Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/29/05 at 08:24 PM ET
All parties agree that hockey is a difficult game to translate from arena to television and Clement points out that trying to follow the puck is the No. 1 complaint from viewers. “Our coverage, at times, will be closer to the action so the puck is looks closer. If the puck was the size of a basketball or football, we wouldn’t have a problem. High-Definition TV is the answer for hockey.” OLN will broadcast some games in HD, but it also helps to solve puck visibility issues with tighter shots on the ice. “Our philosophy is going to be back to the future, so to speak,” said Mike Baker, OLN’s coordinating producer. “With the way graphics and wider scoreboards have evolved over the past year, you get anywhere from four to 12 rows of stands and fans in your picture. I have measured TV screens and nearly 40 percent of screens was fans. We’re going to reduce that and focus our cameras closer to the ice. If the puck is 40 percent bigger because we have zoomed in, that means it’s 40 percent easier to see and 40 percent better.” In addition, OLN’s studio will be outfitted with a special “Demonstration Zone” where Clement and Keith Jones, OLN’s other studio host, can demonstrate on-ice maneuvers and happenings – much like the field-simulation sets found on baseball or NFL shows.
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