I still have no landline after Hurricane Sandy brought down the tree and with it the phone line. So that means I will not have DSL and will have to follow the election results the old-fashioned way, on TV. I suspect that they will use a lot of gee-whiz technology.
I am fascinated in particular by ‘green screen’ technology, where people stand in front of a blank green screen and images are superimposed on them to create an illusion of one unified scene in which the person seems to be actually there in the projected surroundings. I have long meant to look into the physics of it more closely but never got around to it.
Nowadays TV news programs, especially on election night, tend to heavily utilize these effects and this short video from the BBC shows how it is done and the pitfalls for the presenter because of all the people involved, he is the one person who does not see what the rest of us see, though presumably there is a TV monitor off-screen to give him some idea of what is going on.