SVG SportsTech Journal — Fall 2022

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FALL 2022 VOLUME 16 ISSUE 2 PUBLISHED BY ADVANCING THE CREATION, PRODUCTION, & DISTRIBUTION OF SPORTS CONTENT INSIDE SVG EVENT RECAPS: SVG Venue Summit, Sports OTT Forum, Sports Graphics Forum, SVG College Summit, RSN Summit, and Sports Content Management Forum WHITE PAPERS: Equinix, Grass Valley, LiveU, Lumen Technologies, Riedel Communications, and Sony 2022 FIFA World Cup Preview With Fox Sports, Telemundo PLUS The Latest Sports Technology News from 250+ SVG Sponsors SPECIAL REPORT REMOTE PRODUCTION

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4 SPORTSTECHJOURNAL / FALL 2022 FALL 2022 Volume 16 Issue 2 in this issue white papers 28 EQUINIX | A DIGITAL ECOSYSTEM APPROACH TO SUPPORT A NEW ERA OF BROADCASTING 30 GRASS VALLEY | DEVELOPING AN INTELLIGENT TIMING MODEL FOR LIVE MEDIA PRODUCTION IN THE CLOUD 32 LIVEU | THE IMPACT OF 5G ON SPORTS BROADCASTING 34 LUMEN TECHNOLOGIES | SECURING NEW SPORTS BETTING VALUE CHAINS 36 RIEDEL COMMUNICATIONS | COMING TO ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY NATURALLY VIA A MODULAR, SOFTWARE-DEFINED APPROACH 38 SONY | NETWORK AND RESOURCE ORCHESTRATION AS THE KEY ENABLER OF LIVE SPORTS PRODUCTION 40 SVG SPONSOR UPDATE The latest sports-technology news from 250+ SVG Sponsors 78 SVG SPONSOR DIRECTORY 84 CLOSING COMMENT What’s Your SVG Summit Plan? 10 SVG VENUE SUMMIT 10 SPORTS OTT FORUM 11 SPORTS GRAPHICS FORUM 11 SVG COLLEGE SUMMIT 12 RSN SUMMIT 12 SPORTS CONTENT MANAGEMENT FORUM upfront 6 FROM THE CHAIRMAN What’s Next? 8 COVERING THE FIELD Remote Production Here to Stay page 10 SVGeventrecap page 11 SPECIAL REPORT REMOTE PRODUCTION S tarts on page 14 COVER STORY 14 BROADCASTERS CONTINUE TO FIND NEW WAYS TO GET THE JOB DONE 20 WORLD CUP PREVIEW: FOX SPORTS 24 WORLD CUP PREVIEW: TELEMUNDO
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Obviously, it’s been a little busy over here — but it is busy everywhere. “What’s next?” is something we ask ourselves a lot in this industry. And the answer for this fall — and for everyone — more than ever. The normal convergence of NFL, MLB Postseason, NBA, NHL, and College Football and Basketball has been joined for the first time by the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The industry has responded somehow to this demand, and how the trucks, connectivity, and most of all, human capital has been sourced for all of this has put us to the test. What is amazing is that it all somehow gets done. And, most of the time, it gets done better than ever with ever increasing innovation, color space, and resolution.

For my group, we routinely have calls that span almost 14 time zones — the US, Europe, the Middle East, Australia... Try finding a good time for all of that — someone always gets the short end of the stick. And while the sun never sets on the Fox Sports empire for the time being, we marvel at the resourcefulness of the entire industry in getting all of this done. I can only imagine how difficult it is to get a good night’s sleep working for one of the multinationals out there.

So, this short missive is a testament to the amazing work of this industry — to keep things going at a breakneck pace and to the people who make it happen all over the world. With as much that is deeply concerning and hurtful going on in the world, sports is the one unifying platform to which we can all subscribe. So more than putting all of this on for rote entertain ment, this industry fulfills a globally unifying cultural platform, which gives us at least a bit of hope for the future. <

>CHAIR

Mike Davies, Fox Sports, SVP, Technical and Field Operations

>EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Ken Aagaard, SVG Chairman Emeritus and HOF Chairman

Andrea Berry, NBCUniversal –Telemundo and Latin America,

EVP, Operations and Technology

Eric Black, NBCUniversal, SVP, Sports & Entertainment Technology

Chris Brown, WBO Sports, VP, Sports Production Technology

Jason Cohen, CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network, VP, Remote Technical Operations

Mike Connelly, Bally Sports, EVP

Scott Gillies, VENN, CTO

Steve Hellmuth, SVG Chairman Emeritus and NBA Entertainment, EVP, Media Operations and Technology

Jeff Jacobs, VENN, EVP and General Manager

Patty Power, CBS Sports, EVP, Operations and Engineering

Tom Sahara, SVG Chairman Emeritus

Susan Stone, MLB Network, SVP, Engineering and Operations

>ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Adam Acone, NFL Network, Director, Media Operations and Planning

Glenn Adamo, Ivanhoe Media and Entertainment, President

Peter Angell, Industry Consultant

Craig Bernstein, NBC Sports, VP, Remote Technical Operations and Engineering

Marsha Bird, NBC Olympics, VP, Olympic Operations

Tracey Arrowood-Shaw, Industry Consultant

Onnie Bose, NFL, VP of Broadcasting

Dylan Boucherle, Warner Media/Turner Studios, VP, Technology Strategy and Media Workflows

Kendall Burgess, Bally Sports, VP, Technical Operations

Tab Butler, Industry Consultant

Chris Calcinari, ESPN, SVP, Production Operations, Disney Media and Entertainment

Kevin Callahan, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations

Mary Ellen Carlyle, Dome Productions, SVP and GM

Brad Cheney, Fox Sports, VP, Field Operations and Engineering

Ken Clausen, HBO, Director of Production

Joe Cohen, Industry Consultant

Michael Cohen, United Soccer League, EVP and Head of Broadcasting and Media

Don Colantonio, Industry Consultant

Scott Davis, CBS Sports, VP of Broadcast Operations

Jim DeFilippis, Industry Consultant

Ed Delaney, Industry Consultant

Jed Drake, Industry Consultant

David Dukes, PGA Tour Entertainment, Senior Director, Technical Operations

Patti Fallick, USTA, Managing Director, Broadcast

Mike Francis, CBS Sports, VP, Engineering and Technology

Karen Ganjamie, MLB Network, VP, Broadcast Operations and Network Origination

Jerry Gepner, CP Communications, COO

Steve Gorsuch, Industry Consultant

Ken Goss, NBC Sports, SVP of Remote Operations & Production Planning

Mark Haden, NHL, Group VP, Broadcast Technology

Rob Hedrick, NHRA, Tech Manager, Director of Production and Supervising Producer

Ed Holmes, The Holmes Group, Principal Deb Honkus, NEP Broadcasting, Chairman of the Board

George Hoover, Industry Consultant

Darryl Jefferson, NBC Sports Group, VP, Postproduction and Digital Workflow

Robert Jordan, CVE, 1337 Facilities, CEO; Venue Road, Founder

John Kvatek, FX Group, Director, Sports Broadcast Development

John Leland, PSL International, LLC, Principal Glen Levine, NEP, President, U.S. Louis Libin, Broad Comm, President

Jodi Markley, Industry Consultant

Geoff Mason, Industry Consultant

Bernadette McDonald, Major League Baseball, SVP, Broadcasting

Ken Miller, Amazon, Director, Live Content Production and Operations

Rama Motwani, WWE, Director, Digital Products

Grant Nodine, NHL, SVP, Technology

Ken Norris, UCLA, Director of Video Operations

Gary Olson, GHO Group, Managing Director

Del Parks, Sinclair Broadcast Group, SVP and CTO

Scott Rinehart, University of Notre Dame, Director,Broadcast Technology

Larry Rogers, FirstInTV, President

Mike Rokosa, Industry Consultant

Scott Rothenberg, NEP, SVP, Technology and Asset Management

Oscar Sanchez, CONCACAF, Director of Broadcast Operations

David Schafer, MSG Networks, SVP, Operations

Bruce Shapiro, Broadcast Consulting

Don Sperling, New York Giants Entertainment, VP and Executive Producer

Jared Stacy, Amazon, Director, Global Live Sports Production

Jerry Steinberg, Industry Consultant

Steve Stum, NASCAR, VP, Operations and Technical Production

Patrick Sullivan, Game Creek Video, President

Jason Taubman, Game Creek Video, VP Design/New Technology

Tina Thornton, ESPN, SVP, Content Operations

Larry Tiscornia, Industry Consultant

Jacob Ullman, Fox Sports, SVP, Production and Talent Development

John Ward, Amazon, Senior Manager, Technical Operations

Ernie Watts, Industry Consultant

Mike Webb, YES Network, VP, Broadcast Operations

Jeff Willis, Industry Consultant

Dave Zur, KSE Media Ventures, SVP, Operations & Engineering

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REMOTE PRODUCTION HERE TO STAY

Last month, SVG traveled to Los Angeles for the inaugural in-person Remote Production Forum. An event that began in the virtual world during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when broadcasters were forced to adopt remote-production workflows in order to stay on the air easily found its footing as a physical event. After all, the remote-production technologies and workflows that may have been accelerated due to necessity have proven that they’re here to stay.

Considering there’s no bigger trend affecting the sports production industry, we devote our cover story of the Fall 2022 SVG SportsTech Journal to remote production technologies and workflows. Beginning on page 14, we take a look back at some of the key stories that we reported on this year that illustrate the capabilities of remote pro duction, including NASCAR Productions’ new North Carolina facility, NBC Sports’ efforts at the Beijing Olympics and Open Championships, Sky Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Open, Pac-12 Networks’ hybrid fall schedule, and Tennis Channel’s use of REMI to produce pickleball.

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And then, beginning on page 20, we turn out focus to the future and preview the biggest sporting event on the global sports calendar: the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The SVG Remote Production Forum in September was bookended by keynote conver sations with Fox Sports’ David Neal and Kevin Callahan, and Telemundo’s Chris Suarez, Eli Velazquez, Jorge Duarte, and Donatto Punyed detailing what to expect from their World Cup production plans both onsite in Qatar and at home. Highlights of both conversations round out our special cover feature on remote production.

(By the way, be sure to take advantage of the benefits of our digital edition, which includes plenty of links to take you to deeper coverage surrounding remote produc tion, as well as videos, sponsor content, and much more!)

The future of sports production is also on display in this year’s White Paper sec tion. Turn to page 28 to read “A Digital Ecosystem Approach to Support a New Era of Broadcasting” (Equinix), “Developing an Intelligent Timing Model for Live Media Production in the Cloud” (Grass Valley), “The Impact of 5G on Sports Broadcasting” (LiveU), “Securing New Sports Betting Value Chains” (Lumen Technologies), “Coming to Environmental Sustainability Naturally Via a Modular, Software-Defined Approach” (Riedel Communications), and “Network and Resource Orchestration as the Key Enabler of Live Sports Production” (Sony).

And on page 40, we place the spotlight squarely on our 250+ SVG Sponsors who continue to push the technology envelope and who make today’s remote production workflows a reality.

On the SVG front, the latter half of 2022 has shown that a hybrid approach to events will continue for the foreseeable future. On page 10, we look back at in-person events like SVG Venue Summit in Los Angeles (page 10), Sports Graphics Forum and Sports Content Management Forum in New York City (pages 11 and 12, respectively), SVG College Summit in Atlanta (page 11), and RSN Summit in Chicago (page 12), as well as virtual events like the Sports OTT Forum (page 10). Be sure to check out www.sportsvideo.org/events for a list of upcoming in-person and virtual events.

Speaking of in-person events, we’re thrilled to return to the New York Hilton Midtown on December 12-13 for our annual SVG Summit. On page 84, SVG Editorial Director Ken Kerschbaumer gives an overview of what you can expect from this year’s show, which will feature — among other pressing topics — a heavy dose of remote production. It’s certainly here to stay. See you in New York!

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EVENTS RECAP

SPORTS VIDEO GROUP CONFERENCES IN REVIEW

> SVG VENUE SUMMIT

LOS ANGELES MARCH 29-30

Over two years ago, the sports-video-production industry was thrown off course by the COVID-19 pandemic. In-venue production was one of the more affected sectors, but since then, this group has bounced back with new and improved ideas to cater to the return of fans. At the SVG Venue Summit in Los Angeles, informative panel discussions and conversa tions covered the current state of in-venue content and technologies, and attendees were invited to network with experts entrenched in stadiumbased productions as well as see the workflows that power SoFi Stadium and the adjacent NFL Media headquarters.

SPORTS OTT FORUM

VIRTUAL APRIL 13

Business models are evolving. Rights deals are changing shape. Technology is advancing. Over-the-top delivery of live sports at scale has entered a new phase of growth, and it’s altering the way rightsholders present content to their viewers. The 2022 SVG Sports OTT Forum pro vided a virtual showcase of some of the best work being done to produce the best live-streaming sports experi ences. Top executives behind the technology shared their strategies for live-streamed delivery of major sports events in 2022.

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From left to right: The Famous Group’s Lauren Fisher, Los Angeles Sparks’ Danelle Winfield, NFL’s Aaron Amendolia, WJHW’s Daniel Riess, NFL Media’s Alan Wollenstein, NFL Media’s Dave Shaw, and Los Angeles Rams’ Skarpi Hedinsson From left to right: John Ward (formerly of Friend MTS), MediaKind’s Erik Ramberg, Amagi’s Paul Finster, The Switch’s Grant Zizzo, TAG V.S.’ Paul Briscoe, PGA TOUR’s Luis Goicouria, and Fox Corporation’s Steven Thorpe
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> SPORTS GRAPHICS FORUM

NEW YORK CITY MAY 24 VIRTUAL JUNE 1

For the first time in more than two years, the SVG Sports Graphics Forum was back in person with a full-day event. Over the past two years, the sports-graphics sector has undergone a dramatic revolu tion, and the 2022 SVG Sports Graphics Forum brought creative and technological leaders together to discuss the latest developments in the industry. In addition to in-depth presentations on the latest visionary graphics packages, the agenda featured sessions focused on new remote workflows, AR/VR graphics, and the latest in graphics technology and design philosophies. In a first, this year’s Forum also included an SVG Sports Graphics ‘Extra’ virtual event on June 1, which featured behind-the-scenes looks at how recent graphics packages were created and provided a look into the future of the industry from VR to NFTs the Metaverse.

> SVG COLLEGE SUMMIT

ATLANTA JUNE 13-14

For the first time since 2019, SVG returned to Atlanta for the SVG College Summit: two days of panels, case studies, workshops, and, most important, networking with college-sports-video–production colleagues. The sportsvideo–production business has been completely reshaped by the stresses of the past two years, and this year’s event demonstrated the importance of reuniting with and learning from industry peers. This year’s agenda addressed all the critical topics facing the business: live-broadcast/streaming strategies; live-production tools and solutions; cloud-based, REMI, and IP production models; content-distribution strategies; what Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) means for you; staffing/training your production teams; and so much more.

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From left to right: Epic Games’ Andy Blondin, NBC Sports’ David Barton, ESPN’s Tim O’Shaughnessy, Silver Spoon’s Laura Herzing, disguise’s Miguel Yabrudes, Turner Sports’ Jordan Shorthouse, and CBS Sports’ Komal Bhukhanwala The State of the Industry panel featured (from left to right): UNC’s Ken Cleary, Mississippi State’s Bennie Ashford, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Leah Gill, Harvard University’s Imry Halevi, and Ross Video’s Jared Schatz Clockwise from upper left: University of Notre Dame’s Alessandra Dickos, University of West Georgia’s Corey Speights, NewTek’s Chris Burgos, Spectra Logic’s Hossein ZiaShakeri, University of South Carolina’s Valerie German, and INFLCR’s Danielle Tate

> RSN SUMMIT

CHICAGO JUNE 29-30

SVG’s RSN Summit returned in person to reunite the regional sports industry. This annual event provided a gathering place for RSN leaders and content creators to network and exchange ideas about the pertinent issues facing the regional sports sector as the busi ness undergoes seismic change on multiple fronts. Today, regional sports networks are being challenged to produce more events and content at lower costs while also navigating new pandemic-era reali ties and building beyond the linear-distribution model. Attendees were joined by key production, technology, and business leaders in the industry to hear how they are confronting these challenges and opportunities head on.

> SPORTS CONTENT MANAGEMENT FORUM

NEW YORK CITY JULY 27

SVG’s Sports Content Management Forum was back in person, featuring a full day of sessions packed with media-asset–management (MAM) leaders from major sports broadcasters, leagues, teams, streaming outlets, and tech nology vendors. This year’s agenda addressed the current state of the industry and how sports-media organizations can future-proof their content in an ever-changing world. Key topics included adapting to remote and hybrid workflows, storage/archive planning on prem and in the cloud, best practices in metadata assignment and management, sustainable and eco-friendly stor age systems, MAM and orchestration planning, and much more.

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PRODUCTION

Broadcasters Continue to Find New Ways to Get the Job Done

The pandemic accelerated the move towards producing events either entirely or mostly entirely from off site. The result is that leading production companies and broadcasters are now looking to reshape their future plans. This special report features an overview of some of the key stories we reported on that point to the future of remote production operations both in the U.S. and beyond.

KEITH D’ALESSANDRO, NASCAR, Senior Coordinating Producer

“At NASCAR, we’re all in on the REMI production. We still have very good partners in NBC and Fox but we’re past the point of, ‘oh my God, we’re doing a REMI’ and the negative [stigma] of it. We’re pretty much all in and positive. We have a good core group in Charlotte that now get hired for 12 to 13 events.

“Even on the talent side, of course you are going to have talent that [wants to be onsite] but I bet you my talent would probably agree with me that our setup in our studio is a thousand times better than what it is in some of these race tracks where they’re on smaller monitors.

“I actually like the fact that when my event’s done I go home and when I come back in a month to do my next race, that building hasn’t gone up the road to do a UNC/NC State basketball game and wiped the truck out. That convenience of just knowing everything’s in place when you set it up in January is absolutely comfortable.”

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n 2024, NASCAR Productions will have a new home in Charlotte, NC. While the race-day production control rooms will be in Charlotte, much of the hardware will be located in an NEP data center in Dallas.

“This now gives us the flexibility to decide how much [of an onsite presence] we want to have from week to week. If we want to have more people onsite for a bigger weekend like the Daytona 500, we’re still going to connect to that equipment at the data center, and people can be onsite. Or, if it’s a weekend when we don’t want to send as many resources out to the track and we want to keep people at home, we can make that decision, too. We also are looking at how we can best utilize equip ment. Instead of building out an entire equipment room ourselves, we are looking to be more efficient: rather than having 50 EVSs in here not doing anything for weeks at a time, we can spin them up at [NEP’s

center] when we need them

not have to pay for them when we aren’t using them.”

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NASCAR Productions To Build State-of-the-Art 58,000-Sq.-Ft. Facility
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new production facility will open for the 2024 season and will allow for the production team to produce race coverage from North Carolina.

NBC Olympics’ Dave Mazza on Producing Beijing Olympics from Stamford, the Challenges of 1080p HDR, and Navigating the Pandemic

For the Beijing Olympics, NBC Olympics produced the vast majority of its content from its headquarters in Stamford, CT. Four mobile units pulled up outside of the facility and were home to various productions.

“We have four full venue coverage trucks here at the dock. Even though we had five remote venue controls for Tokyo — for Golf, Beach Volleyball, Basketball, Indoor Volleyball, and Sky Sports — they were almost totally selfcontained. But this time, at the dock, we have trucks doing the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Alpine [venue], half of the Extreme venue, Long Track Speed Skating, and Sliding. And one of our small Simply Live control rooms is doing Short Track. All of those venues hit the Prime time show and utilize various studios and elements in SPOC, so they were much more complex this time. Inside SPOC, we also had a lot more facilities and moving pieces. In all, for [Beijing 2022], we have nine control rooms [four trucks and five PCRs], plus another three control rooms for Golf [Channel] operating here.”

READ MORE: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2022/02/18/beijing-2022-nbc-olympics-dave-mazza-on-pro ducing-primetime-in-stamford-the-challenges-of-1080p-hdr-and-navigating-the-pandemic/

The Open Championship: NBC’s Onsite Efforts Complemented by Stamford Team

It was once again a global effort for NBC Sports at the St. Andrews Old Course for the 150th Open Championship last week. An onsite team of 225 comple mented by around 100 people working from NBC Sports facilities in Stamford, CT, and a Hawk-Eye operator in Oklahoma produced shows delivered to NBC Sports, Golf Channel, and Peacock viewers.

“Utilizing NEP Connect onsite 10-gig circuits, we are able to connect our dual Nim bra chassis into the larger Sky UK Nimbra network. This connects at Sky Osterley to an expansive Sky/NBCU 100-G network that rides across the Atlantic and connects to the NBC Sports Stamford operation. We leveraged 38 transmission feeds to produce and distribute tournament coverage, four Featured Groups per day, Featured Holes, and remote produce our Live Form coverage from Stamford. We also used LiveU technology to bring in the sites and sound of St. Andrews directly to the tournament production.” – Allison McAllister, VP, golf operations, NBC Sports

READ MORE: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2022/07/18/live-from-the-openchampionship-nbcs-on-site-efforts-complemented-by-stamford-team/

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– Dave Mazza, SVP and CTO, NBC Olympics Dave Mazza oversaw NBC Olympics operations in Beijing from NBC Sports headquarters in Stamford. The NBC Sports production team onsite at the Open Championship was connected closely with the team in Stamford.

New remote production workflows have allowed the Tennis Channel to produce pickleball tournaments in a cost-effective manner.

Tennis Channel Embraces REMI for Pickleball, Remote Studio Operations

Pickleball events have allowed the Tennis Channel production team to continue to refine its REMI operations, and the diverse 10-Gbps Cisco Meraki circuits between the Riviera and the Tennis Channel Expo facility in Santa Monica, CA, will ensure that all signals are delivered at top quality. As for tennis itself? Tennis Channel is in full REMI mode covering the National Bank Open in Canada with a studio desk that also hits all the ATP Masters 1000 and major tennis events around the world.

“We have the opportunity to do things a little bit different with pickleball and experiment a little bit more because we have a blank slate. And, with REMI, we’re able to put on an amazing production at a cost that is a lot less.”

“I think we’re doing television in a much easier way. There’s a lot less variables barring something hap pens to bandwidth but you could say the same thing with an uplink truck when you were doing it from site. You’re in a pro fessional environment with engineers who know how to fix [their equipment]. It’s been a great experience. We’re pretty much all in with REMI.

– Bob Whyley, SVP, production/executive producer, Tennis Channel

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“I think our team enjoys the familiarity of working in the same control rooms and in the same studios. For some of the bigger North American events and some of the [Grand Slams], we’re still on site. But other events like Indian Wells, it’s just another week for us because tennis is a 48-week sport. Keeping the setup very similar to what we do at home week-in and week-out [is important]. The differentiator is where the talent calls the matches. For our world feeds,

we have our talent call the matches at our facility and they’re happy about it because they don’t have to go far and they get a lot more camera time in the studio. The one final hurdle for us is the latency with talent when talent is taking the output from a production control room and looking at it and then coming back to us. [We’re] close to cornering the market on that as well as some other smart folks in here so that’s where we are.

“We create content for multiple platforms. Not only do we have Tennis Chan nel, the cable network, we also have Tennis Channel+ and we are doing ‘fast channels’ for Samsung or LG TV apps. We can do more and we can save money by doing REMIs to create different platform places and bring in more income.”

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U.S. Open: Sky Sports Discusses Evolution of Remote Production

The Sky Sports production team for the U.S. Open Championship was back onsite in a big way with a team of 35 covering all the action and using the Telegenic TWiz OB as a launch point for 36 camera feeds that are sent to a pro duction gallery in London where the final product is cut and distributed to UK viewers.

“We did the Ryder Cup [last fall] in a very similar way to how we’re doing the U.S. Open this week. Here in TWiz we have a Simply Live system and an assistant producer back at Sky can choose which 36 feeds and camera angles they want to use for the program cut.” – Katie Harrison, golf production manager, Sky Sports

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Pac-12 Networks Tackles Busy Fall With Hybrid Onsite/At-Home Production

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“Being a ‘road guy’ mostly, you almost have to go into that control room, close the door, and think you’re literally sitting in a truck right next to the stadium. Mentally, you’re on site in that respect. FOX has done an incredible job about setting up [its Home Run Production] rooms and you do feel like you’re in a truck.

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“I’m actually comfortable working in both environ ments: onsite and in a REMI or HRP. You just mentally have to prepare your crew for different scenarios. If you’re working in HRP, you don’t have to deal with the weather for yourselves but you need to understand that the weather situation at your game or race is going to have an affect. But I feel comfortable actually work ing in both environments.”

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plan for this football season features an even balance of production models. Sixteen games will be full onsite truck productions; the remaining 21 will feature various degrees of the network’s multicam/at-home hybrid workflow. Even on full truck shows, the network integrates its scorebug and handles some replay operations from its San Francisco headquarters, while the rest of the show is done onsite. “As
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World Cup Preview: Fox Sports

Beginning on Nov. 20, the most popular global sporting event will kick off in Qatar: The 2022 FIFA World Cup. For the team at Fox Sports, the 2022 edition provides an opportunity to finally show case the American men’s team as it didn’t qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. And it will also allow Fox Sports to showcase new production technologies that embrace Home Run Production, bonded cellular, and IP technologies in ways that not only make things easier but increase the content output. At the SVG Remote Production Forum in Los Angeles, David Neal, Executive Producer of FIFA World Cup on Fox and VP, Production and Kevin Callahan, VP, Field Operations and Engineering at FOX Sports sat down with SVG Editorial Director Ken Kerschbaumer to discuss the plans and what to expect.

David, what are your expectations heading into the 2022 FIFA World Cup?

Neal: One thing on our mind every day is that the United States is in this World Cup, as opposed to four years ago when they weren’t. When you’re put in an adverse situation, sometimes your best work comes out of it. So, I was exceedingly proud of what we put on the air from Russia, but still it was an inescapable fact that the United States wasn’t there. And the collateral damage that did

Stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha have full fiber connectivity to maximize signal distribution internally and externally.

to our viewership numbers was unmistakable.

This time around, the buzz going into the tournament with us not only having qualified but actually being good — I mean, this is a young team with some genuine stars who are playing on an international level — it gives a lot of anticipation to what we’re doing. You can’t go a day reading soccer media without seeing some mention of the the U.S. versus England game on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. That by itself, especially if the United States wins its first group game — which they should do against Wales — has the potential to be one of the top five most watched soccer games in U.S. television history. And that’s just for a group stage match. So, for us, the gamechanger really is the fact that the U.S. is gonna be there. We’re bringing more people to Qatar because, first, the U.S. is there and, second, because of the compact nature [of the tournament] as the eight stadiums are no further than 90 minutes apart.

What does that compact footprint mean?

Neal: Instead of having talent and production crews crisscrossing a country like we did in Russia — sometimes changing planes at 2:00 a.m. trying to get to Sochi for a noon kickoff — we’ll have everybody staying in the same hotel. Nobody has to get on an airplane from the time they arrive until the time they leave. And because of that, when our bosses were going through the budget, they said, ‘let’s just go all in.’ So, this will be the first time ever that a U.S. rightsholder called all the matches with a commentary

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The eight stadiums for the World Cup are all within an hour drive of each other.

giant LED screen. But, to the viewer, it will look like a grass field. There’s a lot of technology that our bril liant creative director Gary Hartley employed in the A stage on the Fox lot, and you’ll see a lot of that same big technology on this set.

This World Cup is more like an Olympics given the small footprint. Did you draw on any skills you developed while at NBC Olympics?

team in the stadium. With the exception of some significant backof-house operations, we’re taking everything to Qatar, which is a throwback to how things used to be.

Do you plan to have more ENG crews?

Callahan: We will have more crews this time around and they’ll be doing different things. We have more reporters in country because we’re able to get a lot more content out of them. We also have two crews that are just dedicated to capturing the news of the day and flavor of the country shooting things like a new scenic every day. One of our post-mortem comments from Russia was we used the same bumper shot of birds every day, so we want to make sure we’re showing off everything that Qatar is.

What is the RF situation for ENG crews?

Callahan: The RF situation’s actually really interesting, as it is nearly completely clear spectrum-wise, which is very different than what we’re used to. That is mainly because there isn’t a lot of terrestrial TV distribution. But we tend to shy away from RF in venues when we are overseas.

So, we are relying heavily on bonded cellular, and all of our ENG teams and digital teams will all have LiveU backpacks. We are also using them for the affiliates so they can provide content 24 hours a day when the national network is off air.

Can you tell us about the plans regarding a studio show and set?

Neal: It’s different because there’s nothing in Qatar that is instantly recognizable to an American audience. So, we are on a set that basically looks like all of our previous sets, but on ste roids. We’re creating a destination and we’re going to be located next to the Fanfest as we want to tap into the energy there. It gives us a great view of the ultra-modern skyline and it goes back to everything being centralized as all the fans will be staying somewhere in the area.

We will also have a practice pitch, but the field is actually just a

Neal: Yes, and there’s no doubt that we can focus more on bringing the country to life because we know the stadiums are easily accessible. Our operations at the stadium are manageable because they are so close to one another. There are the 32 teams and those are sort of your actors. There is an antagonist and a protagonist, or heroes and villains. But one thing I learned at NBC Olympics is there is a 33rd character, and that is the host country. We brought Russia to life four years ago; we brought France to life three years ago, and that’s what we’ll do with Qatar.

Kevin, let’s walk through the evolution of the IBC. What will the operations look like?

Callahan: They’ll be similar in size and scope to the Women’s World Cup operations where we pivoted and essentially removed production and studio production from the IBC. So, we will have studio production at the studio location and then the IBC will be where all the feeds — 80 plus feeds from HBS, including 40 per match — come in and we monitor them.

The key at the IBC is just being able to monitor and see every thing that is coming in and going out. It’s the central hub that con nects to the studio location and all of the venues, as well as our LA facility, and now our Tempe, AZ, facility. There will be roughly 50 people there and the heart is the remote operations center, which is the TOC. And then we have a backup studio.

We essentially have nine venues that we’re looking at and we treat all of those as a small remote production. We have a kit that goes into a cabin, and we’ve done all of our World Cups that way. The venues are a remote into the IBC or remote back into Los Angeles. It just doesn’t make sense to put a dedicated mobile unit in a venue to put the clock and score and do an announcer mix. So, we will do that at the IBC because in November and December the Pico facility will be busy with college football and basketball and the NFL.

Our postproduction team and editors for all of the features will be back in the United States, and that’s something we’ve done since 2015. So, we want to give them access to all that great con tent that our ENG shooters are shooting and that FIFA and HBS are producing.

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Telemundo Deportes Previews Onsite Ops in Doha, Stateside Workflows in Miami

The 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar is inching closer and closer, and while Fox Sports is handling coverage for the primary English-speaking audience, Telemundo Deportes is in charge of live match coverage and content generation for the Spanish-speaking market. At the recent SVG Remote Production Forum in Los Angeles, a handful of voices from the company joined the event virtually and in person to set the table on how Telemundo Deportes will pull off this herculean effort, what technologies will connect their domestic and international operations, what fans will see via over-the-air and streaming on Peacock, and more.

Producing a large-scale event like the Men’s FIFA World Cup takes a lot of coordination and planning, but when you add different time zones and thousands of miles of distance in between, the job can be interpreted as being impossible. To accomplish this feat, the month-long tournament will be centered around a two-pronged approach: one occurring at Telemundo Center in the Miami neighborhood of Hialeah, FL, and one located onsite in the capital city of Doha, Qatar. One of the individuals working closely with this strategy is Chris Suarez, sports production operations, Telemundo. Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, remote work flows have become somewhat of the standard for the entire sports-video-production community. In comparison to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Paris, the industry has taken to remote production and hasn’t looked back. For this iteration of the FIFA Men’s World Cup, Telemundo Deportes will have a production crew on the ground in Qatar to capture the sights and sounds of the competition, but will ultimately rely on their stateside headquarters for mass distribution.

“Content generation will take place in Qatar, but all of the processing [of elements] that go to air will be done in Miami,” he said. “Instead of having to run back to the IBC to upload material, [this strategy] allows our people in Qatar to focus on other things and provide more coverage.”

On the production side, Telemundo Deportes is tasked with not only supplying Spanish-language coverage of the United States Men’s National Team USMNT), but also the teams of their multicultural viewers. Ranging from Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Neymar’s Brazil to Pedri’s Spain and Hirving Lozano’s Mexico, storylines and content aren’t confined to the squad wearing the Stars and Stripes. Leading the charge on the creative front is Eli Velazquez, EVP, sports content, Telemundo Deportes.

“Every respective portion of our demographic has particular nuances that they tap into when they’re celebrating their love of the game,” he said. “One of our mandates was finding voices of authority from different countries that will be playing in Qatar.”

On the other hand, Telemundo Deportes is also responsible for amplifying the story of the USMNT as well as the full picture of what it’s like to play the biggest soccer contest on the planet in this unique country. Due to the smaller footprint that this

At the SVG Remote Production Forum, SVG’s Kristian Hernández sat down with (from left) Donatto Punyed and Jorge Duarte, and caught up with (from left) Chris Suarez and Eli Velazquez via Zoom.

year’s tournament requires, ENG crews will be able to cover a lot more ground in one day.

“We’re also going to cover the stories of every national team because the uniqueness of the World Cup is bringing everyone together through a shared experience,” continued Velazquez. “We want to make our coverage as broad as possible to capture audi ence members that want to join us for the ride.”

Diving deeper into the broadcaster’s plans, Jorge Duarte, senior director, production engineering, NBCUniversal, and Donatto Punyed, director, technical programs & media sys tems, Telemundo shared their expertise on what the execution will look like in both locations. For live programming, shows will come from multiple studios within Telemundo Center in Miami and sets constructed in different locations in Doha. All 64 matches will be called with live announcers via numerous commentator teams in all eight World Cup venues. Through the introduction of Peacock, viewers will have access to even more live and on-demand content than in previous World Cups.

Despite the challenges and obstacles that lie ahead, Telemundo Deportes is excited to get started for many reasons. Sidestepping the ongoing effects of the pandemic and working for years on end to come up with this complex plan are two main examples, but more importantly, the broadcaster is looking for ward to presenting the beautiful game of soccer on the biggest stage in the world.

“The buildup towards the World Cup has been a long time coming,” adds Suarez. – Kristian Hernández

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What preparation did you do with regards to facili ties in the IBC?

Callahan: This summer we worked with TAG Video Systems to set up our IBC and studio facility outside of our Charlotte location for about a month. And then we just packed it up and put it in an aircraft to head over to Qatar. We purpose-built the fly packs and we will be doing that for our jewel events like the World Cups, Super Bowl, and now the Euros and other events.

