Contemporary Research Lights Up Louisiana Superdome Screens

When
Hurricane Katrina struck

New Orleans,
the Louisiana Superdome quickly became a symbol for the devastation that
followed. Stripped of major sections of its roof, rain poured into the stadium,
wrecking valuable furnishings and electronics alike. The damage continued as
frustrated refugees, trespassers, and looters turned on the facility that was
first a beacon of hope.

One of the
casualties were the televisions in the Superdome’s extensive in-house cable
network. Fortunately, the RF cable and Contemporary Research TV control system
were undamaged. As part of the site’s amazing restoration effort, modern LG
flat-panel LCD displays replaced the old Philips Smart TVs. Upgrades to
skyboxes and other areas will take place in a series of phases. Installation
was a simple task because CR SignStream is an open-architecture technology,
able to integrate virtually any brand of display.

Much like
the rebirth of the Superdome, the restoration illustrates that there is a lot
of life left in sports facilities’ existing RF television systems. The familiar
round coax cable that branches throughout the site has now become their new
“GHz video network” – able to carry digital cable and off-air HDTV broadcasts, live
in-house HDTV channels, and HD digital signage, and even control communication
to all displays.

“The
transition to digital technology is in full swing at sports venues around the
country,” explains CR Communication Director Doug Engstrom. “The

Wachovia

Center
(76ers),

AT&T

Center (Spurs),

University of

Virginia John
Paul Jones Arena, and the Superdome are just a
few of the sites who have made the change. While each employs a different
vision and make of display, they all use Contemporary Research SignStream
technology for integration. SignStream needs no additional wiring, works with
many brands of displays, and adds the ability to broadcast digital signage
through the same RF system. In the case of the

AT&T

Center
and John Paul Jones Arena, SignStream can seamlessly update old Philips Smart
TV systems.

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