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Technology Highlights 2009 Super Bowl Broadcast

With all due respect to Al Michaels and John Madden, I think I will remember Super Bowl XLIII for pictures more than words.

At every critical point Sunday night of the Steelers’ last-minute win over the Cardinals, NBC had cameras and technology in the right place to provide a definitive view. The networks’ NBSeeIt technology, essentially a magnifying glass that can be used on any camera, and it’s super slo-mo cameras were put to particularly good use on decisive plays.

The first was on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s near-touchdown in the first quarter. NBC’s super slo-mo goal line camera, which shoots at 300 frames per second, showed that Roethlisberger was short of the goal line, and the Steelers were forced to settle for the field goal.

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