Turner broadcasting has announced an interesting experiment for the 2014 Men’s Final Four. In addition to the regular broadcasts of the games on TBS, school-specific productions will run on TruTV and TNT. Those will include announcing teams, camera angles and more focused on one school.
Last year, on one of the the Drummer and Professor podcasts, featuring Marty Beller, who drums for They Might be Giants and me, we hashed out the idea of allowing fans to select broadcasts to suit their particular interests. Maybe you want to watch a game where the announcers provide comic relief. Or you prefer one where the announcers presume no prior knowledge of the sport. Or one in which you need to be versed in advanced statistical analysis.
I like our idea better than the Turner one, but that’s at least a step in the direction of a more customized viewing experience.