Historic TV Breakthrough: A Ref’s-eye View of the Action

6 April 2015, 21:58
If you were unable to watch Friday's live coverage of Game 5 in the Western Conference final series between CSKA and SKA, then please accept our heartfelt commiserations. Like most of the series, the encounter provided a sumptuous feast of fiercely competitive hockey. Of course, if you only missed the broadcast because you were one of the lucky 5,600 watching the action from inside Moscow’s Vsevolod Bobrov Ice Palace, then congratulations are in order, although you still missed a fascinating moment in the history of hockey broadcasting. Those who did watch the game on their screens will have noticed that - for the first time in the history of Russian hockey - the coverage included video from a camera mounted on the helmet of one of the referees. Viewers of KHL TV, or the national terrestrial channel, Rossiya 2, were treated to close-up footage of the game’s key episodes through the eyes of the referee - the man in the middle of the action. 

We are confident our fans fully appreciate this new innovation, and we are proud to bring you more good news: the coverage of the Gagarin Cup final, between Ak Bars and either the Moscow or Petersburg Army Men, will feature more use of this ground-breaking and exciting technology. Yet another reason to make sure you do not miss a single second of our broadcasts.
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