Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Editorial Director: Ken Kerschbaumer
Managing Editor: Jason Dachman
by Jason Dachman

By the time the Closing Ceremony concludes on Sunday, NBC Olympics will have delivered more than 1,500 hours of coverage from Sochi — the most ever for a Winter Olympics and more than the coverage of the previous two Winter Olympics from Vancouver (835 hours) and Torino (419) combined (1,254). Once again, overseeing the monumental technical and engineering effort behind the scenes is Dave Mazza, SVP/CTO, NBC Olympics.

by Ken Kerschbaumer

The Norwegians continue to exceed expectations when it comes to the medal count at this year’s Winter Games in Sochi, and that is keeping the 140 TV2 Norway staffers who are on hand for the national production more than busy. TV 2 uses three over-the-air channels (TV 2, TV 2 Zebra and TV 2 Sportskanalen) for the Olympics.

by Jason Dachman

The Danes may not have taken the podium at the Winter Games since winning a silver medal in curling at the 1998 Nagano Games, but Denmark’s rightsholding broadcasters DR and TV2 are giving the gold-medal treatment to their coverage of the Sochi Games. With more than 400 hours of coverage across five television channels — DR1, DR2, DR3, TV2, and TV2 HD — and three live-streaming feeds, the Danes won’t go hungry for Olympics content, even if they remain hungry for a medal.

Netherlands-based broadcast infrastructure specialist Axon Digital Design is at the heart of Sochi broadcasts with its signal processing, multiview and broadcast monitoring & control equipment. Russian broadcast systems company, ANO Sports Broadcasting has 12 3Gb/s capable OB trucks and 12 support trucks in use on site in Sochi.

Fox Sports Stocks Daytona 500 Camera Arsenal With 4K, Infrared
by Karen Hogan

Less than a month removed from Super Bowl XLVIII, Fox Sports could decide to take it easy at the Daytona 500. But nothing could be further from the truth. To cover “The Great American Race” this Sunday, Fox Sports will deploy nearly 60 cameras.

Fox Sports Go Geared Up for Daytona
by Brandon Costa

Fox Sports Go, the new Fox Sports digital platform and mobile app, may only be four months old, but it sure is battle tested. Now with the Daytona 500 arriving this weekend, Fox Sports is ready technologically for another big production and burst of users.

Fox Sports to Use Vizrt Virtual Graphics For Daytona 500

Fox Sports will use Vizrt’s broadcast graphics systems for live virtual graphics during the Daytona 500 NASCAR race on Sunday. Wind Trax, a virtual wind speed and direction visualization that is rendered in real-time with Viz Engine, Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing engine, will be debuted at Daytona 500 by Fox Sports.

Fox Sports Relies on Fujinon Cabrios For This Weekend’s Daytona 500

FOX Sports has adopted what the network considers a ‘best of breed’ 4K imaging system for its NFL regular season coverage and Super Bowl XLVII coverage – the Sony F55 CineAlta digital motion picture camera paired with a FUJINON PL 85-300mm Cabrio lens.

Inside the Technology With Turner Sports’ Tom Sahara
by Brandon Costa

Tom Sahara oversees many major sports productions throughout the year for Turner Sports — the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Major League Baseball’s postseason, the NBA playoffs, major golf and auto-racing events — but he won’t hesitate to tell you that the most difficult and complex event to produce is the NBA’s All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

freeD, On-Court Steadicam Highlight Turner Sports’ High-Tech Showcase
by Brandon Costa

As another ice storm pounded Atlanta last week, Turner Sports was already ahead of the game. Not able to afford to let Mother Nature get in the way, production teams moved out early and have been in New Orleans all week, hard at work preparing for one of the broadcaster’s marquee events, NBA All-Star Weekend.

AVS Brings RF Steadicam Access to the Floor
by Brandon Costa

When it comes to providing wireless-camera technology, California-based Aerial Video Systems (AVS) is the go-to source for many of the top sports and entertainment events in the industry. This past weekend in New Orleans was no different. AVS provided critical gear and enhancements for Turner Sports, NBA Entertainment, and ESPN at NBA All-Star Weekend, which was highlighted by the increased use of the company’s popular wireless Steadicam across multiple events.

by Jason Dachman

On the heels of recent digital-network announcements from the NFL and WWE, Time Inc. (owner of Sports Illustrated) is teaming up with MLB, NASCAR, NBA, NHL, and Campus Insiders to create a live-streaming network of its own – dubbed 120 Sports.


For the 18th consecutive year, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, teamed up with ATK Audiotek and Versacom to deliver interference-free RF management for its portion of the Super Bowl XLVIII.

TV station studios must appeal to more than just their broadcast viewers. Attracting a wide variety of video production clients can also be essential to stations like WXEL-TV, which has just added three new Ikegami HDK-97C Digital 3G Portable CMOS Camera Systems to its inventory.


