ESPN’s extensive coverage of Saturday’s anticipated rematch of No. 1 Syracuse at No. 5 Duke (7 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) will include an on-site set and the traditional telecast on ESPN. But the newest second-screen initiative, “ESPN3 Surround,” also will provide an alternative viewing experience with different camera angles and audio. The “ESPN3 Surround” application will use three cameras — one above each of the rims and another along the opposite sideline of the court from the traditional TV telecast’s mid-court cameras – and the natural sound inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Similar to a traditional telecast, the coverage will include a constant scoreboard graphic and a producer responsible for following the action between cameras.
“’ESPN3 Surround’ gives us an umbrella brand for all of the alternative, second-screen viewing experiences of various events we have been delivering to fans for the past several years,” said Jason Bernstein, ESPN’s senior director of programming and acquisitions. “We will continue our extensive traditional live coverage of events around the globe while using this brand to follow the narrative of the TV presentation with the telling of additional stories through these alternative offerings, bringing fans even closer to the action.”
The new companion service to ESPN and ESPN2 telecasts debuted last night, giving fans a seat for the viewing party inside Cameron Indoor Stadium for the Blue Devils’ loss at North Carolina. Past examples of ESPN3 productions that were complementary to ESPN telecasts includes outer court coverage at tennis majors, multiple mat streams during NCAA Wrestling Championships and in-car cameras for motorsports.
“’ESPN3 Surround’ works alongside the best games, regardless of the sport,” Bernstein said. “We’re placing an emphasis on tapping into the collection of content and resources at ESPN that will only prove to give fans another quality viewing option for their favorite sports.”
Learn more about ESPN3, which is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, here.