I’ll admit this is mostly just eye candy for hockey fans eager for the start of a new season, but Rogers is putting some serious tech into its new Sportsnet studio before the puck drops for the 2014-15 NHL season on October 8. A press release from Sportsnet sings its praises:
The Hockey Central Studio, which debuts October 8 – opening night of the NHL season – features a rotating main anchor desk with a 360° open environment allowing cameras to shoot from any angle, an 11 x 38ft. ultra-high-resolution monitor – the largest ever in a Canadian television studio, and an LED floor that displays videos and graphics and leads into a giant video monitor wall. The studio also features up to 14 cameras that can shoot up to three live broadcasts for three different networks at any one time.
Since Rogers’ $5.2-billion deal to buy the Canadian NHL broadcast rights for the next 12 years, the company has invested in tons of broadcast talent and this new studio is just the cherry on top.
With 52 total screens and the largest ultra-high resolution monitor ever used in a Canadian television studio (four times the resolution of a high definition monitor), it should be a sight to behold.
You’ve come a long way, baby.