THE TECHNICAL CRE WS behind this Cup have made a significant invest-
ment in the production of next-generation broadcast images. The goal?
Put the television viewers at the heart of the action, where they will see
the quick decisions being made and the raw power of the boats — live, as
the teams fly over the water. This means the best spot for watching the
racing will actually be in front of a screen. S TEPHANIE MARTIN
Developed by the same team that brought
you the yellow first-down line used in
American football, LiveLine superimposes
graphic elements onto the race broadcast, serving as a technological viewing
aid. LiveLine is considered revolutionary,
as evidenced by its Emmy Award win for
breakthroughs in sports broadcasting.
Look for course limits, wind direction and
ahead/behind lines that show clearly
who’s leading the race.
of the race. With LiveLine, broadcasters
use graphic elements to explain the sport
while viewers simultaneously see the live
action of the race.
Onboard GPS systems determine boats’
exact position within two centimeters of
their location, so umpires can make the
most accurate decisions ever possible. The
main decisions are moved off-water to an
on-land booth where boats are tracked
digitally in real time.
In addition to graphics, LiveLine’s two-centimeter accuracy also enables the
America’s Cup Race Management team
to feature a dynamic course, which means
races will start and end on time no matter what the wind is doing. Boats on the
course will be able to make quick mark
changes as the winds shift.
Spectators can continuously see tight boat-on-boat action as course limits were created
to prevent teams from disappearing from
view. Aboard the AC72s, teams receive
an audio countdown as they approach the
boundary, and TV viewers see LiveLine
graphics superimposed on the live action.
Teams sailing outside the course limits will
be issued a penalty, causing them to lose
precious time on a very short course.
Each boat sports four cameras that will
generate high-quality HD pictures for global
TV and online coverage. These cameras will
be able to pan, tilt, zoom and self-clean so
not a moment of onboard action is missed.
Previous America’s Cup broadcasts have
featured graphics on an animated view
EYE IN THE SK Y
Helicopters not only provide aerial views
of the unfolding drama but will also provide race images that LiveLine graphics
will be superimposed over.