John Rice, Contributing Writer

John Rice, Contributing Writer

John Rice has been kicking around the business for more than 30 years as a producer, director, journalist, columnist, magazine editor/publisher, script writer, consultant and occasional dog breeder. He is editor/author of two books on HDTV and Digital Media and created the first-ever industry conference on HDTV. Rice lives in Newtown PA with his wife, two sons, some sheep, goats, cats, and, of course, dogs.

Recent Posts by John Rice, Contributing Writer

Golf Channel Drives Ahead With Mira Servers From Abekas

When the Golf Channel recently upgraded its facilities to a completely HD operation, it turned to Abekas for server solutions. “We needed a playback server for doing effects transitions in HD,” explains Golf Channel Senior Engineering Manager Robert Majors. “When Abekas came in with the Mira — cost-wise, channel-wise, and just the functionality of the […]  More

Former Buccaneer Dwight Smith Tackles College Recruiting

Dwight Smith is the only player to return two interceptions for touchdowns in a Super Bowl game, a feat he accomplished in 2003, when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers triumphed over the Oakland Raiders. Today, the eight-year NFL veteran is turning his attention to high school students with his new venture, “We’re trying to make […]  More

NJCAA, PSB Live Team Up To Cover Junior College Championships

The National Junior College Athletic Association is partnering with Mobile, AL-based Panhandle Sports Broadcasting (PSB) in a three-year agreement that will provide Webcasts of the NJCAA’s national championship events. At least six championships will be broadcast live on, with links available through the NJCAA site and participating schools. carried a number of NJCAA […]  More

Funding Approved for $152M Rose Bowl Renovation

An ambitious renovation of the Rose Bowl has been set in motion with approval of a bond measure by the Pasadena City Council on Oct. 11. Over the next three years, the entrance tunnels will be widened; concourses will be expanded and the number of concession stands and restrooms increased; the press box will be […]  More

Florida State Goes 3D

Florida State football coaches will soon have a new perspective, 3D. The school, which has been experimenting with 3D for five years and has been producing 3D highlight videos for recruiting prospects for the past three, is stepping up its activity with the recent acquisition of Panasonic’s AG-3DA1 integrated twin-lens 3D camera recorder. With the […]  More

Wireless Demand on the Rise in College, Professional Stadiums

By some estimates, approximately 25% of the attendees at last January’s Super Bowl game were using iPhone or Droid devices. “Just think about what those people were doing with those phones and the capacity requirements on that network,” says John Spindler, VP of product management for ADC Network Solutions Business Unit. “This is a phenomenon […]  More

NFL Warns Bars Showing Blacked-Out Games

The NFL on Wednesday sent a letter to eight bars and restaurants that reportedly showed Internet-streamed live coverage of last weekend’s NFL games, including the contest between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pittsburgh Steelers, which was blacked out in the Tampa, FL, market. The letter says the NFL is aware of the establishments’ activities and […]  More

Digital Sports Summit: The Evolving Living Room

Internet apps, wireless, 3D, connected TVs, and more technologies available to the consumer were key to a discussion on “The Evolving Living Room” at Sports Video Group’s Digital Sports Summit in New York last week. But panel moderator Shelly Palmer cautioned, “The technology itself has no bearing on what can be done.” He credited Verizon […]  More

Ball State’s Sports Link To Produce Magazine Series for Fox College Sports

In what is being characterized as the first all-student-produced series offered by a national network, Fox College Sports (FCS) will carry 10 magazine-format shows created by Ball State University’s Sports Link program. Begun in 2008, Sports Link is an immersive study program for students in sports media and production. According to Chris Taylor, instructor for […]  More

NSF, NBC Teach Science With NFL Football

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC Learn have joined with the NFL to create a 10-part series of videos on the Science of NFL Football. The videos, running three to five minutes each and supplemented with lesson plans, are being released weekly on-line for use in high schools and middle schools. In each video, […]  More

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