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Sky Sports' cricket coverage in 2007                                          Advertisement feature

New broadcast techniques for England cricket

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You can follow all of England's Tests and ODIs in 2007 on Sky Sports © Getty Images
Sky Sports will utilise the latest broadcast techniques to give viewers the best seat in the house for its coverage of England this summer. Every ball from every session from clashes with West Indies and India are exclusively live, beginning with the first Test at Lord's on May 17. The coverage includes:

Hot Spot
New for 2007 and a first for British television, Sky Sports will use Hot Spot thermal infrared cameras to analyse whether a ball has touched the batsman and, if so, where.

High Definition
Sky is the only broadcaster to screen live cricket in HD, providing viewers with four times the picture quality of standard transmission and Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

A choice of viewing options for digital viewers, including Hawkeye replays, ongoing highlights and a searchable international player database. Hi Motion: using ultra-slow motion cameras introduced by Sky in 2004, Hi Motion provides dramatic instant replays not possible with conventional cameras. Willow & Stumpy: the popular characters return to explain the meaning behind many cricket phrases for those new to the game. Each package took over three months to produce. In the commentary box will be some of the biggest names in cricket. The coverage is presented by David Gower, with commentary from Ian Botham, Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, David Lloyd, Michael Holding and Jimmy Adams. Each day, one commentator will be in the Third Man seat, providing detailed analysis throughout the play.

Outside Broadcast compound
Sky Sports' coverage of England's international cricket utilises 31 cameras, 41 microphones, over 15 miles of cabling and an onsite production crew of over 80. The Sky Sports broadcast compound comprises 15 trucks including a director's truck, VT truck, Hawk-eye, graphics, satellite, storage, catering and security. Trucks arrive at the ground two days ahead of first day's play, while de-rigging takes three hours with the final truck rolling out three hours after the final ball was bowled. Back at Sky's headquarters in Osterley, a team of over 15 will be producing the live interactive coverage available for those with Sky digital. The team has built a searchable player database that comprises biographical information on every player to have played at international level, over 3000.

Sky Sports is screening every ball from England's forthcoming series against West Indies and India. The action begins with the first Test against the West Indies at Lord's on May 17 and the series comprises four Tests, two Twenty20 internationals and three ODIs. India then arrive for three Tests and seven one-dayers from July 19. Sky's cricket theme tune also returns, with a classical version of 'Dreadlock Holiday' accompanying the programming. In addition, Sky Sports is showing over 55 live domestic county matches from the four main domestic competitions with Cricket AM and Cricket Writers on TV show each Saturday and Sunday respectively. Sky Sports News is broadcasting daily reports and updates from the summer, together with live ball-by-ball commentary, match reports and previews plus guest columns on skysports.com.

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