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National Science and Media Museum

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Go behind the scenes to discover the tech, kit and tricks of the trade used to capture the drama of live sport.

Did you know it was a British inventor who first broadcast an outdoor event on TV? Or that snooker got a huge boost in popularity when colour television was introduced?

From the very first TV cameras to the latest developments in videogames, media technology has shaped how we view sport—and the way we watch some of the world’s biggest events has inspired surprising innovations.

Explore the amazing stories behind unforgettable TV moments, find out how sports events are transmitted around the world, and see how eSports are changing the game. Step into a TV studio and try your hand at being a commentator—do you have what it takes to keep up with the action as it happens?