Amazon Prime Video is embarking on its second NFL season as the exclusive broadcaster of Thursday Night Football, introducing a suite of AI-powered features to immerse viewers in the strategic intricacies of the game.
By training machine learning models on thousands of plays, Amazon was able to generate graphics that highlight open receivers, predict potential blitzes, and calculate field goal probabilities using predictive analytics.
Amazon is clearly leveraging its position to amplify TNF promotions across its ecommerce platform. The company says that the Black Friday game (in particular) will include heavy holiday integrations, reflecting Amazon's ambition to intertwine its core business with entertainment properties like TNF.
On the technical front, viewers with compatible devices can enjoy the enhancements of HDR streaming. However, the absence of 4K video seems cruel and unusual as it's impossible to purchase a set with HDR that is not also 4K.
While TNF is currently the focal point, the advancements tested here could easily find their way to Premier League and other Amazon sports broadcasts. Speaking as a football fan, it's super fun to see how Amazon and the NFL are using data to create richer fan experiences.
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