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NBC to present live play-by-play coverage from SkyCam for Titans-Steelers 'Thursday Night Football' game on Nov. 16

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Thu, Nov 9th 2017 04:30 pm
The only network with two primetime NFL packages, NBC will utilize its "dual" SkyCam system to present a new primary-viewing angle for its coverage of "Thursday Night Football" on Thursday, Nov. 16 (Tennessee at Pittsburgh). Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with "Football Night in Pittsburgh."
"We are excited to present a game with the majority of live-action coverage coming from SkyCam," said Fred Gaudelli, executive producer of NBC "Sunday Night Football" and "Thursday Night Football." "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. 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."
NBC's "dual" SkyCam coverage received widespread acclaim from viewers when it was pressed into action due to fog during "Sunday Night Football" in week 7. In that game, the Falcons-Patriots Super Bowl LI rematch on Oct. 22, fog rolled into Gillette Stadium late in the first half. After halftime, SkyCam technology provided the best camera angles to offer consistent and clear views of the live action.
SkyCam was also used early in the third quarter of this past weekend's "Sunday Night Football" game (Raiders at Dolphins on Nov. 5) as residual smoke from halftime fireworks obscured the traditional camera angles.

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