NASL Opens New Season With Advances in Video Production, Distribution

By: Brandon Costa, Senior Editor
Friday, April 3, 2015 – 10:44 am

When the North American Soccer League (NASL) campaign kicks off with a five-game slate on Saturday, it’ll be the dawn of a new live-video era for the league.

During the off months between the NASL’s fall and spring seasons, league brass put a strong focus on improving the quality of the live production and distribution of club matches. In addition to designing new streaming and production standards at each of its 11 venues, the league also struck a deal with ESPN for at least 120 matches to be carried on ESPN3.

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Media Crossroads’ new technology connects KU experts live to national media

source: http://news.ku.edu/media-crossroads-new-technology-connects-ku-experts-live-national-media

LAWRENCE — When “PBS NewsHour” contacted the University of Kansas last week looking for an expert to interview live about student loan debt, Social Welfare Associate Professor William Elliott III fit the bill. Elliott headed to Media Crossroads at the Kansas Union, put on a mic and spoke on camera with anchor Judy Woodruff in a national broadcast.

Elliott was the first KU expert to use the William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications’ new video technology at the Media Crossroads, which allows KU experts on the Lawrence campus to interview live with media outlets anywhere in the world.

The technology, LTN Video Transport Service, also put another KU professor in the national spotlight last week. Al-Jazeera America interviewed Professor Don Haider-Markel, chair of the Department of Political Science, about public attitudes toward gay politicians for a “Real Money With Ali Velshi” news program.

Ross Mobile Productions: New Kid on the Block Ramps Up Quickly

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Posted By Jason Dachman, Managing Editor On January 9, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

In October 2013, Ross Video charted out a new strategic roadmap by acquiring South Florida-based Mobile Content Providers (MCP) and, in doing so, officially entered the remote-production market. Just over a year later, Ross Mobile Productions (RMP) has already experienced tremendous growth, increasing its fleet from two to five trucks and gaining a foothold in the linear-TV market after primarily serving streaming shows in the past.

“To say we’ve grown quickly is an understatement,” says MCP founder Mitch Rubenstein, now president of RMP. “We now have an office in New York, and, in Florida, we moved into a new office that is twice the size of [our previous location], partially in order to build more trucks.

The new trucks have stayed plenty busy in the mid-market niche that Ross is looking to serve, working college-basketball packages with the America East Conference [1], ESPNU, and NBCSN. RMP has also inked a deal to produce all games for the new FXFL development football league and is working with Alliance Productions on a Conference USA football package (RMP is packaging, but Alliance is sole mobile-unit provider).

RMP also played an integral role in the production of the Kentucky Wildcats’ Big Blue Bahamas Tour telecasts – three games on ESPNU and the first-ever live event on SEC Network. For the Kentucky Big Blue Tour in the Bahamas, LTN was the primary transmission path, making for a cost-effective way to broadcast the games. The expense for “shipping” an uplink truck from the US was prohibitive so that would have made it unreasonable to broadcast the six games. Ross Mobile Productions secured a dedicated ethernet connection at the arena (50Mbps) which enabled the transmission to the proprietary, fully managed LTN backbone. Ross used an LTN Fly Pack with an LTN Appliance, Adtec En91 encoder, and Sencore 4400 decoder for the return feed. The feed was encoded at 20Mbps 720p  MPEG-4. From the LTN Network, the feed was dropped to the Encompass Waterfront facility, where it was handed off to a fiber connection into ESPN Bristol.