ESPN To Stream X Games Online Using Newtek TriCaster
NewTek’s TriCaster portable live production system will be used to produce and live stream extensive coverage of the ESPN Winter X Games 15 from Aspen, CO, from January 27-30. Fans attending the X Games will be able to watch events on the in-venue video boards at various locations in Aspen-streamed exclusively with TriCaster. Fans at home and on-the-go will have access to the all the action, via the TriCaster-powered HD live stream at Facebook.com/xgames.
Last July, at the summer X Games in Los Angeles, live video streams of the event were available at Facebook.com/xgames on the “X Cast” tab and the X Games live stream page, with content that featured the Skate and BMX Park/street practice, daily “Inside X” show, athlete chats and jumbotron feed. With TriCaster, ESPN produced some 446,398 streams that garnered 2,253,380 viewer minutes and 124,776 unique viewers.
“When it comes to live events, especially action sports, producers, directors and content editors are always looking for ways to offer their fans more,” said Philip Nelson, SVP, strategic development, NewTek. “TriCaster allows a producer to elevate the overall event experience and provide unique coverage like no one else-up close and personal.”
With TriCaster, anyone can simultaneously produce, live stream, broadcast, project and record HD and SD network-style productions. A single operator or small team can switch between multiple cameras, virtual inputs and live virtual sets, while inserting clips, titles and motion graphics with multi-channel effects. The TriCaster family of products in NTSC is available in North America starting at US$4,995, and multi-standard internationally starting at US$5,995. Educational pricing is also available.