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ESPN’s signature MegaCast returns tonight for the college football championship game between Georgia No.3 and Alabama No.1, featuring 100 cameras, 100 microphones and 13 separate alternate broadcasts.

The network says it will litter the main broadcast at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis with the following technology:

* An AllCam that “captures the entire pitch, allowing isolated shots of any player and activity on the pitch at all times”.

* PylonCams “at every corner of the end zone with the back line pylons now having the ability to pan, tilt and zoom – covering more of the end crease than ever before.”

* Several Skycams that “include traditional and hi-sky, showing the action at different heights above the pitch”.

* Views of the field “via cameras attached to the top of the officials’ caps”.

* Gain Line Angles that “will present the pylon cam at the first downline (low angle).” “

* Virtual reality graphics “that span the entire field and appear through multiple cameras at the same time”.

Outside of the main telecast on ESPN, alternate shows include a movie theater with Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher on ESPN2; a command center on ESPNU which “foffers a multi-angle presentation, which includes up to four different points of view at all times, with real-time driving statistics and graphics complementing the action of the game ”; an A T&T 5G Skycast on ESPNews with in-game sounds; a television program in Spanish; Radio calls from hometown of Georgia and Alabama on the SEC network; a national audio broadcast on ESPN Radio; a 4K Skycam on DirecTV, YouTube TV and Verizon and five different streaming shows, with both bands performing at halftime.