The Sports Video Group is pleased to welcome PROMISE Technology as a corporate sponsor. With offices across the globe, PROMISE Technology provides end-to-end storage solutions for all aspects of sports-content production, including video and broadcast environments.


With its new HD-SDI connection, The Switch has added WFYI Productions/PBS in Indianapolis. WFYI Productions is a part of WFYI Public Media, located at 1630 North Meridian Street. The station is minutes away from the city’s downtown and has well-marked parking adjacent to the building.

Digital Rapids and Vidcheck today announced integration between the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2 automated media transformation software and the Vidchecker second-generation automated quality control (QC) software.

The Yamaha CL Series Digital Mixing Consoles has been awarded an IF Product Design Award at the iF Design Awards 2014 held in Germany it was announced today by Yamaha Corporation Japan. Since 1953, the prestigious, international IF Design Awards have been hosted by the IF Industries Forum Design e.V. in Hannover, Germany and celebrate outstanding industrial product design.


The Ohio-based Columbus Crew soccer club today announced it has chosen two LDX Flex advanced imaging cameras, a K2 Dyno S-based Replay System, the GV Director Nonlinear Live Production System, EDIUS multiformat nonlinear editing software, and a Concerto routing switcher from Grass Valley to outfit the control room and manage content for its new, state-of-the-art video boards being installed at its home venue, Crew Stadium.

MLBAM has completed installation of Apple’s iBeacon technology at the first two of more than 20 Major League Baseball ballparks that will use iBeacon technology for Opening Day of the 2014 season.

by David Davies

NewTek’s live multi-camera video production and streaming system, TriCaster, remains integral to Arsenal Football Club’s creation of a wide variety of original content that supports and augments traditional live linear broadcasting of its fixtures at home and away.

by Fergal Ringrose

The BVE show at ExCEL will see the introduction of a new signal transport platform for outside broadcast and infrastructure applications on Stand L62. With the drive to 4K and 3G systems the PW140 Series from Bluebell offers a universal SDI signal transport over fibre in a compact 1RU frame.

SES has signed contracts to provide its “ASTRA Connect for communities” satellite broadband service to 15 German villages located in several regions of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The contracted communities (including Steesow, Behren-Lübchin, Lühburg, Bollewick, Lübs, Bartelshagen II, Fuhlendorf and Saal) have received subsidies for the “ASTRA Connect for communities”networks from a combination of public funds, including EU, state and regional funds for broadband development such as the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (ELER) and Rural Development Programs (RDP).


Front Porch Digital has joined the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC), a nonprofit, member-funded organization that explores issues related to the creation, distribution, and consumption of entertainment content.


We already know everything is bigger in Texas. But Texas A&M is going even bigger. The "Home of the 12th Man" will become the largest stadium in the Lone Star State with a 102,500 seating capacity. That's not all. Kyle Field will also become home to the largest video board in the NCAA.


Hugh Healy, audio engineer for NEP Denali, has received a NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Remote Production/Recording or Broadcast category. Healy was honored for his role as audio engineering supervisor for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

PlayOn! Sports acquired Columbus, Ohio-based Digital Scout, a leader in high school sports statistics tracking and live gamecasts. Digital Scout’s content adds depth and breadth to PlayOn’s existing consumer offering of live and on-demand video.

by TVNewsCheck

Belden CEO John Stroup details the strategy behind its purchase of Grass Valley, the integration of its broad line of television production, signal distribution and acquisition technology into Belden and its Miranda operation and what he sees as the market opportunities.

by TVNewsCheck

And that is the importance of focusing on one's most crucial task, something the Union general did exceptionally well. In the FCC chairman's case, that focus should be on making sure the upcoming incentive spectrum auction is a success. For that to happen he needs broadcaster participation. So why is he risking antagonizing them with a totally discretionary attack on joint sales and shared services agreements that broadcasters have been using for the past nine years?

by Broadcasting & Cable

What does the potential Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable mean for the local broadcast business? While some on the stations side fear the clout of an even larger Comcast—it’s funny, B&C asked “Is Comcast Too Big?” in a cover story, way back in 2005—others say it’s encouraging to have a cable giant in the arena who also happens to be a significant broadcaster.

by Multichannel News

Aereo followers should not be surprised if the service is still on in markets--Denver and Salt Lake City are the only ones--within the ambit of the Utah district court that earlier this week upheld a Fox injunction against the service. According to one viewer, the service was still on in Denver Thursday even after the court's decision Wednesday. It was still available in Salt Lake City as well.

by Multichannel News

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said that he did not think his plan to restore the FCC network neutrality rules was putting off the issue, and put in a plug for municipal broadband as a competitor. That came during a press conference Thursday (Feb. 20) following the FCC's monthly meeting.

by The Washington Post

Charter Communications dropped the ball in a big way when it allowed Comcast to snatch Time Warner Cable from its grasp in a $45 billion acquisition. Now Charter has to come up with a fallback plan. What's next for the nation's fourth-largest cable company?

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