, and knowing how close a player is to the first down will also be hard to see. Also the constant moving of the camera from side to side makes it rather disorienting way to watch football at least imo. I really wish this was being used on a different Thursday night game so I could just not watch it

  • pittfan

    +1. It will be a useful tool on occasion, particularly on running plays, sacks, etc., but I would not want to see this be the primary angle for the reasons you cited.

  • pittfan

    Didn’t you just hate it when they took the goalpost off the goalline? That’s why we have to have instant replay cuz guys don’t know where the line is. sheesh.

  • Bryan

    Exactly, I’m not saying don’t use it, just not as the primary viewing angle, there are plenty of uses it could have, and maybe eventually they could have 2 channels airing the game, 1 standard and 1 skycam, as there are definitely people who would want to watch it that way, but if standard just gets removed that would suck

  • pittfan

    this is the All 14 angle.

  • pittfan

    get off my lawn” LMAO

  • nutty32

    They used it in the World Football League a bit. It wasn’t as great as it sounds.

  • Generic Steelers Fan

    Ugh and don’t get me started on the move from leather helmets to plastic…

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    I’m open to anything, but it’s terrible on kicks. I defy anybody to follow the ball when it disappears into a million heads.

  • pittfan

    DEath of the game, right there

  • Ed Smith

    Can you please explain to the rest of us how you can see the WRs and DBs in this view of the ND game? Can’t even see the guys split out wide left

  • pittfan

    What would have been smart is initiate this during the pre-season, then get feedback from fans who are the actual consumers of the broadcast. Who cares what a bunch of suits in NY think?

    Just look at the comments directed towards the clip provided as an example. It would SUUUUUCK watching a whole game at that angle.

  • SwagDaddy330

    Bring back the “reverse angle”

  • Obi Ryn Denobi

    And drone cams made illegal to fly over ANY crowd at ANY time for ANY reason, if that’s where they’re headed with this! We’ve already seen what happens when those radio-controlled devices suffer signalus interuptus, amidst all that interference, or has everybody forgotten about ‘flying LAWNMOWER.’ If so, plug ‘flying lawnmower death’ into your search engine and enjoy, I was watching halftime highlights of other games, when they broke in with that. And FauxLies didn’t make that up!

    I hope that (Sanity!) is what’s been keeping them away, but maybe not anymore these days. They’re gutting everything else in the government that makes sense! Can the FAA and NTSB be far behind?

  • Matt Manzo

    It should be. I’m pretty sure they’re doing that all year.

  • Jason

    It will also be on CBS or NBC

  • Delboka

    Looks like crap.

    Use that for a replay, but as a main view!?

    Unwatchable

  • SteelersGeek4Lyfe

    I hate when the camera focuses on the QB when he’s scanning the field and you can’t see what he is looking at, then they jerk the camera down the field when he throws it, only then to see what position everyone is in. I’m very excited to see them experimenting with this new camera angle, and during a Steelers game!

  • Rob H

    I’m not averse to trying different things, and am definitely curious to see how it works out.
    That being said, from what little of it I’ve seen, my initial impression is that it looks like something that might be a great supplement to the traditional angles, but not that great of a primary one. I think on downs and distance that are generally runs or short passes, and especially for replays. That clip in particular shows that it would be an awesome view for sacks.

  • Mister Wirez

    ANNOUNCEMENT: NBC to Use New VERTIGO-CAM!

    We’ll all be nauseous and dizzy by the 4th quarter. They could back it up a bit so there’s a little less motion. Lol.. looks cool though.

  • Mister Wirez

    What they really need is a REF-CAM, because I don’t believe we see what they see!

  • ryan72384

    Not feeling it for a whole game. A couple plays here and there or replays would be fine but I think this will get old fast. Will be hard to see where first down markers are at and also field position in general. Not everyone is obsessed with Madden view. Hopefully it will be normal angle on NFL network.

  • Rocksolid20

    Nice .

  • dany

    I like variety, from my perspective they should use all angles not just this one and not just the usual one. In reality, with the nfl being such a giant and so many cameras and so many ways to watch games you should be able to choose how you want to watch it by now!

  • Rocksolid20

    Didn’t they do that in the XFL ?

  • MC

    I like the variety in angles. Sometimes when they do go to it I always find it a refreshing view from the standard.

    From behind you can see the holes in the trenches better and the receivers on their routes downfield. As long as they zoom it out a little compared to the gif in this article.

  • Its the view i use to play Madden. I am the only Madden streamer who does. Ity shows you everything opposed to the first person angle everyone else uses. A lot of my viewers like it but i do get some trollish people whining but the all 22 is where its at.

  • Denis Pasquale

    I hate the sky cam the constant motion makes me nauseous

  • Michael

    Awful! Skycam is stupidly awful… unless used for necessary replays or possibly extra point kicks. Skycam is full of dizzying camera angles with jerky motion. Garbage. I want to see the entire field during the whole play, not from the QBs rearend. As someone here said: Don’t fix what isn’t broken!! The stupidity of people who think change is always a good thing is amazing to me.