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SPOTTED: Technology you may have seen on-screen

A popular feature of Sky’s Monday and Friday Night Football shows, the Tactics Table is actually a 70-inch Sharp BIG PAD PN-70TW 10-point multi-touch interactive touchscreen.

Sharp 70inch BIG PAD PN-70TW 10-point multi-touch interactive touchscreen
Sharp 70inch BIG PAD PN-70TW 10-point multi-touch interactive touchscreen

Broadcast & Production Services (BPS) needed a large touchscreen with high quality resolution and a broad colour temperature that was capable of being installed as a table and tough enough to withstand regular travel. After reviewing a number of options, it selected Sharp’s BIG PAD.

Brian Naylor, Sports Technical Manager at Sky Sports, is delighted with the choice, giving special mention to the BIG PAD’s ease of use. “Using touchscreen technology properly is all about enabling the presenter to do the match analysis and get their story across to the viewer at home in an innovative and engaging way, so it cannot be too complicated. It has to be relatively intuitive and straightforward to use, otherwise you risk losing your viewer by getting bogged down in boring menus,” he said.

Naylor added: “We have four of these screens throughout Sky, which we regularly move around to various studios. The fact that it is robust, doesn’t weigh so much and also has carry handles on the sides is particularly useful. We recently took the BIG PAD used for our ‘Tactics Table’ from London up to Liverpool to film an episode of Monday Night Football, something we wouldn’t have been able to do so easily with some other screens.”

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