Monthly Archives: February 2010

The E and Eye

Written on February 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm, by

“HDTV is ideally viewed at a distance of roughly three times the picture height.”  That’s the sort of statement heard frequently — as recently as at last week’s HPA Tech Retreat.  And there seems to be a basis for it. According to the eye chart commonly used to determine visual acuity, 20/20 vision can just […]  More

Live From Vancouver, Universal Sports Creates Morning Olympics Viewing Guide

Written on February 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm, by

For the past two months, Universal Sports has been in the midst of a major transition, moving into new studio space in Westlake Village, CA, and solving the challenges posed by a new HD workflow. For the past two weeks, however, Universal Sports has been a well-oiled machine, producing five hours of morning coverage from […]  More

Vancouver 2010: Broadcast Sports’ Wireless Transmission System Brings Never-Before-Seen Perspectives of Skiers

Written on February 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm, by

RF transmitters, receive infrastructure, monitoring and distribution facilities from Broadcast Sports, Inc. (BSI) are being used at the Winter Olympic Games.  BSI has implemented a marriage of remote controlled gyro-stabilized Cineflex camera systems with flexible receive infrastructure and intelligent diversity receive technology. This is a joint venture between RF Wireless Systems Inc. of Canada, and […]  More

NBC Olympics Tops Idol, Again

Written on February 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm, by

The Olympics on NBC Thursday night beat American Idol for the second time in two weeks.  Idol had been undefeated in six years (dating back to May 2004). When going head-to-head against Idol (8-9 p.m.), the Olympics out-drew Idol 19.2 million vs. 17.8 million an advantage of eight percent. Head-to-head (8-9 p.m.), the Olympics out-rated […]  More

FlashNet Archive Gives Al-Jazeera Sport Easy Access to UEFA Footage

Written on February 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm, by

Inter Milan Manager Jose Mourinho doubtless took great satisfaction in the 2-1 victory over his old club Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League knockout-round first leg, particularly since broadcasters will be replaying the winning goals at every opportunity. Among those broadcasters will be Al-Jazeera Sport, which has been using a new FlashNet archive system since […]  More

Shotgun Mics: Product Roundup

Written on February 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm, by

When it comes to shotgun microphones, broadcast mixers have a wide range of choices. Here are some of them. Audio-Technica Based on models originally developed for use in the broadcast of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, both the 14.96-in. BP4027 and the 9.29-in. BP4029 stereo shotgun models feature independent line-cardioid and figure-of-eight elements configured in […]  More

Venue News & Notes: Making Use of the Snow in DC

Written on February 26, 2010 at 11:45 am, by

Washington, DC, has seen enough snow in the past few weeks to host the Winter Olympics, and it now appears that the nation’s capital might be home to at least one Olympic sport next winter. The Washington Convention Center and Sports Authority has expressed interest in hosting the NHL’s Winter Classic, an annual outdoor game […]  More

Now That We Know What 3DTV Is…

Written on February 26, 2010 at 10:26 am, by

In my post “This Thing Called 3D” I asked why all TV sets shouldn’t be considered 3D TVs: There was no specific definition of a 3DTV, and all TVs can display some forms of 3D.  Well, now there’s a definition, and, as a result, the Consumer Electronics Association has revised its projection of the […]  More

NEP Broadcasting Provides Broadcast Facilities and Technical Support to NBC Universal During Vancouver Olympic Winter Games

Written on February 26, 2010 at 10:08 am, by

NEP Broadcasting, the nation’s largest provider of television production facilities, has brought a team of over 60 staff members along with eight mobile television productions trucks to the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in support of NBC and German Broadcaster ARD/ZDF. For NEP, the Vancouver Games represents the 10th Olympics at which it has provided facilities […]  More

“ on MSN” Winning Digital Gold

Written on February 26, 2010 at 9:06 am, by

According to data from comScore, from Feb. 15-21, “ on MSN” has generated more than 706 million page views, 600 million more and 587 percent more than its nearest competitor, Yahoo’s Olympic site (103 million page views). Visitors to also spend more time on the site and view more pages than visitors to Yahoo’s […]  More

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