Sun Belt Conference Takes Bold Step in Instant Replay with XOS Digital

During his annual All-Star Game press conference, commissioner Bud Selig hinted that video-review technology would continue to expand across Major League Baseball. FIFA recently approved goal-line technology, announcing it will be put in place in time for the 2014 World Cup. Officials’ use of instant replay continues to grow across the entire sports spectrum, and […]  More

Goal-Line Technology Gets Green Light From IFAB

Goal-line technology (GLT) has at last been given the go-ahead by the International Football Association Board (IFAB). The decision was made Thursday in Zurich during a special meeting chaired by FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who now fully endorses GLT after being staunchly against it in recent years. Both technologies under consideration, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, were […]  More

FIFA’s Le Mintier Outlines 2014 World Cup Plans

Preparations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have recently made headlines with some high-level disagreements on the amount of progress that has been made with respect to infrastructure and stadium improvements. But, for Arnaud Le Mintier, head of broadcaster services for FIFA, the focus is squarely on figuring out what sort of services FIFA […]  More

Brazil Cable Sports Is Ready To Rise

The Sportel Rio conference in Rio de Janeiro last week brought together sports-rights holders and sellers last week and also provided an opportunity for the Sports Video Group to chair a session featuring some of the top leaders in the nation’s growing cable-sports market, a segment of the industry that is experiencing rapid growth. And, […]  More

FUJIFILM Opens New Lens Service Center in Brazil

FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced the opening of a new lens service center in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  In partnership with FUJIFILM, Trevisan’s Lens and Camera Service, Ltda — its premiere agent in Brazil – opened the new service center on January 31, 2012. While Trevisan’s already operates […]  More

Venue News: Candlestick Park Prepared to Host NFC Championship; FIFA Criticizes Brazil Prep

PG&E and city officials say they are taking no chances that another embarrassing power outage will mar Sunday’s NFC Championship game at Candlestick Park. A month after the lights went out at Candlestick during a big Monday Night Football game between the 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the city of San Francisco and PG&E have […]  More

CES Report: Panasonic, NBC Olympics Team Up for 3D Games; Social TV Is Front and Center

NBC Universal will broadcast more than 200 hours of Olympics coverage in 3D, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, according to a new deal between Panasonic and NBC Olympics. Speaking at Panasonic’s CES press event, NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel said, “It’s great to be here and be part of this announcement. I have been […]  More

Ross Video Pegs Daniel Diniz To Lead Sales Efforts in Brazil

Ross Video has tapped Daniel Diniz to lead its burgeoning sales efforts in Brazil. Diniz takes on the position of Regional Sales Manager Brazil, effective Aug. 1. Diniz will be responsible for developing new business in Brazil and maintaining existing customer accounts. He will report to Juan Carlos Ortolan, regional sales manager for Latin America, […]  More

SVG Trade Mission to Brazil Highlights Opportunities, Risks

The Sports Video Group this week led a trade delegation to Brazil to help SVG members and sponsors better understand market opportunities related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, two events that have the potential to transform the Brazilian economy and broadcasting industries. Major Events International (MEI) coordinated the event […]  More

Anton/Bauer Expands Operations In Brazil

Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group and a provider of batteries, chargers, lighting, and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video, and film industries, continues to expand its presence in the Brazil market with the opening of The Vitec Group’s Videocom Division office in Sao Paulo. Brazil faces an increasing need for […]  More

Business Report: 3D Effect Is Positive for Movies, Unclear for TV

With the commercial success of Avatar in 2009, 3D technology firmly established itself as a key component of the entertainment industry. Box-office returns in 2010 and 2011 demonstrate that 3D technology is having a positive financial impact on the movie industry, while the standardization of Blu-ray players and the HDMI 1.4A format in the consumer […]  More

Global Crossing Genesis Solutions Expands into Latin America

IP solutions provider Global Crossing has expanded its Genesis Solutions IP network into Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Mexico, Venezuela, and the Caribbean region. “The Latin American region represents a vast market opportunity for sports, entertainment and event programming,” says Mike Antonovich, managing director of Global Crossing Genesis Solutions.  “We’re excited to offer […]  More

HBS Training Program Produces Local TV Experts

When Host Broadcast Services (HBS) starts to implement operations in a host country to produce coverage for a major soccer event like a FIFA World Cup, the company always seeks local support. Luckily for local students, HBS chooses to recruit from local universities to beef up its workforce of engineers, communications staff, and every other […]  More

Russia, Qatar Awarded 2018, 2022 FIFA World Cup Tourneys

Russia has won the bitter fight to win the right to stage the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while Qatar will host the 2022 event. The announcement was made earlier today in Zurich by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, watched by representatives of the international football community and camera crews from approximately 70 TV stations. The Russian […]  More

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