2019 RSN Summit

Tech & Engineering Workshop

Location: Crystal Peak C

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.: Technology & Engineering Roundtable: In the Studio and at the Broadcast Center
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The sophistication of RSN studio-production facilities has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade. From the studio and the control room to postproduction and transmission, these broadcast centers are incorporating more next-gen technologies that enhance the on-air product for fans. RSN engineering chiefs discuss how their facilities are evolving without breaking the budget and whether they are looking to embrace next-gen technologies like virtual studios, IP, 4K, and HDR.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director
Panelists:
Steve Berscheid
, AT&T Sports Networks, Director of Broadcast Engineering
Alex Blanding
, SNY, VP, Engineering and Technology
Phil Grossman, Imagine Communications, VP, Solutions Architecture and Engineering
Fahad Haider, NESN, CTO & VP, Engineering
Dave Zur, KSE Media Ventures, SVP, Operations and Engineering

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.: Networking Break

1:45 – 2:20 p.m.: Technology & Engineering Roundtable: In the Truck and on the Field
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Today, RSNs have more cutting-edge technology to tell the story on the field than ever before. Tools like augmented reality, ultra-high-speed cameras, and player-tracking data — once reserved only for high-profile national telecasts — are making their way into regional game telecasts. Learn how RSNs are making use of these tools and what is on their wish list for next-generation tools.
Moderator: Ken Kerschbaumer, SVG, Co-Executive Director
Panelists:
Frank Coll
, NEP Broadcast Services, Senior Account Manager, U.S. Mobile Units
Rich Eilers
, Canon, Nationals Accounts Sales Director, TV Production Sales Division
Phil Garvin
, Mobile TV Group, President
Steve Grigely, Fox Sports Networks, VP Technical Operations

2:20 – 3:00 p.m.: At-Home Production and the Virtualized Truck: How Live Game Productions Are Evolving
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Over the past five years, no technological trend has had as major an impact on live sports production as at-home production. Many national broadcasters are deploying less crew and resources onsite and running the production from a control room back home at the broadcast center. However, the trend has yet to catch on in a big way within the RSN market. Nonetheless, at-home is expected to dramatically impact the way RSNs create content and produce games – especially for lower-tier properties – in the coming years. Learn how the at-home phenomenon and the shift to virtualization could transform RSN production and what to expect in the near future.
Moderator: Michael Harabin, Gearhouse Broadcast, President
Panelists:
Steve Berscheid, AT&T Sports Networks, Director of Broadcast Engineering
Craig DeWit
, Midco Sports Network, Production Technology Manager
Nick Garvin, Mobile TV Group, Chief Operating Officer
Kyle Reischling, Pac-12 Networks, VP, Remote Events
Bonnie Wilson, Spectrum SportsNet, Director, Operations