Bexel, XOS Digital Partner Up on HD Replay for College Football
Bexel and XOS Digital announced a partnership to provide consultation services and infrastructure for college football organizations looking to upgrade their instant replay capabilities to HD.
“We are very excited to once again be working with XOS Digital, the primary integration provider in the collegiate sports market, to bring high definition instant replay to college football,” says Jerry Gepner, CEO, Bexel. “XOS Digital’s experience, combined with Bexel’s previous instant replay work with the NFL and expertise in fiber optic transport and stadium integration, will offer comprehensive, turnkey solutions to the college football market.”
Bexel (a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division) and XOS Digital have already worked with the Southeastern Conference, Conference USA, and the Big XII conference, to implement HD instant replay capabilities at each university within the conferences. The companies conducted a review of each school’s needs, and then Bexel went on-site at each to install a system capable of transporting uncompressed HD/SDI.
For the transport at each school, Bexel implemented Advanced Fiber Solutions MC2 Media Converters, a system with an OLED display that depicts transmit output, operating temperature, self-diagnostic status, and receiver light input power. Bexel also installed Armored Singlemode fiber at most of the facilities, offering protection from temporary cable pulls, add-on cable runs, and other circumstances that typically occur in broadcast environments.
Bexel also installed custom panels at each site, allowing users to plug in their HD/SDI cables from the truck compound and receive them in the Instant Replay Booth, with the fiber components always maintaining transparency to the truck’s engineer in chief.
“Our skilled technicians, engineers and installers were able to complete the upgrades within a day and a half on average at most universities,” says Gepner. “This was extremely important because it kept our disruption to the schools’ daily operations to a minimum and our quick turnaround kept costs down.”