49ers install 'world-first' 8k video replay system

Friday, October 30, 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

The San Francisco 49ers and Foxconn Industrial Internet (Fii) have installed the world’s first-ever full-field 8K video replay system.

The system will debut on 5th November when the team plays its next home game, and comes just over a year after the brands announced a new multi-year partnership as well as a plan to collaborate on 8K technologies.

According to the pair, the 49ers home ground, the Levi’s Stadium, is the first sport and entertainment venue with 8K video capabilities.

The move sees five 8K cameras positioned inside the stadium to provide full-field coverage and clear views of all goallines and sidelines, which utilize a 'ground-breaking' digital zoom which doesn't cause pixellation.

“What started out more than a year ago as a dream for Levi’s Stadium, our 8K video replay system is finally complete and we can’t wait to showcase it to the world,” said Aron Kennedy, Vice President of Game Day Production and Broadcast Operations, 49ers. 

“It is an amazing feeling to see a project as advanced as this through from the brainstorming stages, to the final tests and completion. We are very fortunate to have Fii on our team as a corporate partner who shares our commitment to enhancing the fan experience.”

An initial two-camera test run was successfully staged last year during a 49ers home game on December 21st against the Rams, providing proof of concept for the capture-to-consumption plan and validation that the project was on track. This year, additional tests and demos were completed at 49ers home games between October 4-18 against the Eagles, Dolphins and Rams.