Friday, Mar. 2, 2012
Editorial Director: Ken Kerschbaumer
Managing Editor: Jason Dachman
VOLUME 8 ISSUE 27
TOP STORIES
SVGE Football Production Summit: Inside Euro 2012
Alpha Video Brings Marlins Park to Life
CBS Sports Engineering Vet Mike Collins Dies at 61
ESPN3’s Big Saturday: 93 Live Events in 24 Hours
SPORTELRio 2012: SVG To Produce Two Sessions
NAB Preview: Ross Video, Telecast Fiber, & More
SVG NEWS
SVGE Football Production Summit: Inside Euro 2012
by Andy Stout

With exactly 100 days to go till the start of Euro 2012, SVG Europe’s Football Production Summit kicked off with UEFA’s Head of TV Production, Bernie Ross, detailing the plans for televising the tournament to an invited audience of more than 100 sports broadcast professionals. And as he said: “You can only bring a tournament to Poland and the Ukraine if you can master the elements yourself.”


SPORTELRio: Register Now to Attend Pair of SVG-Produced Sessions!

Sports Video Group will produce two in-depth conference sessions at SPORTELRio, the premier sports media industry fair to be held March 12-14 at the Sofitel Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG Executive Director/Editorial, will chair both sessions along with Sport Business columnist Rachael Church-Sanders. The two sessions are titled: Brazilian Sports TV Readies for its Close-Up along with Using Digital Media to Engage with Fans and Commercialize Content.


CP Communications Renews with SVG

The Sports Video Group is pleased to announce that CP Communications has renewed its mobile sponsorship. CP Communications is a leading source for the rental of production communications equipment and services. With more than 15 years of experience, CP Communications provides high quality, sophisticated wireless and wired communications systems to the broadcast, theatrical, live event, film, corporate, and other entertainment industries.

PRODUCTION
IMS Productions Delivers IndyCar Coverage with Cobalt Digital Encoders

IMS Productions, the media and technology partner to the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has taken delivery of Cobalt Digital’s new 9223 dual-channel 3G/HD/SD MPEG-4 encoder to transport multiple feeds to various devices for Verizon IndyCar race coverage. The announcement was made by Chris Shaw, senior VP sales and marketing, from Cobalt’s headquarters in Urbana, IL.


ATEME Deploys Encoders for HD Terrestrial Broadcasting in Brazil

ATEME, a provider of H.264/MPEG-4 video compression solutions, has deployed more than one hundred Kyrion hardware encoders for High Definition terrestrial broadcasting in Brazil, making it the single most deployed brand for the Brazilian ISDBT standard. TITAN, ATEME’s software transcoding product line, is also the solution used most broadly for the transcoding of Video On Demand content by Brazilian Cable, Satellite, and Telecom service providers.


FOR-A Clip Servers Play Out Video for Bahakel Communications

FOR-A Corporation of America, a manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announced that Bahakel Communications in Charlotte, NC, is using six FOR-A MBP-100SX MXF clip servers to store and convert MXF (XDCAM compatible) files for HD-SDI video play out during live newscasts for WCCB-FOX Charlotte and WOLO-ABC Columbia.


How to Maximize Your Metadata
by Streaming Media Magazine

Metadata’s not the most exciting topic for Sourcebook readers, but it is one of the most important if you want to generate interest in your content. Why go to the trouble of extracting metadata? Metadata creation and extraction are laborious, even with the slew of automated tools, primarily because the tools are susceptible to a number of false positives or become confused by elements within the video or audio tracks. Still, there are key reasons to spend the time to create or extract metadata.

NAB 2012 PREVIEW
Telecast Fiber Focuses on Fiber Optics

Telecast Fiber will showcase its new Thunder system, a cost-effective, compact, and versatile fiber optic solution for transporting audio, intercom, and data in mobile production, broadcast infrastructure, and live sound applications. Using just one or two strands of fiber and just 1 RU of space, the scalable Thunder system transports up to 80 bi-directional channels of audio, data, and/or intercom signals, configurable in up to 10 eight-channel blocks.


Ross Video To Preview Software Enhancements

Ross Video will show new features and additions to its production switcher family, preview new software, and introduce Ross Robotics at Booth N3807. Ross’ Vision Series production switcher family continues to evolve with v15 software that will be showcased at NAB 2012. This new version extends the integration between Production Switcher, XPression Graphics system, and the company’s OverDrive Automated Production Control system.


Utah Scientific Intros New Router Control Panels

Utah Scientific will show a new family of menu-based router control panels. The new panels feature high-resolution, full-color LCD displays and buttons, offering a new level of user-friendly operation for today’s increasingly complex routing systems. The UCP-LC series panels offer 16 or 32 buttons in a compact 1-RU package and an innovative 3-RU panel with touch-screen LCD displays.


