Sky Sports will debut a new camera technology at the Manchester United vs Liverpool Premiership match on Sunday. For the first time, viewers will be able to enjoy new camera angles during a Premiership clash, courtesy of Spidercam.
The equipment has been installed at Old Trafford to offer armchair fans a whole new perspective on the game. Spidercam is essentially a camera that's suspended above the pitch by wires, offering a bird's eye view of the action. It can vary in height between 10m and 40m above the pitch, and is manoeuvred by an operator to follow the action.
The tech has been used in the Bundesliga for several years, and last year's FA Cup final. It's also featured in other sports like cricket and American football. But this is the first time it'll be used in the Premier League.
Sky will dedicate six hours of coverage to the game, with Jamie Carragher, Thierry Henry, Graeme Souness, Martin Tyler, Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp all on hand to offer their views.
A special edition of 'Monday Night Football' will follow the next evening.
"It's an unmissable Super Sunday and Sky Sports will pull out all the stops to create the best possible experience for our viewers," said Gary Hughes, Sky Sports' head of football. "Spidercam for the first time, all our biggest names giving their views on a massive afternoon, it will be what everyone will be talking about on Monday – including Thierry and Jamie on an MNF special."