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Exclusive PGA Championship Live adds to TNT's offering
If you find yourself at work and not able to tune in to TNT's exclusive coverage of the 89th PGA Championship next week, fear not for PGA.com will be bringing all the action from Southern Hills right to your computer. It's called PGA Championship Live, and once you see it, you'll be amazed at its quality.
By Mark Spoor, PGATOUR.com Coordinating Producer
If you're a golf fan, then there isn't much that's cooler than PGA Championship Live, an exclusive online video experience from Turner Sports New Media and PGA.com that is sure to
enhance your enjoyment
of the 89th PGA Championship.
For the uninitiated, PGA Championship Live is a video service accessible through PGA.com that allows you to be in control of how you watch the action from Southern Hills by giving you four different video streams -- or pipes -- from which to choose.
On Pipe 1, you'll be able to watch TNT's live coverage from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. ET even if you're nowhere near a television. On Pipe 2, you'll find "playercam," which is exclusive coverage of select groups that you'll only find online. On Pipe 3, you'll get an inside look at the PGA Championship, including flyovers, classic highlights and player interviews.
Finally, on Pipe 4, you can help your own game with golf tips from the PGA Learning Center, including special in-tournament tips with PGA Director of Instruction Rick Martino outlining how players pulled off the shots that make the difference in the tournament.
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Turner Sports New Media executive interactive producer Pete Scott says it takes considerable teamwork to pull off such an undertaking.
"We use the television infrastructure that's already there, the cameras that are already on the course (for Pipe 2)." Scott said. "We use that for about 70 percent of our coverage. We basically say, 'Can we get all the holes coming into our truck,' so that it allows us to bounce around the course using cameras that are already being used by CBS cameramen.
"We can't talk to them, but at least we have a feed and a picture of them and most of them know that while we're on camera, don't do anything crazy, so we basically use their pictures to help us tell the story.
"We're basically renting their facilities and personnel to basically produce our feed," he added.
There are, however, some original pictures being used as well, as Scott explained.
"We have two unilateral cameras and they're RF cameras, which means they're not hooked up to a cable, they're basically wireless," Scott said. "They can travel anywhere we want on the course with the blessing of the PGA of America."
There will also be some bonus TNT coverage available exclusively online on Pipe 1.
"(TNT) is basically going to come up an hour earlier, with the TNT branding, for Thursday and Friday to give TNT bonus coverage just for online," Scott said. "Then, at 2 o'clock, when the rest of the world is tuning to TNT, people will get the same feed on Pipe 1."
If you can't wait until Thursday to get the flavor from Southern Hills,
will also be streaming all the pre-tournament news conferences from all the top stars live on Tuesday and Wednesday.
You'll be able to start looking at Pipes 3 and 4 on Monday, with the other Pipes beginning later in the week. Tournament coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday.