Drones, virtual reality and good old analysis, TV channels pull out the stops for counting day

NEW DELHI: Drones that fly overhead to give a “bird’s eye view”, Rs 1 lakh cash prize if you guess the winner right and good old analysis, television channels are moving from the fantastical to the mundane to entice viewers on counting day Thursday.

With millions in India and abroad preparing to tune into television channels and log in to news networks on their phones and other devices as votes for the Lok Sabha election are counted, media houses are making sure they grab TRPs. Many are using VFX and lurid graphics and others are pitching the fact that they have the best network of on-ground reporters and in-studio analysts.

And, as the clock strikes 6 am on Thursday, all are promising poll results from ground zero first and fast.

CNN-New18’s deputy executive editor Anand Narasimhan will hop on to an “elex-a drone quadcopter” that will hover over a virtual map of India to give the “big picture” of the results using “virtual reality on live TV”.

“Buckle up for a thrilling ride as India elects its next govt. Get the elevated experience. A bird’s eye view of India’s biggest results,” reads a ticker on a video shared by the channel on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Times Now has promised to bring coverage cut-out for the “millenial viewer” with the use of “state of the art technology”. (AGENCIES)