New Golf Lifestyle Network Equips Production Studio with HD Technology From Grass Valley

BACK9NETWORK, a golf lifestyle television network based in Hartford, Connecticut, will launch on DIRECTV on Sept. 29, supported in the studio and throughout the facility’s HD SDI infrastructure by a full complement of live production technology from Grass Valley and its parent company Belden.

Charles Cox, chief executive officer at BACK9NETWORK, said the majority of its original programming would be studio-based. With Grass Valley’s end-to-end solution, they now have the ability as a startup network to deliver over one thousand hours of first-run studio programming in the first year.

Another deciding factor for BACK9NETWORK was Grass Valley’s ability to provide a comprehensive solution with minimal training requirements.

“We didn’t have time to work through vendor-to-vendor issues and needed to know that the system will work right out of the gate,” said Harry Goldberg, vice president of engineering & operations at BACK9NETWORK. “As we add more engineering and technical staff, we know there will be little to no learning curve because Grass Valley equipment is such an industry standard.”

BACK9NETWORK has implemented a variety of products from Grass Valley’s portfolio that encompasses acquisition through delivery. They include the LDX Compact Première advanced imaging camera; Karrera video production center 2 M/E switcher with K-Frame; NVISION 8144 hybrid router; 3RU Densité 3 Frame; K2 Summit 3G production client server; Vertigo advanced channel branding solutions; Kaleido multiviewer; and Belden HD SDI cables and equipment racks.

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