"Are smartwatch notifications necessary in an often low-scoring game"
Faster, better, more accurate and with the goal camera technology, a relief after missed crucial goals in previous World Cups. A big step forward for the soccer world.
That said, it's pathetic that Hublot sponsors the event and appears on the referee boards at player substitutions. Their referee board technology is prone to errors and failures, while the Frauenhofer/TI wrist watch, which works brilliantly, is not represented upfront. I was so impressed with the referee's wrist watch I looked it up, and was intrigued to find out it wasn't Hublot.
Just to confuse things even more - while most video standard abbreviations refer to vertical resolution (480p = 720 x 480 or 848 x 480, 720p = 1280 x 720, 1080p = 1920 x 1080 etc) - it would appear "4K" actually refers to the horizontal pixels...
I have been watching World Cup Football matches since 1984. But this time the technology made the TV viewing of the matches a pleasurable experience .
Eralier we viewers used to be hard pressed to find where the ball was, why was "offside" given by the linesman, how did the ball finally hit the goal and so many such details.
This time every minute details of the game could be understood from the telecast, ebery "offside" would be shown by a frozen frame , every shot towrds the goal would be replayed in slow motion, every foul was also replayed in slow motion so that we could see whether the referee was right or wrong or whether there was a place for doubt and even the action in the midfield was covered very well.
The game which a few yers back, I could hardly understand, now I have learnt all the rules and naunces of the game by just watching this wolrd cup on TV