Clear-Com Adds to Digital Matrix Intercom Family

Clear-Com will unveil two additions to its Eclipse digital matrix intercom family at Booth C8008, including a new line of V-Series rotary panels and the Eclipse MADI (E-MADI) card. The new V-Series rotary panels provide users with control over audio level adjustments while the E-MADI card supplies 64 MADI channels per card from the Eclipse-Median or Omega digital matrix frames.


VidOvation To Show In-Net GoalCam, Encoders

VidOvation will demonstrate an array of its award-winning solutions, each designed with customer requirements in mind and built to the demanding specifications of today’s media operations. VidOvation’s In-Net GoalCam was recently implemented by the NHL to aid and support officiating and instant replay to ensure accurate calls at every venue in the league.

BEYOND BROADCAST
ESPN3’s Big Saturday: 93 Live Events in 24 Hours
by Brandon Costa

ESPN3.com executive John Lasker recalls an interview he gave in 2007 where he told a reporter his goal of delivering 10 events at one time. The Lasker of five years ago surely would be smiling – or picking his jaw up off the floor – upon seeing what the network’s digital platform ESPN3 will pull off tomorrow. The blossoming digital service will have its biggest day yet, carrying more than 195 live hours and 93 live events in a 24-hour time frame. Center pieced by men’s and women’s college basketball


Turner Teams with Synacor on NCAA Tourney 'TV Everywhere' Streaming
by Multichannel News

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. is teaming with Synacor to enable authenticated Web viewing of March Madness. Turner, the rights-holder, along with CBS to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, is working with Synacor to enable authorized pay TV customers to stream the tourney contests. Synacor also will integrate Turner's embed video player into select operator portals, providing subscribers with an enhanced online content experience.


How One Sports Geek Wants to Save Cable TV
by GigaOM

Mark Phillip wants to save cable television. Well, kind of. He really wants to make life easier for sports fanatics like himself, but in doing so has created something he thinks could save cable and satellite providers from the cord-cutting craze that companies like Netflix and Hulu have helped bring about. The secret to his possible success: data. Phillip’s creation is an application called Are You Watching This?!, or RUWT, something with which sports fans might already be familiar.


TWC CEO: Usage-Based Pricing Inevitable
by Multichannel News

Just days after announcing a potentially controversial plan to introduce usage-based pricing to its broadband product, Time Warner Cable chairman and CEO Glenn Britt said that the response from customers so far as been favorable, adding that he sees the day coming soon when broadband marketing is no longer centered on promotional pricing.


Apple Throws Weight Around in TV Negotiations
by New York Post

While Apple harbors big TV ambitions, it’s having a tough time getting media companies to play along. Apple is pushing ahead with plans to launch a streaming TV service by Christmas — despite making little headway in its negotiations with content providers. For months, Apple’s point man, Eddie Cue, has been leading talks with content providers, which have largely balked at the tech giant’s efforts to exert control over all aspects of the video service, including pricing, sources said.


Sprint Brings Streaming TV to iPhone, Including Live Sports
by Mobile Sports Report

Apple iPhone users have finally caught up with smartphone users powered by Android and Windows phone users – they can now get a wide package of streaming TV offers that include both free and premium channels from Sprint on their phones, if they are Sprint users of course. Among the channels offered on the basic and premium Sprint TV offerings: ESPN Mobile TV, Fox Sports, and ESPN Deportes.

PROGRAMMING
Ratings Roundup: Daytona 500 Powers Through the Rain for Fox; PGA Tour Going Gangbusters
by Jason Dachman

While it may not have been the most ideal circumstances after nearly two days of rain delays, Fox finally dropped the flag on the Daytona 500 Monday night, winning the night and notching its most-watched Monday night since the World Series with an 8.0/14 rating/share and 13.7 million viewers (down down 8% in ratings and 12% in viewership from last year). In other ratings news, ESPN scores with Nationwide Series opener, the PGA continues its scorching start to the season, and everyone seems to be watching the NBA except Nets fans.


YES Network Celebrates 10 Years on the Air
by Albany Times Union

John Filippelli admits that he had a "pretty successful, satisfying career" as a television producer before George Steinbrenner contacted him 10 1/2 years ago. Steinbrenner, the late owner of the New York Yankees, and Randy Levine, who remains team president, wanted to launch their own network, and they tabbed Filippelli to assemble it. Here, with Filippelli's help, is a look of the network's history.

