Sky Sports has confirmed it will be bringing some of the matchday atmosphere from the GAA Championships into people’s homes with ‘Sky Crowds’, its augmented sound function.
Augmented sound will be available for all of Sky’s fourteen live inter-county fixtures, starting with Saturday evening’s coverage of Dublin against Laois in the Leinster Hurling Championship.
Fans will have the choice to opt for natural sound if they prefer.
Using the audio description function on the Sky TV box, viewers can choose to remain on ‘natural sound’, which is simply the sounds picked up by the microphones placed in the ground.
“The team in Sky have worked very hard to bring Sky Crowds to our viewers,” said Georgie Faulkner, Director of multisports at Sky.
“We know our sports fans have enjoyed ‘Sky Crowds’ across other sports and given GAA is such a family game, we think it will be the preferred choice of families all over the country that want to avoid the prospect of occasional on-field profanities.”
“However, it was also important that we offer choice to our customers, so those who want to opt for natural sound and not have the added crowd noise can do so via the audio description button.”
Sky has adopted a collected bed of sound from previous GAA matches which includes general atmosphere sounds along with common response sounds such as goals, points, misses, fouls, anticipation, cheers, full-time crowd whistles and celebratory cheers.
All of Sky’s 2020 GAA Championship fixtures are available to all Sky customers with every game live on Sky Sports Mix, meaning even those who don’t have a Sky Sports subscription, as well as those on other TV platforms, will get to watch the action and be ‘inside the game’.
Sky Sports Mix is available in approximately 900,000 homes in Ireland on Sky Channel 416 and Virgin channel 409.
The games can also be watched on the move with Sky Go every weekend of the All-Ireland Championship, culminating with the All-Ireland Hurling and Football finals on the 13th and 19th of December respectively.