La Liga will use virtual images of stands in TV broadcasts with added ‘fan audio’. The features will be produced by the makers of the FIFA video game, to ehance the viewers’ experience.
Domestic Spanish broadcasters will offer their audience the choice of a ‘natural’ broadcast of games, which are being played behind closed doors with no spectators.
However, international viewers will receive only the enhanced broadcasts with added audio and graphics.
La Liga said in a statement last week that the use of technology “will allow matches to be seen in an attractive way that closely resembles how they looked and sounded before the competition was postponed”.
The stands will be “virtualised” and will offer to-scale images of seated fans wearing the home club’s colours.
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Norwegian company VIZRT worked in collaboration with La Liga on the technology.
“In moments when the game is stopped, this image of fans can be transformed into a canvas that matches the colour of the home team and will carry institutional messages among other offerings,” La Liga added.
The virtual audio has been developed with video game company EA SPORTS FIFA, in a project called ‘Sounds of the Stands’.
“Through this, the audio library of LaLiga official sponsor EA, which was recorded in real stadiums, has been used and has been digitally adapted so that it can be implemented in real time during the match,” said the statement.
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“It will be adapted to the flow of the game as certain situations occur, such as a goal or a foul, creating what is known as Atmospheric Audio.”
The La Liga season is ready to restart with one of the closest title battles in recent memory.
Barcelona top the table 58 points, just two clear of second-placed Real Madrid.
Just two points also separate the next four sides, as Sevilla, Real Sociedad, Getafe and Atletico Madrid battle it out for the Champions League places.
At the other end of the table, Espanyol sit bottom and they are joined in the relegation zone by Leganes and Mallorca.
The latter will host Barcelona on Saturday as the champions resume their title defence.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, are back in action on Sunday against Eibar.
But the first game of the restart is Thursday’s derby between Sevilla and Real Betis, with kick-off at 9pm BST.
How to watch La Liga on TV in the UK
UK coverage of the Spanish top-flight is shown by LaLigaTV – and there are several ways to watch.
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LaLigaTV is available via Premier Sports, which can also be viewed on Sky and Virgin.
New customers can access the channel for free for the month of June by signing up with Premier Sports using the promo code BACKTOWIN.
The offer applies to Sky TV customers and those using the Premier Player, which is Premier Sports’ online streaming service.
From July 1, subscribers will be charged a standard monthly fee of £5.99 but this can be cancelled at any time.
The standalone LaLigaTV offer does not apply to Virgin customers, who can access the channel in a bundle along with Premier Sports 1 and 2 for £9.99 a month.
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