NBC's THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Presents Live Play-by-Play Coverage for Titans-Steelers
The only network with two primetime NFL packages, NBC will utilize its "dual" SkyCam system to present a new primary-viewing angle for its coverage of THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on Thursday, November 16 (Tennessee at Pittsburgh). Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with Football Night in Pittsburgh on NBC. NBC's Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off tonight with the Arizona Cardinals hosting the Seattle Seahawks. Coverage begins with Football Night in Arizona at 7:30 p.m. ET. Thursday Night Football will also be televised by NFL Network and Universo, and streamed live on Amazon Prime Video.
"We are excited to present a game with the majority of live-action coverage coming from SkyCam," said Fred Gaudelli, Executive Producer of NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL and Thursday Night Football. "After pivoting out of necessity to SkyCam in the New England fog, we've been aggressively planning and testing with the intent of utilizing the system for a full game. Younger generations of NFL fans have grown accustomed to watching football from this angle through their love of video games. This telecast will have a look and feel akin to that experience. We'll still have our full complement of cameras and will revert to traditional coverage when situations dictate, but the primary viewing experience of the game will come from the SkyCam angle. Thursday Night Football has always been about technical innovation and new technologies, and this production will fit perfectly with that."
NBC's "dual" SkyCam coverage received widespread acclaim from viewers when it was pressed into action due to fog during NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL in Week 7. In that game, the Falcons-Patriots SUPER BOWL LI rematch on October 22, fog rolled into Gillette Stadium late in the first half. After halftime, SkyCam technology provided the best camera angles to offer consistent and clear views of the live action.
SkyCam was also used early in the third quarter of this past weekend's SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL game (Raiders at Dolphins on Nov. 5) as residual smoke from halftime fireworks obscured the traditional camera angles.
Drew Esocoff is director of SNF and TNF. Rob Hyland is coordinating producer of Thursday Night Football.
NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP TO LIVE STREAM THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream all of NBC's Thursday Night Football games to desktops, tablets, and connected TVs via "TV Everywhere," giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC's TNF broadcasts. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox. (NOTE: NBC Sports does not have NFL LIVE streaming rights to mobile devices.)