Sky Sports are reportedly considering introducing a virtual atmosphere through CGI to make the experience of watching a football match more lively in case the Premier League is given the green light to carry on with the season behind closed doors.
With a number of European football leagues terminating their season, the Premier League is optimistic to continue from where they left off. If continued, the matches would be played behind closed doors which would create a lacklustre experience for the viewer.
Considering that, Sky Sports are planning to spice up the viewing with the help of technology in the form of CGI. A senior Sky official claimed:
Even when the noise is there, one empty stand really impacts people’s enjoyment of the spectacle. When you add the two in – i.e. the ground is totally empty and totally silent, then it really is an odd experience.
The problems associated with this move is being discussed as well, the source added:
“The solution to the visual problem may be not to play those matches in the stadiums they normally do,” he says. “It might be better to find a different venue where you can solve the visual problem in a different way. Everything is currently being looked at. Do you hang a huge green screen and find a way to put something in it? Do you only use three camera angles for the live broadcast and use the other ones for highlights? Or do you only show highlights?”
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