Tonight’s battle between the St.George-Illawarra Dragons and South Sydney Rabbitohs will see cameras installed in its corner posts, after being trialled during a pre-season Rugby Union trial between earlier this month.
Tomorrow night ‘Ref Cam’ will make its official debut in the Round 2 Super Rugby clash between the Reds and Waratahs in Brisbane. ‘Ref Cam’sees New Zealand referee Chris Pollock wearing an earpiece camera whilst officiating the game.
FOX Sports Chief Executive, Patrick Delany, said the FOX Sports team is aiming to deliver breakthrough innovations that bring fans closer to the game.
“Ref Cam and Cornerpost Cam produce very different but equally stunning vision. They are about giving fans a new perspective, something they’ve never seen before, and bringing them closer to the sports they love,” said Delany.
“During the summer we rolled out FoxKopter and Helmet Cam and the impact on our Big Bash coverage from an entertainment perspective was really felt by cricket fans. We are looking at ways to open up an entirely new experience for fans of every sport and we are only at the tip of the iceberg,” he said.
Cornerpost Cam features a GoPro Hero 3 camera imbedded in the lower part of the corner post padding and captures stunning vision of flying wingers leaping over the tryline, or spectacular try-saving tackles by desperate defenders trying to protect their line.
The technology is non-obtrusive and is contained within the corner post padding, making it safe for impact by players or the ball.
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