VENUE
Alpha Video Makes Marlins’ Entertainment-Destination Vision a Reality
by Karen Hogan

After nearly two decades of sharing their Miami Gardens home with the Dolphins, playing in a stadium built for football, the Marlins are headed to Little Havana and a venue built just for them. Alpha Video was awarded the contract to integrate the control room that will power Marlins Park's LED, LCD, and IPTV signage in July and, since then, has worked to transform the stadium into a high-tech entertainment experience.

TECHNOLOGY
Harris Intros HView SX Pro Management System

Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has introduced HView SX Pro — a scalable, highest-density multi-display management system. The HView SX Pro extends Harris’ HView multiviewer range, delivering a compact new signal processing and monitoring option for control room environments.


Samsung Boosts 3DTVs with Sensio
by Advanced Television

3D-image processing and business solutions specialist Sensio Technologies has agreed a patent licensing deal with Samsung Electronics with gives the consumer electronics firm the right to implement Sensio S2D Switch in its 3DTVs. The financial terms of the licence agreement will remain confidential.

AROUND THE BIZ
Longtime CBS Sports Maintenance Engineer/Fiber Pioneer Mike Collins Dies at 61
by Jason Dachman

Mike Collins, longtime maintenance engineer for CBS Sports and NEP Broadcasting and a stalwart on CBS’s golf coverage for more than 20 years, died on Wednesday following a battle with liver cancer. He was 61 years old. Born in New York City in 1950, he moved with his family to Sydney, Australia, when he was 5 years old and later to the Wentworth Estate just outside London. Collins’s parents were members of the Wentworth Golf Club, his father an avid golfer. He quickly developed an irresistible passion for the game that would stay with him for the rest of his life.


Tech Vendor Earnings Reports: Intelsat, Orad, Miranda

Intelsat reported its full year and Q4 numbers March 1st, saying that its government-based business had seen a 7% growth during the year, and media-related broadcasting (largely DTH) generate revenue growth of 4% during the year. Orad reported that its revenue for 2011 was $35.3m, up 21% versus the full year 2010. Miranda Technologies reported that its revenue for the fourth quarter of 2011 was C$50.1m, an increase of 12% versus the same period last year, and up 3% versus the previous quarter.


Sportvision Extends Partnership with NASCAR Media Group Through 2018

Sportvision, partner of NASCAR since 2000 and an innovator of digital sports content, broadcast enhancements, and tracking data, has extended its partnership with Emmy Award-winning NASCAR Media Group as the exclusive tracking partner for NASCAR-sanctioned events through the 2018 racing season.


Elemental Technologies To Sponsor Ultimate Frisbee Event

Elemental Technologies will show its support for Ultimate Frisbee this weekend by sponsoring an elite event on the Stanford University campus. Approximately 600 players from 30 top- ranked teams — such as Harvard, Minnesota, Texas, and North Carolina — will compete in the USA Ultimate-sanctioned event. An Elemental system will be used by NexGen Network (NGN) to stream the competition live online to an estimated 15,000 pay-per-view viewers.


Industry Leaders Form DASH Promoters Group

A diverse group of technology leaders have created the DASH Promoters Group, a new organization dedicated to driving the broad adoption of MPEG’s DASH (dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP) standard. DASH is designed to address the dramatic growth of Internet video by defining a universal delivery format, which provides end users with the best possible video experience. Members include Adobe, Akamai, Dolby, Elemental, Ericsson, and Harmonic.


CBS, MSG Eye Dodgers TV Rights
by Los Angeles Times

CBS and MSG have each considered whether to invest in a Dodgers ownership group to secure the team's television rights, two people familiar with the Dodgers sale process said Thursday. The objective for both parties would be to launch a regional sports network centered on the Dodgers, the people said. It is uncertain whether CBS or MSG has committed to provide financing to one or more bidding groups.


Stations File Suit Against Diller’s Internet Distribution Company
by The New York Times

Local television stations in New York filed two lawsuits on Thursday against Aereo, a start-up company backed by Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp that seeks to distribute the stations via the Internet to paying subscribers. The stations are seeking an injunction to stop Aereo from releasing its product to the public (it is set to do so on March 14). They are also seeking monetary damages for what they claim are Aereo’s violations of the Copyright Act.


TV Sourcing and Viewing Continues to Change
by MediaPost

According to the latest Nielsen Cross-Platform Report Americans spend more than 33 hours per week watching video across the screens, but how they’re consuming content, traditional TV and otherwise, is changing. Consumers are increasingly making Internet connectivity a priority: 75.3% pay for broadband Internet (up from 70.9% last year); 90.4% pay for cable, telephone company-provided TV or satellite; and homes with both paid TV and broadband increased 5.5% since last year.




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