So, TAG Video Systems is our multiviewer and moni toring system to see everything in the ST-2110 IP world, the SDI world, and then JPEG-XS, which is our transmis sion format. The level of integration between all the dif ferent aspects between audio, video, and the traditional workflows have been kind of thrown out the window here and it’s really exciting to be part of something that is very cutting edge.

Why is it important to be able to fly it over vs. a boat, which is how a lot of these shows have been done?

Callahan: Shipping has gone from being reliable to now best efforts and we have heard other broadcasters that had shipping containers on a boat that bypassed a port in order to make up time. We decided that we wanted to be able to build a system that could be flown on the lower deck of any wide body aircraft. The pallets are designed to go on the lower deck of an aircraft, so we have to keep everything under 64 inches. So, we worked with Diversified to put a hinge on the rack and then cabled it in such a way that we could fold the racks in half.

How have your vendors and partners responded to this project?

Callahan: I have to say that all of our vendors have been up for this challenge for building something that truly enables pro duction anywhere. We’re using the EVS Neuron product to get signals back into Los Angeles and Tempe and we’ve added nearly 100 additional transmission paths from Qatar into Pico and then about 48 paths into Tempe. And the great thing is we’ve built this for the future, whether it is 1080p UHD or 4K UHD. As technol ogy continues to grow, as formats continue to get pushed, we have room for growth. We’ve designed this system so that, that we can do more when it comes time to do more.

What do you see as the future of those formats like 4K HDR?

Callahan: We’ve been pushing them to go this direction for a while and we had a 4K HDR offering for the Men’s World Cup in 2018, which we took and distributed. But now we are doing our studio programming completely in 1080p HDR and distributing in 4K HDR and all the matches will be in native 4K HDR. And the one thing about the studio show is that, because of all the augmented reality, we’re not in a position to do that with 4K cameras because of all the delays that would need to be put into other cameras.

What have been the biggest challenges to date?

Neal: For me, I think some of it has just been logistics. Kevin literally just came back from a trip where he was on the ground for 36 hours but it’s a 15 hour flight in each direction from Los Angeles. So that makes it more challenging and makes it sort of incumbent on all of us to get maximum value out of every trip when we go there. But the benefits this year all start with the U.S. team having qualified. And I think that we’re better prepared now to tell the international stories because four years ago where we had no choice, every story we had to tell was, was a story that did not involve the us. So, the challenge is making sure that we get that balance right.

Kevin, how about from the technology side?

Callahan: SDI was really, really easy when it was just SDI video. But we’ve done a lot of work with our vendors in the ST-2110 world, and they have all been fantastic in finding the little nuances in the variations between and interpretations of various stan dards. The other thing that is different for us is we are extremely reliant on our IT department. And they have been incredibly supportive of our efforts, but it is always a bit of a learning curve on both sides. We’re in that place now where it truly is one world where we are taking the television engineers and teaching them IT and we are taking our IT engineers and getting them used to broadcast.

The amazing thing is just how dense everything’s become. One cable now is 66 video signals, 33 in each direction. In the past that would require 66 cables. And that’s some of the efficiencies that we’ve built into the Jewel event system. In a traditional workflow, we would have spent a day just running power to the racks and then another day running reference to the racks. But now we can build better workflows and be ready to put anyone anywhere in the world.

This interview has been condensed and edited.

To read the interview in its entirety, visit www.sportsvideo.org.

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> INTRODUCTION

The media and entertainment (M&E) industry is undergoing fundamental transformation. Change is occurring across key M&E segments including movie production, gaming, streaming media, and broadcasting. This evolution encompasses the emer gence and growth of new digital services, consumer behaviors, and monetization models. As legacy models move to obsolescence, M&E ecosystem participants must embrace change and prepare for the future.

Part of embracing change is carefully evaluating how M&E transformation drives the need for digital infrastructure to support the new demands on the industry. In addition, a prerequisite to participating in this transformed industry is having access to plat forms and connectivity that enable applications to streamline the delivery of new digital services everywhere content consumers are located. This platform and connectivity access is a fundamental resource in delivering new customer/consumer experiences.

> A NEW ERA OF BROADCASTING

For the purposes of this paper, broadcasting is broadly defined to include TV, movie, and other video content distributed over the air (OTA), via traditional pay TV services (pay TV), and on the internet (OTT). Within the context of M&E transformation, broadcasting has moved into a new era. This era is characterized by rapid service evolution in which legacy models give way to new forms of distribu tion and monetization. Key facets of this evolution include:

• Erosion of legacy distribution. Cord-cutting, in which con sumers cancel pay TV in favor of OTT options, is real and accelerating. In the United States, cord-cutting has already reduced the pay TV subscriber base by nearly a third over the past seven years. The disruptions caused by cord-cutting

are vast as media companies require new content distribu tion strategies and pay TV providers transform service and bundle offerings. Rapidly changing consumer expectations and emerging digital services require the media and entertainment industry to embrace new digital strategies to survive.

• Live TV moves to OTT. One driver of cord-cutting is the growth of live TV distribution over OTT platforms. Some services seek to replicate the offerings of traditional pay TV and give consum ers increased choice and improved user experiences. These services, often dubbed vMVPDs, or virtual multichannel video programming distributors, demand scalable and reliable digital infrastructure that support both live and on-demand streaming.

• Direct to consumer (DTC) emerges as a critical strategic priority. As legacy distribution declines, media companies are becoming dependent on and increasingly investing in DTC ser vices. DTC requires that media companies take responsibility for content distribution technology decisions rather than rely on legacy pay TV or OTA strategies.

• Global expansion. The distribution of content to a global audience is not a new requirement or business priority. However, with the growth of DTC, global distribution is less about inking deals with pay TV providers around the world and more about making sure technology partners and DTC digital infrastructure have global reach.

• Hybrid business models. The diversification of business mod els used to be tied to distinct distribution platforms. Today, that diversification must exist within services that increasingly offer paid, ad-supported, and free content tiers. Paid models include subscription and transactional video on demand.

• New content aggregation models and creator ecosystems. The erosion of video aggregation through traditional pay TV pro viders creates opportunities for new aggregation models that combine OTT services within a common user interface and subscription management platform, distribute content from third-party creators, and offer bundles of individual services.

> USER EXPERIENCES

These facets of market evolution dovetail with the transformation of user experiences. Any serious contender for market share across the competitive video services ecosystem must deliver a minimum quality of service, which requires the support of technology part ners that possess digital infrastructure. Other elements of user experiences, however, are forward looking and blend optimized experiences today with pathways to future differentiation, service enhancement, and monetization opportunities. Following are examples of how the market evolution and new user experiences increase demands on digital infrastructure:

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• Scalability and reliability. Quality of service remains critical. As M&E strategic priorities shift and new services emerge, best-effort video delivery is insufficient to meet consumer and competitive demands. The elements of scalability and reli ability are of increasing importance as subscriber bases and audiences grow, consumers demand higher-quality video, and real-time advanced services evolve.

• Device reach. OTT service evolution is inherently multiplat form as consumption takes places on mobile and nonmobile devices. Reaching each viewing environment requires support for a diverse ecosystem of consumption devices. For services to be successful, supporting technology solutions must enable seamless consumption across all the major platforms and devices in and out of the home.

• Video quality. In today’s competitive environment for video services, high-definition content is already giving way to 4K Ultra HD. Over time, higher-quality video such as 8K will be the norm. Standard functions such as adaptive bit rate encod ing, which ensure a graceful degradation of quality to prevent a stream from being interrupted, will now blend with increas ingly higher bit rate files to drive increased demands on digital infrastructure.

• Data-driven personalization. User experiences have long focused on content discovery, user profiles, and personaliza tion. Data-driven optimizations of these experiences, along with personalized marketing and advertising, will leverage solutions powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) while being dependent on network performance.

• Advanced experiences. As services evolve to be inclusive of augmented and virtual reality, elements of gamification, and betting, new demands will be placed on networks that need to support real-time and bandwidth-intensive experiences. Similar demands will be placed on digital infrastructure as content cre ation workflows move to cloud and virtual environments.

> IMPORTANCE OF ACCESS TO (AND PARTICIPATION IN) A DIGITAL PLATFORM

Creating and delivering content on a broad range of devices, in any format, anywhere in the world puts exponentially greater demands on the compute, storage, and connectivity infrastructure supporting this activity. Media and broadcast industry providers are facing competi tive pressure to deliver innovative and seamless customer experiences. Creating these next-level experiences requires access to modern ized digital infrastructure and a digital platform that enables rapid, cost-effective connection to content consumers. A global platform will be a requirement for many organizations as they seek to deliver new digital media experiences everywhere. The innovations under way are escalating the need for edge compute resources to gather, analyze, and store data across myriad of edge compute locations.

> NEED FOR EDGE RESOURCES

Modernized edge resources underpin the rapidly increasing data volumes required to support multichannel, on-demand content access. Two years after the emergence of the global pandemic, the

M&E industry is still building on the vast growth of video traffic seen in 2020. During that period, the total volume of video deliv ered in the United States increased more than 60%.

The demands on the digital infrastructure will continue to expand. Digital infrastructure is often required in close physical proximity to where data is being generated and consumed, making edge resources necessary. In addition to aggregating and protect ing data and content, modernized digital infrastructure, often in edge locations, is required to support the new ways custom ers interact with and access content. These edge resources often need a high degree of programmability and the ability to support advanced workloads and process data in remote locations. AI tech nologies will increasingly be adopted to improve content quality and identify potential connectivity anomalies that could result in service interruption. These capabilities often require highly scal able and open resources that can leverage data that resides in cloud service provider environments.

> CRITICAL ROLES OF THE DIGITAL PLATFORM AND ECOSYSTEM

Supporting the new demands of the broadcast industry is a heavy lift for organizations that plan to build their own resources to cre ate and deliver new customer experiences. Beyond the increase in compute horsepower, the connectivity resources needed to rapidly extend the delivery of content in a cost-effective manner is a challenge for all. The broadcast industry is rapidly adopting a new approach to tackle the demands for personalization. These demands require access to a network that can support these highly personalized experiences. However, content and digital media creators are not operating with unlimited budgets.

Content and digital media creators need access to infrastructure and a platform to store, secure, and transport digital media. As the data volumes expand to support an extensive array of delivery formats, the industry needs a fast, cost-effective means to connect content with consumers. Programmable, opensource, software-defined resources are emerging as a viable way to enable content and digital media creators to meet the demands of the M&E industry transformation.

Critical qualities of the infrastructure and platforms needed to support M&E transformation include the following:

• Support for hybrid, multicloud architectures.

• Low-latency transmission of data

• Cost-efficient means of transmitting data

• Cloud-adjacent innovation

• Ability to access ecosystems and extend anywhere people are and data resides

The most frequently cited challenges as organizations seek to innovate and shift to a digital-first strategy are integrating legacy infrastructure with new infrastructure and provisioning secure and resilient resources everywhere data and workloads reside. As orga nizations explore their options, providers that help bridge the gap between legacy and modernized environments will positively impact transformation outcomes. <

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n live media production, timing has two primary functions. It allows tracking of the contributions to the program so that the production team can tell a logical, linear story. And it synchronizes the process ing equipment used in the production chain so that team members can do things like seamlessly switch between video elements.

The traditional method for timing a production uses video frames as a standard unit of measure. But new models are required for distributed live productions where part of signal switching occurs in the cloud.

This paper focuses on live production with a meth odology for using new technology to keep each opera tor’s user experience coherent for their location while enabling individual contributions to logically align in the final production. Using cloud service providers for asset storage, content sharing, or program playout and emission rely less on specific timing.

> TIMING PROBLEMS IN DISTRIBUTED PRODUCTION

A common reason to adopt a cloud topology is to coordinate work across a geographically dispersed team with distributed processing. Problematically, geographic distance creates delay in information transmission. Even across the most advanced fiberoptic network connections available, data can’t travel faster than the speed of light. Therefore, individu als contributing to a production will have varying amounts of latency that depend on the physical dis tance between the operator and the data center where the processing occurs. The farther the separation, the longer the delay.

In reality, light-speed connections aren’t avail able over long distances and they are generally very expensive. Instead, Wide Area Networks are typically employed. But network equipment also introduces additional delay. Individuals connecting over the internet have little control over the number of hops their data path may take before arriving at their des tination, further increasing path-dependent latencies.

As a result, times for receiving and returning infor mation will vary for each member of a geographically distributed production team.

While some aspects of a production may be accom

plished in parallel, many steps in creating a live program feed must be sequential to maintain the thread of the creative process. This requires maintaining for each team member the perception that their contributions are part of a real-time sequence, regardless of when they receive and return their contributions. It also requires all contributions to the program to be correctly aligned before distributing the program to the audience.

> WHY PROPOSED SOLUTIONS

DON’T SOLVE THE PROBLEMS

Signal standardization and content creation introduce latency

Most signals within a broadcast facility must be pro cessed. Each processing step creates additional delay.1

For example:

• Initial synchronization of a “wild feed” = 1-2 frames

• Conversion of program inputs to production format = 2 frames

• Creation of video effects in production switcher = 2 frames

• Conversion of program to transport formats and distribution codecs = 2+ frames

Traditionally, the signals within the system are adjusted, or “back-timed” relative to a master clock to maintain alignment. In the example above, if any one signal followed the outlined path, all of the signals in the facility would need to be back-timed by a mini mum of 8 frames.

But what is the master clock in a distributed system? It is possible to create a global master clock. Modern network technology is based on NTP, and the higher precision PTP; clock protocols that trace back to atomic clocks and ensure synchronization at global scale. But even a worldwide clock must respect causality. Some actions must follow others in sequence.

Transit times introduce additional variable latency Because all contributions in a distributed system would have different transit times from the operator’s worksta tion to the processing location, the system would have to treat them as wild feeds, requiring a compensating adjust ment for every network path and output of that source.

1 For additional information on tracking delay through a broadcast facility see Wouter Kooij, Playout delay of TV broadcasting, 2012

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If all timestamps are forced to line up in a sequential fashion using a combination of the operator’s workstation clock and a master clock, then the production will experience significant and growing delay over the course of the program as team members are forced to wait while other members return their contributions. The total time it takes to produce the content grows longer and longer.

> HOW DO WE PROVIDE A SOLUTION THAT WORKS?

To provide a timing solution that works, we have to return to our fundamental reasons for timing

• Enabling the production team to tell a linear story.

• Synchronizing the equipment in the production chain. Enabling the production team to tell the best story

Our standard for system response times should match actual human realities. The de facto standard of measuring time on a frame-based clock, at 30 (25) msec comes from a time when analog color carrier frequencies required this timing to ensure accurate delivery of color to the television set. This time base far exceeds what humans — and modern TVs — need.

Studies show that the fastest a person can react to an outside stimulus without any type of pre-cue is about 180 milliseconds. As shown in the timeline illustration, a minimum response time to receive a stimulus, take action, and recognize a new state is about 240 milliseconds. The fastest replay operator in the world would take 240 milliseconds to see the action on the monitor, press the mark in button, and recognize that the clip record has started.

be coherent with each other. If the system manages the differential latency of the arriving essences at the operator’s location, then back timing sources is not required.

All creative decisions made by the operator and their associated processing time can be tracked relative to the operator’s time. The order and local timing of the decisions are maintained. The opera tor experiences the phase-aligned environment they are used to. Yet the total environment is time-shifted relative to the source.

To maintain linear storytelling, the final result of the operator’s work is time stamped with whatever offset time is best to synchro nize the work across the production chain.

Synchronizing the production chain

To provide a unified timing model across the production chain, modern technology should follow a common design strategy:

a) For each audio, video, or other essence stream entering the system, identify an essence landmark such as the video top of frame, or audio time stamp.

b) Align all common essences based on their landmark with an established relationship between different essence types.

c) As editorial decisions are made, time-align the decisions with the essence.

d) Process the essence as orchestrated by the editorial decisions. The editor, or processing function, can be located anywhere.

e) Time stamp the final output based on any user-defined clock.

f) If required, a final NTP or PTP time stamp may be added.

Using these steps, the relative latency values of all essences are known, and differential adjustments can be calculated. Only as essences are aligned is a common time base is required. This may be any time base that is mutually suitable for all essences about to be processed.

Figure 1: Human reaction timeline

More important than the actual time it takes to respond is the time it takes to notice a difference. People perceive differences in rates of change much faster than they perceive actual change2, as long as they differ by more than 20%. An ideal human will not be able to perceive the difference between 100 and 120 milliseconds of delay.

Finally, the synchronicity of interrelated stimulus must also be taken into account. Humans are most sensitive to changes between audio and video and least sensitive to changes between video and video. For an example, consider a multiviewer on a monitor wall with six video windows. If all six windows change within 120 (100+20%) milliseconds after the cue they will be perceived as in time. But if one changes first, the remainder will be perceived as late. Audio and video must change within 80 milliseconds of each other to be imperceptible. This is why lip sync is so noticeable.

It is important to remember that the user experience only needs to feel live to the operator. At the local workstation, audio, video, monitoring, intercom, and control must all align within the toler ance ranges discussed above.

Figure 2: New technology can align contributions from multiple contributors

Unchaining individual workstations from external time is pos sible because today we operate faster than real time using technol ogies that did not exist when frames per second timing was imple mented. Frame syncs are replaced by memory buffers whose depth is adjusted to match the timing offset required for each essence.

previous operations the local response times can be independent of any clock time. To feel live, they simply need to

Unlike previous operations models, the local response times can be independent of any clock time. To feel live, they simply need to 2 M. Kanabus et al, Temporal order judgement for auditory and visual stimuli

Following this design strategy, any live production task can be carried out in what feels like real time and assembled in a linear fashion to create programming that exceeds audience expecta tions. Even with complicated production tasks, total execution time is a few seconds. Compare this with today’s traditional live broadcasts which, in the best of circumstances, still take as much as 50 seconds to get final emission delivery to the home. <

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The Impact of 5G on Sports Broadcasting

One of the most impactful new technologies, across many industries and cases, is Fifth Generation cellular networks (“5G”). 5G is a broad term for a set of technologies and standards that leverage new forms of encoding data into radio transmissions, new frequencies to carry that encoding, and new network archi tectures to bind it all together. The results are wireless networks capable of linking a huge number of devices at high bandwidth — in some cases, 100x better than 4th generation LTE networks.

This transformative technology is having an impact on the world of sports production, which we will explore in this paper.

> 5G: WHAT IS IT? HOW DOES IT WORK?

Covering all the technologies that make up 5G would take many similar papers, but a brief tour of the key components of 5G are worth reviewing before looking at its impact on video production.

New Radio (“NR”)

One big change in 5G is a new protocol for the radio access network (“RAN”). NR, short for New Radio, replaces LTE as the in-air protocol in 5G. It uses a combination of more flexible and advanced options, in key areas such as modulation schemes, sub carrier spacing, carrier bandwidth, and aggregation. All basically adding up to more efficient use of all parts of the spectrum, to support many more devices connected to the network at higher bandwidth for each device.

Even in the same spectrum, NR provides roughly 20% more bandwidth through just efficiency, compared to LTE.

Non-Stand Alone (“NSA”) and Stand-Alone (“SA”)

Another form of flexibility provided in 5G, SA vs. NSA networks refer to the network control layer, or “control plane”. In an NSA network, the control plane is still provided by LTE. In an SA net work, it is provided by the 5G network itself. While SA networks have more features and flexibility, NSA deployment allowed the quicker and less costly launch of some of 5G benefits to users.

As of this writing, there are still a mix of NSA and SA networks around the world and in the United States, with NSA networks still more common.

Sub-6 and Millimeter Wave

Next to 5G NR, the other biggest change in 5G, is the support of

more frequencies for use in cellular networks. In fact, 5G adds a whole new section of the spectrum called millimeter wave (“MMW”). This new section of spectrum is exciting because it is higher frequencies, specifically 24,250 MHz to 71,000 MHz (the full MMW spectrum extends up to 300,000 MHz). However, MMWs impact on the real-world is still limited. It is challenging to deploy, requiring microcells, new antennas, and new techniques such as beam forming. These factors mean MMW remains part of 5G’s still evolving future, and will have a bigger impact on net works in years to come.

Meanwhile, 5G also adds new bands for use in the Sub-6 spectrum, meaning those bands in 6 GHz and below. While LTE always used these bands, 5G adds specific bands not previously used, including across the low and mid bands of this space, allowing for the prioritization of distance or bandwidth, respectively.

> HOW 5G IS IMPACTING VIDEO PRODUCTION

So how are all these technologies impacting video production, specifically sports production? The impact is all about ubiquitous, reliable bandwidth, usable from small and portable transmitters, without deploying your own network gear (unless you want to, more on that later).

5G As Contribution for REMI

Maybe it feels a bit backward to talk about the remote integration model of multi-camera production first, since up until a few years ago, local production (or “OB Van” production) was still more common. But as REMI has grown, driven by many factors from the financial benefits to the pandemic, REMI is now arguably the more common method of production.

It is also an obvious fit for 5G technology. REMI relies on back haul not just for a few produced feeds, but for many source feeds — ramping up the demands on contribution. 5G, particularly when combined with techniques such as reliable protocols and cellular-bonding, becomes a very reliable, low latency, and lowcost form of contribution for REMI.

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The LiveU LU800 being used for multi-camera during the Cartier Queen’s Cup in 2020.

5G As Short-Range Wireless

An interesting application of 5G bandwidth is as short-range wire less transmission technique. This can be architected a few ways, including using some of the newer technologies outlined next. While at first this might seem like just re-building an existing technique with slightly different tech, 5G can lower the cost, com plexity, and barrier to deployment. It can also allow connectivity from devices much smaller and lighter than previous short-range wireless, and from “off the shelf” devices such as smartphones. These new capabilities make point-to-point use of 5G technology an upgrade from previous short-range wireless.

Emerging Techniques

In addition to all the benefits already outlined as part of 5G, there is even more beginning to impact production now, at the cutting edge.

Network Slicing

The first of these new techniques is network slicing, a technique that made big headlines in the early days of 5G, but has been slow to be deployed, like MMW. Slicing is the ability of the softwaredefined 5G network to dedicate resources at each part of the network to specific devices. This means partitioned bandwidth on the backhaul network but also partitioned bandwidth on the radio-access network — something not available previously. The complexity of making these slices available to customers have made this technique slow to deploy. So, while slicing gained a lot of early attention, it is still not generally available — another technol ogy that will help 5G’s future.

Non-Public Networks

However, many of the same benefits of slicing are available via another technique, non-public networks (NPN), aka private net works or private 5G. This technique is the convergence of several parts of 5G: the ability to build a network from software, access new bands, and connect devices via widely available hardware. The idea is just as the name implies: a network not used by gen eral, “public” users. This can be deployed temporarily, on “pop up” antennas or via mobile units, or permanently in specific areas. One enabler for this technology has been the Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum. These are bands that, in the U.S., have been designated by the FCC for use for private deployments. You can reserve bands in CBRS for specific geographic areas and times, and then use that spectrum privately. The ease of these reservations and the large size of the CBRS block (150 MHz) has been a huge advantage for NPN. Some other bands can be reserved via other means, and in other countries similar options exist, but CBRS is a notable enabler for the surge in this technique.

Multi-Access Edge Computing

The last new technology is Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), aka Edge Computing. While many of the technologies discussed so far relate directly to the radio frequency technology, MEC is a feature of 5G where computing resources can be located at the “network edge”. This provides extreme low latency and high reli

ability, in some cases, as low as 5 milliseconds. If you move some of your video processing, routing, or even full video production to these new edge zones, they can be leveraged in architectures that are a hybrid of the REMI production model and the short-range wireless model.

> 5G IN THE REA L WORLD

The MLB at Field of Dreams Game broadcast, produced by FOX Sports, in collaboration with MLB, was a homage to the renowned movie from Universal Pictures as well as a live sports production event. Watched by nearly six million viewers, the FOX Sports production team utilized two aerial production drones to output High Dynamic Range (HDR) over T-Mobile’s 5G network using a single 5G SIM card in LiveU’s LU800 production-level field unit and a LiveU 5G modem. The production used a number of the new technologies outlined in this paper including 5G bands, NPN, and 5G in both short-range and REMI scenarios.

“For the MLB at Field of Dreams Game, we collaborated with T-Mobile and LiveU to provide HDR drone coverage, which was integral to the special live production,” said Brad Cheney, FOX Sports, VP of Field Operations & Engineering. “The robustness we received from the T-Mobile 5G network using a single 5G SIM card in the LU800 exceeded our expectations and was a solid part of our broadcast. Great imagery comes from aerial and moving cameras, which lent itself to the special live program we were able to deliver.”

> CONCLUSIONS

5G has only begun to reshape live video production as we know it, enabling lower cost production, higher production volume with fewer crew, new types of shots and content, and faster time to get content to air and to viewers. Some benefits of 5G have only just begun to be deployed or not yet publicly available, leaving a long roadmap of future improvements. 5G will change the game for live video production for years to come! <

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Securing New Sports Betting Value Chains

No less an authority than the Encyclopedia Britannica states that gambling is “one of mankind’s oldest activities.” Evidence of ancient gambling can be found in caves and on tomb walls. Of course, the EB researchers also cast an eye to the pres ent day by noting that the “Internet has made forms of gambling accessible on an unheard-of scale.”1

Digital sports betting changes the business landscape for all interested players in the value chain: casino operators, sports leagues and teams, broadcasters, financial services and FinTech companies, and infrastructure providers. New value chains are forming and there will be new interfaces between companies and entire industries. This will also create new opportunities for fraud, ransomware, and other forms of criminal hacking. Any weak link in these new value chains impacts every other player.

The goals of this white paper are to outline where the risks are and suggest a security approach to make things more resilient

Not long ago, gambling was limited to destination cities like Las Vegas or Atlantic City. Today, gambling comes to the consumer through digital technology.

> BETTING, BRANDS, AND APIS

Today, many states — not all — have legalized online sports gambling. Different states have different rules, making administering these sites a challenge. For instance, many states require any consumer data to remain within the state’s borders.

The opportunities are now huge, though cross-industry links are vital to make it work.

Sports gambling will alter the business models of the established sports, media, and gambling industries. No one organization can do this alone. Each will need the data, capabilities, and brand power of others to put together an entire value chain that delivers sports content, processes bets, and handles the flow of money through the entire process.

For instance, the National Football League announced its first sportsbook partners in April 2021, naming Caesar’s Entertainment, DraftKings, and FanDuel as their sports betting partners.2 That’s 1 Encyclopedia Britannica online. https://www.britannica.com/topic/ gambling/History

2 National Football League. https://www.nfl.com/news/nfl-announces-triexclusive-sports-betting-partners

just a high-profile example of the brand partnerships happening to make sports betting available. Major broadcasters and streamers also play a role since they carry the games and can cash in on their place in the value chain.

Yet, there will also be other layers of complexity to complete the overall experience for consumers, populated by companies that sports fans might never hear about. There will be technology intermediaries tying all the pieces of the value chain together. Banks and other financial services companies will handle the flow of dollars. Mobile apps will be involved as everyone will want their brands in front of as many eyeballs as possible to capture the sports wager wherever the fan happens to be looking.

Application programming interfaces (APIs) will link this complex web together as wagers pass through the value chain from one player to another. APIs can enhance the user experience, making it possible to tap into historical data, refer to a variety of odds-makers, and gather other information for informed betting.

To be frictionless for the consumer, these handshakes and passthroughs must happen at blazing speed. Latency is a huge issue. For instance, in-game prop bets might be a very lucrative source of revenue as well as small-wager entertainment for the sports fan. Will the next football play be a pass or run? Will the next serve be a fault or an ace in tennis? The integrity of that bet — for the fan and the sportsbook — is entirely dependent on the proper synchronizing of the gaming infrastructure with a video stream. If there is latency between the two, fans can be frustrated, sportsbooks can close betting too soon, or conceivably too late after a fan with an unknowing architectural advantage saw the play before betting closed.

This digital pathway, brokered by its APIs, must operate as efficiently as possible. Yet, each API is a gateway that introduces risk for everyone in the value chain. You don’t want bad actors walking through that door. Industry analyst and consulting firm Gartner Inc. is urging enterprises to secure their APIs, predicting these interfaces will become “the most-frequent attack vector” for bad actors.3

No one wants to be the weak link that enables the breach.

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3 Gartner Inc. https://www.gartner.com/en/webinars/4002323/api-securi ty-protect-your-apis-from-attacks-and-data-breaches
The fan experience has undergone constant innovation through digital technology. Sports betting is the next step.
and FanDuel as their sports betting partners.2 That’s

> BAD ACTORS AND BAD ACTS

Securing this sports betting value chain must be a top priority for everyone involved. Many bad actors could be culprits, but at least two broad categories are worth noting here.

Criminals go where the money is and there will be a lot of money flowing in sports betting. Getting access to consumer data such as bank or credit card accounts could not only be a significant financial loss, but it would also taint all the brands involved as consumers lose faith. Ransomware is also a tremendous concern. Because there are so many pieces of the value chain — and each component will need to operate 24/7 — no single entity can afford to have its data locked up, so it will quietly pay the ransom.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are also a concern and they can come from anywhere. For instance, operators of offshore illegal gambling sites stand to lose revenue from these new legal competitors. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime noted in 2021 that many Americans use illegal betting sites without understanding they are illegal. The amounts involved could be as high as $1.7 trillion.4 If that number is even remotely accurate, moving just a fraction of those dollars to legal channels with trusted brands represents a serious financial loss. This creates a significant motive for those site owners to launch DDoS attacks on the new legally sanctioned infrastructure to frustrate fans and hopefully drive them back to the illegal channels.

That’s in addition to other exploits such as taking over user accounts or launching various attacks from malicious bots. Bad actors have the time and incentive to be persistent in their attempts at entering these value chains. Once in, they can quietly move from one part of the infrastructure to another, potentially breaching all the partners.

> ARCHITECTING FOR SUCCESS

Just as the nature of threats has evolved, security architecture has moved well beyond firewalls and gateways. Those structures are still important, but it’s not just the infrastructure under attack today. You must protect the applications and the data flowing through the system. That places a large focus on API security.

API security starts with proper API Discovery, the way that APIs are documented so they can be used by partners. Your partner developers need to be able to find the right API for their needs. Often this is through some type of marketplace that can either be very public API marketplaces that are open to developers in general, or through limited-access API repositories. Large companies have many APIs, so the right API needs to be easily discoverable. Likewise, partner developers need to be able to find the features they need to use and understand how to access those features efficiently and securely. Precise documentation and available code is key.

Deep Packet Inspection is deployed to analyze the data crossing APIs. Analytic tools can determine if this is a legitimate request and block illegitimate requests, protecting the rest of the value chain.

One challenge is to add these layers of security without introducing latency or friction in the user experience. Utilizing edge compute resources, DDoS scrubbing systems can be placed

Office on Drugs and Crime. https://www.unodc.org/res/safeguard ingsport/grcs/section-9_html/SPORTS_CORRUPTION_2021_S9.pdf

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime noted in 2021 that many Americans use illegal betting sites without understanding they are illegal.

in front of key functions in the value chain. That will protect those functions and keep them running. This edge compute capability can also put authentication close to the users to quickly determine that they are in states with legalized online sports betting. That way they can be politely turned away before any access to the actual betting resources — and possible legal liability for the gambling operation — is allowed.

Real-time threat intelligence can also head off attacks before they impact infrastructure. Lumen, for instance, is a major carrier of Internet traffic and our Black Lotus Labs unit analyzes patterns in Internet traffic to find threats before they propagate. Through automation, countermeasures can be kicked off without manual intervention.

Automation in general can reduce any manual burdens. The amount of traffic these sports betting operations will see could easily overwhelm security analysts. By applying analytics, false positives can be alleviated, further reducing manual burdens.

> CONCLUSION: IT’S A NEW BALLGAME

The fan experience has undergone constant innovation through digital technology. From the in-stadium experience to those watching at home, technology has raised expectations and excitement. Sports betting is a natural next step.

New partnerships have already formed. Supporting the major brands from broadcasters, leagues and casinos will be a host of supporting players. No one wants to be the weak link that opens the entire team to attack.

The approach to security is not just about defense. You need a proactive offense as well that protects your APIs, your applications and most importantly the trust of consumers. <

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Coming to Environmental Sustainability Naturally Via a Modular, Software-Defined Approach

maintenance, spare parts, and training to individuals on disparate devices. In order to promote heightened quality, efficiency, and reusability, IP-based networks and devices have become far more utilized for their format-agnostic characteristics and tendency to be software-defined.

Riedel has spent a decade refining a solution to ease the transition to IP, drastically changing the way that video, audio, and data signals are distributed. MediorNet, a growing series of distributed video networks, compact hardware, IP versions, and software applications, can be best described on a conceptual level in five main terms: software-definability, distributivity, modularity, scalability, and reusability.

> INTRODUCTION

The energy expended in capturing a sports event starts long before the production team rolls up to the venue. The truck size depends largely on the hardware being carried, including the number of spares required. More hardware means a bigger, heavier truck, which means more gas expended. With more discrete hard ware also comes more heat, which requires more cooling and creates more noise, leading to greater expense in energy, space, and design.

Spreading through the venue, the production team will transport the hardware on large racks, carrying everything from cameras and microphones to mixers, encoders, and decoders. Longer cabling strands for transmission and routing will be needed, especially if the router is centralized. Obviously, whether done remotely or onsite, the production team’s various tasks require power, which only multiplies with the tasks being done and the pieces of equipment being used.

Events like these across the globe can easily become an environmental issue. However, the environmental impact of these events, and production in general, can be reduced with careful design considerations and greener objectives from the start.

Riedel’s MediorNet distributed AV network infrastructure, a family of technologies that combine signal transport, routing, processing, and conversion in a redundant real-time network and Riedel’s SmartPanels, which combine control, intercom, and other applications into one panel naturally ensures a more environmentally sustainable production cycle.

> THE BIG FIVE KEY FEATURES OF DISTRIBUTED NETWORKS

Broadcasters recognize large amounts of hardware as an issue, not only in saving space, weight, and money, but also in providing

First, think of software-defined hardware like a desktop computer. Rather than a separate computer dedicated to each task (e.g., video editing, word processing, graphic design), users can perform multiple tasks on one device via software applications and install more software as needed. Similarly, MediorNet builds upon itself as pieces are developed or updated. The compact, low-weight, and flexible MuoN SFP gateway and processing device can easily plug into the system and then be reconfigured or reprogrammed to fulfill several different functions. Users can also switch between these functions such as an advanced signal processor or multiviewer, further reducing the need for single-purpose peripheral devices and thus saving critical rack space and costs.

Besides MuoN SFPs, two other compact technologies can be easily integrated into the MediorNet system and perform such tasks as routing, multiviewing, signal processing, and I/O connections. As a software-defined hardware packed with five applications, MiroN can take on many different forms: a throw-down signal processor; a simple point-to-point link; a part of a large, decentralized router — or even a multiviewer or a bridge between MediorNet TDM and IP networks. Likewise, the compact FusioN series of standalone I/O and processing devices can be configured with a range of software apps to act as IP gateways, encoder/de-encoders, or IP multiviewers. The small form factor, lower power, and low noise of these devices allow for close placement to signal sources or destinations, efficiently transforming any production environment.

