TNT Television and the PGA will offer what is to me an exciting blend of television and internet coverage of the PGA Championship on August 17 to 20.
In addition to its cable tv broadcasts (from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday), TNT will extend its coverage with internet broadcasts from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The internet coverage will have a regular announcing crew. Once the cable coverage begins, it will be simulcast on TNT and PGA.Com.
On the weekend, TNT will cover the tournament from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
A second “stream” on PGA.Com will follow two threesomes of players each day—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. If they get the right players, this could be a very good way to see how the playes think their way around the course.
The third “stream”—called “Inside the Ropes” will offer course flyovers, historical information, player profiles and interviews with players finishing rounds.
Finally, “stream” four will be the PGA Learning Center hosted by Rick Martino, PGA director or instruction. It apparently will follow player shots and discuss strategies.
I think this is a very exciting development and a good idea of how the internet can enhance television and the spots viewing experience. I plan to watch on tv while streaming other information.
Now what they need is the GolfBlogger doing live blogging from the course. I sit awaiting their call.