Pansonic’s Big Hoss TV at Texas Motor Speedway Recognized by Guinness World Records
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:38:38 -0400
In a recent ceremony at Texas Motor Speedway, Guinness World Records recognized Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company for its role in the construction of ‘Big Hoss TV,’ officially proclaiming the gargantuan video board to be the ‘Largest High-Definition Television LED Screen’ in the world.
A Guinness adjudicator made the official certification prior to the start of today’s Duck Commander 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series race. With the click of a button on an oversized Panasonic remote control, the technical wizardry of the screen came to life and ‘Big Hoss TV’ was ushered into permanence in the esteemed record book.
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company has now constructed the two largest HD LED video boards in the world – ‘Big Hoss TV’ in the top spot and Charlotte Motor Speedway, the previous Guinness World Record holder, now in second. The company has also built one of the largest video boards in collegiate sports at Ohio State University.
“Sports and entertainment is a growing business market, particularly with display signage and high-definition LED boards. This plays to our strengths and offers us an excellent opportunity to showcase our product portfolio and do what we do best, which is delivering customized video solutions,” said Jim Doyle, President of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company. “For stadium operators looking for more innovative ways to connect sponsors and fans to the action on the field, or in the case of Texas Motor Speedway, to the excitement on the racetrack, we have the experience and solutions they need to provide the information and stats they want.”
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company custom-built the colossal high-definition (HD) LED video board and its support structure in a condensed four month schedule. Positioned in the middle of the renowned racetrack’s backstretch, ‘Big Hoss TV’ is 12 stories high and built to withstand wind speeds up to 120 miles per hour.
The 108-ton structure rests on 16 support beams, with each buried 40 feet deep into bedrock. It also has an active display area of 20,633 square feet, measures 218-feet-wide by 94-feet-high, incorporates 4.8 million pixels and can generate a staggering 281 trillion different colors.
A control room located three-quarters of a mile away generates content for the display. Creative engineering from Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and its partner, Vizrt, resulted in a front-end interface, a technical innovation that enables display operators to manage the complex arrangements of pixels and imagery as one cohesive canvas, rather than a separate collection of individual squares.
Based on its success in managing complex, large-scale display projects in some of the most high-profile stadiums and arenas throughout the country, Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company is enjoying a growing reputation within the sports and entertainment industry. Its expertise in helping facility managers drive revenues by providing greater branding platforms for sponsors and engineering better fan experiences is gaining wide acclaim.
Next month, a 4K Ultra HD LED video board will be the showpiece at Churchill Downs, during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby. Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company is also spearheading a comprehensive LED display solution throughout Lincoln Financial Field, home to the Philadelphia Eagles, highlighted by two end zone video boards totaling over 9,400 square feet, in time for the start of the upcoming 2014 NFL season.
“Texas Motor Speedway is a leader in the sport of motor racing,” noted Doyle. “They’ve shown a commitment to making investments that enhance the fan experience. We congratulate them on their vision and leadership and completely agree with their belief that innovation can make a big difference to sponsors, fans and the bottom line.”
NBC Sports Partners with Red Bull Global Rallycross Through 2015
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:05:35 -0400
NBC Sports Group announced a multi-year partnership with Red Bull Global Rallycross through the 2015 season, presenting up to nine Red Bull Global Rallycross races annually the next two years. Coverage begins Saturday, May 24 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the first race of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season from the Top Gear Festival in Barbados.
Additional race locations this year include New York, Washington D.C., Daytona, Detroit, Charlotte, Los Angeles Seattle, and the season finale in Las Vegas in November. Red Bull Global Rallycross features some of the world’s premier rallycross drivers, including Ken Block, Tanner Foust and Scott Speed.
“We are thrilled to partner with Red Bull Global Rallycross and present more than 10 hours of original motorsports content on NBC,” said Gary Quinn, Vice President, Programming and Owned Properties, NBC Sports Group. “NBC Sports Group is one of the premier destinations for motorsports coverage, and the addition of Red Bull Global Rallycross to the NBC Sports family reiterates our commitment to the category.”
“Our fan base is growing exponentially, and being on NBC is an important step in meeting the demand out there for our Red Bull Global Rallycross motor sports platform.” said Colin Dyne, CEO, Red Bull Global Rallycross. “This partnership gives our fans incredible flexibility in how they view our races and we look forward to introducing the non-stop action of our sport to millions more households this season.”
Veteran motorsports play-by-play announcer Tes Sewell will call the action this season, joined by NBC Sports Group motorsports analyst and active driver Townsend Bell.
In addition to NBC’s coverage of the Red Bull Global Rallycross series, NBCSN will air encore presentations of all nine events this season, and all content will be streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of the 2014 Red Bull Global Rallycross season via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Markertek Announces Canare Hybrid Fiber-Optic Certification
Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:12:13 -0400
Markertek has announced that it has been officially certified by Canare to build and repair SMPTE 311M hybrid fiber-optic cable assemblies with Canare HFO connectors. The Canare HFO connector offers easy maintenance with a detachable alignment sleeve and insulator. The high quality Canare construction includes stainless steel tip and solder contacts fixed in the insulation housing.
Canare HFO is a field proven design with improved hassle free cleaning. All cables meet or exceed SMPTE 304M, 311M and ARIB BTA S-105B compliance. Canare broadcast camera cable assemblies include 7 color coding rings and 4 pieces of clear heavy walled shrink tubing for fast and easy identification. Markertek has achieved a high level of technical excellence in attaining Canare Certified FC Connector Assembler status.