As a distributed solution, MediorNet brings other operational and system benefits. First, MediorNet is modular and can be distributed throughout a venue rather than having to be centralized in one location. MediorNet increases operational efficiencies by placing physical I/Os closer to where they’re needed, saving on long, expensive cable runs — especially for HDMI devices — and by routing any type

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of signal from any point to any other, all without cable reconfiguration.

Meanwhile, because the modularity of MediorNet is granular, it reduces single points of failure, ensuring that MTBF is longer and that the failure blocks themselves are smaller.

As a modular and scalable solution, MediorNet parts can be reused and repurposed easily while enabling complete customization for systems to meet production requirements. MediorNet’s use of SFP-based technologies means users can easily add single devices or scale up the whole system from a small to a complex installation. A MediorNet system can be portioned into smaller chunks that can fit flexibly into various configurations, allowing a tailored solution with only the most necessary equipment to be sent to a venue instead of a standard, undividable set like a truck. Combined with its software-defined status and app integration, the MediorNet’s modular structure adapts easily to market changes.

Finally, MediorNet’s modularity and reusability reduces the amount of spares a production needs to carry. Because the parts can be repurposed and the failure blocks are small, the number of spare parts needed on-hand, as well as the storage space are, reduced. This aspect also reduces the amount of waste. As a block fails or becomes obsolete, only that small piece needs to be replaced, thus maximizing the lifetime of the overall product and reducing what ends up in landfills.

> INTELLIGENTLY EFFICIENT INTERCOM SYSTEMS AND CONTROL PANELS

In the area of intercom and control, Riedel takes quality, efficiency, and sustainability seriously. The decentralized and scalable Artist matrix system can process and route any kind of signal with flexibility, reliability, and control. The Artist intercom packs four times the number of ports in a small footprint, with the latest model boasting a density of 1024 non-blocking ports in a 2RU frame size. Thanks to its high degree of decentralization, port density, and the flexible placement of frames, Artist considerably reduces wiring and setup costs for any installation while enabling the system to grow with the demands of any project and new technology.

In addition, Riedel’s software-definable SmartPanels promote efficiency, flexibility, and smaller hardware footprints by decoupling a keypanel’s capabilities from its hardware and turning

it into a generic app installation device for many different purposes. SmartPanels use reprogrammable software applications to make the panels multifunctional, allowing them to operate simultaneously as several discrete devices all in one hardware footprint, including intercom, control panel, audio monitoring app, and many more. One panel can take the place of several discrete pieces of equipment, reducing the required rack space, desk space, and power consumption.

Because all these functions are on one panel with one user interface, an operator only needs to be trained or familiar with one device. As the number of applications for this device grows, the need for further discrete devices and training lessens, adding to the efficiency of the production.

> SUSTAINABLE TECH MEETS ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS

Designing and implementing software-definable, distributed, and modular technologies significantly changes sports and events production. The truck size and resulting emissions are much smaller now that the vehicle is carrying less sizable hardware. However, the production crew is still able to perform all tasks as normal, plugging compact devices into the main interface as needed and instantly loading multiple integrated software applications — all while consuming less power.

Reprogramming and configuring the compact devices with applications also removes single-purpose peripheral devices, freeing up rack space. With fewer peripheral devices comes shorter runs of cabling, especially when the I/O ports themselves are tailorable and combine multiple signals. Together, the hardware now requires less cooling than before, and by being reusable, it lowers costs and reduces waste.

Remotely controlling all signal routes and conducting troubleshooting from the webmaster control area, can further reduce the energy consumption levels by helping technicians respond more effectively and quickly to issues, even in situations where feeds are live. Plus, with multifunctional panels at their fingertips, technicians can work in more energy efficient, compact, and futureproofed production environments.

> MOVING FORWARD

With its great versatility and flexibility, a software-defined, distributed, and modular system excels in event or sports venues. It can easily face the largest challenges of capturing a major event, from the deployment of a cable network to carry audio, video, and data signals to the use of several different, software-based production applications. In doing so, the system also cuts down on emissions, cooling, power, and material waste.

At Riedel, products are designed with efficiency, reusability, and waste reduction in mind.

Riedel’s environmental policy and initiative to always improve efficiency while enhancing quality guides development goals, everyday practices, and commitment to promoting environmental sustainability. By designing for quality, efficiency, reusability, and savings — in space, weight, energy, and waste — we can all, in turn, create a more environmentally friendly production ecosystem. <

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Network and Resource Orchestration as the Key Enabler of Live Sports Production

Nothing beats the excitement of live sports, but broadcast pro duction of these events can be a major technical and finan cial headache. At all levels of sports and esports, production teams need to balance the viewers’ expectation of the highest production values, with the cost of production.

This dilemma has been the driving force behind the move to remote and even distributed production.

Designed to bring greater flexibility, quality, and costeffectiveness to production, these models enable the very best resources (or at least the most appropriate ones) to be used — wherever they are located.

> THE 3P s

These production resources can be described as the 3Ps: places, processing, and people.

Places encompass studios, control rooms, and outside broadcast production trucks.

Processing represents all the technical capabilities that are needed to carry out the events, including video and audio mixers, record and playback, and up/down/cross conversion for video, as well as audio embedding/de-embedding, shuffle, gain, and switching. Historically, this processing has been done on-prem, but many functions are now increasingly available in the cloud.

People are the production staff representing the most important resource in a production — not least because of the uniqueness of their skills.

> THE REQUIRED INFRASTRUCTURE

To enable those 3Ps resources to be pooled and shared in live production, the right infrastructure needs to be in place. There are essentially three main aspects to consider: hybrid processing, media transport, and orchestration.

The main focus of this paper is the orchestration layer. However, it is also worth considering briefly the other two factors.

Hybrid processing simply describes the fact that live processing is evolving to a combination of on-prem and cloud operations, as noted above. Cloud technology is obviously getting a lot of traction right now, with a recent survey by Nevion finding that 89% of broadcasters intend to adopt cloud technologies in the next year

for some applications. However, cloud adoption will vary: some organizations may go all-cloud, while others will stay firmly on the ground, with probably the majority opting for a combination of on-prem and cloud processes.

Realizing a distributed production requires the accommodation of existing processing (i.e. essentially equipment) in the new workflows. It also involves the progressive adoption of new distributed and easily scalable processing capabilities on the ground, and as well as cloud-agnostic processing (to avoid a provider’s lock-in). At the same time, it also requires a geographical separation between the generic A/V/M processing backend, and the control functions end-to-end (keyboards, panels, and control surfaces), so that the production staff can effectively work from virtually anywhere, regardless of the location where the actual processing takes place.

Media transport is obviously the piece that connects all 3Ps production resources. There has been a lot of focus in this area in recent years, as the industry has moved to IP technology. For example, standards such as SMPTE ST 2110 and NMOS, have ensured equipment interoperability among various manufacturers. Despite this, the broadcast industry still often seems to underestimate the challenges of scaling, resilience, and security.

Figure 1: Infrastructure building blocks for new workflows

ORCHESTRATION

This leads us to the orchestration part of the infrastructure.

Orchestration is often considered to be an afterthought in workflow transformation projects — despite being fundamental to their success.

Creating a distributed production requires the orchestrating of video, audio, and data flows within and between multiple locations. Almost without exception this involves “stitching together” very diverse environments: SDI, IP, IGMP-networks, SDN (software defined networks), LANs, and WANs, and now

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communication to/from 5G and cloud. So the orchestration needs to be able to handle all these technologies seamlessly, hiding the complexity from the users.

Given that most production environments will have equipment and network switches from multiple vendors, the orchestration system also needs to be vendor independent. A lot of progress has been made in the development and the adoption of NMOS as a standardized way to control equipment, but many older pieces of equipment don’t support the standard, and some specific operations are also not yet supported by it. In such cases, specific equipment drivers are required from the orchestration system. Similarly, network switches from different vendors have different interfaces that the orchestration system must support.

When it comes to controlling the network, the debate still rages on in the industry between the supporters of IGMP and SDN. It is now extending into what exactly qualifies as SDN.

At the core of the issue is how IP networks can cope with the very unique challenge of live media; that is, needing to handle both very high volumes of data and extremely low latency at the same time. Most other industries using IP networks require either one or the other, but not both.

As IP media networks become more widely deployed, the evidence is becoming increasingly stronger that, while IGMP works perfectly well for smaller set-ups (e.g. OB production trucks), SDN is a better approach when media networks are more substantial.

There are of course different flavors of SDN. Some even claim that dynamically changing the class of service in IP switches is SDN. That functionality is in fact a really long way from what proper SDN control can and should be.

Take, for example, the ability of the SDN controller to be service aware so that extra audio streams can be squeezed in the same bandwidth as much larger 4K video streams, to optimize bandwidth usage. Or the capability to include planned usage (e.g. a production taking place at a set date and time) together with ad-hoc usage (e.g. breaking news).

In short, the orchestration needs to offer advanced SDN control — as well as being able to handle IGMP networks, as noted earlier.

FEDERATION

Distributed production also brings a new set of challenges when it comes to orchestration.

The first is obviously scalability. The number of devices and media flows that a system needs to orchestrate is huge and likely to grow. This can put an enormous computational strain on the system, and therefore on performance.

A second aspect is security. Connecting facilities together or with external sports venues effectively opens up secured production networks to the outside, creating a risk. Properly built networks can overcome this, for example with firewalls. However, what secures the orchestration system? It needs to control all the resources everywhere to effectively connect them, but this is

potentially open to abuse.

The third challenge is resilience. Each facility needs to be able to function independently of the others — broadcasters need to produce shows on the main campus, even if another facility or a venue is unreachable for some reason.

A new development in orchestration provides the answer to those challenges: federation.

Figure 2: Autonomous systems collaborating to share, control, and connect

With federation, individual systems — for example, at each site — can now collaborate with other systems to share, control, and connect resources across locations securely.

As each system is autonomous and in charge of its own resources, it continues to function and collaborate, even if problems occur in other parts of the federation. The federation capability also enables orchestration systems to reach new heights in scalability.

While remote and distributed production are obvious applications for the federation functionality, the capability can also be used to compartmentalize networks within facilities, for example between ingest, production, and playout.

Federation is also a great opportunity for telecom service providers. It allows them to provide a WAN orchestration that can operate seamlessly with broadcasters’ orchestration, to bring together the customers’ facilities.

CONCLUSION

Sports production is clearly moving increasingly to remote and distributed production models, in which places, processing and people can contribute to the production regardless of their geographical location.

The building blocks for these new production models include the ability to connect processing in the cloud and on-prem through media network technology. However, orchestration plays the most central role in enabling the new production workflows.

Such systems are now facing unprecedented demands though, in terms or scalability, resilience, and security. However, advanced capabilities, most notably the new federation concept, can deliver on the promise of greater flexibility and cost-effectiveness in sports production. <

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> 3G WIRELESS

In 2022, 3G Wireless has added 12G / 4K enhancements to our current product line of RF Cameras, On-Board Camera Systems, NFL / CFB Pylons, Bike Racing, Helicopter Cameras, and specialty POV cameras. We also undertook many new challenging events this year such as Red Bull’s extreme Plane Swap stunt, the Maryland Cycling Classic, and the USFL inaugural season. 3G Wireless is also excited to be partnering with NHRA / FOX for the broadcast of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series to deliver never before seen On-Board angles and crystal clear talent mics. Specifically, for the USFL we developed RF packages to deliver seamless HFR and HDR video transmission for steadi-cams, pylons, and handheld RF cams. 3G Wireless has positioned themselves to keep pushing the RF limits for live sports broadcast.

> ADDER TECHNOLOGY

Established in 1984, Adder has grown to become a global leader in the design and manufacture of connectivity solutions. For over 37 years, they have been developing market-leading products that bring control and peace of mind to customers managing mission-critical applications, across a wide range of industries. Adder’s high performance IP KVM solutions improve user experience, desktop ergonomics and production workflows for customers around the world. Adder’s KVM matrix technology combines all this functionality to deliver endless connectivity possibilities. Leading broadcasters, motor sports teams, social media powerhouses and world-leading transport hubs have all identified the benefits that a KVM matrix can deliver — unparalleled flexibility, huge cost savings, and improved resiliency.

>ADVANCED IMAGE ROBOTICS (AIR)

AIR has had a great 2022! We debuted the AIR One fully integrated remote production platform at NAB, where we were the first startup to win their Technology Innovation Award, and also took home Product of the Year (Remote Production). In July, AIR took part in Turner Sports’ innovation day at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where we got to show off our shallow depth of field imaging and our easy remote control camera capabilities. See our website for highlights from field trials with PGA, Major League Rugby, and CompNet Jiu Jitsu Tournament. AIR One ships in Q4 2022 and includes robotic head, 4K cinematic camera with interchangeable lens, iPad with smart control app, connectivity accessories, high-impact carry case, and three-month subscription to our cloud platform. The platform can typically save 50% or more on live remote production costs.

> ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP

With our VPCR (Virtual Production Control Room), ASG makes it easy to replicate live production workflows in the cloud. Creative teams can produce and edit programming from any location. With the VPCR, you can produce real-time news, sports, esports, any live event programming — with or without a physical control room or production truck. The VPCR’s collaborative ecosystem supports a choice of production tools, so you’re never limited to one proprietary software solution. Structured in a VPC (virtual private cloud), its infrastructure is provisioned to create real-time, network-based control. Camera feeds, videoconferencing platforms and other IP-based contribution sources are admitted into the VPC, converted to network streams, and routed to the switcher using a cloud-based production router. Rather than producing content on software applications and hardware locally, these elements are managed by a hyperscaler such as Google Cloud or AWS and stored on their servers. This frees up resources and space, which reduces operating costs.

> AE LIVE

AE Live (AE), a world-leading provider of broadcast solutions to governing bodies, broadcasters, and production companies, is excited to be celebrating its 30th anniversary in the industry having recently expanded its global footprint with new subsidiary offices located in the US and Southeast Asia. For the past three decades, AE has built a reputation forged upon an ability to consistently deliver a reliable, yet innovative service in demanding environments around the world, specializing in capturing, processing, and visualizing live sports data using innovative, impactful, and informative on-screen graphics and augmented reality content. In what is already a landmark year for the company, AE is delivering some of the biggest projects in its history. It has extended its involvement with the delivery of English Premier League coverage for multiple clients and will be playing an integral role in a number of World Cup tournaments across different sports, including in Qatar towards the end of the year.

> AERIAL VIDEO SYSTEMS (AVS)

AVS is part of the NEP Broadcast Services Company and the leader in high-bitrate wireless 4K, HD, and aerial production with over 120 Vislink HD and 4K RF systems, including the new HCAM. AVS offers two 4K GSS and four Cineflex gyro-stabilized camera systems for vehicles, boats, helicopters, or its three Partenavia fixed-wing aircraft for aerial coverage. They also collaborated with Vislink and Canon to provide the

Canon C-500 shallow depth of field camera with control. AVS inventories the Sony P-50 cameras and was the first to integrate these into RF Steadicam systems with video return and prompter. This is the preferred package for major sporting events including Sunday, Monday, and Thursday Night Football; the Super Bowl; NBA All Stars; and virtually every live award and entertainment show. AVS is a part of NEP’s Specialty Capture division alongside BSI and the Fletcher Group.

> AJA VIDEO SYSTEMS

AJA

ColorBox is a new, portable, highperformance device featuring algorithmic and LUT processing capabilities for delivering precise and accurate color space conversions. ColorBox arrives as more productions are standardizing on 4K/UltraHD HDR, with color and LUT management proving essential to creating and achieving looks for live and scripted content. Ideal for live broadcast, live events, onset production, and post, ColorBox enables a range of HDR and SDR conversions and features 12G-SDI in/out and HDMI 2.0 out for up to 4K/ UltraHD 60p 10-bit YCbCr 4:2:2 and 30p 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal support for the most demanding projects. Designed to support a wide range of look management approaches on-set and in live production environments, ColorBox features a powerful AJA Color Pipeline and advanced color sciences from industry leaders including Colorfront and NBCU LUTs, as well as optional BBC HLG LUTs and ORION-CONVERT.

> ALL MOBILE VIDEO

All Mobile Video has remained committed to providing answers to both since 1976. As one of the country’s premier providers of end-to-end Video and Audio solutions, we offer a full spectrum of production services: Mobile Production units, Sound Stages, Post-Production, Streaming services, Equipment Sales & Rentals, and Centralized Master Control. The All Mobile Video team commits to serving clients and building relationships, catering to the individual needs of each production with unparalleled attention to detail.

> ALLIED BROADCAST GROUP

While Allied Broadcast Group is known in the broadcast industry for selling used gear, 2022 has been all about selling NEW! ABG has sold more new gear this year than in any prior since we began in 2011. This past year, we have sold six fully equipped production trailers to the Southland Conference for their sports productions, plus the trailers we have delivered to other clients, and we have even more trailers currently being built! And ESPN sports aren’t the only sports we equip clients for. Whether it’s Ross gear for Equestrian

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Sports Productions, a rack-ready trailer for Boxcar Productions to cover pickleball, or an audiocapture trailer for the Cherokee Nation, we can get you the gear to not miss a moment of the action! Reach out to us now and we’ll get you the gear you need to stay ahead of the game and play it back in slo-mo!

> ALPHA VIDEO

The Sports Group continues to be a leader in the design, deployment, and service of technology systems that help our clients engage fans, enhance teams, and expand revenue in their venues and facilities. In addition to completing control room upgrades for the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays for Opening Day 2022, we also have been assisting several of our professional and collegiate sports clients with additional upgrade projects to prepare for their upcoming or current seasons. Looking ahead, we are working on a new production facility for the Atlanta Falcons and are also providing the IP-based video production systems for the new MSG Sphere Las Vegas, a first of its kind entertainment facility in the world. Lastly, we are working on multiple sound systems, IPTV systems, and other technology upgrades for various clients. Whether you need AV for your team facility, a new control room for in-venue or live event production, an IPTV system, or a large venue sound system, Alpha Video has the solutions and award-winning team to assist you with all of your technology needs.

> AMAGI

Amagi is a next-generation media technology company that provides cloud broadcast and targeted advertising solutions to broadcast TV and streaming TV platforms. Amagi enables content owners to launch, distribute, and monetize live linear channels on Free Ad-supported Streaming TV and video services platforms. Amagi also offers 24x7 cloud-managed services bringing simplicity, advanced automation, and transparency to the entire broadcast operations. Overall, Amagi supports 700+ content brands, 800+ playout chains, and over 2,100 channel deliveries on its platform in over 40 countries. Amagi has a presence in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Paris, Melbourne, Seoul, Singapore, and broadcast operations in New Delhi, and an innovation center in Bangalore.

> AMAZON WEB SERVICES (AWS)

The world’s best sports organizations are using Amazon Web Services to build data-driven solutions and reinvent the way sports are watched, played, and managed. AWS provides cloud services that are at the core of sports innovation, athlete optimization, and epic fandom. Machine learning (ML) is producing advanced stats like NFL’s Next Gen Stats, Bundesliga’s Match Facts, and NHL’s Edge IQ powered by AWS; high performance computing (HPC) is redesigning F1 race cars and America’s Cup boats; organizations like NASCAR

are using artificial intelligence (AI) services to automatically tag and categorize archives; and Internet of Things (IoT) is connecting sensors from the track and field to deliver real-time data. Whether it’s predicting the probability of a catch in real-time, or forecasting ticket sales after a winning season, technology is changing the game. And AWS is how.

> APM MUSIC

Everyone who has ever experienced music synchronized to picture knows the undeniable impact that it plays. APM Music has been a crucial part of that experience for over 35 years with everything from the smallest of indie films to the largest blockbuster studio releases; television sitcoms to commercials and sports broadcasting; video games to mobile handheld games; and even musical greeting cards to online user-generated content. Offering the largest production music library in the world, with the most comprehensive collection of high-quality music for media APM Music provides the music that brings media together.

> APPEAR

Having launched operations in North America in 2022 to meet the growing demand for contribution and distribution solutions in the region, Appear has seen some major sports-related wins. Earlier this year, in recognition of the agility, efficiency, high density, and performance of Appear’s X Platform for contribution processing in high-bandwidth cloud applications, AWS selected the X20 for onboarding MLB live game content to the CDI/Media Connect via the Appear JPEG XS contribution platform. In spring of 2022, the X20 was also chosen by a major US sports broadcaster when faced with the requirement of launching a brand-new sports league broadcast. The broadcaster used the Appear X20 Platform for HEVC contribution of the high value, televised live broadcast. Appear’s unique technology “video alignment” was seen as the perfect fit for the multicamera live production, keeping all camera feeds in sync at the encode process.

> ARCTEK SATELLITE PRODUCTIONS

ARCTEK Satellite Productions recently introduced their newest Ku-band Sprinter, ARCTEK Gray. This truck packs a ton of capability to hit on all your REMI needs. ARCTEK Gray joins ARCTEK Black, Purple (both C-band) and Magenta (Ku-band) with the ability to transmit a 10+ path HD mux as well as 1080p, HDR, or 4K. ARCTEK can also service your encoding-only needs to fiber and IP with their uplink trucks and their mux fly-pack that can stand alone or be easily outfitted in their compact Mercedes Benz Metris. ARCTEK Satellite Productions is the company you want to call when you need reliability. ARCTEK is proud of its talented team who raise the bar high and are ready to roll nationwide with six wellequipped Sprinter satellite trucks (four Ku-band

and two C-band). When you think satellite, think ARCTEK. Nothing is more reliable than satellite.

> ARISTA NETWORKS

Arista Networks pioneered software-driven, cognitive cloud networking for large-scale datacenter and campus environments. Arista’s award-winning platforms redefine and deliver availability, agility, automation, analytics, and security. Arista has shipped more than twenty million cloud networking ports worldwide with CloudVision and EOS, an advanced network operating system. Committed to open standards across private, public and hybrid cloud solutions, Arista products are supported worldwide directly and through partners.

> ARRI

“Inspiring images. Since 1917.” ARRI is a global player within the motion picture industry, employing around 1,200 staff worldwide. Named after its founders August Arnold and Robert Richter, ARRI was established in Munich, Germany, where the headquarters is still located today. Other subsidiaries are in Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia. The ARRI Group consists of the business units Camera Systems, Lighting, and Rental, all dedicated to connecting creativity and future technologies for moving images. ARRI is a leading designer and manufacturer of camera and lighting systems as well as system solutions for the film, broadcast, and media industries, with a worldwide distribution and service network. The portfolio includes digital cameras, lenses, camera accessories, archive technologies, lamp heads, and lighting accessories. Along with offering exclusive technologies, ARRI Rental’s first-class services and equipment provide camera, lighting, and grip packages to professional productions around the world. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI’s engineers and their contributions to the industry with 19 Scientific and Technical Awards. ARRI has also been honored with accolades from the Emmy’s, Hollywood Professional Association, and SMPTE. For locations and more information, please visit www.arri.com.

> ARTEL VIDEO SYSTEMS

Artel Video Systems, a world-class provider of innovative, real-time multimedia delivery solutions, continues to add functionality to the awardwinning SMART Multimedia Delivery Platform in openGear (SMART OG). A software-defined, fourchannel, auto-sense SD-SDI/HD-SDI/3G/4K-over-IP multi-function gateway, SMART OG is bringing the family of JPEG compression engines, including those specified in VSF TR-01, TR-07, and TR-08, onto the openGear platform. With SMART OG, users can deploy hardware once and easily change the gateway function via a software update.

> ASTOUND BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

Astound Business Solutions provides IT leaders with high-capacity, secure connectivity for

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mission-critical applications while increasing overall agility and responsiveness to customer needs. As a national telecommunications provider, we offer advanced solutions that are delivered over a diverse, carrier-grade network that we own and maintain, providing the speed, bandwidth, and reliability businesses need to support growing data demands. While we provide coast-to-coast connectivity to more than 70,000 business customers, we maintain a local, customer-centric approach, with dedicated industry experts on-hand around the clock to help you stay on top of today’s evolving IT technology and remain competitive in their markets.

> ASTUCEMEDIA

We do it in real time. From data to datavisualization. We enhance the world’s largest sports events coverage with advanced statistics, innovative player tracking, interactive graphics, virtual set, augmented reality, and XR. From FIFA World Cup 2022 to eSkootr Championship, each project is customizable to your show, brand, and specific data. ESkootr Championship 2022: In collaboration with PopUp TV (design), we did the real-time data integration to Vizrt graphics and during the events supporting with our Data Platform. TSN: We just signed a contract with TSN for their new Virtual Set and XR studio. The first phase is to define and conceptualize the VS/AR/XR, second phase will be to design, and then the third phase to integrate and deploy.

> ASU PRODUCTIONS

Don and Jessica Collopy started American Satellite Uplink in 2007. As the company progressed they started doing more and more production work forming what eventually would become ASU Productions. Don started his career in the television industry with CBS Sports in New York City. In 1998, he began working for Fox News Channel as a satellite engineer on their New York satellite truck. He did extensive travel during his time at Fox News beyond his duties as a truck engineer. We wanted to use our many years of experience to provide a dependable solution for all of your uplink and production needs. We have a team of experienced and talented satellite engineers, photographers, and audio technicians who will provide our clients with the professional result they are expecting.

> AT&T

AT&T is leading the way to the future — for customers, businesses, and the industry. The company continues to develop new technologies to make it easier for customers to stay connected. AT&T envisions a world where everything and everyone work together, a world that works for you. AT&T Global Video Service features flexible, cost-effective connectivity tailored to suit your

business needs. Available in over 200 points of presence globally, including sports venues, production studios, network bureaus, and virtually anywhere content originates, this service features a high-quality network designed to meet the rigorous requirements of the broadcast community — a network built to provide customers a “hitless” switching experience with quick access, more bandwidth, dual and diverse end-to-end routing connection arrangements to help ensure network survivability.

> ATEME

QR rollout. Notes Abelson, “Live sports broadcasts and games in arenas and stadiums are natural ar eas of application for our solution. We believe these examples are among the first of a very broad range of markets for our technology.”

> AUDIO-TECHNICA

Ateme

once again showed its capabilities to harness the latest technologies and drive innovative services, this time live on the world tennis stage. At the 2022 French Open tennis tournament, Ateme and a group of select companies tested new distribution modes, both in broadcast and multicast, thanks to 5G. Ateme delivered the tournament live over 5G to a TV and to mobile phones, in collaboration with several companies. The event represented the world’s first large-scale live delivery of VVC-encoded streams. This entailed highly efficient end-to-end lowlatency streaming over 5G of hybrid multicast and unicast low-latency streams to a television and mobile phones. The project also featured CMAF packaging of live video, so when the 5G eNodeB cell reached its peak in terms of audience numbers, it automatically switched to multicast to maintain a high quality of service.

> ATOMOS

We celebrated our 60th year of audio excel lence worldwide in 2022. Audio-Technica provides dependable microphone solutions that capture high-quality mono, stereo, and immersive audio in many forms such as shotgun mics, sideaddress, lavs, and handheld ENG. The simplic ity of our Immersive Audio Microphone BP3600 is also its advantage, as producers and engineers who wish to capture immersive audio content in a real time and fast-paced environment, such as live sports, will have a practical and uncomplicated solution without the additional algorithms and decoding required in alternative immersive audio capture applications. Following nearly three sea sons of extensive prototype testing of Audio-Tech nica’s BP3600 Microphone at MotoGP, the Grand Prix motorcycle racing Championship, commercial rights holder Dorna Sports S.L. has moved to make the 8.0 microphone a core audio component of its future program broadcasting, which includes am bitious plans toward remote production.

> AZZURRO HD

ATOMOS

designs pioneering products that transform the way digital film and video con tent is made around the world. From our range of hardware devices for monitoring and recording, easy-to-use software tools, and intelligent cloud services, we engineer best-in-class technologies, and create products for the next generation of filmmakers.

> AUDAZZIO

Software startup Audazzio is in the midst of the ongoing rollout of its proprietary Live QR tech nology, which leverages ultrasonic, data-encoded sound waves to instantly create valuable secondscreen opportunities on viewers’ phones and tab lets. The Live QR algorithm encodes data as highfrequency sound that is inaudible to the human ear, but perfectly discernible by mobile devices. Recently, the entire Audazzio organization — in cluding COO Danny Abelson and Chairman of the Board/CEO Roy Terracina, an advisory team of industry consultants (Fred Aldous, Roger Charles worth, and Michael Abbott), software developers, and other key personnel — gathered together for a company summit in Boulder, CO, to network, brainstorm, and explore the next steps of the Live

Azzurro just completed the rollout of its NICO controller for Fox Sports and NFL Network. This browser-based software provides full con trol of all IP equipment at the network’s studios throughout the country. The software features ultra-low latency video and audio previews, offer ing a truly interactive experience. Coupled with responsive control features, the user can build transmission paths and frame up live shots in realtime. This summer, AzzurroTX portable systems provided transmission from NFL training camps. Azzurro TeamCam systems continue to provide live interviews from every team facility and athome analyst. We are excited to be working with Stadium Sports Network who will be utilizing Az zurroUTX systems for talent working from their home studios. Azzurro proudly reinstalled a new “fanless” AzzurroCam at the home of Hall of Fame Coach Jimmy Johnson. Watch him live on Fox NFL Sundays when he is not in studio. Check out our redesigned website www.azzurrohd.com.

> BECKTV

BeckTV is a premier design-build systems inte grator. We’ve been serving broadcast custom ers across the United States for almost 40 years, with clientele ranging from broadcast and cable networks, local TV stations, sports trucks, stadi ums, and venues to educational institutions and houses of worship. BeckTV has a reputation as the

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live channels with multiple feeds, low latency,

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go-to integrator for sports installations. One of our flagship sports projects in 2022 was at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. The Mets called on BeckTV to spearhead the control room integration in the 13-year-old stadium. BeckTV installed and engineered the brand new 4K SMPTE ST 2110 sys tem, replacing the venue’s legacy equipment with new 4K- and IP-capable gear and workflows.

> BELDEN

Belden cabling and connectivity supports the technology that will help make safe re-entry for fans possible. To create touchless, safe, and immersive experiences, sports and entertainment venues are relying on Belden for end-to-end in frastructure solutions that bring connectivity, in teraction, and emerging technology to life. Fans can look forward to an innovative experience with mobile ordering, real-time density mapping, mobile betting, and precise wayfinding all within an in-stadium app. Immersive technologies with augmented/mixed realities will enhance the gameday experience like never before. We’re proud to be part of the world’s biggest, most well-known venues, from SoFi Stadium and the new Climate Pledge Arena to Major League Soccer’s boom with Austin FC and the Columbus Crew venues. We’re so excited to contribute to the return of safe sports and entertainment events — and making them better than ever. Don’t wait! The time to upgrade your infrastructure is now.

> BEXEL

Bexel, an NEP Broadcast Services Company, is the leading global provider of broadcast solutions. For 40 years, Bexel has supported major broad casters in bringing the most important events to a global audience. Our team of technicians and engi neers build custom, scalable broadcast solutions for a range of services including production equipment rentals, RF audio, 4K technology, fiber optic solu tions, virtual production, and systems integration. Bexel is supported by the strength and resources of the NEP Worldwide Network, ensuring supe rior, consistent service anywhere in the world, with technical support available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have the proven experience and industryleading technology to cover your live sporting event, entertainment production, studio facility, venue, or house of worship, and government broadcast.

> BIRDDOG

BirdDog is the manufacturer of the world’s best NDI tools and is dedicated to simplifying your transition from baseband video to IP workflows. Based out of Melbourne, Australia, and with a team of innovative and slightly quirky engineers, our goal is simple — make great products at great prices.

> BITCENTRAL

At the beginning of 2022, Bitcentral ac quired Powr.tv, the provider of the leading direct-to-consumer video publishing solution. Powr’s OTT platform has 200+ apps that enables customers to increase audience reach across ma jor app stores, including Apple, Google, Roku, and Amazon. The award-winning combined solution of FUEL + Powr provides one unified workflow that simplifies video management, streaming, consumer application experience, and distribu tion for broadcasters, publishers, and media com panies. The combined solution offers: broadcastquality live streaming, dynamic playlisting for lin ear channels, flexible monetization models (AVOD/ SVOD/TVOD/Hybrid/Coupons/Gifting), live chat / watch party features generating real-time viewer engagement, and syndication and FAST channel distribution. Bitcentral also introduced Live Guide To-Go, a turnkey EPG channel management solu tion of digital linear feeds that easily builds linear TV experiences into current user interfaces using a simple SDK across web, mobile, and CTV. Bitcen tral recently launched the Bahakel Sport Network.

> BITFIRE NETWORKS + STUDIOS

expensive bandwidth, or lots of hardware and stor age. Users can create content collaboratively from any location and since no source media is moved, content ingress and egress is negligible, which delivers significant energy and cost efficiencies. Indeed, independent research has evidenced that Blackbird generates up to 91% less carbon (black bird.video/carbonefficient) and is 35% lower cost to run than cloud based and traditional on premise editing systems (blackbird.video/TCO). Blackbird’s unique and compelling advantages of speed, freedom, lower cost, and reduced carbon emissions are rapidly disrupting the video editing space. Growing revenues by 32% in 2021 and over seas sales growing by 314% over the past 3 years, sports organizations choosing Blackbird over tra ditional editing platforms over the past 12 months include FIFA. The world football’s governing body has chosen Blackbird to provide ultra efficient, sus tainable cloud native video production services to in a multi-year deal. FIFA’s distributed production team use Blackbird for professional level, collab orative cloud native video editing, and publishing of high volumes of football related content.

> BLACKMAGIC DESIGN

BitFire

Networks believes in redefining tradition al broadcast television workflows with our in novative remote production technologies combined with best-in-class customer service. Using BitFire’s custom-developed IP transport protocol, clients like MLB Network, CBS Sports, Twitch, and orga nizations such as the NLL and PFL have relied on BitFire to solve a variety of their production needs. Custom tailored for each individual project, BitFire can assemble a multi-path transmission package with video, audio, comms, data, and more. BitFire’s state-of-the-art production studio in Phoenix con tinues to expand its core product offering with an eye toward the ever-changing landscape of content production. This 16,000 sq. ft. facility is complete with two sound stages, including an immersive XR stage, and broadcast control rooms. The BitFire team looks forward to working with current and fu ture clients as we round out the 2022 year.

