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Broadcast upgrades and online simulcasts new for 2010 season

It may be the 20th season of NBC broadcasting Notre Dame football, but there are plenty of firsts coming this season, as NBC rolls out some cutting edge features for fans.

It was announced today that NBC will debut ActionCam, and overhead cable-camera system that’ll provide viewers with never-before-seen angles. It’s the same camera angle that was successfully tested during the Blue and Gold game this spring.

Also, in addition to digital and mobile features like applications for the iPhone and iPad, NBC Sports has reached an international agreement with Eurosport to broadcast games in Europe and Asia. While that’ll help Notre Dame fans all around the globe see the Irish play, will also be live-streaming a simulcast of the network broadcast as well as one additional online-only bonus camera throughout the game.

From the official press release:

For the first time, the entire Notre Dame-NBC Sports schedule will be streamed live on “Notre Dame Extra” will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed plus one additional online-only bonus camera throughout the game.

“Notre Dame Extra will employ a full HD-quality player using Microsoft Silverlight and Smooth Streaming that will help set new benchmarks for live streaming video cross-platform. The video player will include full DVR functionality allowing the user to pause and scroll back-and-forth -- even review replays in “slo-mo” -- all while watching live video.

Extra will also feature live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, in-game highlights, as well as a live, online-only postgame that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference.

Here’s a basic translation: Best deal ever.

For those of you that will be working, or say... sitting in the press box, following the game online, with full DVR functionality will be incredible. It’ll also make for a less frenetic pace to the game day live-blog, so I can actually give you guys some decent analysis instead of screaming to figure out where the ball is spotted.

Hopefully those of you that depend on the internet for a live-feed of the game will set up a small window on their screen to follow the liveblog as well, because rest assured fans, I’ll still be pounding the keys during games, giving you every bit of insight I can give.