Intel recently announced that they have bought Replay Technologies from Israel. Said company developed a 3D video technology. Said tech has started to be used by U.S professional sports broadcasters. This could mean that NFL and NBA games will be broadcasted with more sci-fi in mind.
Intel Makes NBA and NFL Broadcasts More Sci-Fi With Acquisition of Israel’s Replay Technologies
In a recent blog post from Intel, they did not disclose the purchase price but they did state that they did acquire the Israel firm. However, the Israeli media stated it was about $175-million that was spent to buy the company.
The technology from Replay Technologies was found to be used in the recent National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Weekend. This has given fans a 360-degree of the action that was from the slam dunk contest.
Intel, with Replay Technologies, has worked together to create a 3D video rendering of the court. The result was using 28 ultra HD cameras (equivalent to giving 4K resolution) that were positioned around the arena. They were all then connected into Intel-based servers to broadcast the connection. Aside from being used for the NBA, the technology was also used within the National Football League’s (NFL) Super Bowl.
The company stated that they have been collaborating with Replay since the year 2013. They have been able to optimize their immersive and interactive video content on the firm’s platforms. They also stated, “Technology now plays an unprecedented role in sports – and we’re just getting started.”
Intel is no stranger when it comes to 3D tech. The firm already has RealSense 3D cameras which have already been around for a couple of years already. These cameras have also been seen to be integrated into modern-day computers and laptops. They allow users to do things such as look around Google Maps’ Street View with the assistance of head motions. However, the features for the cameras are more along the lines of leisure and interesting rather than leaning towards practical. Therefore, the acquisition of the Israeli firm would mean that Intel is planning on expanding that notion towards other facets.
Intel says in their recent press release pertaining to the acquisition that, “Immersive sports requires the high-performance computing Intel is known for, and it’s also data driven—fueling the continued build out of the cloud. For athletes, coaches, broadcasters and fans, the ability to capture, analyze and share data adds compelling new dimensions to the game.”