> BLACKBIRD

Spearheading

the revolution in remote produc tion and the flexibility to create video content by anyone, anywhere, anytime is cloud native edit ing and publishing platform, Blackbird. The plat form was conceived around the concepts of resil ience and freedom — freedom from location, free dom from proprietary systems and hardware and the resilience to continue to operate with very little resource. The Blackbird professional video editing toolset is accessed through a browser on any lap top with an internet connection from just 2Mb/s. There’s no need for heavy editing infrastructure,

Blackmagic Design recently announced several new creative video products. ATEM Constella tion HD live production switchers include ATEM 1 M/E Constellation HD with 10 x 3G SDI inputs ($995), ATEM 2 M/E Constellation HD with 20 x 3G SDI inputs ($1,695) and ATEM 4 M/E Constel lation HD with 40 x 3G SDI inputs ($3,695). All models include full standards conversion on ev ery SDI input, four ATEM advanced chroma key ers per M/E row, up to four DVEs, media players and larger media pool. ATEM SDI portable live production switchers, including ATEM SDI ($345), ATEM SDI Pro ISO ($795), and ATEM SDI Ex treme ISO ($1,495), feature standards converters on all inputs, built-in Fairlight audio mixer with 6 band parametric EQ, compressor and limiter on all inputs, internal DVEs, chroma keyers, and profes sional transitions. HyperDeck Extreme 4K HDR broadcast deck ($2,995) features advanced H.265 4K recording with a touchscreen user interface with built-in scopes and HDR screen. HyperDeck Shuttle HD desktop recorder/player ($495) sup ports recording and playback for ProRes, DNx, and H.264 files as well as PCM or AAC audio, and has a built-in teleprompter. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 ($1,995) includes an adjustable touchscreen for easier framing of shots, a larger battery, and support for an optional electronic viewfinder. It has the latest Blackmagic Generation 5 Color Science and retains the popular cinematic Super 35 HDR image sensor with 13 stops of dy namic range, dual native ISO, and EF lens mount from the previous model.

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> BRAINSTORM

Brainstorm is a specialist in providing industryleading real-time 3D graphics, AR/XR, and virtual set solutions for all broadcast graphics types and workflows, feature film production, and corporate presentations. With over 2,500 installations since 1993, customers include many of the world’s leading broadcasters plus smaller, regional stations. Brainstorm’s flagship products are eStudio, the fastest on-air graphics and virtual studio engine; InfinitySet, the most advanced virtual set and AR/XR solution; Aston, the designers’ choice for graphics creation, CG, and playout; Neuron for broadcast graphics management; and Edison, the cost-effective easyto-use virtual studio in-a-box. With headquarters in Spain and subsidiaries in the US and Asia, Brainstorm is a global company committed to innovation, member of the NAB, SVG, IABM and other industry associations, and is certified and meets the requirements of ISO 9001. Find us on Vimeo.com/Brainstorm3d and YouTube.com/ BrainstormMultimedia

> BRIDGE DIGITAL

Bridge Digital is a company with expertise in digital video workflows and the technologies to make them work better. We help creators and owners of digital content build an infrastructure to create, manage, distribute, and monetize their video assets effectively. Our solutions cover the entire digital media workflow — from ingest to final delivery. Put our strategic use of technology to work for you! We can accelerate your workflows, expand your capabilities, and improve quality for a better return on your investment.

> BROADCAST MANAGEMENT GROUP

This year has seen explosive growth at Broadcast Management Group. BMG has seen an increase in new clients and work from existing clients. To meet the demand, we expanded our staff, doubled the size of our Las Vegas Broadcast Operations Center, and added REMI mobile units. We also expanded our New York City facility. In August, we hired Graham Taylor as Executive Producer of Sports Programming. In September, we rolled out another REMI mobile unit. BMG has operations in New York City; Chicago; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; and Las Vegas. The company provides turnkey sports packaging services and managed services including outsourced production facilities, long-term production staffing, facility management, and operations and original programing production. BMG’s proprietary REMI workflow of centralized technology and decentralized production teams allow it to provide the best creative and technical teams for every project, regardless of the location.

> BROADCAST SERVICES

INTERNATIONAL (BSI)

Broadcast Services International is a recognized leader in domestic and international broadcast markets. Providing full turn-key production solutions including technical consulting, equipment rentals, RF wireless solutions, commentary systems, and host broadcast packages. BSI is finishing its busiest integration season to date with successful installations for the BBC at the European Championships in Munich, Germany, and the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK. This fall and winter, BSI’s focus is turning towards an installation for Telemundo in Doha Qatar for the 2023 FIFA World Cup. Among its many design and integration projects BSI is looking towards a very busy 2022 winter season with a series of winter events and international golf projects along with their returning annual productions. BSI has also added new equipment to its roster with a Ross Ultrix Router, Sony 4300 cameras, a Calrec Brio, Multidyne 12x1 3G Multiplexer, and a host of facilities to ensure BSI’s clients continue to receive world-class production services and equipment.

> BROADCAST SPORTS INTERNATIONAL (BSI)

At Broadcast Sports International (BSI), our engineers and operations team are at the leading edge of turnkey custom broadcast solutions — we’ve done it for more than 40 years. Our work spans some of the largest and most important events in broadcast history. Founded in 1979 by an entrepreneurial team of engineers, BSI now employs nearly 200 people worldwide and boasts a 50,000 square foot U.S. headquarters just outside of Baltimore and an international office near London. Our fleet of state-of-the-art production trailers are in action every weekend of the year at major live events.

> BROADPEAK

Broadpeak designs and manufactures video delivery components for Content Providers and Network Service Providers deploying IPTV, Cable, and OTT services. Its portfolio of solutions and technologies powers the delivery of movies, television programming and other content over managed networks and the internet for viewing on any type of device. The company’s systems and services help operators increase market share and improve subscriber loyalty with superior quality of experience. Broadpeak supports all of its customers worldwide, from simple installations to large delivery systems reaching capacities of several simultaneous million streams. Broadpeak systems leverage the long legacy of Technicolor’s excellence in broadcast and broadband content delivery.

> C360

C360 is personalizing the sports viewing experience. We’ve entertained millions of viewers worldwide while working with the largest sports broadcasters and Fortune 500 companies across the globe. Our platform integrates the smallest, most innovative cameras and patented software with v-commerce, sports betting, and player/ object tracking. C360 is leading the personalized viewing revolution across every streaming channel, device and social media service allowing unlimited viewers to control their own fully immersive viewing experience.

> CALREC AUDIO / DIGICO

For more than 50 years, the world’s most successful broadcasters have relied on Calrec. They still do. As our industry adapts to new viewing habits and evolving commercial environments, Calrec is helping broadcasters to stay ahead as they switch to IP infrastructures; to achieve efficiency with remote broadcasting; to save money with virtual production. Calrec’s flexible Type R can adapt to a variety of requirements including virtual, and Calrec has expanded its range of consoles, from the cost-effective Brio consoles, to the IP-enabled ImPulse core. For flexible working, integrated networks and reliable audio, Calrec has it covered.

> CANON USA

Canon U.S.A. offers a full line of professional 4K and HD imaging equipment to support the wide range of applications in sports production, from professional to colleges and universities, esports, and everything in between. From our award-winning Broadcast Lenses, including the new flagship UHD-DIGISUPER 122 AF Field Zoom — our first 4K broadcast lens to include built-in AF — to our advanced line of PTZ Remote Cameras, which includes the new CR-N700 that’s capable of streaming 4K 60P over IP and the CR-X300, which features an IP65 rating making it ideal for outdoor use, Canon’s all-star line-up of professional products is field-proven to help capture virtually any sports production with outstanding power and flexibility. With our decades of experience in the sports production industry, Canon knows firsthand the many challenges and opportunities that our customers face on a daily basis, and how important it is to always have someone in your corner. That’s the reason we offer a robust Service & Support operation with world-class programs that offer not only excellence in customer care, but also a range of live and online resources to keep you updated with the latest imaging technology and techniques. Another key solution we offer is our Canon Financial Services (CFS), which makes available a variety of leasing and payment plan options to make obtaining a Canon product easy

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NOT JUST DRAMATIC. CINEMATIC.

World’s first full frame pan/tilt/zoom*: the FR7

From the penalty box to the sideline to the dugout, sports is a showcase for extreme passion. Take advantage of the new Cinematic storytelling capabilities: it’s the world’s first full frame PTZ camera with interchangeable lenses. And HLG HDR. And S-Cinetone® gamma rendition. You can deploy the camera just about anywhere – and control it from just about anywhere. Sony’s FR7. In the world of remote cameras, there’s nothing remotely like it.

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and affordable. The wide range of products we offer, combined with our other many resources designed to support those operating in the sports production industry, is the reason why so many customers and partners trust Canon.

> CARTONI CAMERA SUPPORT

Cartoni Camera Support now features a line of encoded fluid heads versions. As of September 2022, all Cartoni heads over 30 kg capacity will have an “e” version, featuring high precision position absolute encoders with 4 million counts. Cartoni also provides a “V” box for gathering the position data matching with visual effects, LED wall background, virtual advertising, and more. The unique position of the encoders on the very pan and tilt axis ensures a millimetric precision of the reading with no backlash. Cartoni has also had a successful year with the Master 65 being purchased by several MLS Clubs and Universities and Stadiums including FC Cincinnati, St. Louis City FC, Texas A&M, NC State, and SoFi Stadium.

> CES POWER

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Memphis, TN, CES Power has a multi-decade track record of providing reliable and safe power solutions to its blue-chip customer base, including at the world’s most complex and highest profile events. The company offers a full range of technology driven power services to the broadcasting, entertainment, and industrial sectors.

> CHESA

Chesapeake Systems is a full-service provider of technology systems and solutions that specializes in optimizing media workflows from creation to distribution and preservation. Chesapeake’s expert architects design pioneering asset management solutions that enable creative teams and drive efficiencies in IT, all backed by steadfast customer support. Dedicated to building long-term relationships as trusted partners, Chesapeake offers a rare level of passion and understanding in the design, development, deployment and maintenance of secure, highperformance media asset management solutions (MAM/DAM/PAM); storage, backup, and archival systems; workflow automation; cloud platforms; media transcoding and delivery; and API integration, among other services.

> CHYRON

Ahighlight of the year was Chyron’s 2022 NAB Show Product of the Year Award win for Chyron LIVE, the end-to-end, cloud-native live video production platform that includes switching, graphics, and illustrated replay. Chyron LIVE is a game-changer for sports at every level, making live production tools flexible, scalable,

and readily accessible. Chyron’s partnership with sports organizations continues. Our leading-edge venue controller, PRIME Click Effects, was in use at many facilities including the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and Rose Bowl. (A new PRIME Click Effects release with numerous enhancements is scheduled to arrive soon.) With PRIME VSAR, Chyron also supported OS Studios’ virtual set implementation for AT&T Annihilator Cup, an esports competition streamed live. The Boston Red Sox invested in the PRIME Platform to support in-game presentations and has been knocking it out of the park with stunning graphics. Earlier this year, MOOV LIMITED used PRIME CG to its fullest potential with fantastic on-screen graphics for the 22nd Commonwealth Games. PRIME CG’s latest developments provide designers and playout operators with the tools to make sense of vast data sets, get the right stats into a graphic, drive dynamic scene elements through data values, and manage real-time updates on the fly.

> CINESYS

clients, including sports teams and leagues, news organizations, and entertainment companies. In relying on CIS’s expertise, our clients have been able to outsource a lot of their technical challenges, and focus their energy and resources on how the technology we implement ultimately delivers business value and creative value to their organizations. Enabling our customers to achieve their desired business goals and operational goals by effectively implementing our solutions is what we mean when we say that customer success is in our DNA.

> CISCO SYSTEMS

Raising the game for sports and fans. We’re reimagining how fans, athletes, teams, and organizations experience sporting events. From the Olympic Games to the U.S. Open, from elite soccer clubs to esports, Cisco is changing the game.

> CLARK

CineSys

is a Broadcast and Media Systems Integrator providing solutions, integration, and support for digital content creators. With extensive IT experience and a foundation in media, CineSys serves a range of industries from postproduction companies to broadcast and sports organizations. This year, CineSys has helped numerous businesses implement cloud and hybrid solutions, while also setting up new edit, sound, and color suites for a major broadcaster. With development and MAM teams in-house, CineSys can help create customized solutions for customer specific workflows. They also provide fully managed support services, freeing up customers’ internal teams to focus on the work at hand. Are you looking to take advantage of your sports archives, need remote access and sharing capabilities, or more efficient storage for the everincreasing amounts of data? Get in touch with CineSys to discuss how they can help strengthen and accelerate your workflow, so that you can focus on growing your business.

> CIS GROUP

For over 30 years, CIS Group has been a Media Technology solutions provider and systems integrator with core competencies across the professional services spectrum, including Consulting & Workflow Design, Integration, Full System Commissioning & Installation, Technical & Operational Training, Maintenance & Support, DevOps, and Managed Services. Focused exclusively on the MediaTech space, CIS has delivered countless solutions aimed at a variety of use cases throughout the Content Supply Chain — including live production, postproduction, archiving, and distribution for various types of

Clark has over 25 years of history revolutionizing how creative content producers engage their audience and further their mission. From the very beginning, Clark has been on the leading edge of innovation by pioneering practical and relevant solutions to today’s challenges. Clark is partnering with a transformative new sports league, Overtime Elite (OTE), on their new Atlanta-based broadcast facility and venue.

> CLARK WIRE & CABLE

Clark Wire & Cable, a leader in broadcast and professional AV interconnect technology, is celebrating over 30 years of business. With a focus on quality and innovation, Clark Wire & Cable delivers unique and reliable solutions dedicated to the markets it serves. From precision engineered bulk cable and cable assemblies to connectors, tools, and custom panels, Clark Wire & Cable is committed to delivering comprehensive interconnect solutions.

> COBALT DIGITAL

Cobalt recently released its Indigo 2110DC-01 — a factory option that supports uncompressed 4K and adds native SMPTE ST 2110 interfaces to the audio and video processing elements on the company’s 9904-UDX-4K openGear card. The cost-effective, integrated solution includes dual 25G Ethernet interfaces so customers no longer need to put multiple boxes or processing elements in the data path switching between IP and SDI. By processing natively over IP, complexity is streamlined, and costs are reduced significantly. ST 2022-7 seamless redundancy switching is also incorporated for improved network reliability as well as IS04/IS-05 NMOS for automatic discovery and configuration. This included support makes interfacing to an existing network very straightforward, devices are auto

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Zixi Broadcaster

Securely connect sources to targets with inflight content transformation and integrated end-to-end monitoring

Zixi Edge Compute (ZEC) Consolidate video devices and platforms with support for over 17 industry standard protocols

Live Transcoding Video Optimized Integrated Live Transcoding

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ZEN Master Virtual control plane abstracts complexity to operate at scale

Intelligent Data Platform (IDP) AI/ML driven analysis to accurately predict future channel health, detect anomalies and resolve incidents

Zixi Live Event Management End-to-end control and visibility, deploying cloud infrastructure only when needed before releasing it upon completion to manage costs

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discovered by the network management and made available for interconnection. Indigo, already available on the quad path 9905-MPx openGear card, offers advanced processing with IP inputs and outputs and eliminates the need for any external gateways. When combined with the 9904-UDX4K openGear card a powerful and dense solution is created that is capable of natively processing HD, 3G, and 4K IP streams without compromising quality. The 9904 platform is capable of up/down/ cross conversion, audio routing, color correction, 3D-LUT processing, and supports Advanced HDR by Technicolor.

> CONFERENCE TECHNOLOGIES INC. (CTI)

Since 1988, Conference Technologies, Inc. (CTI) has provided comprehensive technology services including design, engineering, training, and support for professional audio-video, broadcast, and control systems. Through a proven process, CTI designs, integrates, and maintains complete sports production and streaming systems for reliable, interactive experiences. CTI’s quality approach has been consistent — deliver the very best audio-visual and broadcast solutions. The media technology team at CTI is dedicated to service, quality, and customer satisfaction locally, nationally, and worldwide, and understands the specialized needs of clients in arenas and venues for connected sports and entertainment experiences.

> CP COMMUNICATIONS

The return of live sports has been enhanced by technology innovations for location-based and remote production. CP Communications and its Red House Streaming subsidiary have aggressively expanded its portfolio across content acquisition and production, live transport and streaming, and NOC-based monitoring. CP and RHS have also strengthened its national sports production footprint with a new strategic business location in the busy Los Angeles market. The Red House Streaming business emphasizes IP, cloud, and bonded cellular networking. Along with FASTReturn and Virtual Media Center cloud solutions, RHS now offers Aviwest, Haivision, Kiloview, Mobile Viewpoint, and Videon technologies, making it one of the largest suppliers of encoding, networking, and streaming solutions. These technologies have recently been deployed for the ACC Men’s Golf Championship, Bahamas Great Exuma Classic, and CrossFit Games. CP Communications continues as the leader in RF Coordination services for sports content acquisition, including the recent 2022 World Games Championship in Oregon.

> CREATIVE DIMENSIONS

At Creative Dimensions, we design and fabricate custom broadcast studio sets and desks, branded environments, trade show exhibits, and interior/exterior signage. We have been in the ‘creativity business’ for more than 35 years. Our three-time Emmy Award-winning team of visionary designers, skilled craftsmen, and project managers have built a reputation of delivering innovative and impactful solutions across all industries. We’ve become experts not only at creating world-class signage, exhibits, broadcast sets, and experiences, but also guiding our clients along every step of the way. Client satisfaction is our style. More than anything else, it drives us — not just as an organization, but as individuals. Every decision we make, every strategy we adopt, we’re keeping your goals in mind. Whatever the project, our passion for a job well done and that ultimate ‘WOW’ factor inspires us to create inventive and original solutions to impress you and your customers.

> CREATIVE MOBILE SOLUTIONS

Creative Mobile Solutions provides tapeless workflow solutions for live events and studiobased shows. We stay on the cutting edge of tapeless workflow and use our expertise daily in live production environments. Our goals are increasing efficiency and saving your production time and money. We provide services for television, film, commercial, and other video productions. The experts on our team have worked with major sporting events such as ESPN’s ESPY Awards, the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, the US Open (Golf Channel & ESPN), ESPN College Football Gameday, the NBA Finals, and the Super Bowl.

> CROWN CASTLE

and they can be on location for any level of need in the majority of North America. In a competitive business where you are only as good as your last job, CSP has earned its reputation for being on time, on budget, and on target.

> DAKTRONICS

The 2022 fall sports season will be a big one for Daktronics as multiple valued customers will debut new LED displays that we’ll manufacture and install. The Arizona Cardinals will have a new end zone display for the season that culminates with the championship played at State Farm Stadium. Other venues showcasing technology upgrades include Bank of America Stadium with multiple new displays including an amazing entrance display and Arrowhead Stadium with new ribbon displays. Improving the indoor experience, newly installed narrow pixel pitch displays will engage viewers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Heinz Field. In the college ranks, schools featuring new displays include San Diego State University, Harvard University, South Carolina State University, University of Tennessee, Stanford University, and Virginia State University, to name just a few. When football kicks off, the LED lights will be bright, exciting, and entertaining across the nation thanks to Daktronics customers.

> DALE PRO AUDIO

Dale Pro Audio has been a distinguished leader in the Broadcast, Live Sound, Contracting, and Studio/Post markets since 1956. Dale carries the industry’s top brands, has an expansive showroom in Jamaica, NY, and is staffed by a sales and technical team second to none.

> DALET

Crown

Castle owns, operates, and leases more than 40,000 cell towers and approximately 80,000 route miles of fiber supporting small cells and fiber solutions across every major U.S. market. This nationwide portfolio of communications infrastructure connects cities and communities to essential data, technology, and wireless service — bringing information, ideas, and innovations to the people and businesses that need them.

> CSP MOBILE PRODUCTIONS

In business for over 25 years, CSP Mobile Productions LLC is one of the fastest growing mobile HD and digital television production companies in the U.S. The company provides clients with the highest quality mobile television facilities, the most professional and service-oriented staff, and the best equipment at reasonable prices. With one of the industry’s newest fleets, CSP’s mobile units are cutting-edge, powerful, and efficient,

Dalet Sports Solutions — fast game-toaudience content workflows. Deliver winning experiences to your viewers, subscribers, and fans. Dalet brings you modern and powerful tools to address the entire content life cycle with a modular platform. It allows you to quickly locate, curate, produce, process, and publish sports content to multiple platforms, including directto-consumer OTT, linear, social, and syndication partners quickly and efficiently. Dalet helped the likes of the Toronto Raptors, Arsenal Football Club, SL Benfica, and Bundesliga boost their fan engagement. Our team is driven by a passion for media and committed to empowering a world where compelling stories are beautifully made, effortlessly told, and thoughtfully delivered. Download our latest white paper on sports fan engagement to learn more. https://hubs.li/ Q01lv_6f0

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We Make Amazing Happen! 4Sky® is a four-point suspended system that enables a camera to move dynamically across a sports field, arena, or concert stage from virtually any spot or angle, flowing freely vertically and horizontally through a predefined indoor or outdoor Mediapro has a total of 13 studios in the United States: 10 in Miami, 2 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which has a rooftop with views of the Manhattan skyline, and 1 located in Manhattan. In its current production centers in New York and Miami, Mediapro provides studio services for television shows, commercials, concerts, music videos, photo shoots, music rehearsals, and many other productions. 4K Live production without any operator • Multisports • Multicam • Multiple Outputs • Outdoor and Indoor • Up to 60 frames per second output • Outdoor and Indoor • Up to 60 frames per second output Email US: sales.us@mediapro.tv @Mediaprouswww.mediaprous.tv STUDIOS ® Omnicam4Sky

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> DATACORE SOFTWARE

DataCore

Software announced that it has joined forces with Symply, an innovative developer of high-speed digital storage solutions, to release a new appliance-based product that streamlines media archiving. The groundbreaking new SymplyPerifery is powered by DataCore’s next-generation object storage platform, Perifery, designed for appliances and edge devices. Integrated with powerful workflow and asset management tools, SymplyPerifery provides organizations in the media and entertainment industry with a highly scalable, flexible, and secure archive appliance that integrates seamlessly with workflows in production, postproduction, studios, sports, and in-house creative. https:// www.datacore.com/news-post/datacore-partnerswith-symply-on-groundbreaking-media-archiveappliance/

> DELL TECHNOLOGIES

Technology drives human progress. This tenet is the core of our business and vision. Our customers and team members are integral to our continuing success as we provide the essential infrastructure for organizations to transform their digital futures.

> DELTATRE

Deltatre is the global leader in fan-first video experiences. Our market-leading product and services portfolio has helped redefine the way the world consumes sport, media, and entertainment by offering specialist innovations in over-thetop streaming, websites and apps, graphics, data, officiating systems, user experience, and product design. We have a growing employee community of over 1,000 members, who are distributed in key cities around the world. At Deltatre, we recognize that we’re part of a highly influential media space — sport and entertainment — and we can use our privileged position to positively influence our industry. The last 12 months has been an exciting period for Deltatre. From taking majority ownership of Sportec Solutions — a joint venture with the DFL — to expanding our presence in North America with the launch of Sportsnet and Bally Sports to our acquisition by Bain Capital — we are well positioned to continue driving the industry forward.

> DEVLIN DESIGN GROUP

When it comes to sports and esports set design, the team at Devlin Design Group covers all the bases. We understand engaging your fans is at the top of your game winning strategy. We’re all in it to help you win them over! Fans like stories and react to captivating content about their favorite teams and players. Content comes alive with custom scenic design for your on-air team’s expert analysis of the day’s match, insightful interviews

with your fan’s favorite athletes, and dynamic visuals. Our recent clients the Tennis Channel, Riot Games LCS, Marquee Sports Network, and VENN, chose us because of what makes us different in sports and esports production. We’re constantly seeking out new ways to offer a fresh aesthetic to set design. We stand by our mantra… Creativity, Knowledge, and Innovation. Our services include scenic design, lighting direction, virtual set design, fabrication, and lighting equipment.

> DIGIGRAM / SYNTHAX, INC.

For more than 30 years, Digigram has developed innovative digital systems and offered complete, reliable point-to-point encoding and streaming links, from on-the-go portable outside broadcast encoders, to strong and efficient studio to transmitters links. With more and more commentators, interview guests, and sports show hosts working remotely, whether at home or a distant studio, quality audio communications and signal transmission is of more and more importance. That’s one reason Digigram has found success with the IQOYA product line, which uses IP transport to easily connect the entire production team, talent, and guests together.

> DIGITALGLUE

From the lens of the camera to the viewer’s screen, DigitalGlue is a true glass-to-glass systems integrator, partnering with trusted vendors and supplying the equipment necessary to enable the production and distribution of digital video to billions of viewers each day. DigitalGlue enables creatives to work more efficiently through their in-house custom software development, innovative content creation, and production solutions, and a multi-tiered approach to eliminating technology roadblocks. Their first-of-its-kind on-premise managed storage platform, creative.space, is offered as an all-inclusive service. creative.space uniquely bundles next-generation hardware, comprehensive software, and support with proactive monitoring into one monthly or annual price. As a trusted systems integrator for companies such as The Home Depot, Coca-Cola Studios, Crew Cuts, Brat TV, and Church of the Resurrection, the DigitalGlue team has over two decades of real-world experience identifying and solving our clients’ workflow issues.

> DISGUISE

Discover our new best-in-class broadcast graphics solution developed by Polygon Labs, a disguise company. Benefit from an easyto-manage, end-to-end broadcast workflow solution that incorporates data-driven Unreal Engine graphics, as well as extended design and production capabilities. Built for UE5 performance, Porta allows you to bring AR, CG graphics, green screen virtual sets, MCR graphics, and more into

your storytelling and control them with ease, all powered by the new px hardware. It works with any type of playlist mode, enabling multiple rundowns and a preview mode so you can seamlessly manage your production from anywhere without needing a specialist operator. Learn more about how the cloud-native control system will transform the future of broadcast graphics here: https://web. disguise.one/portapx

> DIVERSIFIED

Technology surrounds and engages, permeating the consciousness with sights and sounds. It’s facts, data. Pitch speed. 3-pointers shot and made. Yards needed in a game of inches. But it’s much more. It’s a link. A connection between you and your fans — exciting and energizing them — even if they’re not in the stands. All facets of how the world interacts today revolves around screens. They are a powerful communication medium critical to fulfilling a brand promise, a fan experience, and operator engagement. When done right, communicating via digital screens empowers human connection. By removing the distance. Delivering a message. Celebrating fandom. Even saving lives. There is a lot at stake. People just expect the technology to work. It’s that simple. Yet the requirements for facilities, operations, marketing, and IT are bigger and more complex than ever. Diversified understands your need to demonstrate the value of next-gen technology to key stakeholders.

> DIZPLAI

Our team have been hard at work, creating a powerful new way to create branded, fully customizable audience engagement tools. And now, we’re giving you control over exactly how you want to interact with your audience. Enter Interactive WebApps, the most innovative solution for creating a synergistic experience that complements your social efforts. Engage your audience on all fronts, grow your reach via social and provide a unique, tailored experience with your own custom WebApp. So, what exactly are Interactive WebApps, and how can they help you revolutionize your live content? An Interactive WebApp is a custom browser-based application that is designed to integrate directly into a webpage of your choice, making it accessible using any web browser. They are often used to boost engagement levels through polls, comments, and more, encouraging your audience to interact in your web environment rather than a third party’s (such as social media). Interactive WebApps are especially useful during large events, such as big live broadcasts, business conferences, or scheduled livestreams, as it provides you a quick and easy way to gather lots of data in a short amount of time (and in the most convenient format!).

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THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE GAME AT HAND

When choosing Canon 4K UHD broadcast lenses for a production, you’re not just getting leading-edge 4K specifications and resolution. Their exceptional sharpness significantly improves standard 1080i/720P HD video quality (when compared to traditional HD lenses), as well as enhances that of 1080P HD – which has higher vertical resolution than standard HD. Equally important is the HDR and WCG capabilities inherent in their optical designs. An investment today in Canon’s 4K UHD broadcast lenses provides immediate image quality dividends in today’s standard HD, tomorrow’s possible 1080P with HDR/WCG, while also future proofing for a downstream transition to 4K UHD with HDR/WCG.

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> DMC BROADCAST GROUP

DMC Broadcast Group represents manufacturers from all over the world. We help them sell, distribute, and market their hardware and software products for broadcast, cable networks, station groups, postproduction facilities, and studios. With over 30 years’ industry experience, we source cutting edge solutions from across the globe to provide high quality, cost-effective products from the most trusted manufacturers.

> DNA STUDIOS

DNA Studios, LLC is gearing up for their busiest college football season with network clients, conferences, universities, and local TV stations utilizing the 7 mobile trucks at DNA. Also being utilized is the new broadcast control (REMI) rooms that will output 5 to 7 additional broadcasts each week. The new control rooms boast a Ross workflow including Ultrix routers, Carbonite switchers, XPression graphics, and more. DNA also launched 2 additional mobile units this fall: HDBlue and HD14R. HD Blue has 6 Grass Valley LDX92 cameras, new Dante booth and soundboard, RTS Odin intercoms, Ross switchers, XPression graphics, two EVS replay units, and more. HD14R is a REMI designed Sprinter van with 5 cameras, full V1 shading capabilities, Dante capable audio and intercom, and full 3-person booth and sideline reporter. Finally, DNA Studios continues to be utilized by news networks for live shots by utilizing DNA’s large and small studios, interactive backgrounds, full IFB, and over 10 different brands of broadcast encoders.

> DOLBY

Dolby’s remarkable audiovisual technologies heighten and deepen your experiences, helping you feel more. It’s the heavy downpour in a moody scene. The stunningly vivid sunset in the show’s season finale. The song you feel deep in your chest. The footsteps lurking behind you on the video game battlefield. The voice of a colleague on a call who lives across the globe but sounds like they’re right next to you. We breathe life into these experiences through our innovative audiovisual technologies. This is the Dolby Difference.

> DOME PRODUCTIONS

Dome Productions is North America’s leading production and transmission facilities provider, offering 4K/HD mobile production facilities, transmission services, studio and control room facilities and full turnkey Host Broadcast and Media services. Dome is very unique in its business approach and has worked with all major broadcasters, leagues, teams, federations, production companies, Government of Canada, and many other content creators. Dome continues

to be very active in the esports video gaming space and we are definitely at the forefront of this fast growing sector. Dome provided a virtual 1080p technical workflow for both the NBA 2K League, and for the Overwatch League, where we integrated numerous IP contribution signals from all over North America and Asia, including players from all remote teams, Producer and Director with access to a Multi-View remote setup, and all delivered to our Dome control room in Toronto to be produced and streamed Live to Twitch and YouTube. It’s a very impressive system.

In July, Dome provided extensive Host Broadcast and Media services for the Papal visit to Canada. Dome was responsible for full technical manage ment and executive production, including hiring the Producer and Director for the Host Broadcast.

> DX3 MEDIA INC.

DX3 Media Inc. is a media production management and consulting company. Its Managing Director has a reputation unparalleled in the industry with over 25 years experience providing cost-effective client options on a variety of projects. DX3 Media Inc. excels at providing outof-the-box thinking resulting in creative solutions for clients’ projects.

> EDGIO

Edgio is an edge-enabled software solutions provider powering unmatched, secure digital experiences through a seamlessly integrated delivery, applications, and streaming platform. Our globally scaled technology and expert services fuel the world’s top brands with the capacity to deliver the fastest, most dynamic, and frictionless education, entertainment, events, and applications to every user. Dedicated to providing unparalleled client care and extending value every step of the way, Edgio is a partner of choice, driving worldwide internet traffic to support the most popular shows, movies, sports, games and music, and instantloading websites.

> EDITSHARE

EditShare is a technology leader in networked shared storage and smart workflow solutions for the production, postproduction, new media, sports, and education markets. Whether you need on-prem, cloud, or hybrid solutions, our products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include media optimized high-performance shared storage, archiving and backup software, a suite of media management tools and a robust set of open APIs that enable integration throughout the workflow. Customer and partner success are at the heart of EditShare’s core values ensuring a world-class experience that is second to none.

> EEG | AI-MEDIA

The world’s leading broadcast networks and sporting organizations choose Ai-Media to accurately caption their content. Why? Because we offer all the captioning software, hardware, and human services you need in one place. Whether to caption a sports TV broadcast, an in-stadium display, or an over-the-top content platform, AiMedia has all the technology to deliver a solution for any need — a unique capability among our industry competitors. In 2021, Ai-Media enabled one of America’s leading broadcasters live caption its coverage of the world’s largest sporting event. By providing all the software and hardware needed in one end-to-end solution, we made accessibility compliance easy while enhancing audience engagement for 2,500+ hours of coverage. And in 2022, Ai-Media became the official captioning partner of Major League Baseball. Our scalable cloud offering that combines our virtualized iCap Alta encoder and Lexi automated captioning solution helped MLB caption 30,000 hours of Minor League games easily and affordably.

> ELECTRO-VOICE

For over 90 years, ElectroVoice has designed and engineered leading-edge sound reinforcement solutions — products that empower the performer, exceed the expectations of the audio professional and elevate the audience experience. We have a passion for sound quality without compromise that we share with our users. This is built upon generations of hands-on professional knowledge — all geared towards producing a portfolio of best-in-class speakers and microphones that combine performance, reliability, and value. Most importantly, our customers trust us to deliver on our deep understanding of what makes good sound. That’s the challenge that drives us forward as leaders in the industry we helped create. ElectroVoice stands apart as one of the few companies to design all components in house — enclosures, waveguides, drivers — ensuring excellent quality for every audio application.

> ELUVIO

Eluvio uses the philosophies of decentralized design and content-centric networking, and we harness breakthroughs in machine learning, blockchain security, advanced cryptography, and low cost compute to achieve efficiency and simplicity. Several of us have spent our careers dealing with the challenges of current architectures and see now an opportunity to change the Internet for the better, for good, and an economic imperative given the imbalances in the content distribution chain working against Content Publishers, Sponsors, and Viewers.

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> ENCOMPASS DIGITAL MEDIA

Encompass provides world-class media services to professional sports leagues, top-tier networks, and platforms, including content acquisition, media processing, playout, distribution, and disaster recovery. On average, Encompass acquires/distributes 100,000 live events/feeds annually and services approximately 1,500 full-time channels globally on a daily basis. As a strategic technology partner, Encompass offers continuous innovation, supporting its customers’ business needs as the next generation of media workflows evolve to a fully managed virtual environment. The company’s private Altitude Media Cloud is designed around broadcast media interfaces, protocols, performance, and service levels. Channels are deployed across diverse geographic regions, supporting both pre-recorded and live events with built-in disaster recovery. Not only does Altitude solve the issue of running critical broadcast applications on virtualized infrastructure, but it also provides exclusive and direct access to Encompass’ global satellite and video fiber footprint. Services: channel playout, global distribution, streaming, live events, disaster recovery, radio. YOUR SPORTS CONTENT. DELIVERED.

> EQUINIX

Equinix is the world’s digital infrastructure company, enabling digital leaders to harness a trusted platform to bring together and interconnect the foundational infrastructure that powers their success. Equinix enables today’s businesses to access all the right places, partners and possibilities they need to accelerate advantage. With Equinix, they can scale with agility, speed the launch of digital services, deliver world-class experiences, and multiply their value.

