TV sports is constantly trying to immerse their viewers in the game. For the NFL, it's sweeping camera angles, close-ups and slow-motion. NFL Films has won award after award for its pioneering television coverage. Now the NHL has its sights set on entertainment innovation. I'll tell you right now: We're all grateful it's not a return to the awful blue smudge from the '90s.
No thank you! This time around, one NHL team wants you to feel every bone-crunching hit in your body. The San Jose Sharks have begun broadcasting their home games in what's called "4D." Every time a player is body-checked into the boards, the audience would feel it in their seats.
The Sharks have installed 76 sensors around the dasher boards at their ice rink. The signal from these sensors is broadcast along with the audio and video for the game. This signal tells your ButtKicker Rumble Seat to vibrate whenever the boards are impacted by a body.
You can only experience 4D broadcasts if you have a ButtKicker Rumble Seat. It's typically used by video gamers to add to their experience.
What do you think? Is this something that would convince you to watch hockey? Or is it just another gimmick? Let me know in the comments section below!