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ESPNU to telecast Miami-Virginia Tech football primarily with SkyCam

In what it’s billed as a sports TV first, ESPNU will offer the Miami at Virginia Tech college football game Nov. 5 primarily from the SkyCam angle above the field.

The telecast on ESPNU, the network’s 24-hour offering devoted to college sports, will supplement ESPN’s traditional coverage of the game.

While the live play action will be presented on ESPNU from SkyCam’s overhead angle, the network will switch to ESPN’s game feed periodically for replays, statistics, cut-ins and analysis. Both networks will use the same commentator team.

SkyCam, first used by the network in 2001 to cover an NFL pre-season game, operates on a series of wires above the playing field.

It is able to go from end line to end line, sideline to sideline, and as high as 40 feet. The unmanned, remote-controlled camera can move 30mph to get into position. In general, SkyCam is positioned behind the ball so it doesn’t interfere with play.

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