> ES BROADCAST

ES Broadcast recently completed an IP upgrade for the University of Minnesota. UMN athletics teams compete in the Big Ten Conference, with games broadcast across both the Big Ten Sports Network channels and ESPN. ES Broadcast developed a solution that enabled UMN to migrate from SDI to a COTS-based uncompressed IP production workflow, with a strong focus on keeping down both cost and complexity. The system was designed and deployed on a 100G switch infrastructure supported by Imagine Communications’ SDNO routing control solution and Selenio Network Processor for on-ramp SDI-to-IP conversion, frame synchronization, and audio shuffling. The ST-2110 control room incorporates a Grass Valley K-Frame V Series production switcher, while a fleet of GV LDX 92 HDR IP camera chains were also provided.

Eurovision Services (ES) world-class customer service allows our clients around the world to focus on what matters: creating amazing experiences for their fans as the world begins to emerge from a global pandemic. In 2022, we have continued to provide faultless global distribution for the year’s biggest major sports events, including delivery of the full NBA and PGA schedules to their broadcast partners worldwide. We also provided the international distribution for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 in England and teamed up with innovative new sports like Nitro Rallycross through our partnership with Aurora Media Worldwide. Faced with the challenge of managing an ever-growing number of feeds, we continue to roll out our Content Hub service, with more and more broadcasters connecting directly to our Eurovision Global Network through Points of Presence that allow them to receive all our content over fiber. Additional elements in this ecosystem will allow takers to book all their different feeds directly from our familiar booking interface and allow content owners to offer a greater level of personalization and regionalization for their feeds. Following our introduction of SRT delivery services over IP last year, some of our most recent innovations include the first-ever test of enhanced audio features with the BISS-CA encryption standard (allowing encryption of separate audio feeds) and the first tests of transmissions in DVB-S2X for satellite distribution.

> EVERTZ

> EVS

As a leader in live video technology, EVS provides a broad range of solutions that are designed to help broadcasters and media companies deliver efficient live productions and maximize the value of their content in sports, news, TV entertainment, and in esports. Since its foundation more than 25 years ago, the company continues to benefit from a strong global presence, including in North America, where it has won several notable deals over the past year. Most recently, a 10-year contract worth over $50 million was signed with one of its long-standing US-based customers for the deployment of the live production, replays, and highlights solution LiveCeption, combined with a long-term service level agreement (SLA). EVS’ MediaInfra Strada SDI/IP routing solution was also part of a major deal with another major EVS customer. Offering a progressive and safe transition path to IP, the solution continues to gain traction across the Northern American territory, clearly demonstrating the trust EVS customers have in its ability to meet the future requirements and challenges of the broadcast and media industry.

> EXERTIS BROADCAST

Evertz

has been active with their product developments during 2022. Evertz’ DreamCatcher BRAVO Studio, a virtual production control suite, provides content creators with a flexible, scalable, and cloud-based solution to produce more stories from live events. BRAVO Studio allows sports production teams to cost-effectively add more content from around the world. Evertz introduced new DreamCatcher features, including auto clipping and UHD and 3G simultaneous formats. Metadata Co-pilot empowers customers to leverage timecode accurate live play-by-play game data (from the most popular providers) that is associated with their video content, and automatically build simple, intuitive workflow for capturing and managing data, allowing producers and operators to turn the assets into stories. Simultaneous UHD and 3G format features were delivered to customers including the New York Mets for in-stadium production. Evertz enhances the fan experience with Ease Live. YES Network’s YES App utilizes Ease Live and has significantly increased their fan engagement metrics. Using live stats, betting, and watch party functions, it has seen a 38% increase in average unique streams per game, a 26% increase in time spent per unique streamer per game, a 68% response rate to factoids and a 47% response rate on polls during live games.

Exertis’ value-added Broadcast division offers more than 80 manufacturer partners, unmatched credit facilities for qualified resellers, and exclusive access to exciting new product categories. Exertis is the one business partner you need to expand both business volume and profits. In fact, Exertis is the only company able to offer you the complete range of Broadcast products and systems that today’s Media & Entertainment, Post Production, Corporate, Education, Retail, Hospitality, Government, and House of Worship customers want most. Exertis’ product lines consist of live broadcast, IP, video streaming, media management, storage, archive, video cameras, document cameras, audio gear, video distribution, as well as AI, VR, AR, XR, digital display, and signage.

> FASTLY

Fastly’s powerful and programmable edge cloud platform helps the world’s Media & Entertainment companies deliver the fastest online experiences possible, while improving site performance, enhancing security, and empowering innovation at global scale. With world-class support that consistently achieves 95%+ customer satisfaction ratings, Fastly’s beloved suite of edge compute, delivery, and security offerings has been recognized as a leader by industry analysts such as IDC, Forrester, and Gartner. Compared to legacy providers, Fastly’s powerful and modern network architecture is the fastest on the planet, empowering developers to deliver secure websites and apps at global scale with rapid time-to-market and industry-leading cost savings.

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> EUROVISION SERVICES
Technical Support Available 24/7 1.800.225.6185 | services@bexel.com | bexel.com Celebrating Over 40 Years of Broadcast Excellence A robust portfolio of capabilities including outsourced broadcast solutions and production equipment rentals Remote Operation and Contribution Kits Cloud and Off-Prem Production Services Custom Flypacks and Control Room Builds 4K, Robotic, and Specialty Cameras and Lenses Workflow Solutions and Replay Servers Graphics and Virtual Production RF Audio and Intercom Fiber Optic Solutions

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> FILMWERKS INTERNATIONAL

Filmwerks, LLC is a company that provides production services to live sports and news broadcasts, in addition to music events and festivals. They offer temporary power, UPS, structures, HVAC, and lighting.

> FINGERWORKS TELESTRATORS

FingerWorks 6 is available in three new modes! FingerWorks6 LIVE mode (FWLIVE) used by Broadcasters worldwide, FWLIVE mode gives your on-air analyst immediate access to custom analysis tools, Web pages, and social media assets, all in one interface. FWLIVE supports all formats and now with computer vision real-time field tracking. FingerWorks6 Presenter mode (FWPresenter) includes the features of FWLIVE, but adds clip ingest and control. Used extensively in esports plus in-studio sports productions that require large on-camera touchscreens, the user interface can be customized and skinned to your own look and feel. FingerWorks6 Producer mode (FWProducer) allows analysts to ingest clips, trim and analyze them using FingerWorks6 Telestration tools. Then add voice over and publish. This enables analysts to create a complete package that can be used for training sessions or delivered on any broadcast medium. Recent wins include Amazon NFL Alt feed coverage, Turner sports NBA and NHL coverage, and OSA International new strategic partnership in sports and corporate events.

> FLETCHER SPORTS

For over 25 years, Emmy Award-winning Fletcher Sports has created some of the most innovative and memorable images for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, plus many other sports broadcasts. Fletcher also provides specialty cameras to a variety of Entertainment shows, concerts, and Special Events for broadcast or in-house production. Fletcher serves the international sports broadcasting market with our Fletcher London operation.

> FLOWICS

Flowics provides the most comprehensive cloud-based platform for in-studio or remote production of live graphics and interactive content for linear and digital broadcasters. Sports and media organizations — such as EA Sports, TUDN, NLL, MLS, and Telemundo Deportes — use Flowics to produce live broadcast graphics in the cloud and engage viewers. Cloud-based graphics creation simplifies the overall production workflow and reduces equipment and travel costs. Through the Flowics Graphics platform, broadcasters can streamline live productions and engage fans with interactive experiences for venues, live streams, broadcasts, and digital properties. Flowics Graphics includes a wide range of data connectors

for leading data providers, such as Stats Perform, Sportradar, and Genius Sports. Recently, Flowics added even more sports-related data connectors, including timing companies such as Matsport, MSO and RTRT.me. Flowics also provides many fan engagement options, including polls, quizzes, and social media participation, which can be easily incorporated into live broadcasts.

> FLYCAM INTERNATIONAL

This Side Up Productions has been involved with innovative camera technologies since its inception in 1994. The company has continued to develop and perfect the ultralight aerial FlyCam following its incredible debut in February 1998 during the Papal Visit in Mexico City. Pat Hally, the founder and president of This Side Up Productions originally worked with inventor Garrett Brown to develop the tracking camera systems used in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Conceived soon after the Atlanta Games as a high-speed point-topoint flyer combining the best features of Garrett’s ground and aerial systems, FlyCam entered the television history books with that 500 foot flight over the Popemobile and has since drawn raves for super-close, dynamic coverage of sporting events and concerts on six continents. FlyCam has flown over nearly every sport imaginable, capturing some of the most awe-striking moments in modern memory.

> FOR-A

With a combination of new and expanded partnerships and an emphasis on softwaredefined advances, FOR-A has created a complete ecosystem that addresses content creators transitioning to all flavors of IP, live event producers looking for a 12G 4K video production solution, as well as those looking for a future workflow with low latency, cloud-based services. FOR-A’s new SOAR-A (Software Optimized Appliance Revolutionized by FOR-A) represents the company’s new softwarebased strategy for live, remote video production. Included in the SOAR-A line will be SOAR-A Edge, highly secure IP transport appliances from two- to 16-channels, and SOAR-A IPTV, an ultra low-latency distribution service that provides streaming via WebRTC to any browser. Also new from FOR-A this year is the FA-1616 multi-channel signal processor. With SMPTE ST-2110 and ST-2022 I/F, the FA-1616 is an ideal gateway between SDI and IP as well as IP to IP and SDI to SDI. www.for-a.com

> FRIEND MTS

Live sports remains the biggest driver of commercial piracy worldwide, and Friend MTS continues to expand its global customer base with more and more content owners and service providers ramping up their content security strategies by adding advanced content

watermarking and global monitoring solutions to their existing technology stacks. Our ASiD client-composited watermarking continues to be the solution of choice for sports rightsholders, broadcasters, and platform operators, offering the fastest time to extraction of any watermarking service, to help bring a rapid halt to the distribution of pirated content. 2022 has seen even more of the largest sports leagues and broadcasters in the world engage Friend MTS’s class-leading content security services, which are built upon more realworld subscriber ID watermarking deployments than any other provider, and the unrivalled expertise of in-the-wild security exploits on OTT platforms.

> FUJIFILM/FUJINON

At

Fujifilm, we are continuously innovating — creating new technologies, products, and services that inspire and excite people everywhere. Our goal is to empower the potential and expand the horizons of tomorrow’s businesses and lifestyles. We take an open and flexible attitude to innovation, combining our own original technology with human resources, expertise, and technology from around the world. Through this powerful synergy, we rapidly and nimbly develop new solutions that address the true needs of our global customers.

> FX DESIGN GROUP

FX Design Group is a world-renowned industry leader in cutting-edge broadcast set and lighting design, fabrication, and installation. With over 35 years of experience, FX has worked with broadcasters of many different sizes and industries, including broadcast news, sports, corporate broadcast, colleges and universities, houses of worship, and more. In the world of sports broadcast, FX Design Group is proud to have collaborated with organizations such as the Kansas City Chiefs, the San Francisco 49ers, the Atlanta Falcons (WAGA Atlanta), and Bally Sports West. Utilizing the latest in design aesthetics and broadcast technology, FX strives to create broadcast environments that optimize studio space and client budget while enhancing an organization’s storytelling abilities, providing its audience with the highest-quality viewing experience possible. More information on the work of FX Design Group can found at www.fxgroup.tv.

> G&D NORTH AMERICA

Sometimes less is more: KVM manufacturer G&D’s new high-end extender product series VisionXS comes with a small housing and big performance. Following the motto “smaller, more compact, more powerful”, G&D developed a new compact multi-purpose KVM tool with video transmission for resolutions up to 4K. Users can

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expect the best video quality and an even better performance. With a bandwidth of up to 10 Gbit/s, VisionXS opens up a new dimension of possibilities. Especially fast videos and frequently changing image content now require significantly less compression thus improving the user experience. VisionXS products can either be operated in pairs as an extender line or they can also be integrated into matrix installations. Universal compatibility with G&D’s KVM-over-IP matrix systems thus enables a high degree of flexibility. This makes it easier to plan and expand KVM installations, even at a later date. G&D – And KVM feels right.

> GAME CREEK VIDEO

Globecast’s unrivalled low latency, highly resilient, large capacity networks. The company’s also partners with production facilities around the world. Remote production hosting services, via Globecast Hubs, enables the company to act as a customer’s local studio with remote commentary cabins, studios for postproduction/editing and signal aggregation using the latest edge computing technologies.

> GLOOKAST

G

ame Creek Video sets the industry standard for facilitating successful live broadcasts and recordings. As a family-run, privately owned company, Game Creek works with the world’s largest television networks, production companies, and news organizations to provide them with comprehensive mobile production solutions. We combine an advanced, state-ofthe-art fleet of mobile production units with an accomplished, reliable team of experts to ensure that the largest events in the world are televised flawlessly. For clients requiring dependable technology, exceptional response time, and consistent quality results in high-pressure environments, Game Creek Video delivers awardwinning productions of sporting events, concerts, awards ceremonies, corporate events, and more.

> GEARTECH USA

Since 2003, Geartech Technologies has been offering a variety of high-end products in the field of telecommunications, broadcasting, and cable. With offices in strategic cities, the Geartech Technologies team is available to better serve, advise and support you as a distributor or supplier. Geartech Technologies provides top quality broadcasting and telecommunications equipment for businesses in the North American industrial and commercial markets.

> GLOBECAST

Using its vast global experience, Globecast has spent the past year looking at the market in depth, analyzing how best to help customers continue their digital transformation. Two subsequent strategic growth initiatives stand out for sports broadcasting. Taking media supply chain first as a certified AWS global partner, Globecast is using its mastery of AWS’ cloud ecosystem to provide a one-stop shop for cloud playout including 4K live sports, pop-up channels, localization and disaster recovery, alongside fully orchestrated VOD logistics and asset management. With remote production, key to this is hybrid connectivity (5G, fiber, Internet, cloud) using

GLOOKAST develops tools to simplify digital media workflows by offering solutions to today’s most critical aspects of content production and distribution: TRANSCODE - Enables production with any codec, frame rate, raster size, format and scan type; INGEST (file, HD/ UHD SDI and IP) - GLOOKAST offers a unique set of features (True Remote Ingest, Multi-Res, Multi-Destination, Archive Backup, SDI Player, profile & template driven Metadata Editing) optimizing applications such as News Ingest, Mobile Media contribution, Feed Ingest, Studio Drama Production, Mobile Sports Production, Archive Tape Ingest, Studio & Live Ingest, Archive workflows; LOOP RECORDING (HD, UHD/4K) - for Sports, Live feeds and 7x24 operations; PRODUCTION CONTROL - Web based multi-user control systems for studio and live events production and feed ingest scheduling; WORKFLOW ORCHESTRATION - GLOOKAST offers workflow orchestration and multi-platform integration based on, virtualized, cloud-ready, distributed media services; and TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION - QC, Non-PAM Production Workflows, Archive, Disaster Recovery, codeveloped with our partners: Adobe, Arvato, Avid, EditShare, File Catalyst, Object-Matrix, and Spectra Logic.

> GOOGLE CLOUD

Google Cloud accelerates organizations’ ability to digitally transform their business with the best infrastructure, platform, industry solutions and expertise. We deliver enterprise-grade cloud solutions that leverage Google’s cutting-edge technology to help companies operate more efficiently and adapt to changing needs, giving customers a foundation for the future. Customers in more than 200 countries and territories turn to Google Cloud as their trusted partner to solve their most critical business problems.

> GRABYO

Grabyo brings instant replay and further broadcast-grade features to cloud video platform Grabyo has released multiple major updates to Grabyo Producer, its cloud-based live production platform, including instant replay and a new media playout system. Grabyo’s new replay

tools allow you to create synchronized replay clips using multiple camera inputs for instant playback in live productions, with speed controls for each asset. The controls are available inside Grabyo’s Control Room, with customized views available for larger productions with multiple operators. The company has also released support for broadcastgrade graphics from engines such as Vizrt, Chyron LyricX, Ross XPression and others. Alongside 3D custom transitions and layout building tools such as asset snapping and AI-powered PiP zone detection. Grabyo also recently extended its native integrations with Facebook and Twitter. The platform now supports Facebook Crossposting to multiple brand pages, and Twitter Single Media Format, which enables organizations to drive eCommerce and services with native shopping features on posts.

> GRASS VALLEY

Grass Valley, the leading technology provider for live media and entertainment, lets customers work the way they want whether it’s in SDI, IP, virtualized, or in the cloud. With its complete line of products, from cameras, to switchers, Networking and Orchestration solutions, as well as playout and asset management, Grass Valley can help customers leverage their investments in baseband and IP technology and migrate to a software defined future using AMPP, the agile production and distribution platform, in the cloud or on-premise. AMPP’s open ecosystem, allows GV Alliance members to integrate with AMPP and provide complete workflows from acquisition and transport of the major signal formats, to both physical and virtual control rooms with all the tools for live production, asset management that enable global collaboration, and automatically scalable playout. Grass Valley brings together an advanced set of solutions designed specifically for content creators making the world’s most watched media. Continuously innovating, at IBC2022, Grass Valley introduced Kula with Kombine to allow producers to connect 4 Kula frames together seamlessly into a 4K switcher engine, the LDX 135, the newest member of the revolutionary IP Native LDX 100 series, as well as a long list if new video production solution in hardware, in software, and on the AMPP Platform.

> GRAVITY MEDIA

Gravity Media is the only end-to-end provider of bespoke technical solutions and tailored production and creative services across global sport, entertainment, and drama. Our team of experienced producers, technicians, engineers, and creatives have unrivalled experience solving production and content challenges through technology and innovation. With state-of-the-art equipment and world-class production facilities

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SPORTS BROADCASTING FUND

Supporting our own in times of need...

It’s. What. We. Do.

On October 2, 2020, 11-year-old Cassidy Stocker (center) was di agnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The SVG Sports Broad casting Fund stepped in to as sist with everything from living expenses to insurance premiums and treatments. She continues to inspire friends, family, and even strangers via her “Candid with Cassidy” YouTube channel that has more than 2,000 subscribers.

Since 2012, the SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund has been making a difference in people’s lives, day in day out, week after week. Created especially for those involved in sports produc tion, the Fund is dedicated to providing aid to industry professionals and their families in times of need.

Our goal is simple: to be available as a “first responder” and to quickly help those we serve pay bills, enabling recipients to stretch their own cash reserves so that stress related to financial challenges is not piled onto an already stressful situation.

The SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund exists thanks to the generous financial support of those in our industry. As you or your company lay out charitable contributions, please make sure to include the SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund in your plans!

All ticket sales to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame Cer emony directly support the SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

TIN: 84-2588096 NYS Reg: 48-15-35.

...or visit https://svgsportsbroadcastingfund.org <Scan here to donate...
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to capture the action and create content to excite fans and audiences. Our on-screen and behindthe-scenes clients trust us to capture iconic moments for the world to watch. This year, we are focusing on the evolution of remote broadcast production for sports federations and broadcasters globally. Looking into how we can reduce costs and our global carbon footprints while raising production values and coverage for fans. We are also growing and developing the next generation through various avenues including our Production Center expansion across London’s White City and Manchester, bringing together broadcast, production, and postproduction solutions. It’s an exciting year for us all at Gravity Media. With Gravity Media’s partnership with ESL underway and less than 100 days until the 2022 World Cup, please get in touch to see how we can support you and your team.

> HAIVISION

Haivision is a leading global provider of missioncritical, real-time video streaming and networking solutions. Our connected cloud and intelligent edge technologies enable organizations globally to engage audiences, enhance collaboration, and support decision making. We provide high quality, low latency, secure, and reliable live video at a global scale. Haivision open sourced its awardwinning SRT low latency video streaming protocol and founded the SRT Alliance to support its adoption.

> HARMONIC

Harmonic enables media companies and service providers to deliver ultra-high-quality broadcast and OTT video services to consumers globally. The company has also revolutionized cable access networking via the industry’s first virtualized CCAP solution, enabling cable operators to more flexibly deploy gigabit internet service to consumers’ homes and mobile devices. Whether simplifying OTT video delivery via innovative cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) technologies or powering the delivery of gigabit internet cable services, Harmonic is changing the way media companies and service providers monetize live and VOD content on every screen.

> HLW INTERNATIONAL

HLW is a leader in sports broadcast facilities design. For more than 25 years, our dedicated Media + Entertainment Studio — comprised of architects, interior designers, and industry specialists — has designed elegant spaces that feature efficient workflow and fully integrated, top-tier technology. Our client list includes ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, PAC 12, and PGA Tour Entertainment. HLW is currently working with NBC Sports to integrate new, remote

venue control room suites into their facility in Stamford, CT. After a decade of operating in the facility, NBC Sports has implemented a program of smaller and more flexible production suites to support their remote venue production control operations. HLW assisted in the development of these new space types for NBC Sports, basing the critical functionality on the former truck facilities that typically supported remote venue operations in the past.

> IHSE USA

As mobile production groups combine multiple trucks to create one large production unit the need for a KVM system to share sources between A/B units becomes critical. The motivation for this is to allow more efficient sharing of hardware resources across units for several functional teams — each responsible for specific operations including replay, editing, and graphics. Setup and configurations become easier as workstations can become agnostic allowing Technical Engineers to assign workspace more efficiently. As a close partner to some of the best names in mobile production, IHSE provides display management systems that allow multiple sources to be accessed from a single keyboard and mouse no matter which mobile unit the source resides. IHSE offers hybrid matrix systems using copper twisted pair ports for short runs and fiber ports for long run extension — all in the same 2RU frame. Along with the display, keyboard, and mouse connections, these KVM matrix systems support optional data connections for RS-422 and VGA normally found in EVS servers systems. Several new upgrade offerings for the Draco tera enterprise KVM matrix switch include redundant controller cards, an 8:1 fiber mux/demux card and software grid management supporting up to 24 frames.

> ILLUMINATION DYNAMICS

Illumination Dynamics (ID) services Live Broadcast, Film, Television, Theatrical, and Special Events providing Automated and Film Lighting equipment, Transportation, Redundant Power systems, Technical services, and Crew. Our main locations are in Santa Clarita, CA, and Charlotte, NC, with additional ARRI Rental facilities available to us for support. ID operates nation-wide as well as providing lighting services internationally. Our Broadcast division is an essential component of ID’s success providing reliable redundant generator power, UPS Systems, lighting design, equipment, and crew to multiple events. ID’s staff strives to provide a premium service for our customers and we recognize their loyalty has driven our success. Our staff remains on call for support 24 hours 7 days a week. Throughout 2022, ID has continued its excellent service for PGA Golf, the NFL, College Football, MLB, Super-cross, Extreme Sports, The ESPYs, and many more.

> IMAGEN

Imagen is the leading cloud-based video storage and media asset management platform. Used by sports brands, media companies, and enterprise organizations who own and manage large amounts of video content, it enables them to unlock the value in their ever-growing content libraries. All organizations face the same challenge: how to store, share, and distribute content fast across borders and boundaries. With Imagen Pro, businesses can create near-live, self-serve footage and get it out to stakeholders around the world with ease, even at huge file sizes. With lightning fast, secure, and controlled cloud-based access to video content, brand assets, and campaign content, Imagen protects the past and preserves media for the future. Companies like the English Premier League, WTA, International Tennis Federation, World Table Tennis, the International Handball Federation, NBA, and NLB use Imagen Pro to embrace the infinite potential of video. September 2022 sees the launch of a new feature from Imagen — pre-packaged delivery workflows to leading over-the-top (OTT) platforms. The Imagen platform auto-packages finished content according to the specifications of each OTT platform such as metadata, format, artwork, resolution, and other requirements, at the click of a button. This will significantly reduce the amount of time content creators spend manually delivering content, enabling teams to scale their delivery without limits.

> IMAGINE COMMUNICATIONS

Sport and live production companies are leading the way towards the IP environment, driven by demands for HD/UHD single workflows and the increasing use of remote production. The video processing workhorse of this new ecosystem is Imagine Communications’ Selenio Network Processor (SNP). SNP is a game-changer, particularly for space- and weight-constrained mobile productions. The compact 1RU appliance provides all the processing power needed for multiple signal streams, but the applications are pure software. The SNP can change personality from multiviewer to smart audio mixer; from DSK to JPEG XS encoder; from SDI/IP bridge to switcher and cross-converter at any resolution up to 8K. Many users pair the SNP with Imagine’s Magellan Control System, an operator-centric management environment that provides an intelligent, detailed view of routing signals in SDI and IP and embraces third-party products into a single management layer. Over 2,000 SNPs have been deployed around the world to date, along with hundreds of thousands of multicasts being managed by Magellan Control. Imagine’s SNP and Magellan Control System deliver a powerful combination that enables media companies to efficiently and cost-effectively transition to UHD

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and HDR workflows over traditional or COTSbased, IP networking fabrics.

> INTEGRATED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES

Founded in 2007, IMT is a systems integration company servicing media & entertainment, enterprise and institutional clients with a broad range of media technology, IT and video collaboration solutions. Since its inception, IMT’s software team has developed and delivered a broad range of software solutions designed to solve critical customer problems to make technical organizations more accountable and efficient.

> INTELSAT

When the game is on the line, there are no excuses. Which is why broadcasters have relied on Intelsat Media services for decades to deliver the most compelling content around the world, live via satellite. Whatever the occasion, combining the reliability of the world’s largest satellite fleet with the connectivity of the IntelsatOne global network has always been a winning strategy. And as the media landscape changes, Intelsat remains at the forefront of innovation and a foundational force in media contribution and distribution. With a unified global network, and strategically deployed teleports and partners, Intelsat can support the most demanding global requirements for the most compelling live content anywhere. Intelsat Media — when your game is on the line.

> JOSEPH ELECTRONICS

Joseph Electronics (JE) is an authorized stocking distributor for more than 100 premier broadcast and pro AV brands with stocking locations in both Illinois and California. JE also designs, manufactures, and supplies innovative custom fiber solutions — such as the Caddie Series, DFT Series, and 4K fiber transport gear — for broadcasters and system integrators alike. Equipped with a state-of-the-art fiber lab staffed with fully certified professionals, JE can fabricate, terminate, or repair any connector, assembly, panel, breakout, or interface in use today. JE has served the broadcast industry for more than 70 years and has representatives in California, New York, Georgia, and London.

> JVC PROFESSIONAL VIDEO

Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, JVC Professional Video is a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation. The company is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video equipment, as well as D-ILA front projection systems.

> KEY CODE MEDIA

Key Code Media is the preferred resource for audiovisual equipment, installation, and aftermarket support. We approach complex projects with a high-touch customer service focus, ensuring

equipment is delivered, installed, and adopted by a customer successfully. OUR SOLUTIONS

INCLUDE: AV (Conference Rooms, Lecture Halls, Classrooms, Video Walls, Collaborative Offices, City Council Chambers); Broadcast (Comm Systems, Flypacks, OB Truck, and Control Rooms); and Production Equipment (Audio Suites, Video Edit Suites, and Networking).

> KISWE

Kiswe

Studio is the cloud-native live video production control room that helps you make audience-tailored content. Studio is a control room in the cloud. You turn it on when you need it, and you pay for it when you use it. Transport is purely digital and we feed digital and linear platforms. Your equipment is a laptop. Your crew and talent are all managed and remote. Your content is broadcast quality, and the solution is high availability. And if you need help running a show and managing talent, we can help. Kiswe Studio’s modular design includes the functionality of a traditional video production control room including Producer: build multi-layered scenes from multiple sources, integrate broadcast-quality graphics, add remote on-screen talent; Commentator: with SRT create up to 10 versions of your live event with up to 25 global guests and up to 4 different commentators per version; and Recorder: easily record and archive incoming streams.

> KMH AUDIO-VIDEO INTEGRATION

now boasts a larger audio feature set: redundancy failover, global system snapshots for mc²-series consoles, containerized MCX on the same HOME cluster, and mix-and-match 48/96kHz support. Refining and extending modularity in the portfolio, microservices are becoming increasingly important for Lawo’s software-based products and solutions. Software architectures based on microservices are a perfect fit for the cloud, as they allow to scale and utilize each service separately, and thus adapt the portfolio perfectly to user requirements. On its journey towards an ever-closer relationship with its valued customer base, establishing optimized internal workflows, accelerating innovation and optimizing production workflows, Lawo has restructured its key departments and established inter-departmental coordination levels. To meet increasingly stringent requirements and delivering on a fast-growing order book, Lawo has just installed a state-of-the-art, high-precision SMD production line for the assembly of 30,000 units of even the smallest component size, EIA 01005, per hour. This significant investment in the Rastatt production line cements Lawo’s status as an in-house manufacturer of high-quality hardware products.

> LEADER INSTRUMENTS

KMH

Integration removes the complexity for sports organizations installing or upgrading an AV system or production workflow. Offering a full range of consulting, system integration, and project management services, the KMH team works collaboratively with customers from initial design through project completion to ongoing support. Our team helps customers design more efficient production workflows, expand their operations, reach new audiences, and use technology most effectively for long-term growth. Recent sports projects include ongoing network technology, IPTV, and production workflow upgrades for the New York Giants, and a multi-phase upgrade for the Pittsburgh Steelers, redesigning the team’s production and studio spaces and consulting on a file-based media asset management system. Sports organizations need to focus on engaging fans and increasing profits, and not spend time worrying about the newest production technologies. Call KMH Integration at (929) 295-6347 or visit kmhintegration.com.

> LAWO

Leader Electronics Corporation has earned a worldwide reputation for designing and manufacturing highly reliable, practical and powerful test and measurement instruments. Leader products are specified for broadcast, production, postproduction, research, product development, and service applications. Manufacturing quality is built in every step of the way. The Leader product range includes award-winning 3G/HD/SD SDI waveform monitors and rasterizers, all with customizable layouts. Among the available options are 4K/UHD, CIE color chart, HDR measurement, test pattern generation, eye and jitter measurement, closed caption display, IP, and 12G/6G-SDI. Leader has helped many customers manage their transition from analog to digital, from SD to HD, from HD to 4K/UHD, from SDR to HDR and from BT.709 to BT.2020 wide color gamut.

> LEGRAND AV

Legrand | AV brands create amazing AV experiences through innovative solutions and exceptional service. As industry leaders and partners, our brands unite to form a union that is greater than the sum of its parts to provide a comprehensive offering that connects people through technology in education, corporate, house of worship, government and more. We are committed to a culture of sustainability both globally and locally.

Lawo’s

HOME management platform for IP-based media infrastructures now covers almost all Lawo video, audio and radio products and is open to third-party vendors whose products can become HOME natives by means of an API. Support for NMOS IS-04 and IS-05 is also available. Natively built into the new .edge SDI/IP platform, and supporting comprehensive video-specific features, HOME

> LH COMPUTER SERVICES

LH Computer Services is a reseller specializing in video storage solutions for professional and collegiate sports. LH offers solutions that provide next-generation storage platforms providing content production, distribution, and archive with the performance and reliability needed to

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meet extreme production and delivery deadlines. The company offers solutions with file systems, optimized for video, in an end-to-end solution from ingest to archive that are designed for performance from the ground up and built on the foundation of providing high-performance collaboration to leading post and broadcast organizations. LH has a variety of manufacturers to draw from providing direct-attached storage, FCSANs, as well as a traditional NAS, to meet the demanding needs of your workflow. Trust a partner like LH Computer Services that has a proven history of architecting and providing solutions to clients in the NBA, NCAA, and more.

> LIVE CGI

Live CGI is a software platform to enable you to make live branded content. constraining creativity. From games to education to entertainment, our tool kit combines everything you need to bring your vision to life in almost any format (AR, VR, Flat screens) in real-time.

> LIVE MEDIA GROUP

HOLDINGS

Live Media Group Holdings combines the talent and expertise of TNDV and Lyon Video into a powerhouse of live event production. Lyon Video’s focus on sports production with full-size, large format trucks is complemented by TNDV’s impressive fleet of 10 smaller to mid-sized trucks that specialize in diverse broadcast, entertainment, worship, and corporate productions. TNDV also possesses the talent, gear, and infrastructure for live sports production, and this year celebrates a decade of production services for the Ohlmeyer Kusserow Group, a TV production company that TNDV assists with sports production needs for aquatics, cross-country, golf, tennis, and more. TNDV also just completed production on the Corky Kell Classic for Score Atlanta, providing mobile production services for 11 locally televised and streamed football games in three days. TNDV will produce its second consecutive season of locally televised high school football coverage this fall for Score Atlanta this fall.

> LIVEU

LiveU continues to revolutionize live sports productions with the highest quality/resilience and low latency live IP video solutions. Our REMI solution ushers in endless possibilities for broadcasters, rightsholders, teams, leagues, and production companies to develop more content for less, increase fan engagement, create new monetization opportunities, and reduce the organization’s carbon footprint — using high-quality video and advanced production tools. LiveU’s new rackmount vehicle solutions take sports productions to the next level. With

embedded 5G connectivity, ultra-low latency, and new multi-cam capabilities, producers of live sports programs of all kind can benefit from the quality, reliability, and overall enhanced production continuity. We recently announced the LU810 breakthrough rackmount REMI encoder with support for 5G, 4K, and synchronized, multicamera contribution. Leveraging LiveU’s Reliable Transport (LRT) protocol for IP bonding, and featuring new multi-camera capabilities, the new vehicle and fixed location solution offers the highest levels of resiliency over the public internet together with ultra-low latency and cost savings. LiveU’s new vehicle encoder solution bonds multiple internal 5G/4G modems, with WiFi and Ethernet, enabling full flexibility in any location or scenario. Seamlessly integrated with LiveU’s remote production tools (IP Pipe, Video Return, Tally Light, and Audio Connect), the LU810 offers a complete field production solution from a truck. A highly cost-effective alternative for fiber and satellite-based productions, the LU810 supports broadcast-grade, low-delay live video transmission between stations or from venues/stadiums to the remote production center.

> LTN

> LUMEN TECHNOLOGIES

Lumen is guided by our belief that humanity is at its best when technology advances the way we live and work. With approximately 450,000 route fiber miles and serving customers in more than 60 countries, we deliver the fastest, most secure platform for applications and data to help businesses, government, and communities deliver amazing experiences. Lumen is the trusted provider of content acquisition, distribution, and delivery for many of the world’s largest and most innovative media companies. From live sporting events to 24/7 news, we offer a full portfolio of end-to-end video solutions that run on top of our global adaptive network. From over-the-top (OTT) to channel distribution, Lumen brings 30+ years of video experience. Our comprehensive portfolio of end- to-end video services and solutions leverages our global network, so your content goes where you want it, when you want it to. Learn more about the Lumen network, edge cloud, security, communication, and collaboration solutions and our purpose to further human progress through technology at www.lumen.com.

