Costing $4.5 million, spanning 11,000 square-feet, and featuring seven different sets, Sportsnet has splashed out in the design and construction of the studio for their inaugural year of national NHL broadcasting. The feature of the studio is a massive 38-by-11-foot screen nicknamed ‘Goliath’, the largest ultra-high resolution monitor ever seen in a Canadian TV studio and is made up of 170 individual panels.
Leased from CBC in their downtown studio and paid for by Rogers, the studio is no doubt the biggest viewers have ever seen on a Canadian broadcast, though if you’ve seen an American NFL broadcast in the past few years, a studio this big and fancy probably won’t be a surprise to you.
Here are the highlights from today’s media showing:
- The Hockey Night In Canada theme has been re-recorded with a 50-piece orchestra and will be similar to the previous CBC HNIC theme. Also listen for a new Hockey Central theme.
- Musical montages, like those famously seen during CBC’s reign, will not feature as heavily in HNIC this season to the disappointment of basically everybody.
- The main anchor desk has a 360-degree open area allowing for filming from any angle and the studio is capable of shooting three live broadcasts simultaneously, including two sets stacked on top of each other.
- The set was designed by the same company that created the 2010 and 2012 Olympic sets and was created and designed in eight months.
And here is the new Hockey Central studio by the numbers:
- 40,000 feet of electrical cable
- 500 studio lights
- 52 total screens
- 14 cameras
- 24 wireless microphones
- 9 distinct sets including the main anchor desk, three regional sets, George Stroumboulopoulos’s interview set, and a LED video wall and floor area.
Finally, some pretty pictures:
Dan — @SportsOnCdnTV