7th Day of December

1963 – Instant replay makes its debut

Instant replay or action replay is a video reproduction of something that recently occurred which was both shot and broadcast live.

The video, having already been shown live, is replayed in order for viewers to see again and analyse what had just taken place.

The first instant replay was developed and deployed in the United States during the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia on the 7th of December, 1963.

1963 – Instant replay makes its debut

CBS Sports Director Tony Verna invented a system to enable a standard videotape machine to instantly replay for the network’s coverage of the US military’s Army–Navy Game.

The instant replay machine weighed 1,300 pounds (590 kg) and after technical hitches, the only replay broadcast was Rollie Stichweh’s touchdown.

Extra Note: The end of the March 24, 1962 boxing match between Benny Paret and Emile Griffith was reviewed a short time after the bout ended, was cited as the first known use of slow motion replay in television history.

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