> MARKERTEK

At

LTN, we understand the value of premium live sports content. Earlier this year we launched our new solutions Lift and Arc to help sports broadcasters and media companies maximize monetization potential and reach new audiences from their live streaming content. LTN Lift is the award-winning cloud-based playout solution that provides news-and sports-producing media companies with automated versioning capabilities to seamlessly spin up new channels and reach crossplatform audiences. LTN Arc is a fully managed production service that handles every aspect of live event versioning, enabling content owners and sports broadcasters to deliver customized streams and extend reach across platforms and geographies. As we look ahead to 2023, LTN leads with innovation in cloud and IP technologies and a customer-centric approach to help global media organizations navigate complexity and rapid change.

> LUCIDLINK

With cloud services and object storage growing exponentially, it became clear to the founders that applying old technology to a new paradigm was broken, and to truly benefit from cloud object storage, a new system had to be built from scratch. LucidLink transforms the cloud into local storage. Our system allows users to stream data directly from the cloud, eliminating the need to download or synchronize. LucidLink is a file system specifically built for modern cloudcomputing environments.

Markertek, a 100% Employee Owned Company, celebrates its 35th year as a trusted supplier to the broadcast and sports video industry. It’s time to once again experience what being a customer should feel like. The Markertek Broadcast Sales team supports customers throughout the television industry keeping up with its everevolving technical needs in studio, ENG, and field production work. With decades of industry experience, we are uniquely positioned to assist with specialized pricing, project consultation, and yesterday turnarounds for inevitable last minute rush requirements. We offer a vast line card of top brand video and audio products as well as custom solutions for an end-to-end trusted source to keep you on-air and on-budget. And believe it or not, we actually pick up the phone when you call! In addition, are uniquely positioned with our custom fiber, custom cable, and custom metal shops. These value-added services provide the finishing touch on projects of any size while saving you valuable installation time.

> MARSHALL

Marshall, known for its range POV and PTZ camera offerings, has cameras installed across the globe in a range of sports production applications. The company continues to evolve its products to keep up with the latest IP protocols, including NDI, SRT, and Zixi. Many of the Marshall camera products have NDI versions, such as its CV730, CV630, and CV620, as well as its CV42030X, CV420e, and CV355-30X, to name a few. Most recently, Marshall is giving its NDI|HX-

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capable products an upgrade to the latest standard NDI|HX3, which will approach performance of High Bandwidth over slightly less bandwidth available onsite. Marshall is reworking all its NDI|HX cameras to also make options available with NDI|HX3, newest model will be CV730-ND3. With this, comes brand new model numbers and specs for each NDI-camera with faster processors and lower latency delivery. Marshall also recently announced its first High Bandwidth NDI camera, the CV730-BHN earlier this year, releasing in 4th quarter.

> MATROX VIDEO

> MEDIA LINKS

Matrox

Video’s latest portfolio ensures broadcast and media companies deliver the best live sports production — and viewer experience — possible. Equipped with built-in tally/talkback, 4K, and genlock support, Monarch EDGE purpose-built encoders and decoders deliver high-quality, low-latency contribution streams for at-home production facilities, cloud-based routing, or production platforms to acquire, produce, distribute, and/or scale cost-effective, REMI-based sports productions. For ST 2110-based sporting facilities, ConvertIP ST 2110 converters seamlessly integrate and convert ST 2110 IP signals, so operators can confidently monitor ST 2110-20 and ST 2110-22 sources on HDMI or SDI screens or distribute to on-site production equipment and invenue big screen displays. ConvertIP supports up to 25 Gbps of connectivity, allowing for compressed or uncompressed HD and 4K video delivery and routing over ST 2110 and IPMX networks. Meanwhile, Extio 3 IP KVM extenders empower broadcast facilities to reimagine more dynamic workflows by enabling remote operators with secure and seamless 4Kp60 4:4:4/quad 1080p60 4:4:4 video extension and switching support to produce content anytime, anywhere.

> MAXON

Maxon makes powerful, yet approachable software solutions for content creators working in 2D and 3D design, motion graphics, visual effects and visualization. Maxon’s innovative product portfolio helps artists supercharge their creative workflows. Its product lines include the award-winning Cinema 4D suite of 3D modeling, simulation and animation technology, the diverse Red Giant lineup of revolutionary editing, motion design and filmmaking tools, and the high-end production, blazingly fast Redshift rendering solutions. Maxon’s team is comprised of fun, passionate people who believe in building and empowering a successful artistic community. From its popular, inclusive events to its free Cineversity educational resources, Maxon recognizes that developing strong connections with creatives and fostering their professional growth is integral to Maxon’s ability to stay on top of industry trends and better serve customers.

Media Links is highlighting its MDP3020 MAX IP Media Gateway for this year’s sporting event season. This flexible and compact platform is designed to transport all video resolutions up to 4K-UHD. The MDP3020 MAX offers standardsbased IP technology and addresses the need for cost-effective and portable media over IP services at the network edge. Now enhanced with support for two 4K-UHD/12G SDI video channels utilizing JPEG-XS compression, the MAX is ideal for live remote production sporting event applications where venue bandwidths are typically constrained and where time sensitive, immediate (i.e. low latency) interaction between studio and remote sport site is a necessity. Every week, Media Links IP transport technology flawlessly delivers pristine, high value media content across local, regional, and national networks for many of the most popular television entertainment and sporting events, including WWE, NASCAR, NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, Soccer, and more.

> MEDIAKIND

with the highest technology available. Mediapro US Miami studios host Univision’s live production of “Combate Global” showcasing the best Latinx mixed martial arts fighters every Friday night with 2021 averaging 400,000 viewers. Mediapro US Odyssey mobile unit will begin the full production of 14 games for the 2022 College Football Season.

> MEGAPHONE TV

MediaKind

continues to deliver live sports streaming without limits and at scale. MK Engage is core to the MediaKind portfolio and has recently been enhanced. MK Engage is a groundup cloud-agnostic service for direct-to-consumer media service providers such as sport federations, content owners and broadcasters, delivering the entire process of launching and managing live streaming services, including subscription and advertising tiers, FAST channel support, user experience (UX) enablement, churn management, and quality of experience. The recent development focus is on fan engagement and personalization as well as how to manage churn. There will be further exciting customer related news about MK Engage coming soon!

> MEDIAPRO

Why is Megaphone TV the most trusted name in fan engagement and sponsorship solutions for sports broadcasters? Simple. Because we deliver the fan experiences and sponsorship results that you demand. Megaphone TV makes it easy to enhance your sports coverage with mobile-friendly interactive segments that keep fans hooked and sponsors addicted. Broadcasters all over the world choose Megaphone TV for: Improved fan engagement and viewer retention; expanded ad inventory; real-time, broadcast-ready interactive segments; pre and post-game show content creation; lead generation and data capture. Megaphone TV comes fully loaded for your success: 100% web-based — nothing to install; sponsorfriendly interactive content; real-time polls and trivia; over 40 different interactive features; custom pop-up offers; live chat module; web and app integrations; social harvesting; and single sign-on (SSO). And did we mention Prediction?

Grup

Mediapro is a leading group in the global audiovisual industry, unique in content integration, production, and audiovisual distribution. Operations are held worldwide through its 53 offices distributed across 31 countries on four continents. Grup Mediapro provides the creative and technical solutions necessary to design, produce, and distribute highquality audiovisual or multi-channel projects. Grup Mediapro offers “end-to-end” sports production and transmission for all kinds of sporting event coverage. The company prides itself on working with a team of highly experienced and detail-oriented professionals. As well as having established key worldwide relationships that ensure their clients with high-quality, costeffective project proposals. With a wide range of mobile units, sports production automation, and camera equipment to capture the action from any angle, Grup Mediapro has pushed the boundaries of production technology through countless innovations. Grup Mediapro has successfully expanded its roots to the US opening 13 studios

Prediction is our latest — and most powerful — interactive feature and sponsorship magnet. Prediction lets you turn any event into a guessing game. Use Prediction to let your fans guess: Who will win? What will be the point spread? Who will score first? What will be the first play? Anything else you can imagine! Prediction is perfect for sports broadcasters looking to keep fans hooked all season; explode sponsorship opportunities; collect valuable opt-in data; drive massive traffic to your — or your sponsors’ — digital properties; and grow earned media opportunities with every game. No other platform is as powerful, flexible, or affordable as ours. Megaphone TV is proud to work with Sky Sports, NBC Sports Washington, Marquee Sports, Rogers Sportsnet, and SNY. And the best part? You can try us out for FREE.

> MEYERPRO

What a summer it has been! The crew at MeyerPro has been hard at work supporting broadcast events throughout the country. DOTA2 The International won a National Emmy Award and MeyerPro provided top to bottom technical support for the broadcast in multiple languages.

Additionally, Nike called on MeyerPro to provide LED wall, video, and audio systems for a hugely successful production of a high-profile high school football showcase on their campus in August.

Last year, MeyerPro pioneered the xR (Extended Reality) Stage solution and took virtual/hybrid events to the next level. This year, although AR/VR is still going strong, 2022 is the year of investment in 4K/12G flypack production systems.

Building out the systems with Sony HDC-5500 cameras, Ross switchers, routers and XPression

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graphics systems the engineers at MeyerPro have streamlined these flypacks into quickly deployable powerhouses. To learn more about MeyerPro, go to www.meyerproinc.com. We’d love to talk to you!

> MICROSOFT

Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

> MO-SYS ENGINEERING

The Mo-Sys product range spans remote heads & motion control, broadcast robotics, mechanical and optical camera tracking for AR & VR, VP, and on-set visualization. For the past 20+ years, visionary, inventor and technopreneur Michael Geissler has grown Mo-Sys into an industry leader, cultivated close ties to community of broadcast and production clients in 50+ countries including BBC, Netflix, Fox, ZDF, CNN, and ESPN. Mo-Sys remote heads and robotics are used on many Hollywood blockbusters and HETV shows including Gravity, Life of Pi, Westworld, Birdman, and Tron Legacy. We have also delivered boundary-pushing technology for broadcast projects like Red Bull Air Race and Strictly Come Dancing.

> MOBILE TV GROUP

Mobile TV Group (MTVG) has recently launched IP mobile unit 50FLEX and 50VMU. As part of further expansion to its fleet, MTVG’s 51st mobile unit is nearing completion. MTVG’s Cloud Control continues its buildout and launch throughout the country, now with 25 Cloud Control rooms located in most major US cities. With Cloud Control, MTVG has given its clients remote access to all MTVG production systems without sacrifices. Cloud Control is a complete production system that allows for broadcast level systems, unlimited cameras, SSMO, and even 4K to be controlled remotely with low bandwidth. MTVG’s Edge production system is gaining traction which delivers MTVG’s high-quality live production solutions at a much lower cost for small and mid-size productions, anywhere, with a minimal onsite equipment footprint.

> MOVICOM

Movicom is a provider of specialty camera systems, our headline product being the Robycam cable camera with internal tracking for AR graphics and full digital control including recording and playback of camera movements which is ideal for esports and scripted productions. Robycam can be deployed in studio as well as stadium applications, in 3D and 2D modes. We also provide remote heads and railcams with AR

tracking capability. Another specialty is polecams with gyro-stablized heads and SuperSlowMo cameras, often used for soccer games where the small footprint allows the camera to sneak into the net from behind. We’ve provided wireless refcams and earcams for ‘on field’ action and can customize a system for your needs.

> MPE

Motion Picture Enterprises (MPE) is a full service postproduction facility based in New York City, offering all-encompassing, costeffective resources and solutions nationwide. MPE offers both out-of-house rentals, as well as remote hosting, enabling your entire team to work from any location safely, securely, and without lag. MPE’s remote infrastructure includes state-of-theart data centers with dedicated internet circuits and firewalls, operating across separate fiber-optic networks through carriers that run at 10 Gigabits p/s. MPE’s in-house technical support team and IT engineers monitor all systems 24/7/365. MPE’s 60,000 sq. ft. NYC facility is available for a flexible, hybrid work model should your team need to operate in person for editing, onsite collaboration sessions, screenings, and finishing. Finish your projects, either in person or remote, in MPE’s Dolby Atmos Certified Sound Mix Studios and Dolby Vision 4K UHD Online and Color Correct Suites.

> NECF

CAT6 snakes, AVFlex cables for high power sound and lighting, a family of hi-rel XLR adapters, and a complete line of opticalCON DUO and QUAD adapters. Our newest product innovation, Nemal Scoreboard cable, was the choice for the new UBS Arena in New York. Nemal XLR adapters provide a reliable and rugged solution to interconnecting intercoms and headsets with different I/O interfaces. They are available in 3 to 5 pin versions in all gender combinations. Our Stadium4 plenum cable has become the cable of choice for sports venue infrastructure and has drastically simplified and reduced the cost of SMPTE cabling, even in smaller venues.

> NEP GROUP

NECF

brings a new economic model for the sharing economy and blockchain processing, starting in Media and Entertainment. As a marketplace engine, we optimize value chain for platforms, providers, and users using technology. Using three globally patent-pending technology and economic models, we deliver increased quality and increased volume, all while lowering costs. Our proven model is validated by a senior economic advisor to World Bank, KPMG, PWC, and McKinsey. In Media & Entertainment, the model is already in-play with five major US networks, a station group, and TV channels for live sports, each seeing an increase in capacity and a decrease in overall costs. Our fintech exchange desk model includes 150+ providers and distributors worldwide. The company is rapidly moving to scale with 40+ media outlets expressing interest in sports, egaming, wagering, and news production.

> NEMAL ELECTRONICS

Nemal Electronics is Miami-based Emmy Award-winning manufacturer of Audio, Video, and RF cable, connectors, custom panels, and cabling systems for sports broadcasting. We have recently introduced a number of new products to meet the specific needs of sports broadcasters including Tactical SMPTE cable,

You have a vision. We see it, too. With a worldwide network of experts and cuttingedge technology, our unique Global Production Ecosystem empowers content creators and rightsholders to tell stories in breakthrough ways. We’re built on 35 years of trusted experience across broadcast, live event, and virtual production to deliver the solutions you need — anytime, anywhere. We recently attended the IBC2022 show, where we demoed NEP’s RF and Specialty Capture products (Mini TX UHD and Pico Cam) and our award-winning Mediabank media asset management platform. We also launched TFC Flow, a powerful and easy-to-use IP-based “DIVA” tool offering complete control of data, intercom, video, and audio signal flow within a unified live event network, all powered by NEP’s proprietary, web-based, multipurpose control platform, TFC (Total Facility Control). TFC Flow harnesses the power and scalability of IP/2110, while removing the complexity that comes along with it, making network configuration fast, easy and secure. We invite you to learn more about these products and our complete range of end-to-end solutions to help you bring your content to life. Visit us at nepgroup. com or reach out to your NEP representative.

> NET INSIGHT

Net Insight provides the highest performing, most open video transport and media cloud technology for content providers as the industry standard for flexibility and service across live contribution, distribution, and remote production media workflows. For over 25 years, the world’s leading content owners, broadcasters, production companies, service providers, and enterprises have trusted Net Insight’s Emmy Award-winning Nimbra technology to guarantee media delivery. Today, Net Insight partners with hundreds of customers in over 70 countries to ensure media flows across managed and unmanaged IP networks, and the cloud — from anywhere, to everywhere. It enables customers to get the best from any mix of virtualized, cloud and IP

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technology and is the only platform to support all the major industry standards, protocols, and clouds. During 2022, we supported many of our customers during the Winter Games, who are relying on our media platforms to deliver exciting sports experiences. We’re now looking forward to 2023! www.netinsight.net

> NETGEAR AV

NETGEAR may be new as a sponsor of SVG, but we are not new to the world of sports technology. We have been busy the last few years with venues like Harrisburg University’s esports facility and Philadelphia Union’s upgraded Subaru Park, among others. The rise in AV over IP technologies — including the wildly popular NDI — have led people to find a quick yet reliable way to configure the ever-present network switch. That’s no small feat, but we have done it with our groundbreaking AV GUI. If you haven’t seen it, you should watch a video or get a demo — you won’t believe how easy it is. Our Pro AV Design Services team has been super busy helping people find the right switch, design the best network, and offer help during installation for a plethora of Pro AV installations. This free service helps ease the pain of getting started with AV over IP. Finally, the newest members of our M4250 line of 1Gb AV over IP switches are 2 desktop-sized models to stash behind a monitor or under a table. And one of those has no fans, so it can be used in the press box or other sound-sensitive environment.

> NVIDIA

AI meets next-generation infrastructure with NVIDIA technologies for professional broadcast. NVIDIA provides a full technology stack for the broadcast industry — from GPUs, DPUs, and network switches, to systems, developer toolkits, and software platforms for real-time graphics, video streaming, and artificial intelligence. NVIDIA platforms are supported across data center, cloud, and edge, accelerating AI/ML, graphics, and virtualized workloads wherever they need to run. NVIDIA simplifies the transition to SMPTE ST 2110 with NVIDIA Networking technologies including NVIDIA Rivermax, production-proven technologies that are relied upon by modern broadcasters who are leading the industry’s adoption of IP video. NVIDIA partners with leading software, hardware and cloud providers, and best-in-class system integrators to develop and deploy broadcast solutions. Build your flexible, software-defined broadcast infrastructure with confidence and enable the future of live streaming with NVIDIA.

> OBJECT MATRIX

Object Matrix has continued to grow during 2022, gaining new sports-related customers in the UK, US, and beyond, including Everton Football Club, The Football Association of Wales, and Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship. Additionally, they have been collaborating with a major sports organization on hybrid cloud workflows that allow for remote access to archived content. Object Matrix recently announced a

series of new technical partnerships, including integrations with Newsbridge, Telestream, Hiscale, MASV, Pebble, and Drastic Technologies. These partnerships will enhance workflows and infrastructure for MatrixStore customers and demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to technical innovation, particularly in the sports broadcasting industry. Object Matrix is an awardwinning software company that pioneered object storage and the modernization of media archives. Their on-prem, hybrid, and cloud storage solutions bring operational and financial benefits to our customers by securely managing content at every stage of its lifecycle.

> OPENDRIVES

OpenDrives is a global provider of enterprisegrade, hyper-scalable network-attachedstorage (NAS) solutions. Founded in 2011 by media and entertainment post-production professionals, OpenDrives is built for the most demanding workflows, from Hollywood to healthcare, and businesses large and small. OpenDrives delivers the highest performing solutions to match individual performance needs, even for the most robust, complex and mission-critical projects, on-premises and into the cloud. OpenDrives is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

> OPENGEAR PARTNER PROGRAM

openGear is the industry standard platform of choice for modular signal processing. As the world’s first modular infrastructure platform open to other manufacturers, openGear provides solutions derived from hundreds of individual cards from dozens of companies. This cooperative effort gives users best of breed product and budget options, all while ensuring common control and monitoring within the DashBoard ecosystem.

> OSA INTERNATIONAL

any sized control room, whether onsite or remote. The release of Agile I/O software extended the platform’s input and output capacity to produce even larger and more complex productions. Panasonic Connect also announced the development of a new Cloud-based solution for KAIROS, allowing crews to utilize the platform’s powerful live video processing from an easy-to-access cloud-based tool. KAIROS seamlessly integrates with Panasonic Connect’s wide array of PTZ and studio cameras, to capture stunning imagery and immerse your fanbase. And when paired with Robotic Camera Systems, crews can enhance production value with broadcast-style movements of the PTZ cameras. Panasonic Connect is continuing to innovate and expand its sports production solutions — with some exciting release announcements coming this fall. Stay tuned — and catch them at NAB New York and SVG’s Esports Production Summit and annual SVG Summit for a demo.

> PHENIX REAL TIME SOLUTIONS

Phenix

is a real-time streaming technology platform that can deliver synchronous streams with sub-half second latency while maintaining broadcast quality and scale. Its proprietary platform is essential for delivering content in real-time to better engage audiences and deliver interactive experiences that drive revenue for sportsbooks, sports, and gaming properties as well as broadcasters. Phenix was founded in 2013 with the vision of delivering the Olympics opening ceremony to a billion viewers in real-time with less than ½ second of latency. These aspirations are built into our DNA. We are constantly challenging the status quo of what it means to deliver real-time video at scale. The combination of our industry leading technology and our customer-centric approach makes Phenix the ideal strategic partner.

OSA

International has added a Broadcast Services division to its diverse offerings. The division is being led by Steve Cormier. OSA is now able to offer full 360 solutions to our customers. We have recently supported events such as The World Games, MLS soccer, and audio and intercoms for the entertainment portion of the American Rodeo at Dallas Stadium. We are also sending equipment in support of the FIFA World Cup 2022. New equipment additions include Calrec Brio mixers with Hydra2 48x16 analogue I/O boxes. OSA International and FingerWorks Telestrators are forming a strategic partnership.

> PANASONIC CONNECT

Panasonic Connect offers an extensive portfolio of content creation solutions to take your game-day productions to the next level. Its awardwinning live production platform, KAIROS, provides unlimited control to deliver rich content to multiple screens and distribution platforms. Over the past year, Panasonic Connect has continued to expand KAIROS’ capabilities, introducing two new system control panels to the lineup, designed to fit

> PIXELLOT

Pixellot’s AI-powered end-to-end solutions automate live sports capture, distribution, and production of more than 150,000 games per month in over 70 countries. Streaming with Pixellot systems has never looked better with broadcast quality enhancements (1080p 60 fps) to the Prime solution. Now, Pixellot is breaking another barrier to sports media coverage by releasing live streaming on the mobile Pixellot Air camera. Teams can stream live footage to boost visibility and enable talent scouts to find the hidden gems across their academies, no matter where they are. Pixellot’s new white-label OTT offers rightsholders like leagues, tournament organizers, or sports complexes a turnkey way to distribute content. Major League Baseball uses it for their Draft League and Appalachian League. The OTT solution is an enrichment providing the ability to charge a subscription or charge pay-perview, cut clips, and monetize content. Today more than 95% of Pixellot produced content is behind a paywall.

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> PIXERA

PIXERA is a multi-award-winning 64-bit media server system for professional real-time media processing, compositing, and management, built around the key theme of usability. Users can gradually discover the options and features and can smoothly transition from being a beginner to becoming a specialist.

> PIXOTOPE

Pixotope is the leader in live augmented reality, extended reality, and virtual production solutions, with a mission to break down the barriers to Virtual Production adoption and growth. Their recent acquisition of comprehensive camera tracking solutions provider, TrackMen Gmbh, means these solutions are now available and accessible to a wider audience with Pixotope’s Camera Tracking, with improved integration and simplified interfaces. The latest XR Edition of Pixotope’s award-winning graphics software is designed to mitigate the technical complexities and associated resource costs of XR workflows and environments with LED volumes with a range of tools to simplify set up and operation of XR productions. Pixotope has also recently introduced the Pixotope Education Program (PEP); a collegiatelevel educational initiative designed to help enable the next generation of Virtual Production talent, providing access to the necessary software and tools, and connecting educators to experts from the global Pixotope community.

> PLATINA SYSTEMS

Platina helps organizations modernize their media assets on to a platform that dramatically simplifies operations and maintenance while also increasing the value of that content via instant accessibility and analytics. After using public clouds to modernize their applications, organizations are considering alternatives for optimizing for cost at scale and are challenged by the complexity of managing services. These services require dedicated team of experienced resources and time to develop, test, and maintain. Similarly, building, training, and retaining these teams is a significant obstacle. Platina Systems provides an “easy button” for quickly, easily, and cost-effectively implementing and operating private clouds. Platina’s management system, PCC, addresses these operational challenges — through a single pane of glass, PCC replaces what is typically simple, bespoke scripts or manual interventions incorporate industry best practices across multiple disciplines that a single system administrator can manage.

> PLIANT TECHNOLOGIES

Pliant Technologies recently announced a new CrewCom Control Unit as well as enhancements

for High Density mode for both its CrewCom and CrewCom CB2 wireless intercom systems. The new CCU-08 CrewCom Control Unit gives users the ability to use up to eight 4-Wire ports for larger scale deployments. With the combination of CrewCom Radio Transceivers, the new CCU08 supports up to 82 Radio Packs, 18 in Normal mode, and 64 in the recently released High Density mode, across all RF bands. The new High Density mode is a selectable mode of operation that greatly increases user densities. For CrewCom, this new software-selectable mode supports up to 32 Radio Packs (RPs) on a single Radio Transceiver (RT) while dynamically allowing any four of the RPs to communicate in full-duplex across four available talk paths. For CB2, the High Density mode supports up to 16 Radio Packs (RPs) on a single BaseStation.

> PRG

PRG is the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology solutions and has the largest inventory of rental production equipment. PRG provides comprehensive and discreet services to an array of clients in the live music, TV/Film, Broadway, sports, gaming, corporate experiential, and live events markets. Clients and partners depend on PRG’s innovation, experience, and depth of experience in audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging, and scenery and automation systems to bring their stories to life. With 70 offices across North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia, PRG has capabilities to provide services worldwide.

> PRODUCTION ROCKSTARS

Production Rockstars is a boutique production management firm specializing in delivering interpersonal service by producing virtual production and live streaming events, live TV and events, and social/digital content for our clients. Our work spans across a variety of sectors, from the precision-based detailing in the virtual streaming and corporate world to the fast-paced action of the sports and entertainment industry. Production Rockstars has worked with and for a variety of clients including but not limited to Comedy Central, Netflix, BET Networks, Essence, Tidal, ESPN, Complex, TNT, T-Mobile, Patrón Tequila, the Smithsonian and more. Whether it’s three cameras or thirty, virtual or live, we work hard to make you look and feel like a rockstar from the first pre-production conference to the final deliverable.

> PRODUCTIONHUB

After nearly 20 years, ProductionHUB has grown beyond an alternative to production guides and the yellow pages into the largest global network of film and video professionals ready to bring your content to life. ProductionHUB has

come a long way since their lean beginnings. No matter what you need for a production, they’ll help you find it with plenty of time before the cameras start rolling. Search their growing network of over 150,000 professionals, place a request for something specific, post a full-time job or let them do all the crewing for you. Beyond their crewing services, they keep you up to date with emerging trends in the industry with their blog and press from leading, innovative companies. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or looking to hire someone from the industry, ProductionHUB is your resource for everything in the film and video production industry.

> PROGRAM PRODUCTIONS

Program Productions, North America’s #1 provider of live event labor, is having a big year thanks in part to the innovative labor management platform developed by PPI — ProCrewz. The ProCrewz mobile app, used by more than 10,000 technicians, has been crucial in allowing PPI to cover 25,000 event days in 2022, the most of any North American labor management company. And thanks to features like the Virtual Time Clock and Integrated Calendar, field overtime was reduced by 10% nationally and managing remote broadcast labor was smoother than ever. With the cloudbased ProCrewz mobile app, crew members can view jobs across multiple clients, accept job offers, update their employee profile, submit for expense reimbursement, punch in using the geo-fenced virtual time clock, and so much more. The synced mobile app and client portal allow for streamlined communication between managers and the remote workforce. Integrated with the mobile app, the client portal gives managers and crewers all the tools they need, all in one place. They can create new jobs and assign crew members, manage employee information, upload production books, track time and expenses, process payroll, and so much more — without ever leaving the client portal. Experience full payroll integration with XLT Management Services or export to your preferred vendor. Seamless, connected and dependable, ProCrewz is the digital evolution of event labor management. To learn more, visit procrewz.com, programproductions.com or xltms.com.

> PSSI GLOBAL SERVICES/ STRATEGIC TV

With the largest fleet of transmission vehicles in North America, one of the largest privately-owned teleports in the world and an expert team available 24/7 for events across the globe, PSSI Global Services provides comprehensive event, transmission, and connectivity solutions via satellite, fiber, IP, and beyond.

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> PUGET SYSTEMS

Puget Systems is a custom computer company located near Seattle, WA. We believe computers should be a pleasure to purchase and own. They should get your work done, and not be a hindrance. We achieve this through personal consulting and lifetime technical support.

> PURE MOBILE PRODUCTIONS

Pure Mobile Productions has a fleet of stateof-the-art mobile production and production support trucks, providing the technical infrastructure and broadcast solutions for live event broadcasting. Pure has grown significantly over the past few years by providing hands-on client service with affordable solutions for all size productions.

> QUANTUM

Quantum solutions help tame even the most ambitious and real-time content production challenges, letting your teams work together at full speed and efficiency: StorNext – Leading file system for video postproduction and streaming applications featuring hybrid and cloud workflows for agile content development. H4000 Essential – All-in-one shared storage and media asset management with StorNext 7 and CatDV, purposebuilt for small creative teams. F-Series – Fastest StorNext performance with NVMe. AI / ML Content Enhancement – Designed to analyze and enrich video Learn more about high-performance, insightdriven workflows from Quantum at www.quantum. com/sports.

> QUANTUM5X (Q5X)

Q5X is the market leader in safe, rugged bodypacks designed specifically for the rigors of professional sports. In spring 2020, Q5X released encrypted, Axient Digital versions of all Q5X wireless transmitters. These are compatible with Shure receivers, including their new ADX5D mobile receiver. The NBA was the first to introduce the encrypted Digital CoachMic transmitter, which is worn by coaches and referees during all broadcasts. The CoachMic features a robust, integrated, rocker-style mute switch and easy-to-see LED mute indicator, allowing users to simply and confidently mute audio for sensitive conversations. The PlayerMic, known for its flexible rubber packaging and thin profile, and the waterproof AquaMic with 16hour battery life, are also available with Axient Digital technology. Like Q5X’s analog products, the new family of digital transmitters are 100% remotely controlled utilizing the RCAS MicCommander. Analog and digital transmitters can share the same 2.4G RCAS control network for ease of operation.

> REALITY CHECK SOLUTIONS (RCS)

RCS continues to partner with our clients, helping to deliver innovative solutions to their biggest challenges. As the broadcast world migrates to new platforms and workflows, RCS remains at the forefront. Over the last 12 months, we have launched new graphics packages and workflows for

DAZN, MLB, UFC, NFL, and SPFL, among others. We’ve delivered new projects using Unreal, Vizrt, XPression, Singular.live, and more. Our clients increasingly require a wider range of support across both hardware, cloud, and hybrid solutions. This has led to the development of solutions like our Cobb control interface; a desktop application that integrates with data sources and triggers graphics across multiple services including both Vizrt and Singular.live. A single operator using a dedicated RCS Cobb interface can now deliver multiple graphic outputs across various graphics platforms enabling highly efficient workflows with scalable, flexible output options.

> RF WIRELESS

RF Wireless has an extensive inventory of broadcast quality microwave and RF audio equipment as well as two-way radio communications equipment, together with all accessories. RF Wireless has many modes of deployment to meet the constantly changing needs of clients large and small. We have solutions that can ship out in an air-pack format all the way up to our fully integrated mobile trailer with mast and generator onboard. Through the provision of personalized service, RF Wireless Systems Inc. ensures client needs are fulfilled in the most efficient and effective manner. RF Wireless Systems Inc. and all of its team members are dedicated to successful events and excellent service delivery to all clients.

> RIEDEL COMMUNICATIONS

After months of exciting projects such as SailGP, Formula 1, Super Bowl, or Eurovision Song Contest, Riedel, who is widely known for state-ofthe-art comms, happily shares that their innovative engineering is profoundly influencing video, audio, and data distribution. MediorNet IP further enhances Riedel’s pioneering distributed network approach to video distribution using TDM and fiber by adding standardized IP solutions to their collection. At the heart of the MediorNet IP solution is the flexible, innovative, small form-factor MuoN SFP technology, offering a plethora of processing, including encoding/decoding, up/down/cross conversion, ST 2110 gateways and multiviewers. These highly scalable solutions fit in the palm of your hand, providing astounding density, while offering sustainable reprogrammable solutions capable of tailoring systems as never before. On the comms side, Riedel’s wired and wireless intercom solutions, Artist, Director, and Bolero are highlighting new features and innovations complimenting their durability, reliability, and clarity. Riedel demonstrates several new additions and updates to their SmartPanel portfolio including the newly developed Audio Monitoring App. This App for the 1200 Series SmartPanels allows users to easily monitor their audio, for confidence and quality, while simultaneously performing their typical intercom workflows via the Intercom App. Users can select up to 16 stereo AES67 channels in parallel from a total of 256 channels which they can swiftly organize within the app‘s intuitive browser-

based configuration tool. As the Audio Monitoring App takes its sources directly from the ST 2110 (AES67) network, users gain tremendous flexibility in selecting monitoring sources while saving ports on their matrix.

> ROBOVISION

Production industries change and so do innovative companies. Robovision has successfully navigated 30 years of production changes and it continues to position itself at the forefront of remote camera systems, even in a postpandemic production environment. Robovision has developed custom camera solutions for numerous high profile broadcasts. Our custom turnkey systems are tailored to address specific client needs. The result has been, and will continue to be, next-level technical performance from every system we install. Robovision’s Emmy Awardwinning personnel are qualified, safety-conscious, skilled technicians capable of collaborating with clients to ensure exceptional results. They are the most experienced camera operators in the world. As a result, Robovision has provided countless clients with the highest possible returns on their investments.

> ROHDE & SCHWARZ

Smartphones, televisions, aircraft, cars: Millions of people all over the world use them day in, day out — but only those in the know are aware that they wouldn’t work without us and our technologies. Our measuring instruments are essential for wireless communications around the globe, for the consumer electronics industry and the automotive industry. Hundreds of TV transmitter stations and numerous air traffic control centers use our hardware. Digital mobile communications could only take off after Rohde & Schwarz, on behalf of the GSM consortium, developed the first network simulator to test mobile phones.

> ROSS VIDEO

From production control room technology to LED content management systems to stunning data-driven graphics, Ross Video offers fully integrated live production solutions for sports venues around the globe. As part of its everexpanding solutions for sports and live events, Ross recently introduced XPression Tessera One — a simple, compact, affordable, and powerful LED content management system that provides over six million broadcast-quality pixels to drive LED displays in sports venues of all sizes. Featuring customizable XPression Graphics and DashBoard Control Panels, Tessera One is sure to elevate your game-day experience by streamlining operations for production teams while engaging fans through dynamic data-driven content. At only 1 rack unit, Tessera One delivers up to three 1080P HD outputs, which can be mapped to fill over six million LED pixels. The system’s versatility means that teams can also unlock new revenue streams through enhanced sponsorship opportunities. From toptier professional teams and leagues to amateur

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and collegiate-level sports, Ross has developed the widest range of sports venue solutions to help you deliver unforgettable experiences for your fans. For more information, visit rossvideo.com/sports.

> RT SOFTWARE

RT Software has a comprehensive range of sports graphics products that includes overlay graphics, augmented reality, virtual sponsorship and telestration. Tactic Pro is our leading telestration package that incorporates AI powered features to accelerate the production of your sports play sequences. Now, with a single click Tactic Pro will automatically calibrate your graphics to match the camera angle and perspective. Tactic Pro also uses its AI to track player’s paths across the pitch and automatically create key frames, ensuring your graphics follow the players as they run. These features and many others are collectively known as Next Gen Analysis. It lets broadcasters focus on delivering more in depth and insightful graphics because Tactic Pro drastically reduces the time consuming setup period. Sports broadcasters can now take advantage of these technology innovations and stand apart from the rest of the pack. Check out the RT Software website for free trial downloads of Tactic Pro.

