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CBS lead NFL director Mike Arnold (left) will direct the AFC Championship game and Super Bowl LII for CBS Sports. (Photo: CBS Sports).

TV Director Treats Super Bowl Telecast Like Any Other GameJanuary 30th 2019 - 08:00 AM

Like many professional football players themselves, CBS Sports Lead television director Mike Arnold tries to treat the Super Bowl as he would a regular season game, calling the same shots and camera angles—albeit with many more cameras at his disposal, augmented reality graphics on the field and virtually every part of the playing field mic’d up.

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CBS Sports will use a lot of motion graphics, AR and pre-produced animations for its Super Bowl LIII telecast.

CBS Sports Looks To Raise The Graphics Bar For Super Bowl LIIIJanuary 29th 2019 - 08:00 AM

Captivating 3D graphics and electronically inserted field images have become a hallmark of every major live sporting event, but CBS Sports hopes to raise the bar during this year’s NFL Super Bowl LIII telecast on February 3, 2019. The sports network’s graphics team has prepared unique animations and on-field augmented reality (AR) graphic elements that are sure win over viewers in a big way.

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Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium will host the 2019 Super Bowl and millions will be watching on CBS Sports.

Super Bowl LIII Set To Dazzle On CBSJanuary 22nd 2019 - 08:00 AM

This year’s Super Bowl LIII telecast on CBS will be produced and broadcast into millions of living rooms by employing the usual plethora of traditional live production equipment, along with a few wiz bang additions like 4K UHD and an 8K camera for replays, and specially equipped wireless handheld cameras supporting augmented reality graphics and motion tracking on the field. The network said that 115 cameras would be used, 86 for the main broadcast alone, giving viewers an unprecedented television viewing experience.

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Sony Virtual Production Service Launched at Red Bull EventJuly 24th 2018 - 01:50 PM

Although OTT delivery has created a mature market for on-demand scripted shows that leverages the public internet for distribution, the ever increasing and IP-enabled bandwidth available that uses public wireless networks and the public cloud, is opening a new market for live events.With their global reach, the OTTs have the budget to create polished shows, localised for global distribution. However, there is a huge, largely untapped market for minority events that could potentially use social media for distribution, as long as the production costs can be constrained. This is not the world of double-expando mobile units, but a director with a handful of camera operators. An announcement from Sony would seem to address this very market. The company has announced an on-demand cloud production service that provides a complete toolset for multi-platform content creation and delivery. Sony Virtual Production was used to cover Red Bull’s Alpenbrevet motorcycle race in Switzerland. Using only a number of camcorders and a single laptop to access the Virtual Switcher UI, Red Bull could stream the event live direct to social media.

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Broadcast For IT - Part 12 - LensesJune 25th 2018 - 12:05 PM

In this series of articles, we will explain broadcasting for IT engineers. Television is an illusion, there are no moving pictures and todays broadcast formats are heavily dependent on decisions engineers made in the 1930’s and 1940’s, and in this article, we look at camera lenses, why, and how we use them.

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Broadcast For IT - Part 11 - SensorsJune 18th 2018 - 12:05 PM

In this series of articles, we will explain broadcasting for IT engineers. Television is an illusion, there are no moving pictures and todays broadcast formats are heavily dependent on decisions engineers made in the 1930’s and 1940’s, and in this article, we look at the most fundamental element of video – sensors.

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The site of Super Bowl LII features a hybrid fiber infrastructure for broadcast crews and 1,300 WiFi access points for fans.

Super Bowl LII Delivers High-Resolution (HD/4K) ActionFebruary 5th 2018 - 01:00 PM

Although it was played in a domed stadium, perhaps the biggest challenge for the 400-person strong NBC Sports Group crew in covering Super Bowl LII on February 4 was Minneapolis’ single-digit weather and record snowfall outside. To counter this, NBC Sports built a heated giant tent covering the entire NEP Broadcast truck compound outside the stadium.

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The new 1,000 square meter 4K/UHD studio complex in Zurich is the first 4K/UHD Studios and Playout Center to be built in Switzerland.

MySports Channels Benefit From Remote IP-based Production And PlayoutJanuary 31st 2018 - 12:05 PM

Remote studio production and virtual playout centers continue to gain traction around the world as new efficiencies and cost savings have become clear. MySports, a new 4K (UHD) pay-TV sports channel based in Switzerland, now maintains two locations—in Erlenbach and Rossens—that share video, audio and intercom signals at every level to enable precise machine control from afar.

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