sport news Discovery and Eurosport launch 'Cube' tech for Tokyo 2020 which sees athletes ...

sport news Discovery and Eurosport launch 'Cube' tech for Tokyo 2020 which sees athletes ...
sport news Discovery and Eurosport launch 'Cube' tech for Tokyo 2020 which sees athletes ...

When you are tasked with broadcasting every single minute of the Olympic Games, let alone a coronavirus-impacted one, it can be hard to do it from a single studio in west London.  

For Discovery and Eurosport, who will be broadcasting extensive and perennial coverage on the Tokyo Games on its channels, they have The Cube to help them unite a worldwide team, including the athletes who will be brought in via holograms to the studio. 

The Cube will not only provide a state-of-the-art virtual studio for the Games but it will also allow them to beam in athletes, pundits and experts from inside Tokyo, its arenas and other studios across Europe and into the studios to help its coverage. 

Discovery have launched the Cube tech for Tokyo 2020 that beams athletes into the studio

Discovery have launched the Cube tech for Tokyo 2020 that beams athletes into the studio

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The software uses LED lighting and will allow presenters to have live interviews with athletes

The software uses LED lighting and will allow presenters to have live interviews with athletes

The studio contains seven different 360-degree locations on the set, all containing brilliant skyline views of Tokyo, and will correspond to the weather in the Japanese capital, including thunderstorms.  

Meanwhile, the hologram system - which has been used by Discovery to beam tennis' elite at the US and French Open Grand Slam tournaments, will see athletes and sporting personalities sit in a green screen area at their Tokyo venue and their whole body will be transported to Eurosport's studios via LED technology, where they will have a live interviews with presenters.

Other pundits on the ground in Tokyo will be beamed in too, including London 2012 gold medallist Greg Rutherford, who will be working alongside Reshmin Choudhury in the UK broadcast team for the games.

The coverage will be shown in a 360-degree live production studio with several views of Tokyo

The coverage will be shown in a 360-degree live production studio with several views of Tokyo

He told Sportsmail: 'The technology itself is just genuinely remarkable. What you can do and how it then looks, that really makes a difference to it. 

'I'll be on the ground in the venues but will be teleported out to Reshmin and just a very interactive time which you wouldn't normally have. 

'We all should be lucky to live in an era where technology can promote and push something what is a very different Games.' 

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UK Presenter Choudhury added: 'It's something I've not seen before and I'm really looking forward to working on it. 

Reshmin Choudhury (left) and Greg Rutherford (right) will lead Discovery's UK coverage

Reshmin Choudhury (left) and Greg Rutherford (right) will lead Discovery's UK coverage

'That interactive element is really important for someone like me, when athletes come in. They can see me, I can see them. We have that connection which is so important when you're bringing the stories to life.'

The software is not just helpful from a visual point of view but helps create a safer Olympic Games in Tokyo despite the threat of coronavirus, without losing any quality in the coverage point of view. 

Discovery Head of Production

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