This year's US Open broadcast taps into tech like never before reports on VR, 4K and more tracking tech than you ever thought you needed.

The 116th US Open golf tournament tees off June 16, and when it does broadcast partner FOX Sports will tap into a host of innovations to bring viewers closer to the high-stakes action than ever before.

These enhanced viewing features include multi-camera virtual reality looks at four holes, microphones in all 18, aerial drone coverage, mobile radio-frequency (RF) shot tracking, 4K coverage of three holes and advanced green shading to show off the renowned slopes of the Oakmont Country Club.

The innovations coming to the 2016 broadcast are the result of years’ of talking and tinkering, stretching back to 2013 when the network first struck a deal with the United States Golf Association (USGA), Zac Fields, Senior Vice President, Graphic Tech/Integration at FOX Sports, tells me. The idea then, as it is now: give viewers something they’ve never seen before in golf, using the latest technologies to make it happen.

“One of the things we really wanted to achieve was, how do we create new depth and allow the viewer to see more on TV,” Fields says. “There’s so many things going on in the field of play that don’t really translate to the TV viewer. How far away the golfer is from the hole, things the golfer can’t see. We asked, ‘How can we show more?'”


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