The French Football League (LFP) has become the latest sports organisation to partner with Intel to introduce True View technology at its stadia.
Intel True View is designed to enhance the offering provided by LFP broadcast partners and the League’s own digital platforms. The Parc des Princes, home of Paris Saint-Germain, has become the first Ligue 1 stadium to be made ready for True View, with 38 5K cameras installed around the venue.
The technology will be tested on Sunday during Canal Plus’ coverage of PSG’s game against Olympique Lyonnais. Canal Plus will be able to offer its viewers new viewing angles of the game through volumetric videos.
This will provide for 360-degree replays, with fans also being able to freeze the match at any moment to see the view of the pitch from the viewpoint of a player. The LFP’s websites and social media accounts will provide 3D replays of matches via the MyLigue program.
Following the Parc des Princes, the LFP said Intel True View will be rolled out to Olympique de Marseille’s Orange Vélodrome and Lyon’s Groupama Stadium during the 2020-21 season. The LFP is reportedly financing the installations at a cost of around €1m (£847,000/$1.1m) per club.
Didier Quillot, executive director general of the LFP, said: “In terms of audiovisual production, the LFP wishes to bring fans an ever more immersive dimension of the stadium and the game. Thanks to the deployment of Intel’s True View system, we are pleased to be able to make available to all broadcasters of Ligue 1 Conforama a unique technology to enhance the highlights of matches.”
Howard Wright, vice-president of Intel Capital and global business development lead of Intel Sports, added: “Our goal at Intel is to provide the world’s most iconic leagues with innovations that deliver truly immersive multimedia experiences.
“The combination of iconic Ligue 1 Conforama players and teams – combined with Intel’s high-end digital technology, will create a catalogue of indelible and immersive experiences for football fans around the world.”
Intel has struck a host of similar partnerships over the past year, including with major league venues in the US such as State Farm Arena, Fiserv Forum and Capital One Arena. Intel has also done deals with Tokyo 2020 and English Premier League clubs Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.