> RTS INTERCOM SYSTEMS

RTS is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of intercom solutions. From the Advanced Digital Audio Matrix (ADAM) systems used to coordinate major network broadcasts of the world’s largest events to small-format systems used for in-house productions, RTS is dedicated to innovating the future of global communications. RTS, Dynacord, ElectroVoice and Telex are part of Bosch Building Technologies, a leading global supplier of security, safety, and communications products and systems.

> RUSH MEDIA COMPANY

With clients that include every major network and sports league, Rush Media Company has a proven track record of producing, packaging, and innovating live television productions at every level. With a fleet of more than 23 mobile production units, offices and facilities located around the country, Rush Media Company is the leader in packaging live events. With 23 production vehicles currently in our fleet, Rush Media Company is uniquely positioned to provide you with the best production vehicle to fit your needs. All of our production vehicles are equipped with state-of-theart equipment and world class engineers to ensure that your production is delivered with innovation and creativity.

> SDTV

Founded in 1990 by industry professionals, SDTV began with a simple idea to bring an efficient and valuable product to the television industry. We have since designed, built, and operated mobile production units that have become the industry standard. We have the capacity to provide an instantaneous television or data feed to locations around the world. We are setting a new standard by offering cost-effective high-definition television production solutions while using the most advanced broadcasting equipment to clients of all sizes. SDTV is committed to leading the industry in innovation to create the best possible productions for our clientele. Adding this to our reputable customer relations and our benchmark network of reliable contractors is sure to make the future bright.

> SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY

Meeting the demands of higher resolution content, and bigger workflows across numerous applications in the media industry, Seagate’s uniquely intelligent, mass capacity storage system recently captured two highly recognized industry awards. Our self-healing and self-managed data storage solution, Exos CORVAULT, won the National Association of Broadcasters’ 2022 Product of the Year Award for Hardware Infrastructure and the Security Industry Association’s 2022 New Products and Solutions Award for Video Surveillance Data Storage. Good news for customers, the technology behind Seagate’s Exos CORVAULT, Autonomous Drive Regeneration (ADR) technology, which enables individual hard drives to be rebuilt in place automatically and without human intervention, will eventually be available across all of Seagate’s RAID arrays. ADR technology changes the game in content storage for film and television production, postproduction projects, and archiving applications by drastically improving rebuild times and dramatically reducing the amount of time and attention needed for storage management and maintenance.

> SENCORE

Sencore, a leader in broadcast video distribution, contribution, and monitoring, recently launched their new Centra Gateway; a video distribution platform marking the company’s move to provide ‘Solutions as a Service’. This new platform leverages the extensive industry knowledge built over the course of decades providing equipment to meet the business and technological needs of the broadcast industry. Centra represents an end-to-end, holistic orchestration platform that will allow broadcasters to manage the full extent of their media chain from a centralized, intuitive interface which can be located in the cloud or onpremises appliances. Centra Gateway is the core functionality of the Centra platform; namely, the

reception, transmission, and conversion of internet protocols for optimized distribution of video. Protocols supported will include RIST, SRT, Zixi, and HLS, along with MPEG over IP. With the aim to take advantage of the benefits associated with RIST and SRT protocols in terms of reliability, low latency, packet-drop compensation and forward error correction.

> SENNHEISER

New dimensions of listening, impressive sound experiences and moments to give you goosebumps — the world of audio can deliver all of this: At Sennheiser, we seek to excel in shaping such experiences each and every day. Since the inception of our company 75 years ago, we have become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, loudspeakers, microphones, and wireless transmission systems.

> SES

With over 70 satellites in two different orbits, our reach is unlike any other. We combine a vast, intelligent network of satellite and ground infrastructure with industry-leading expertise to manage and deliver high-performance video and data solutions virtually everywhere on the planet. For more than 30 years, our success has been built on sustainable innovation as we reliably connect more businesses, communities, and government institutions in more places and deliver linear and on-demand video content seamlessly around the clock. We help broadcasters touch more viewers on screen; mobile network operators expand into uncharted markets; peacekeepers receive real-time intelligence; passengers work and play online; and communities thrive in a digital world.

> SHURE

Greetings from Shure! We were excited to reconnect with many of you (in person!) at the SVG Summit in New York last December and the DTV Summit in Detroit. And we cannot wait to see you again at this year’s SVG Summit and NAB 2023, which is celebrating its Centennial. You saw Shure microphones used at the ESPY’s, with Snoop Dogg at the Super Bowl, and heard about our MXA910 Array Microphones pushing the boundaries of sound capture at the NBA Summer League. Axient Digital wireless microphone systems have been on a tear, winning the Emmy Award for Technical and Engineering Achievement, the Cinema Audio Society Product of the Year (ADX5D Portable Receiver) and Sound & Video Contractor Innovative Product of the Year (ADX5D). Speaking of Axient Digital, stay tuned for an exciting announcement coming soon! We hope the best for you this year and look forward to seeing you. For more information, visit www.shure. com/americas.

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SIGNIANT

Signiant has a history rooted in developing file transfer software for some of the world’s largest companies. Originally created to move huge code bases around the world for global software development, Signiant’s solutions are useful wherever there is a critical need to move large data sets with security, reliability, and speed. Media & Entertainment was the first sector to broadly adopt the technology, with Signiant’s file transfer software becoming indispensable in the mid 2000s as the industry transitioned from videotape and film to file-based workflows. With early adopters like Disney, NBC, and Apple iTunes using our on-premises solutions as enterprise-wide elements of their global technology infrastructures, Signiant quickly emerged as a trusted partner to leading media companies. Most of the world’s mission-critical media workflows are powered by our Manager+Agents enterprise software. And, while we’ve worked with a range of well-known big players, our commitment to developing cloudnative software makes our SaaS solutions scalable to any size business.

> SILVER SPOON ANIMATION

Silver Spoon is the leading provider of real-time, broadcast augmented reality, and with a tradition of firsts, we pride ourselves on bringing visionary ideas to life. This year we’ve worked with incredible clients who share our innovative spirit to develop some truly groundbreaking projects. Over the summer we partnered with Riot Games to elevate esports broadcasting by bringing 85 champions out of the game, and into real life, live on stage in stunning real-time AR. Meanwhile, we wrapped a summer of live broadcasts for SRX racing with CBS Sports, featuring first-of-its kind AR using a tracked drone, real-time data integration, stunning particle effects, and an out-of-this world RV stunt jump over the track. All of this was made possible by our diverse team of multidisciplinary directors, producers, animators, VFX artists, and creative technologists who all share the same mission; to constantly innovate and expand on the boundaries of real-time production.

> SIMPLYLIVE

Simplylive was founded by live production veterans who have made systems that have helped produce televised events like the World Cup, Super Bowl and the Olympics. Simplylive’s ViBox platform takes a different approach from traditional hardware and software products. Instead, system designers focus on the way live programs are actually produced, the next generation of users needed to make those programs, and an approach based on system simplicity, flexibility, reliability, and oncoming migration to a VoIP and Cloud future. The result is a platform used by ESPN, IMG, Canal+, and more.

> SINGULAR.LIVE

Singular.live set the new standard for live cloud graphics with its revolutionary Intelligent Overlays. The web-based platform has continued

to lead the field seeing accelerated growth through 2022 with both new clients and by expanding existing relationships. With clients including BT Sport, DAZN, Sky, MLB, MLS, NFL, NBA, and many more, Singular has seen a massive growth in usage achieving a new record of over 2.2 million output hours in a single month. Singular is a bestof-breed, web-based graphics platform accredited for sustainability and designed to make your transition to cloud, remote, or hybrid production seamless. Our partner network has continued to grow with GV AMPP, Panasonic, Imagine Communications, Amagi, Epiphan, and more helping deliver frictionless compatibility. Free to try with no dedicated hardware required. Come and see why thousands of people are already using Singular in their live productions.

> SKYCAM/CABLECAM

Skycam is a leading designer, manufacturer, and operator of mobile aerial camera systems. Skycam plays a significant role in changing the way sports are broadcasted in America, appearing at marquee broadcast events such as Super Bowl XXXVII, US Tennis Open, NCAA Final Four, NFL Pro Bowl, Monday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, and NCAA College Football.

> SKYLINE COMMUNICATIONS

DataMiner, the most future-proof and costefficient agnostic DevOps software platform for any of your monitoring and orchestration needs, has released a novel “service and resource scheduling and orchestration” toolkit. The brandnew DataMiner Service and Resource Manager (SRM) is purpose-built to manage a modern digital supply chain for both files and live assets from glass to glass in an automated, data-driven, collaborative, and resource-efficient manner. This powerful suite of modular features empowers anyone to build and automate workflows and processes tailored to their individual business, operation, and resources. And it can be especially powerful for orchestrating live sporting events. For instance, you can easily plan the capacity of your IP media networks beforehand and avoid network oversubscription during the event. What’s more, the DataMiner SRM will not only set up your media networks, but also deploy and orchestrate your on-premises or cloud-based virtualized production and distribution equipment, like crossconverters or encoders.

> SMT

For the 150th Open Championship, SMT debuted Shot View, its real-time ball shot location technology, a first in the tournament’s history. A team of 24 SMT specialists traveled to St. Andrews to recruit and train 180 volunteers to operate SMT’s proprietary GolfX tablets. For each round, a group of volunteers followed each player across the Old Course’s 18 holes, notifying spotters in the landing areas when shots were incoming. The spotters coordinated with SMT laser operators, who collected coordinates for ball resting locations, creating 3D maps to help calculate how far

the ball traveled or how many yards were left to reach the pin. SMT systems ingest the data for distribution to broadcasters, digital productions, and on-course videoboards. SMT has been The Open Championships official scoring and data collection provider for the past 13 years, providing broadcast and onsite data collection and visualization that enhances fan engagement.

> SOLID STATE LOGIC

Solid State Logic has evolved to become a leading manufacturer of audio consoles for news, sports, and live production. With increasing demand for distributed and decentralized collaborative workflows, System T’s architecture provides an agile and easily scalable production platform that can be managed from anywhere. In addition to market-leading sonic performance and audio processing tools developed from SSL’s renowned studio heritage, System T also delivers the ultimate in IP flexibility, utilizing Audinate’s Dante technology stack to provide API managing audio routing of SSL Network I/O and over 3,000 third-party AoIP products directly in the console GUI, including automatic discovery. SSL AoIP devices enable transmitting and subscribing to ST 2110 or AES67 streams on the same interface, opening up interoperability to many more devices including IP video systems.

> SONY ELECTRONICS

At Sony, we want to be the driving force that inspires and enables you to enhance your storytelling. The way we create, deliver, store, and consume media is constantly changing, and we’re committed to giving you the tools and expertise you need to stay agile, efficient, and creative — no matter what story you’re telling. Sony offers the latest production tools to content creators that are defining live sports and entertainment, from Super 35mm system cameras offering cinematic bokeh for live productions, the most comprehensive Global Shutter 2/3” cameras, to the world’s first* PTZ camera that combines lens interchangeability, a full-frame image sensor and PTZ functionality. We also feature an extensive portfolio of solutions for live production including production Switchers, Newsroom Automation Systems, Broadcast Controllers, and Production and Network Orchestration. We also feature a complete lineup of 4K HDR monitors from viewing to grading. Sony and Nevion offer a comprehensive portfolio of products that can enable you to connect production locations, production resources and personnel across the world. Our cloud-native solutions combine innovative workflows to transform and deliver production assets, streamline content management, and enhance collaboration between remote teams. And our cinematic cameras and LED displays bring the worlds of virtual reality and practical production together in real-time.

> SOS GLOBAL

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provide highly customizable solutions for our client’s needs to deliver their events on a global scale successfully. Beijing Olympics, Super Bowl, Wimbledon, French Open, WTA Global Tour, US Men’s National Soccer Team, British Open, LIV Tour, and RBC Canadian Open were all successful sports moments because of the cutting-edge approach that SOS Global brought forth for clients. The World Cup and Bermuda Championship are still on the 2022 calendar, with 2023 shaping into another incredible year in sports. SOS Global Express looks forward to supporting and providing custom solutions to clients for all your upcoming worldwide live events. Please reach out to the SOS Global staff for any questions or assistance. (800) 628-6363 www.SOSGlobal.com

> SOURCE DIGITAL

Source Digital is an overlay technology that works on any video player and allows content publishers and streamers to create new, measurable CPM, CPE, CPC, CPA video inventory overnight. Use existing video content to grow new subscribers, sell products, and promote upcoming events and programming. Video creators can expand and deepen their content offering to include interactive, in-screen moments to engage viewers and extend sessions without the user ever leaving the site or stream. Create added video-within-a-video outtakes, bloopers, tutorials, and promotions; intake forms for lead generation, surveys, giveaways, and free trials; and transactable moments for commerce, subscriptions, installs, and donations. Advertisers can amplify any brand message or campaign, convert pre-roll ads to actionable, interactive experiences within the video, deploy campaigns “at-will” or contextually during live streaming, and collect valuable 1st-party data insights to measure the extended engagement these Source Activated Moments (SAM’s) bring to our partners.

> SPALK

We help the world’s leading sports properties tell their stories to the world. We do this by building powerful software, partnering with leading commentators and using our unique commercial insight to allow sports leagues and broadcasters to drive fan engagement and achieve their goals. Our Virtual Commentary Studio and Media Gateway are used to produce and distribute hundreds of sporting events into TVs and mobile phones around the world every week. Our Talent Marketplace supports thousands of professional sports commentators in 50 languages to find work.

> SPECTRA LOGIC

Spectra Logic is a leader in delivering the world’s most modern data management and data storage solutions that enable media and entertainment professionals to manage, share and preserve content — from ingest through

archive. Spectra’s solutions enhance workflows and advance automation in production and postproduction environments. With Spectra, you can safely protect terabytes of valuable sportsrelated content, while ensuring that it’s easily accessible and shareable for the long-term, without the costs and complexities associated with legacy archives. Take the time to learn about Spectra Vail and StorCycle software and many other Spectra solutions that deliver insight, automation, data management, ransomware resiliency, and long-term preservation of your growing content repositories. From content lifecycle management to multi-cloud collaboration to enduring air gap protection, Spectra has the solutions and expertise to help you create, share, monetize and preserve your exciting sports stories for today’s viewers as well as for future generations.

> SPIIDEO

Going from broadcasting to autocasting. In 2022, Spiideo partnered with organizations such as Ringier Sports, Dana Cup, and Gothia Cup to deploy automatic production across thousands of games. Over the course of a week, Gothia Cup was able to broadcast 2,000 games via 43 Spiideo camera systems and Portable SmartCam’s, connected across 5G, WiFi, and Ethernet to 177,000+ viewers around the world. Through features such as CloudStudio Anywhere, AutoFollow — and the soon to be released, Storyboard — rightsholders can automate and scale their professional broadcasts like never before. By living in Spiideo, sports organizations and media rightsholders are able to eliminate manual broadcast processes, offer top analysis tools to teams, and cover thousands of games simultaneously.

> SPORTRADAR

Sportradar is a leading global provider of sports betting and sports entertainment products and services. Established in 2001, the company is well-positioned at the intersection of the sports, media and betting industries, providing sports federations, news media, consumer platforms and sports betting operators with a range of solutions to help grow their business. Sportradar employs more than 2,300 full time employees across 19 countries around the world. It is our commitment to excellent service, quality, and reliability that makes us the trusted partner of more than 1,600 customers in over 120 countries and an official partner of the NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, FIFA, and UEFA. We cover more than 750,000 events annually across 83 sports. With deep industry relationships, Sportradar is not just redefining the sports fan experience; it also safeguards the sports themselves through its Integrity Services division and advocacy for an integrity-driven environment for all involved.

> ST ENGINEERING IDIRECT

Our solutions for traditional and converged broadcast infrastructures (ASI) and IPbased workflows cover a whole range of satellite broadcast transmission applications from contribution to exchange and distribution. Our products meet the high operational requirements for professional reliability and service availability. https://www.idirect.net/media-and-broadcast/

> STATS PERFORM

With Stats Perform’s Automated Video solution you can widen your base coverage without the need for rights or drastically increasing your content team’s resource. By providing Game Previews, Betting Previews and Match Recaps allow you to engage fans throughout match day. Content pieces with high demand necessitate uniquely crafted video content but there’s a massive amount of untapped demand across your content offering. Automated Video allows you to widen your content offering whilst freeing up your content team’s time to focus on those key, high demand pieces. It’s not only in video where we’re seeing advancements in the role of automation. Broadcasters and publishers are increasingly using automation in their workflow to improve processes. Our automated technology goes beyond video including live Insights, editorial and graphics that unlocks fan engagement.

> STREANN MEDIA

Streann Media is the most innovative and interactive OTT streaming platform in the world. With Streann, content providers and broadcasters can build the next Netflix or Spotify, with more than 100 proprietary features for distribution, engagement, gamification, and market-first monetization technologies. Established in 2014 in Miami, FL, the company has earned several industry awards thanks to its user-friendly, all-in-one solution, and has been deployed in 141 countries. We have built reliable streaming platforms for major sports events such as the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2019 Copa America.

> STUDIO NETWORK SOLUTIONS (SNS)

SNS, the world leader in media production workflows, off-prem and on-prem storage servers, and remote cloud solutions for professional media teams, recently announced new updates to the high-performance EVO shared storage server and its included EVO Suite of software tools. Contact SNS to get a demo of the latest workflow solutions available for sports media production teams. SNS is a leading media technology company committed to helping video production teams around the world transform the way they store, share, and organize media. By combining scalable, high-performance shared media storage

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hardware with powerful software and cloud workflow tools for teams working on-premise or remotely with Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, and other creative applications, SNS solutions empower postproduction, broadcast, and VFX teams in over 70 countries to create amazing content, faster.

> SUITELIFE SYSTEMS

Suitelife is working with Live Football content to provide MetaData (SCTE, Nielsen Watermarks) Monitor/Record with autonomous notification of loss. We provide secure Multistream analysis and display in single ‘pane of glass’.

> SUPPONOR

Supponor, the world leading virtual advertising technology solution provider for sports, delivered over 1,000 games commercially in the 2021-22 season — up sixfold on the season before — thanks to its software-based technology Supponor AIR. This technology makes virtual advertising easily accessible to clubs, leagues, or federations in any sport due to its remote production capabilities, lower deployment costs, increased flexibility, multiple supported applications, and more sustainable practices. Joining Bundesliga clubs FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in deploying Supponor AIR, VfL Wolfsburg has entered into a long-term partnership to strengthen and expand its international sponsorship activities, leveraging Supponor AIR to multiply the advertising capacity in their stadium’s LED boards. Alongside German league wide approval, Supponor is commercially deploying Supponor AIR in Lega Serie A in Italy, La Liga in Spain, Ligue 1 in France, the A-Leagues in Australia and for several top-tier European club competitions, amongst much more.

> SYNAMEDIA

Synamedia helps video providers connect with bigger audiences via services designed to protect, enrich and deliver world-class streaming. Its award-winning portfolio includes intelligenceled anti-piracy, advanced advertising, business analytics, broadband and streaming platforms, and video network cloud and software solutions. When it comes to live sports, service providers need a video network that can withstand mercurial variances in viewer traffic, while delivering highquality experiences. With Synamedia’s flexible video network solutions, such as VIVID Workflowas-a-Service and Fluid Edge CDN, providers can scale from a few thousand streams to multimillionuser streaming events, while providing full visibility and control over video delivery. With its acquisition of Quortex, Synamedia provides a full portfolio of solutions for OTT content processing, disaster recovery, live events, and long-tail content processing for large service providers. Additionally, Synamedia helps tackle threats of streaming piracy with a suite of security solutions that work towards driving subscribers back to the intended services.

> TAG VIDEO SYSTEMS

TAG Video Systems multi-level monitoring, probing, and multiviewing platform identifies errors in live streams in realtime and delivers feeds in ultra-low latency with incredible display capabilities. Recently added UMD capabilities and Tally enhancements increased monitoring visualization resources so more rich data is visualized in one place for optimal monitoring and control. Operators can custom configure Tallies and UMDs, allowing them to achieve the best use of their own workflow. Additionally, UMDs now deliver on-screen timers for production and playout timing applications with other display capabilities to present a ‘big picture” of the content’s journey. Also new, TAG’s Bridge technology, powered by its Media Control System (MCS), allows a stream to be ingested once with an optimized version delivered in any size or format to multiple locations, making it an invaluable enhancement for multi-location live production. TAG was recently chosen by Fox Sports to monitor and visualize the World Cup.

> TATA COMMUNICATIONS

Whether it’s hosting critical IT infrastructure, enabling remote operations, or pioneering new broadcast technology, Tata Communications has been helping global sports drive innovation for over a decade now. Our vision is to enable our customers Embrace a New World of Media, powered by a range of global technologies and cutting-edge expertise. We power innovation and mission-critical connectivity for major sporting brands such as Formula 1, MotoGP, and DP World Tour, so that the sport, its teams, and fans can stay connected every second. Our experienced team of media services personnel integrates seamlessly with sports production crews globally, supporting live events that reach hundreds of millions of fans. This is provided as a tailored service through a unique management model based on customers’ needs. Our global media platform (world-class media ecosystem, cloud, and network) brings the highest quality media experiences to some of the world’s most demanding fans. With a highly resilient, scalable, and secure service handling millions of concurrent users during sporting weekends, we help provide enhanced experiences to fans across multiple devices and platforms.

> TECHNICOLOR

Technicolor, a worldwide creative technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, is at the forefront of digital innovation. Our commitment: supporting the delivery of exciting new experiences for consumers in theaters, homes, and on-the-go. Our award-winning artists and technologists work with the creative community to bring the universal art of storytelling to audiences everywhere. We engineer next-generation home network and video solutions that enable bandwidthintensive content to be distributed at gigabit speeds and enjoyed seamlessly regardless of place, device, or time, in a context-aware environment. Through perpetual innovation, we constantly improve the

tools and technologies of our industry, and the experiences we create, to redefine what’s possible for storytellers and audiences across the globe.

> TELEMETRICS

Telemetrics is working with NBCUniversal’s Golf Channel to produce “Live Look-Ins” for the network’s coverage of the PGA tour in 2022. At each venue three Telemetrics’ S5 pan/tilt heads (and Sony cameras) on Televator elevating pedestals are controlled by a Telemetrics RCCP-2A control panel located at NBC Sports headquarters in Stamford CT, often thousands of miles away. The switched camera feed is eventually sent to NBC’s Englewood Cliffs, NJ, facility, where it is incorporated into the live telecast via satellite.

> TELESTREAM

Telestream products and services continue to be a significant enabler of sports production and delivery workflows around the world. As the demand for high-quality remote productions using the latest technology continues to grow, Game Creek Video, a technical productions services company responsible for bringing some of the largest sporting and entertainment events to air, has recently built a new truck for the fall sports and entertainment season. Named Centennial, this powerful SMPTE 2110 IPbased broadcast truck was designed to be flexible, handling formats from HD to 4K with full support for HDR signals to ensure superior contrast and color rendering. Telestream PRISM waveform monitors were specifically requested by clients for installation in Centennial which is now ready for the fall sports season. The PRISM MPD series of waveform monitors have the largest touchscreen display in the market for maximum visibility, yet they only extend five inches into the rack making it a perfect footprint for truck installations where every inch counts. PRISM systems are installed at several positions to ensure signal quality and integrity at every step in the production. Since any modern broadcast truck must be extremely agile, PRISM’s ability to work in with both SDI and IP signals was an important consideration.

> TELLYO

Tellyo is your complete cloud production platform. Tellyo empowers media and content teams to produce engaging live video that can be easily streamed to multiple digital and social media destinations using Stream Studio, Tellyo’s cloudbased production solution that includes an 8ME vision mixer/production switcher. With Tellyo Pro, branded video clips, highlights and compilations can be created and published to channels simultaneously and instantly, from anywhere, all with one click. Tellyo Guest helps you deliver highquality web conferences, events, and presentations in real-time that invite external contributors and commentators into productions from multiple devices. Tellyo Talent lets athletes, actors, sponsors, ambassadors, and influencers amplify your reach and engagement across social media. Faster, greener, and more efficient, Tellyo is #smarterproduction!

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> TELOS ALLIANCE

Progressive American Flat Track saves money and time by streamlining live event Comms using Telos Infinity IP Intercom Platform. Reliable, simple, and efficient Live Event Comms are crucial for sophisticated live television productions. AFT’s Comms were consistently hard to set up, with an overcomplicated software interface. Some device settings were only available on the hardware itself, and there were multiple areas in the signal flow to set input and output gain. This made for extremely difficult troubleshooting. Integration into any of AFT’s current equipment was also challenging. With AFT utilizing a rack full of Blackmagic Design ATEM hardware, they needed an Intercom system that could handle this sort of integration with enough play in levels to make Comms crystal clear in the control room, as well as in the field. AFT purchased an Infinity system and is now using six Telos Infinity Master Panels, two Telos Infinity Beltpacks, and Telos Alliance xNodes to tie in camera Comms with analog ins and outs for two-way radio intercoms. The Announcer’s Booth, Pit Talent, and Race Control now have full communication from the field back to the production control room and can now ensure a smooth event.

> TELSTRA

We believe it’s people who give purpose to our technology. So we’re committed to staying close to our customers and providing them the best experience. And delivering the best tech. On the best network. Because our purpose is to build a connected future so everyone can thrive. We build technology and content solutions that are simple and easy to use, including Australia’s largest and fastest national mobile network. That’s why we strive to serve and know our customers better than anyone else — offering a choice of not just digital connection, but digital content as well. And that’s why we have an international presence spanning 15 countries, including China. In the 21st century, opportunity belongs to connected businesses, governments, communities and individuals. As Australia’s leading telecommunications and information services company, Telstra is proud to be helping our customers improve the ways in which they live and work through connection.

> TEMPUS EX MACHINA

Tempus Ex Machina is the technological vanguard for the sports and entertainment industry. Merging sports, video, and data with innovation and accessibility, Tempus Ex technology enables the creation of new interactive experiences around live events. Harnessing the latest AI, machine learning, and data science technologies, Tempus Ex has partnered with the National Football League, premier global sports leagues, broadcasters, gaming companies and world-class athletes to deliver cutting-edge

solutions that will forever change the sports consumption experience. Tempus Ex recently closed a Series B investment round led by Silver Lake and Endeavor. Additionally, Seed and Series A investors Andreesen Horowitz, General Catalyst, and Will Ventures also participated in the Series B funding round.

> TERADEK

> THE SWITCH

Teradek

designs and manufactures high performance video solutions for broadcast, cinema, and general imaging applications. From wireless monitoring, color correction, and lens control, to live streaming, SaaS solutions, and IP video distribution, Teradek technology is used around the world by professionals and amateurs alike to capture and share compelling content.

> THE FAMOUS GROUP

The Famous Group partnered with Major League Baseball this summer to enhance the fan experience at Dodger Stadium and on the FOX broadcast for the 2022 MLB All-Star Game. Using innovative mixed reality technology, The Famous Group conceptualized and executed a stunning tribute to Jackie Robinson that highlighted the remarkable career and legacy of the baseball icon. Occurring just before the first pitch of the Midsummer Classic, Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington provided on-field narration for the pregame moment that was shown in stadium and on the broadcast for viewers at home. This activation marked the first time MLB had incorporated the use of mixed reality for the annual game.

> THE STUDIO-B&H

Develop your cinematic sports coverage with assistance from The Studio-B&H. The advance of cinematic-style image capture in sports content has moved beyond post-produced elements and is now being embraced for live, heart-of-the game coverage. Thanks to the use of fast prime lenses with the large-format sensors found in both pro cinema and more budget-friendly mirrorless and DSLR models, almost any game can now incorporate elements like shallow depth-of-field and immersive widescreen looks. Other cine-style techniques include wireless video transmission systems that free crews to move easily around the field and remote focus systems to keep the coverage super sharp. A deep knowledge of digital cinema processes and close links to vendors like ARRI, Canon, Fujinon, and Sony enable The Studio-B&H to provide the right video, audio, and support equipment for any team level. Current pro teams supported by The Studio-B&H span a variety of sports and include the Kansas City Chiefs, the L.A. Rams, and both the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings.

In the action-packed world of live video production and distribution, The Switch is always on and always there — setting the industry benchmark for quality, reliability, and unmatched levels of service. Our comprehensive production platform combines mobile and athome/remote services and includes the provision of highly skilled production personnel to enable our customers to cost-effectively capture, edit, and package compelling live coverage. The Switch global transmission network connects over 800 of the world’s largest content producers, distributors, and sports and event venues — seamlessly linking rightsholders, broadcasters, streaming platforms, media outlets, and web services. With connections across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, all our feeds are monitored for utmost reliability from our 24/7 Network Operation Centers (NOCs) in Los Angeles, New York and London. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in New York, we’ve been connecting viewers around the world to live events for almost three decades, bringing them the content they want across linear TV, on-demand, and streaming platforms — on multiple screens and devices. Our services are trusted every day by corporate enterprises and leading sports, esports, news, entertainment, house of worship and government organizations that rely on The Switch to turn on their live content.

> THE VIDEO CALL CENTER (VCC)

VCC

powers IP remotes for live and taped productions, leveraging billions of internetconnected devices to extend reach, lower costs, reduce operational complexity, and facilitate location-agnostic workflows. A recent study found VCC reduced IP-remote execution time by 76%. NFL Network, Turner, Bally Sports, FS1, MLB, MSG, NBA, NBC, and others use VCC’s highquality IP video connections, adding depth and variety to their shows. VCC 2-way remotes provide flexible, green options for securing interviews and fans from anywhere in the world. VCC’s patented AirFirst SaaS platform and expert staff ensure long-duration, stable, lag-free connections that encourage natural conversation without needing onsite crews, centralized studios, or control rooms. Instant return video lets remote guests view hosts live on their devices. Participants only need a smartphone or laptop to appear on camera, and there are no downloads or user names required.

VCC CrowdView delivers live audience reaction shots and cheers with exclusive BOP technology that enables direct interaction with individual audience members.

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THUMBWAR co-founders David Vottero and Brian Carr met at Emerson College, where they collaborated often, putting their technical and creative skills to synergistic use. When they moved to Los Angeles and found success as problem-solving freelancers, they quickly decided their clients would be better served by an alliance between their skillsets. Brian is a multitalented engineer and technical problem solver, coming from systems design and project management with a background as a broadcast technician; David is a visionary creative director and producer with a background in broadcast television. Together, they created THUMBWAR — a meeting of the technical and creative minds.

> TRANSMIT LIVE

For new-age digital networks and content owners that want to create the new standard of ad supported streaming experiences, Transmit. Live provides a transformative cross screen video publishing & monetization solution. Our technology enables media operators to create new inventory supply through innovative in-content ad experiences that sustain viewer attention across all owned and distributed OTT channels, while establishing a more meaningful connection between brands and viewers.

> TSL

TSL offers a complete portfolio of Audio, Control, and Power products designed to help sports broadcasters keep up with the increased demand in live streaming and remote production. TSL’s comprehensive product lines are used in a variety of workflows as well as studio/ENG truck applications for sports productions throughout the US and across the globe. For audio, TSL’s new SAM-Q-NET audio monitor brings TSL’s SAM-Q advanced audio monitoring capabilities to an IP networked world. On the control side, TSL’s new X-Connect is an IP routing software and hardware solution. X-Connect includes a control layer, a user interface and also a control processor accessible to operations and support users within an IP workflow. For Power, TSL’s Intelligent Power Distribution Units (PDUs) offer increased functionality, with enhanced levels of power monitoring and management, providing operators extra peace of mind with a more streamlined workflow.

> TVU NETWORKS

TVU Replay is an amazingly accurate and easyto-use instant review app. Made for officials to use on the fly on the court and on the field, TVU Replay gives officials control over every camera angle captured. Early adopters like Syracuse University are empowering the right call every time by simply navigating a smartphone or tablet with simple finger swipes to control all video reviews. The powerful handheld review solution for officials is perfect for any athletic program with its multicamera support, ease-of-us, and affordability.

> UNIQFEED

uniqFEED develops virtual advertising solutions to enable sports rights holders to maximize the commercial potential of sponsorship inventory in live sports. Our software-based solution enables the overlay of stadium advertising with virtual content, or for virtual content to be placed onto empty space such as the field of play. Multiple feeds can then be created, offering enhanced audience targeting capabilities. uniqFEED recently released the most advanced version of its AdApt solution, adding new sports to make virtual advertising accessible to rightsholders in as many different sports as possible. We currently offer solutions for tennis, baseball, basketball, table tennis, football, badminton, and ice hockey. The next release will see uniqFEED’s first full solution for LED perimeters in football. In 2022, uniqFEED was delighted to once again work with ATP Media at the Matua Madrid Open and to continue working with new and existing clients and partners in different sports.

> UNREAL ENGINE

Founded in 1991, Epic Games is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of 3D engine technology. Epic operates Fortnite, one of the world’s largest games with over 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections. Epic also develops Unreal Engine, which powers the world’s leading games and is adopted across industries such as film and television, architecture, automotive, manufacturing, and simulation. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content.

> VARIANT SYSTEMS GROUP

Having had a great showing of Envivo production and broadcast tools at NAB 2022 this year, Variant Systems will be delivering even more functionalities in the next quarter. Both Envivo Replay and Envivo Studio will benefit from real-time networking between systems, offering instant access of clips, playlists, and record trains over a 1Gig NIC, as well as support for NDI 5 and additional channel counts of up to 10 channels per system. Envivo Review (VAR) expands the number of channels recorded and recalled in sync, while all of the products may be driven by the extended capabilities of the new Wedge+ controller. Also, scheduled for delivery this year is VSG’s 3RU 8 channel UHD system which may be utilized in a 6-in/2-out configuration Live online demonstrations are available for all Envivo products.

> VENUE EDGE

Venue Edge (VE) continues to deliver and support collegiate and professional sports organizations by aligning innovative content, activations, and new technology together to form an enhanced fan experience — both inside and outside of the facility. The organization has

consulted with and delivered live production and creative technology support to long-standing partners, including Florida Citrus Sports (FCS), Mountain West Conference (MW), and the Orlando City Soccer (MLS) club. Over the past year, Venue Edge has witnessed incremental growth and has forged partnerships with the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, the SDCCU Holiday Bowl, and the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl. Additionally, the VE team designed the in-arena game presentation for both the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship as well as the Big West Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.

