Recent Posts by Glen Dickson

Outdoor Setting Complicates 3D Coverage for NHL Classic in Calgary

As much of the U.S. enjoys a brief warm-up heading into the long Presidents’ Day weekend, stereoscopic 3D is in the forecast for Calgary, AB, where the National Hockey League heads for the 2011 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic on Feb. 20. Besides being played outdoors, this year’s matchup between the Calgary Flames and Montreal […]  More

NEP Bolsters Mobile Support With IP-based Monitoring System

Mobile-production giant NEP Broadcasting says it is already reaping significant benefits from nsite, a new monitoring system that links trucks in the field back to the company’s Pittsburgh headquarters via broadband connection. The system has been successfully used in the field for months on NEP’s SS-32 and SS-16 trucks and is due to come online […]  More

New Trucks Fine-Tune for the Future, Part III

(Continued from Part II) While a wave of 53-ft. HD expando trucks from such vendors as NEP, Game Creek Video, and F&F Productions hit the road this year to cover large-scale sporting events at major broadcast compounds, a few smaller HD units were also introduced to serve smaller venues and/or budgets. Chicago-based Trio Video’s new […]  More

New Trucks Fine-Tune for the Future, Part II

(Continued from Part I) Another major trend among the HD trucks launched this year: 3-Gbps routing infrastructures (either full or partial). Going 3-gig means that a truck could support the uncompressed 1080p/60 production format, which could eventually be the gold standard for sports production (although there are significant doubts about whether 1080p/60 will actually get […]  More

New Trucks Fine-Tune for the Future, Part I

With a wave of new HD trucks hitting the road in 2010 and 2011, one might expect dramatically different designs or significant changes in the equipment assortment from legacy trucks. But, except for the adoption of specialized stereoscopic-3D camera rigs for sports coverage by ESPN and others, there hasn’t been a dramatic breakthrough in production […]  More

Mobile Vendors Enjoy Smoother Ride in 2010, Part II

(Continued from Part I) The financing picture for mobile vendors hasn’t changed much in the past year, according to Garvin, since “it’s perceived as an industry that is not particularly recession-impacted.” However, he acknowledges that lenders may be a bit more cautious and “they’re a little more interested than they were” in seeing long-term contracts. […]  More

Mobile Vendors Enjoy Smoother Ride in 2010, Part I

After a rough few years that saw television networks cut back on spending and put HD upgrades on hold, 2010 has brought renewed growth to the sports-production industry. Mobile vendors have experienced a surge in business, commensurate with a rebound in advertising revenues for their network clients. Several companies have rolled out trucks as the […]  More

Graphics, Editing Suppliers Eye Sports Growth

With a mature market for graphics and editing equipment in traditional live HD sports production, vendors are seeking growth in new areas. Editing and graphics supplier Avid first established itself in network and station news and big-event sports production. It is now eyeing individual teams and arenas as the next big opportunity in the broader […]  More

Streaming Vendors at League Summit Eye Growth

While much of the focus at the League Technology Summit this week was on stereoscopic 3D production and its inherent challenges, there were also plenty of new broadband services and applications from providers of streaming video technology. NeuLion, which provides streaming video services for sports leagues like the NHL and NBA as well as foreign-language […]  More

3D Technology Creates Buzz But What About Bucks?

As expected, much of the buzz at the League Technology Summit was focused on stereoscopic 3D and its impact on the sports production community. While ESPN and DirecTV are now regularly producing 3D fare for new 3D channels—with financial help from set-makers Sony and Panasonic—many questions remain about 3D’s long-term business prospects. What was clear […]  More

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