Monthly Archives: December 2008

SVG Year in Review: Sports Leagues, Networks Find Ratings, Technical Success

Written on December 31, 2008 at 10:53 am, by

By Ken Kerschbaumer 2008 ended with the MLB Network tossing out its first pitch to viewers, giving sports broadcasting an instant lift heading into what promises to be a challenging 2009. The network’s launch was also one of the top stories of 2008. Herewith, a quick look at the top stories in sports production in […]  More

2010 Pro Bowl Going to ESPN

Written on December 31, 2008 at 10:34 am, by

ESPN said Tuesday it will televise the 2010 Pro Bowl, returning the game to cable for the first time since 2006, according to Reuters. The announcement breaks with recent practice, where, for the past three years, the broadcast network that carries the Super Bowl also carries the much-lower-rated Pro Bowl the week before. In 2008, […]  More

2009 NHL Winter Classic Takes the Mound

Written on December 30, 2008 at 11:34 am, by

By Carolyn Braff For the third outdoor regular-season game in NHL history, the league decided to make already difficult logistics even more challenging. Instead of playing the game on a similarly oriented football field, as the 2008 and 2003 editions were, the 2009 NHL Winter Classic takes place at Wrigley Field” a baseball venue not […]  More

Venue News & Notes: One Company’s Failure Is One Team’s Future?

Written on December 30, 2008 at 9:50 am, by

Topping this week’s venue news and notes is the promise of rebirth in suburban Atlanta, where a developer reportedly wants to build a $1 billion retractable-roof stadium at the site of a closed General Motors plant. GM closed the 60-year-old facility in September and has since considered proposals from companies seeking to redevelop the 165-acre […]  More

The HD Odyssey: Manufacturers’ Suggestions — Switchers

Written on December 29, 2008 at 11:43 am, by

By Carolyn Braff When a college athletic department transitions its video operations from standard-definition to high-definition, the switcher determines the capabilities of the entire control room. Lying at the heart of the system, it dictates the size, character, and destination of all content produced in the room, so plenty of decisions must be made before […]  More

Broadcasters, Coaches Ride Villanova’s Wavecam

Written on December 29, 2008 at 10:44 am, by

By Carolyn Braff No matter the number of camera positions installed in a basketball arena, there are some looks that stationary cameras simply cannot capture. Enter Wavecam — an indoor version of the Skycam system — and the camera angles available within that arena multiply exponentially. A set of two aerial, robotic, mobile cameras tethered […]  More

MLB Network Transferring 30 World Series Films to HD Format

Written on December 29, 2008 at 8:13 am, by

Finding 24 hours’ worth of baseball content in the dead of winter is a challenge for any network, so before the MLB Network throws out its first pitch on New Year’s Day, MLB Productions is providing some relief. According to Multichannel News, MLB Network is working with MLB Productions to retransfer the original film negatives […]  More

PGA Tour Cuts Fall Series From Seven To Five Events

Written on December 24, 2008 at 9:43 am, by

The U.S. PGA Tour has lost at least one tournament from its Fall Series because of the economy, USA Today reports, and the final part of its 2009 schedule released on Tuesday had another tournament still up in the air. The tour announced five tournaments — down from seven this year — that will be […]  More

Monday Night Football: Most-Watched Series on Cable

Written on December 24, 2008 at 8:50 am, by

ESPN’s third season of Monday Night Football was the most-watched series on cable television in 2008, set an all-time cable viewership record for the third straight year and drew the year’s three biggest cable household audiences and 13 of the top 15. In three seasons on ESPN, Monday Night Football has registered seven of the […]  More

Harmonic to Acquire Scopus Video Networks

Written on December 23, 2008 at 11:57 am, by

Harmonic and Scopus Video Networks Limited have announced the signing of a definitive agreement pursuant to which Harmonic will acquire Scopus. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, which has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, Harmonic will pay $5.62 in cash for each outstanding share of Scopus, representing an enterprise […]  More

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