> VERITONE

We are driven by the belief that Artificial Intelligence is mankind’s greatest invention. It is the key to building a safer, more vibrant, transparent, and empowered society. We are determined to be an active contributor to shaping our future for the better. We care about the ethical implications of AI and the prosperity and wellbeing of all individuals, as well as the growth and continued successes of our employees, customers, and partners. Veritone’s mission today is more important than ever. We’re here to democratize AI and enable every organization and every person with the power of AI. What started in 2014 with the idea of providing unified access to hundreds of cognitive engines through one common software infrastructure, evolved to the world’s first AI operating system, aiWARE, which orchestrates a diverse ecosystem of cognitive engines to power intelligent automation for both commercial and government organizations.

> VERIZON BUSINESS GROUP

Delivering the connected world. Simply. Securely. Reliably. In today’s rapidly transforming environment, we integrate, secure, and operate the networks and mobile technologies that help businesses in the sports and live events production sector extend critical toolsets to remote locations, create efficiencies via distributed workflows, increase access to talent, enable new ways of storytelling, and lower operational costs. Our innovative solutions across Connectivity, Security and Advanced Business Communications are designed to help companies pursue new possibilities and create entirely new revenue streams. Visit us at: https://www. verizon.com/business/solutions/industry/mediaentertainment/ to learn how you can leverage 5G to transform the way content is created, protected, distributed, and consumed.

> VERSUS SYSTEMS

Versus Systems Inc. has developed a proprietary prizing and promotions engine that allows publishers, developers, and creators of streaming media, live events, broadcast TV, games, apps, and other content to offer real world prizes inside their content. Audiences can choose from among the offered prizes and then complete in-game or

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in-app challenges to win the prizes. The Versus platform can be integrated into streaming media, TV, mobile, console, and PC games, as well as mobile apps.

> VETERANS TV

Veterans-TV is a nonprofit that offers professional, hands-on TV production and postproduction training to U.S. Veterans. VETV helps veterans start a new career path by teaching them how to use professional-grade equipment so they can apply for entry-level positions at broadcast TV stations. VETV also helps graduates of the program make connections in the broadcast media industry. All equipment is donated by companies in the broadcast media industry and all instructors are volunteers. Would you like to donate equipment or instructor time? Send VETV a LinkedIn message.

> VIDEON

Videon makes live video processing and distribution faster and more efficient — with lower costs. It gives the freedom to process video at source by combining built-in functions running on its local video compute platform with additional features from the cloud. Videon includes the right tools to develop innovative video applications to handle anything from simple, low latency encoding and streaming to advanced AIpowered use cases. Getting live video from source to audience is complex and traditionally requires expensive broadcast equipment or costly thirdparty services. By enhancing the cutting-edge processors normally found in the most advanced smartphones to deliver broadcast-quality video, Videon has created a revolutionary platform capable of game-changing media experiences without the cost and complexity associated with legacy broadcast technology.

> VIDISPINE - AN ARVATO SYSTEMS BRAND

The Vidispine portfolio enables companies working with media to focus on their core business by providing easy access to technology that supports their business needs. Our cloudbased media service platform ‘VidiNet’ enables customers to get the maximum value from their assets, rights, media inventory, and market. One of its latest enhancements allow users to leverage Vidispine partner nablet’s expertise in automating digital supply chains with two powerful new AIdriven features of particular interest to the sports broadcast market: Shrynk and Heightscreen. The AI routines have to date been trained on five different sports — football (soccer), ice hockey, basketball, handball, and single-seat motor racing — allowing nablet Shrynk to recognize key events such as a keeper saving a free kick or a missed 3-point shot in a basketball game.

> VIDOVATION

VidOvation

continues to support the PGA, Bassmaster, Major League Fishing, and other sports leagues with camera-mount bonded cellular field encoder technology to facilitate REMI or At-Home Production. VidOvation’s technology simplifies your workflow and saves costs in live television production, broadcast, distribution, and streaming systems. The sports industry utilizes our At-Home Remote Production solutions to maintain frame-accurate video genlock and seamless lipsync across many handheld mobile and ENG cameras. In addition, many sports production facilities, including Big Ten Networks, Tennis Channel, Bally Sports, Paramount, and more, use our IPTV and digital signage systems to distribute live television, cable TV, DirecTV, satellite, studio feeds, stage feeds, and digital signage over their corporate networks. The VidOvation IPTV system supports many endpoints, including smart TVs, set-top boxes, computer desktops, mobile devices, and tablets. In addition, many media companies are taking advantage of our enterprise IPTV system with industry-approved Verimatrix and Pro:Idiom encryption and digital rights management.

> VISLINK TECHNOLOGIES

in the M&E industry. VITAC offers a variety of accessibility solutions, including live and offline captioning, audio description, subtitling, and transcription services. Captioning hundreds of thousands of programming hours each year, its customers include sports leagues, broadcasters, cable networks, streaming platforms, production companies, stadiums, and arenas, among others. The company specializes in accessibility and compliance, helping sports-video providers meet FCC and ADA requirements. Recent successes include captioning the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and Super Bowl LVI as well as NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NCAA games. VITAC recently enhanced its offerings and expanded its global footprint with the acquisitions of US Captioning and UK-based Take 1. The combinations enable VITAC to better meet the growing demand for accessibility services and offer clients even greater access to new technologies.

> VITEC

VITEC

new 5G 4Live is a complete end-to-end remote production system designed to provide a premium-quality, uncontended 5G private network solution. 5G 4Live seamlessly bridges broadcasters’ remote production infrastructure between the cloud and the edge; it functions as a combined 5G network solution that integrates roaming camera 5G transmitters with a hybrid portable/private 5G network infrastructure. This solution was recently put to the test for high-profile 5G trials at the Commonwealth Games as well Premiership Rugby. Vislink’s AI-driven IQ Sports Producer has also recently been updated to include the ability to now also use a range of Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras to capture live events with the highest quality optics and encode the AI-directed content for live streaming platforms. In addition, this capability is supported by Vislink’s full suite of software tools, including LinkMatrix and NFT Clipper.

Vislink’s

> VISTA WORLDLINK

Dedicated to providing successful solutions to its increasingly diverse clientele, VISTA is committed to disruptive innovation in the media industry. For over 30 years VISTA has consistently raised the industry standard by developing value-added services for the media industry, consistently maximizing a client’s reach while effectively offering competitive prices.

> VITAC

VITAC, a Verbit company, is a full-service captioning and communications accessibility provider with more than 35 years of experience

is a market-leading provider of IPTV, Video Streaming and Digital Signage Solutions that help organizations harness the power of video to engage, empower, and evolve. VITEC understands the unique technical and operational requirements for successfully deploying an IPTV network in sports and entertainment venues, and delivers an effective and reliable solution that engages visitors, enhances the fan experience, and drives revenue. Our IPTV distribution and digital signage solutions enable the distribution of broadcast-quality live TV, video, advertising, alerts and more to any screen around the facility. Our seamless, end-to-end solutions create differentiation and deliver personalized and engaging experiences with triggered, well-targeted and tailored content, encouraging visitors to spend more time and money in and around the venue. VITEC’s global customer base includes Kansas City Royals, Liverpool FC, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota United Allianz Field, The Open Golf Championship, Paris Longchamp Racecourse, PSV Eindhoven, Sacramento Kings, Ulster Rugby, and many more.

> VIVARO MEDIA

This will be the fifth consecutive FIFA World Cup for which Vívaro Media will provide video transport services to rightsholders. In this edition, the company will transmit live signals of the event to 18 media companies, reaching 600 million viewers in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay, Canada, Belgium, The Netherlands, and South Africa. During November and December of 2022, millions of homes will enjoy live broadcasts with the highest quality, thanks to diverse high-capacity fiber-based routes out of Qatar. “Throughout our 20-year history, we have responded to our customers’ needs with

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cutting-edge technology. It will not be different this time, since we will also be transporting signals in UHD and 4K, along with hitless and ultra-low latency delivery,” said Gustavo Mario de la Garza Flores, CEO of Vívaro. Vivaro Media will deploy innovative solutions which include 160 video links, 28 data links, and more than 60 Gigabits of bandwidth.

> VIZRT GROUP

Viz Now Cloud at the speed of live! Viz Now is a game changer for smaller broadcasters, content creators, and for niche sports. It allows them to compete on more equal ground and strive to increase their viewership numbers. Viz Now makes cloud accessible, sustainable, and scalable in an easy, simple way for anyone that wants to leverage its benefits for more live production. By deploying proven audio and intercom technologies from trusted third parties alongside Vizrt live production tools, Viz Now addresses the common audio and intercom challenges associated with producing in the cloud. Viz Now provides almost instant access to a suite of Vizrt’s 4K switching, broadcast quality graphics, and studio automation, combined with 3rd party replay/slowmo, intercom, and audio mixing, for truly end-to-end live production capabilities. The impact of scalable production platforms, like Viz Now, is strengthened by the ever-oscillating sports calendar. There are periods when sports production teams are very busy and have multiple productions going on at once and on the other hand, longer periods where there is no production at all. So, the ability to effectively turn the infrastructure on and off due to it being cloud-based is revolutionary and opens incredible possibilities for the future of sports production. For more information on Viz Now, visit: www.vizrt.com.

> WASABI TECHNOLOGIES

Wasabi Technologies is now a Proud Partner of the Boston Red Sox, delivering hot cloud storage for Red Sox player data, tape archives, surveillance cameras, and more. The partnership reaffirms Wasabi’s commitment to helping sports organizations harness the enormous amounts of data impacting fan experience, player performance, and overall operations, and to pave the way for digital transformation in the industry. “As our data needs continue to evolve, from player analytics, IoT, digital assets and even security, this presents an enormous learning opportunity for the organization,” said Red Sox SVP and CTO Brian Shield. “Wasabi provides a cost-effective cloudbased solution that enables us to retrieve content quickly and improve the level of video analysis and production we do here at the Red Sox. Wasabi is turning out to be sort of a proverbial home run in that we are using it for all of our backups.”

> WAVES AUDIO

Waves Cloud MX Audio Mixer: Step up to superior audio mixing in cloud-based broadcast environments: Cloud MX is a 100% cloud-based audio mixer, delivering pristine audio, high-precision mix control, and creative processing

capabilities with Waves plugin integration — in a scalable, broadcast-ready cloud workflow. Broadcasters and media organizations can now add state-of-the-art audio mixing and processing to their flexible professional cloud-based workflows. The Waves Cloud MX Audio Mixer is powered by a cloud-based version of Waves’ double-precision, 32-bit-floating-point eMotion LV1 mix engine, and augmented by Waves’ industry-leading arsenal of audio plugins. Waves Cloud MX makes it easy to scale productions with any number of audio mixers, without the operational costs involved in shipping, maintaining or scheduling on-premise gear and personnel. It fits cleanly into NDIbased environments, supporting easy patching and routing of NDI audio streams, and is easily deployed on AWS, making integration with your cloud production systems a breeze. To learn more: https://www.waves.com/mixers-racks/cloud-mxaudio-mixer

> WESCO

> WSC SPORTS

Personalized videos for every fan — automatically and in real time. WSC Sports’ AI driven platform analyzes live sports broadcasts, identifies each and every event that occurs in the game, creates customized short-form video content and publishes to any digital destination. This seamless and frictionless workflow enables partners to instantly generate and distribute professionally edited videos on a large scale, to maximize exposure and create innovative monetization opportunities.

> XYTECH SYSTEMS

For more than 30 years, the world’s premiere media companies have depended on Xytech to run their businesses. MediaPulse is the only end-to-end solution for the complete content lifecycle. MediaPulse provides scheduling, automation, asset management, billing and cost recovery for broadcasters, media services companies and transmission facilities in a scalable platform-independent solution.

Wesco

builds, connects, powers, and protects the world. Delivering ingenuity and expertise to approximately 140,000 customers worldwide, we help your business run smoothly by providing solutions that can increase profitability, improve productivity, and mitigate risk. Our broadcast team provides comprehensive solutions to support staging complex projects as well as day-to-day business. From traditional broadcast network studio work to large stadiums and entertainment venues, we have the technical expertise and supply chain resources to solve your most important challenges. With nearly 1.5 million products and locations in more than 50 countries, Wesco delivers what you need, when you need it.

> WILDMOKA

> ZERO DENSITY

Wildmoka

is a leading platform for the creation of live and near-live content in Sports, News, and Entertainment. Our cloud-native Digital Media Factory empowers broadcasters and rights owners to produce and deliver content from any source, to any destination, in any format, at speed and at scale. Some of the world’s largest broadcasting brands rely on Wildmoka to feed their OTT apps, web portals, and social media accounts with live streams, highlight reels and near-live clips. In addition, our award-winning AI/ML-based engines further boost broadcasters’ workflow efficiencies. Wildmoka was founded in 2013 and acquired by Backlight in 2022.

> WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY

World Wide Technology (WWT) is a technology solution provider with $13.4 billion in annual revenue that provides digital strategy, innovative technology and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations around the globe. Based in St. Louis, WWT employs more than 7,000 people and operates over 4 million square feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space in more than 20 facilities throughout the world.

Zero Density has gone from strength to strength in 2022. After winning a Product of the Year award at NAB, the company previewed several immersive virtual studio and AR/XR graphics products at IBC. These included RealityHub 1.4 — a UI that lets broadcasters control virtual studios from a web browser — and Reality 5, a real-time VR/AR/XR platform based on Unreal Engine 5. Zero Density’s products continued to power several impressive sports broadcasts in the USA. Fox Sports, for instance, leverages a virtual studio powered by Reality to cover the NASCAR season for the last 4 years. Featuring a 50-foot-by-47-foot green screen, the studio gave Fox Sports the ability to shoot 360-degree coverage. Turner Sports also used Zero Density’s products to deliver next-generation AR for Major League Baseball on TBS. Featuring one large LED screen and two green screens, the TBS studio enabled AR elements to be both in front of and behind the talent simultaneously.

> ZIXI

Zixi is a leader in live video distribution, trusted daily to reliably deliver over 20,000 premium linear and event channels around the world. The award-winning Zixi Software-Defined Video Platform (SDVP) is a complete solution for managing live video backhaul, contribution, and distribution workflows. The SDVP dynamically manages video optimized, congestion aware delivery routes seamlessly bonded across diverse networks, including 5G, 4G/LTE, unmanaged internet and leased fiber, for error-free delivery without compromising quality or latency. In addition to the market-leading Zixi protocol, the SDVP supports most major video delivery protocols, including RIST, RTP, 2022-7, SRT, WebRTC, HLS and more, ensuring universal interoperability; and the Zixi Enabled Network of technology partners includes over 450 integrated solutions, extending Zixi performance and advanced capabilities throughout the media supply chain.

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3G WIRELESS

EMAIL PHONE

Mobile Danny Reichert DannyR@3gwireless.tv 410-969-3501

ADDER TECHNOLOGY Premier Natasha Biggs natasha.biggs@adder.com +44 77 99908236

ADVANCED IMAGE ROBOTICS

ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP (ASG)

Mobile Kevin McClave info@advancedimagerobotics.com 858-775-3984

Mobile Paul Weiser pweiser@asgllc.com 818-519-1751

AE LIVE Mobile Stuart Coles Stuart.Coles@ae.live +44 7815 935011

AERIAL VIDEO SYSTEMS Mobile Argyle Nelson anelson@aerialvideo.com 818-954-8842

AI-MEDIA | EEG Corporate Avery Bigford avery.bigford@ai-media.tv 647-495-8290

AJA VIDEO SYSTEMS Corporate Christina Oliver christinao@aja.com 530-271-3326

ALL MOBILE VIDEO Mobile Eric Duke eduke@amvchelsea.com 212-727-9862

ALLIED BROADCAST GROUP Mobile Brad Chapman brad@alliedbroadcastgroup.com 918-250-5353

ALPHA VIDEO Mobile Jeffrey Volk jeff.volk@alphavideo.com 612-719-6234

AMAGI 43 Platinum KA Srinivasan (Srini) cloudandme@amagi.com

AMAZON WEB SERVICES Premier Paulien Ruijssenaars paulien@amazon.com

APM MUSIC Corporate Matthew Gutknecht matthewg@apmmusic.com 212-856-9805

APPEAR Corporate Ed McGivern Ed.Mcgivern@appear.net 818-731-0015

ARCTEK SATELLITE PRODUCTIONS Mobile Brian Stanley bstanley@arcteksat.com 612-308-9079

ARISTA NETWORKS Corporate Ed Chapman echapman@arista.com 408-547-5567

ARRI Corporate Debra Kasparian DKasparian@ARRI.com 818-618-2665

ARTEL VIDEO SYSTEMS Corporate Rafael Fonseca rfonseca@artel.com 978-795-4585

ASTOUND BUSINESS SERVICES Corporate Sean Sullivan sean.sullivan@astound.com 571-623-4332

ASTUCEMEDIA Corporate Alexandre Leclerc alex@astucemedia.com

ASU PRODUCTIONS Mobile Don Collopy don@asuproductions.com 917-861-0468

AT&T 19 Platinum Catherine A. Palaia cp286m@att.com 972-936-2612

ATEME Corporate Silvia Candido s.candido@ateme.com +33 6 14 42 39 90

ATOMOS Corporate Brad Rumler brad.rumler@atomos.com 917-331-6811

AUDAZZIO Corporate Michele Klumb Michele@Audazzio.com 855-697-6627

AUDIO-TECHNICA Corporate Gary Dixon gdixon@atus.com 330-686-2600 x2040

AZZURRO HD Mobile John Bonaccorso jbonaccorso@azzurrohd.com 212-625-2069

BECK TV Mobile Matt Weiss info@becktv.com 512-252-7555

BELDEN Corporate Christine Williamson Christine.Williamson@belden.com 412-327-9973

BEXEL 57 Platinum Craig Schiller cschiller@bexel.com 818-565-4202

BIRDDOG Premier Eamon Drew eamon@bird-dog.tv +61 421382474

BITCENTRAL Corporate Teresa Sarte tsarte@bitcentral.com 858-472-5757

BITFIRE

BLACKBIRD

BLACKMAGIC

BRAINSTORM

BRIDGE

BROADCAST

Ben Grafchik bgrafchik@bitfirenetworks.com 502-523-0268

Adrian Lambert A.Lambert@blackbird.video +44 7905863352

Blackmagic Design info-usa@blackmagicdesign.com 408-954-0500

David Alexander dalexander@brainstorm3d.com +34 91 781 6750

RichieMurray richie.murray@bridgedigitalinc.com 615-585-5754

Joe Scionti jscionti@broadcastmgmt.com 847-372-0487

Brooke Eady Brooke@bsi-tv.com 905-332-2171

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VIDEO Corporate
DESIGN 7 Platinum
Corporate
DIGITAL Corporate
BROADCAST MANANGMENT GROUP Mobile
SERVICES INTERNATIONAL (BSI) Mobile

SPONSOR AD PAGE LEVEL CONTACT

BROADCAST SPORTS

INTERNATIONAL (BSI)

BROADPEAK

SPONSOR INDEX

EMAIL PHONE

Mobile Peter Larsson Peter.Larsson@BSINTL.COM 410-564-2612

Corporte Mario Rainville mario.rainville@broadpeak.tv 267-346-1260

C360 Mobile Evan Wimer info@c360live.com 724-940-3277

CALREC AUDIO/DIGICO

Premier Dave Letson dave.letson@calrec.com +44 1422842159

CANON 9, 53 Platinum Richard Eilers reilers@cusa.canon.com 609-480-6019

CARTONI

Mobile Steven Manios steve@maniosdigital.com 818-760-8240

CES POWER Mobile Mike Hone mhone@cespower.com 407-472-6215

CHESA Mobile Amy Lounsbury amy@chesa.com 949-295-3370

CHYRON

CINESYS

Premier Carol Bettencourt marketinginfo@chyron.com 631-845-2000

Mobile Brent Angle sales@cinesys.io 866-905-2050

CIS GROUP Corporate Matt Silva matt.silva@cisgroup.tv 954-257-9938

CISCO SYSTEMS

Corporate Susan Friedman sufriedm@cisco.com 908-433-6948

CLARK Mobile JB Bowling jb.bowling@clark.is 678-578-3451

CLARK WIRE & CABLE

COBALT DIGITAL

CP COMMUNICATIONS

CREATIVE DIMENSIONS

CREATIVE MOBILE SOLUTIONS

CROWN CASTLE

CSP MOBILE PRODUCTIONS

CTI (CONFERENCE TECHNOLOGIES INC.)

DAKTRONICS

DALE PRO AUDIO

DALET

DATACORE

DELL

DELTATRE

DEVLIN DESIGN GROUP

DIGIGRAM

DIGITALGLUE

DISGUISE

DIVERSIFIED

DIZPLAI

DMC BROADCAST GROUP

DNA STUDIOS

DOLBY

DOME PRODUCTIONS

DX3 MEDIA

EDGIO

EDITSHARE

ELECTRO-VOICE

ELUVIO INC

ENCOMPASS DIGITAL

MEDIA

Corporate Dan Collins dan.collins@clarkwire.com 847-949-9944

Premier Suzana Brady suzana.brady@cobaltdigital.com 703-431-8810

Mobile Aaron Segarra Aaron.Segarra@cpcomms.com 800-762-4254

Corporate Daniel Kiley dkiley@gowithcd.com 203-250-6512

Mobile Noah Gusdorff noah@cmsi.tv 818-847-7390

Corporate Sergio Amatangelo sergio.amatangelo@crowncastle.com 724-416-2710

Mobile Len Chase len@cspmobile.com 207-282-9680

Mobile Tim Albright tim.albright@cti.com 314-356-2585

Corporate Trisha Schuver trisha.schuver@daktronics.com 800-325-8766

Corporate Dale Pro Audio info@daleproaudio.com 888-462-7828

Corporate Amanda Whitaker awhitaker@dalet.com 440-724-0005

Premier Gregg Machon info@datacore.com 954-377-6000

Corporate Jeff Grassinger jeff.grassinger@dell.com 206-315-7598

Corporate Jason Bradwell jason.bradwell@deltatre.com +44 208 545 1500

Corporate Dan Devlin ddevlin@ddgtv.com 970-710-9015

Corporate Brittany Hilton brittany@synthax.com 828-399-0819

Mobile Christina Anderson christina.anderson@digitalglue.com 949-388-9078 x114

Mobile Joni Lindes marketing@disguise.one +44 20 7234 9840

Mobile Steve Stubelt sstubelt@onediversified.com 862-216-7070

Corporate Karoline Lietzen Karoline.lietzen@dizplai.com

Corporate Don Cardone Don.Cardone@DENZ.tv 908-998-1080

Mobile Sam Schrade sam@dnastudios.tv 281-657-7292

Platinum Ellis Reid ereid@dolby.com 415-250-6985

Mobile Mary Ellen Carlyle mcarlyle@domeprod.com 416-341-2022

Mobile Dale Smith dalesmith@DX3media.ca 416-433-3261

Corporate Samantha Tarin starin@edg.io

Premier Mike Wright mike.wright@editshare.com 323-527-8400

Corporate Rob Ferguson Robert.Ferguson2@us.bosch.com 315-310-0370

Corporate Eluvio LIVE@eluv.io 510-207-2489

Corporate Peter Ostapiuk postapiuk@encompass.tv 770-331-2890

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EQUINIX

EMAIL PHONE

Platinum Ilana Trinkenreich itrinkenreich@equinix.com +55 21 98666-6560

ES BROADCAST Mobile Ryhaan Williams ryhaan.williams@esbroadcast.com 908-500-0532

EUROVISION SERVICES Platinum Roch Pellegin pellerin@eurovision-us.net 202-293-9371

EVERTZ

EVS

Premier Tony Silvestri tony@evertz.com 647-883-2535

Premier Sébastien Verlaine s.verlaine@evs.com +32 497 434244

EXERTIS BROADCAST Corporate Exertis Broadcast BroadcastMarketing@ExertisNA.com 800-398-5652

FASTLY Corporate John Agger jagger@fastly.com 650-868-1597

FILMWERKS

INTERNATIONAL

FINGERWORKS

TELESTRATORS

Mobile Michael Satrazemis michaels@filmwerksintl.com 910-297-8000

Corporate Bryan McKoen bryan@telestrator.com 604-762-1477

FLETCHER SPORTS Mobile Dan Grainge dan@fletch.com 312-932-2704

FLOWICS Corporate Gabriel Baños gabriel@flowics.com 415-367-3671

FLYCAM INTERNATIONAL Mobile Patrick Hally patrick@flycamUSA.com 610-420-6383

FOR-A Corporate Satoshi Kanemura kanemura@for-a.co.jp 714-853-2221

FRIEND MTS Corporate Julia Gracheva jgracheva@friendmts.com +44 121633 5780

FUJIFILM 5 Platinum Thomas Fletcher Thomas.fletcher@fujifilm.com 312-909-3204

FX DESIGN GROUP Premier Gary Levitt glevitt@fxgroup.tv 407-877-9600

G&D NORTH AMERICA Corporate Jon W. Litt jon.litt@gdsys.com 818-748-3383

GAME CREEK VIDEO Mobile Pat Sullivan psullivan@gamecreekvideo.com 603-821-2205

GEARTECH USA Mobile Brad Wensley bwensley@geartech.ca 647-295-6672

GLOBECAST Corporate Jodi Morelli jodi.morelli.ext@globecast.com 203-249-2839

GLOOKAST Corporate Matt Silva matt.silva@cisgroup.tv 954-257-9938

GOOGLE CLOUD Premer Richard Lee itsrichard@google.com 206-688-4169

GRABYO Corporate Jorge Ramirez jorge@grabyo.com 646-361-7600

GRASS VALLEY 21 Platinum Elpi Klapa elpi.klapa@grassvalley.com 514-333-1772

GRAVITY MEDIA Premier Victoria Poole Victoria.Poole@gravitymedia.com +44 7714 446654

HAIVISION Corporate Mark Villamor mvillamor@haivision.com 438-887-6467

HARMONIC Corporate Eric Kenyon eric.kenyon@harmonicinc.com 408-490-7665

HLW INTERNATIONAL Mobile Karishma Patel kpatel@hlw.com 212-353-4946

IHSE USA 59 Premier Dan Holland dholland@ihseusa.com 732-963-2291

ILLUMINATION DYNAMICS Mobile Rich Williams rich@illuminationdynamics.com 818-686-6400

IMAGEN Corporate Anna Cotton Anna.cotton@imagen.io + 44 (0)1954 262000

IMAGINE COMMUNICATIONS Premier Kathy Bunting Kathy.Bunting@ imaginecommunications.com 416-722-1872

INTEGRATED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES Mobile Tom McGowan tom.mcgowan@imtglobalinc.com 818-761-9770

INTELSAT Corporate Andi Cox Andrea.Cox@Intelsat.com

JOSEPH ELECTRONICS Corporate John Cleary jcleary@josephelectronics.com 800-323-5925

JVC PROFESSIONAL VIDEO Corporate Dan Skirpan dskirpan@us.jvckenwood.com 724-747-9301

KEY CODE MEDIA Mobile Matt McClain mmcclain@keycodemedia.com 818-303-3900

KISWE MOBILE Premier Khee Lee khee.lee@kiswe.com 917-512-9729

KMH AUDIO-VIDEO INTEGRATION Mobile Kevin Henneman khenneman@kmh-integration.com 800-590-2520

LAWO 23 Platinum Wolfgang Huber wolfgang.huber@lawo.com +49 7222 1002 2930

LEADER INSTRUMENTS Corporate Joe Castellano josephc@leaderamerica.com 201-245-5063

LEGRAND AV Corporate Gordon Wason Gordon.wason@legrand.com 516-350-2327

LH COMPUTER SERVICES Mobile Doug Cole dcole@lhcomp.com 954-752-5805

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EMAIL PHONE

LIVE CGI Corporate Marc Rowley marc.rowley@liveCGI.com 860-833-6757

LIVE MEDIA GROUP

Mobile Brad Sexton brad@livemediagroup.com 818-435-3006

LIVEU 45 Platinum Janel Moorefield janelf@liveu.tv 561-866-4787

LTN GLOBAL Corporate Connie Petrides connie.petrides@ltnglobal.com 201-280-9875

LUCIDLINK

Corporate Julie O'Grady julie.ogrady@lucinlink.com 650-269-9989

LUMEN TECHNOLOGIES 13 Platinum Elliott Garstin elliott.garstin@lumen.com 404-253-1934

MARKERTEK

Premier Adam June ajune@markertek.com 800-522-2025

MARSHALL ELECTRONICS Corporate Tod Musgrave tod@marshall-usa.com 800-800-6608

MATROX VIDEO

Corporate Stephen Choi schoi@matrox.com 514-822-6000

MAXON Corporate Paul Babb p_babb@maxon.net 805-376-3333

MEDIA LINKS

Corporate Tom Canavan tcanavan@medialinks.com 860-206-9163

MEDIAKIND Corporate Murray Barker murray.barker@mediakind.com +44 (0) 7826 952355

MEDIAPRO

Platinum Mario Sousa msousa@mediapro.tv 305-202-0631

MEGAPHONE TV Premier Jamie MacDonald jamie@megaphonetv.com 412-422-0903

MEYERPRO 51 Mobile Steve Meyer steve@meyerproinc.com 503-855-8585

MICROSOFT

MO-SYS ENGINEERING

Premier Charlotte Bielecki charlotte.bielecki@microsoft.com 617-528-5638

Corporate Tom Shelburne tom@mo-sys.com 860-202-6430

MOBILE TV GROUP Corporate Nick Garvin ngarvin@mobiletvgroup.com 303-388-8500

MOVICOM Mobile Greg Salman gsalman@movicom.com 323-633-7033

MPE Corporate Neal Pilzer neal@mpenyc.com 212-245-0969

NECF Corporate Joseph Maar Joseph.Maar@necfglobal.com 860-881-360

NEMAL ELECTRONICS Corporate Benjamin Nemser bnemser@nemal.com 305-899-0900

NEP GROUP 17 Platinum Susan Matis info@nepgroup.com 412-423-1339

NET INSIGHT Corporate Per Johansson per.johansson@netinsight.net 703-945-3739

NETGEAR AV Premier John Henkel jhenkel@netgear.com

NEWSBRIDGE

Corporate James Fraser james.fraser@newsbridge.io

NVIDIA 27 Platinum Jeff Lowe jelowe@nvidia.com 408-981-9505

OBJECT-MATRIX

Corporate Leanne Tomlin leanne.tomlin@object-matrix.com +44 02920 382308

OPENDRIVES Corporate Jaclyn Taroc j.taroc@opendrives.com 818-642-0969

OPENGEAR PARTNER NETWORK

Corporate Cindy Zuelsdorf hello@opengear.tv 530-203-5703

OSA INTERNATIONAL Mobile Steve Cormier scormier@osacorp.com 702-547-7208

PANASONIC Premier Kate Lajeunesse Kate.Lajeunesse@us.panasonic.com 973-289-1909

PHENIX REAL TIME SOLUTIONS

Corporate Jed Corenthal jed.corenthal@phenixrts.com 917-494-1942

PIXELLOT Corporate Yossi Tarablus yossit@pixellot.tv +972 522890297

PIXERA Mobile Conor McGill conor@avstumpflusa.com 678-330-2980

PIXOTOPE Corporate Ben Davenport ben.davenport@pixotope.com +44 7960 738050

PLATINA SYSTEMS

PLIANT TECHNOLOGIES

Corporate Mark Yin mark@platinasystems.com 408-389-4268

Corporate Gary Rosen Gary.rosen@plianttechnologies.com 818-264-9730

PRG Platinum Erin Bates ebates@prg.com 916-761-0726

PRODUCTION ROCKSTARS

Mobile Adam Ledgister adam.ledgister@productionrockstars.com 678-608-6767

PRODUCTIONHUB Corporate Steve Rotz srotz@productionhub.com 877-629-4122

PROGRAM PRODUCTIONS 2 Platinum Amy Scheller ascheller@programproductions.com 617-480-3541

PSSI GLOBAL SERVICES Mobile Clint Bergeson info@pssiglobal.com 310-575-4400

PUGET SYSTEMS Premier Eric Brown eric@pugetsystems.com 425-458-0273

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PURE MOBILE PRODUCTIONS

PHONE

Mobile Jim Neely JimN@Puremobileproductions.com 801-703-1790

Q5X Corporate Paul Johnson sales@q5x.com 519-675-6999

QUANTUM Premier Michele Fanning Michele.fanning@quantum.com 512-413-1921

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On December 12-13, the SVG community will once again gather at the New York Hilton Midtown for our annual SVG Summit. The odds are pretty good that, if you are reading this SVG Fall SportsTech Journal, that you should be booking your hotel room, flight, and even setting up some meetings with industry friends and colleagues (and maybe some technology showcase appointments as well!).

Once upon a time, we used to have a theme for The SVG Summit, but that was when there were one or two tracks. This year, we’ll have seven tracks on Day 1 as well as general sessions on Day 2 that will provide a deep dive into what each of the nation’s top sports broadcast networks accomplished in 2022 as well as key trends that are driving their business. Here’s a quick primer on each of the tracks: Monday, Dec. 12

Future of Remote Production Workshop: We’re moving to more intimate digs on the second floor and that will definitely create more interplay between the panelists and the audience. Is the remote production business in good shape considering the economy and pressures to do more for less? How will virtualized hardware and IP continue to drive efficiencies? And then in the afternoon, we’ll take a look at “Hot Tech” like AR graphics, IP management tools, and digital cinema cameras and lenses.

Cloud Tools & Services Workshop: When we first held this event in 2019, it was a bit of a “let’s see what happens” moment. Well, in the past three years we have seen what has happened: cloud has transformed the industry. We’ll focus on editing, storage, and archiving.

SPIRIT Workshop: One of our shorter workshops, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. SPIRIT is our initiative around next-generation talent and increasing diversity and inclusion in our industry. At the center will be HBCU Bridge, a new program we have launched to connect our member and sponsor companies with HBCU students and graduates who are ready to make the move into sports production and engineering.

Cybersecurity Risk and Sports Production: Closely aligned with the move to IP and the cloud is the need to make sure these new platforms and technologies don’t leave your facility (and even corporate headquarters) vulnerable. Learn how to keep your operations safe and secure.

OTT, Streaming & Digital Workshop: The past 12 months has continued to see sports fans engaging with content in new ways via social media and an ever-growing number of streaming services. And then what, exactly, does the Metaverse, Web 3.0, and even NFTs mean to the sports production industry?

Sports Content Management Workshop: Sports media asset management and orchestration is about much more than preserving history: it’s also about driving new revenue opportunities and, increasingly, using new technologies to drive storage efficiencies which ultimately save money.

DTV Audio Workshop: Television distribution continues to be revolutionized by an accelerating transition to direct-to-consumer streaming and the adoption of cloud-based workflows. Join the conversation to learn about the impact on sports production

All of those tracks will be complemented by more than 65 technology showcases featuring the latest technology innovations from leading SVG sponsors. Oh, and then on Tuesday, Dec. 13, we’ll follow it up with our General Sessions in the Trianon Ballroom that will feature leading executives from across the sports landscape, including our keynote conversation with ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro.

What’s your Summit plan? You have lots of options to make the most of your two days in New York City, but it all begins with registering today.

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