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Sunday December 17, 2017

CBS Expands Tech for #USOpen Coverage

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The US Open, held at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, is set to begin today and CBS prepares to not only support other domestic broadcasters, but many foreign entities as well. For the first time, CBS Sports Network is taking on the qualifiers, which have never been broadcast before, and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) will provide them to any interested countries. Also, when host CBS airs its matches, CBS Sports Network, which is available to 99 million pay-TV subscribers in the United States, will air other content from the other courts.

In terms of their tech setup, the network will use 18 cameras on all 3 main courts, TechImagin’s SwingVision, and NEP Supershooters 16. With the edition of coverage by ESPN2, the network will use the “Spidercam,” which supplies a four-point aerial system connected to the lighting standards of the stadium. In addition, ESPN will also have a flying camera system across the zone in the south plaza to create a TV visual and enhance the on-site fan experience. Though there will not be a 3D broadcast this year due to a lost sponsor, the networks hope that by working together they will provide viewing to as many fans as possible.

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