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World class TV production to broadcast Hockey Champions Trophies to millions

June 9, 2016

The Hockey Champions Trophies in London, Great Britain are already making history. These events will not only see the biggest worldwide TV distribution of a hockey event ever - it will be the first time in the sport's history that hockey has been broadcast in 4K (ultra high definition).

Over the course of the men's Hero Hockey Champions Trophy (10-17 June) and women's Hockey Champions Trophy (18-26 June), host broadcaster BT Sport will be providing sports fans with a world class TV broadcast, never before seen in the sport of hockey, bringing fans much closer to all of the action.

Each day of competition will see one single programme produced. This will give viewers the opportunity to watch all of the action from the very first match of the day until the very last match - meaning that broadcasters do not have to switch to other sports or programmes in between matches.

Over 2,000 hours of hockey broadcast to over 120 countries
As a result of this new programming, over 2,000 hours of hockey will be broadcast during both events, to more countries than ever before. At the time of writing, over 120 countries will be able to watch live or delayed on TV, while fans in countries without broadcast agreements will be able to tune in to the live action on FIH's YouTube channel.

4k Ultra HD

New technology will also be introduced by BT Sport at these events, the most significant being the introduction of 4K ultra high definition viewing for fans. The stunning picture quality of this new technology provides four times the detail of standard high definition channels. This will make the viewers experience real - it is the next step in high definition TV and provides a truly cinematic viewing experience. 

Hawk Eye SMART Replay
The company behind the video replay technology seen at Wimbledon and the US Open (tennis) and in cricket, will be supplementing the live TV production with the Hawk Eye SMART Replay system. 

This Synchronised Multi-Angle Replay Technology (SMART) is an exciting new video replay and distribution technology that puts control of every broadcast camera angle into the hands of those who need it the most.

SMART Replay records every broadcast angle in real time, with no limit to the amount of inputs, and makes this content available immediately either on-site or remotely to help various areas across sport. As a result, this will not only be a great addition to the TV broadcast, it will also be of huge benefit to video umpires, as well as player welfare and coaching staff. 

As a result of all this new technology, fans will be given more content and analysis in addition to being brought closer to the live action.

These latest innovations are part of International Hockey Federation's (FIH) 10-year hockey Revolution strategy which aims to make hockey a global game that inspires the next generation. One of the key initiatives designed to achieve this goal is to create world-class TV production and distribution.

Make sure you don't miss out on any of the action - find out where to watch the Hockey Champions Trophies by clicking on our TV page.

To see all of the action live, buy tickets for the Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 in London by clicking here.

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