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SkyCam coming back for NBC, but not for a Steelers game

Chris Adamski
| Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 6:15 p.m.
The highly discussed Skycam will return for another game next Thursday on NBC.
The highly discussed Skycam will return for another game next Thursday on NBC.

Beware SkyCam haters. Don't say you haven't been warned.

NBC is bringing back the camera angle — unpopular with many Pittsburgh football viewers, at least if social media reaction is any indication — for next week's Thursday night game.

At least it won't involve the Steelers.

NBC announced it will utilize its SkyCam system for the live primary viewing angle for the Dec. 14 game between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts.

The network debuted SkyCam as its full-game coverage angle for the Steelers' game against the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 16 at Heinz Field. The view — which is from behind the offense with it traveling “up” the screen, much like the “Madden” video games — was panned by many on social media, though it was liked by others as an alternative from the traditional sideline view . After the game, NBC and the NFL would not commit to using it for future games. That changed, via a statement NBC released Thursday.

“With the experience of a full-game telecast with SkyCam and nearly a month to plan and tweak, we are excited to bring back the SkyCam presentation for the Broncos-Colts game,” said Fred Gaudelli, executive producer of NBC “Sunday Night Football” and “Thursday Night Football.”

SkyCam was pressed into usage by NBC twice before its full-game use last month: because of fog during a Week 7 Sunday night game in New England, and again early in the third quarter of the Sunday night game Nov. 5 in Miami as residual smoke from halftime fireworks obscured the traditional camera angles.

NBC is handling the production for the Dec. 14 game, which will also be simulcast on the NFL Network and Amazon Prime Video.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at cadamski@tribweb.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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