“We are very pleased to add Canare’s high quality HDTV/SMPTE Cable Assembly products to our fiber offerings and to represent their quality standard and commitment to excellence,” said Chris Fisher, Markertek VP of Engineering. “Canare SMPTE certification continues to solidify Markertek’s fiber lab as the broadcast industry leader for both new assemblies and repairs with our true commitment to quality craftsmanship. Our shop features the very latest in fiber optic termination and testing equipment. We are proud to add Canare fiber assemblies to our certifications which already include LEMO SMPTE and Neutrik opticalCON.”
NBC Sports Group Offers NHL Fans Every Playoff Game Every Night
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:52:06 -0400
The NBC Sports Group hit the ground running on Wednesday night, broadcasting a tripleheader of 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff games that did not disappoint. A come-from-behind victory by the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal’s overtime goal in Tampa Bay, and the Anaheim Ducks’ first-period three-goal barrage against the Dallas Stars promise an exciting postseason for the Peacock.
“I would say the hockey gods are smiling on us right now,” says Executive Producer Sam Flood of the first-round matchups.
For the third straight year, NBC Sports will cover every game every night throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In order to televise as many as five games on a given day/night during the first round, NBC Sports Group will present matchups on NBC, NBCSN, NHL Network, and NBCUniversal business channel CNBC in primetime.
For the second year, the NBC Sports team will have the state-of-the-art Stamford facility at its disposal. “With up to five games in one night during the playoffs, we need two studios for all the pregame, postgame, and intermission reports,” says Flood. “The new facility affords us two world-class studios for our NBCSN and CNBC shows. In addition, we have a state-of-the-art central tape area that flows content around the building.”
Through NBC Sports’0 regional networks, comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports’ lineup of Comcast SportsNet RSNs. Comcast SportsNet will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, and Boston Bruins with comprehensive coverage throughout their teams’ Stanley Cup Playoff runs, including exclusive regional coverage of first-round games, pre- and post-game shows, and extensive online coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.
For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports regional networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.
NBC Sports Live Extra — a live-streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will live-stream all games airing on NBC, NBCSN, and CNBC, including comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. The vast majority of games will be live-streamed via TV Everywhere. The second-screen product can also be accessed on desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra.
Throughout the two-month postseason, NBC Sports plans to keep its focus squarely on storytelling. “Our philosophy does not change for the playoffs,” says Flood. “The game and the players are the stars.” - See more at: http://sportsvideo.org/main/blog/2014/04/nbc-sports-group-offers-nhl-fans-every-playoff-game-every-night/#sthash.Iksy4K48.dpuf
Litepanels Hilio T12 LED Panels Offer Latest Advances
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:48:18 -0400
The new Hilio D12 (daylight balanced) and Hilio T12 (tungsten balanced) high light output panels from Litepanels will debut at NAB. The panels provide the the characteristics of an open source fixture while offering all of the benefits of Litepanels’ proprietary LED fixture design, according to the company.
The Hilio D12/T12 fixtures were designed by Litepanels to augment the lighting requirements of broadcast studios, as well as motion picture, episodic television, and commercial location shoots. The versatile panels emit a raw, narrow beam that provides high intensity for long throws. This intensity can also be harnessed and shaped with an array of available accessories to light an exterior, wash a set with soft light, or illuminate a cyc wall or green screen.
Eliminating the need for external dimmers, the fixtures feature Litepanels’ smooth dimming, from 100 percent to zero with no noticeable colour shift, and are flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle. The panels also offer an integrated DMX module, with readily available and affordable RJ45 Ethernet connections for remote dimming control via any standard DMX512 protocol device.
With no need for a heavy ballast or cabling, the incredibly energy efficient Hilio D12/T12 fixtures draw only 350 watts of electricity, comparable to a 2K Tungsten Par in terms of output. The consistently colour accurate, long life LEDs provide years of service without the need for traditional lamp replacement, and they emit no UV or infrared wavelengths.
Each panel contains a microprocessor operated, active cooling system, which increases manageability and lowers temperature control costs. The Hilio D12/T12 fixtures feature a removable, external power supply with convenient mounting bracket and optional accessories that include a stand mounted plate and an extension power cable.
The Hilio D12/T12 panels come complete with integrated slots to hold colour and diffusion gel filters and Litepanels’ new Nanoptic lenses. The Nanoptic lenses spread and shape the light in circular, horizontal or vertical patterns and essentially convert the powerful open source into a soft light or broad directional fill. The rear of the unit features an LCD display and a multi-functional control with a menu-based button interface. An SD card slot is also built-in to easily facilitate future software upgrades. The user-friendly fixtures include a Standard Yoke with Junior Pin to enable easy mounting and positioning.
“Our new Hilio 12 series is a great compliment to our Sola and Inca LED Fresnel lines,” comments Chris Marchitelli, Vice President of global marketing for Litepanels. “The Hilio D12 and T12 provide a big, broad wash of light, and they are an ideal lighting source for interiors and protected exteriors. In combination with our new Nanoptic lenses, these fixtures are a real breakthrough in lumen output and flexibility. This pair of panels sets a new standard and continues to move our LED solution forward for our customers.”
The complete optional accessories set for the Hilio D12/T12 includes the 5-piece CTB or CTO Gel Set with Gel Bag, the 4-piece Nanoptic lens set, an eight foot power supply extension cable, and a power supply stand/mounting bracket.