The broadcast signals coming out of the El Clasico match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will be going to 185 countries via 50 broadcasters as football fans will be tracking every second of the match.
It could be the most watched game in history with a potential audience of 650 million, according to a statement from La Liga Santander. The kick of time of the match has been decided keeping in mind viewers in Asia, who could add huge numbers to the audience.
For the first time, fans in Spain will be able to enjoy the match in 4K technology, an ultrahigh definition television standard. The broadcast technology will allow people to watch the match with superzoom into the auction to provide an augmented reality of specific details of the match. 4K technology offers picture quality four times that of standard High Definition, with eight million active pixels helping in achieving that resolution.
Eight 4K cameras, a team of 400 people, 37 fixed cameras will be used for the production. Two super slow cameras will follow Messi and Ronaldo throughout the match. There will also be 38 cameras using Intel 360 degree technology for unique replays and multi-perspective, never seen before in any league matches in Europe. It can be very useful in analysing an offside during a critical moment of the match.
Unprecedented media coverage is helping the match grow bigger with every passing year. 650 reporters and camera persons representing 230 media houses are expected to be present. 90 companies have requested for spots in the stadium for live, pre and post-match broadcasts.
Last time Barcelona played Real Madrid 900 million social media impressions were registered. With the hype surrounding the match, the numbers could get bigger this year.