BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, DECEMBER 4, 2009 - Bexel, a unit of The Vitec Group's Services Division, and XOS Technologies, Inc., a leader in digital sports media, are pleased to announce a collaborative partnership designed to provide enhanced production solutions to the collegiate sports industry. With a combined 40 years of industry experience, this newly created alliance, will offer comprehensive solutions designed to accommodate clients' needs in today's increasingly complex broadcasting environment.
"We are very excited to be able to announce our joint initiative with XOS Technologies," says Scott Nardelli, Bexel chief business development officer. "We chose to work with XOS because of its leadership position in collegiate technology for video coaching solutions, instant replay and content management. We look forward to working with them in providing high-quality, cost-effective solutions for the collegiate broadcasting market."
This new collaboration will make a variety of production-based solutions available to the college sports market. These include "custom" HD/SD Fly-packs, fiber-optic integration, video and audio equipment rentals, onsite editing facilities, engineering support, maintenance and consultation.
The agreement between Bexel and XOS Technologies comes at a time when colleges are faced with ever increasing production challenges. "One of the most common broadcast issues today is an insufficient fiber infrastructure," says Lee Estroff, Bexel's director of broadcast technical sales. "Our experience with fiber optic installations and associated equipment allows us to support installations by XOS with comprehensive optical solutions."
The partnership will also make accessible Bexel's expertise in supplying and servicing of broadcast equipment. Bexel can provide XOS with rental applications for its clients who have short-term needs, long-term leases, service and repairs on equipment, and the ability to dispose of its clients' existing equipment.
According to Estroff, "Being associated with XOS strengthens relationships for us in the collegiate market allowing us to reach the colleges as they transition to HD. In addition, we will assist XOS in servicing its clients' needs by providing complete broadcast solutions."
"As we move into 2010, we're going to see a steady trend among stadiums and arenas as they further transition into full-scale production facilities," says Bryan Bedford, director of business development, XOS Technologies. "It's especially exciting because it's paving the way for
enhanced HD technologies and digital operations. Our new alliance with Bexel is a natural fit to best accommodate the ever-present production and content challenges that industry faces."
About XOS Technologies, Inc.:
For nearly 15 years, the nation's top professional and collegiate sports teams, conferences, leagues and athletic administrators have turned to XOS Technologies for expertise found in its innovative coaching analysis software (Coaching Solutions), Facilities Design & Integration (FDI) services and sports media and digital asset management solutions (XOS Digital). The revolutionary technology and new media solutions developed by XOS have been adopted by more than 900 sports teams throughout the NFL, AFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA, NAIA and NASCAR. The company's headquarters are located in Billerica, Mass., with digital and facility design initiatives operated out of the Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit www.xostech.com. Twitter at http://twitter.com/XOSTech.
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs / maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers - including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com.
About The Vitec Group plc
The Vitec Group plc is a global leader in the supply of equipment and services to the broadcast, electronic media, photographic and live events industries, and is rapidly extending its reach into related areas such as government, security and defence. Vitec's many industry-leading product brands have established a formidable reputation for innovation, technical excellence, and superior service and support. The diverse range of brands are united by a common Vitec Group commitment to delivering a world-class customer experience, and a visionary approach to the future. This befits an enterprise which has grown both organically and by acquisition to incorporate over 2000 employees worldwide and achieve a 2008 turnover of almost half a billion dollars. Vitec Group products are distributed in almost 100 countries, through both direct sales and by means of a strong, fully-resourced distribution network. The Vitec Group comprises:
The Videocom Division, which develops, manufactures and distributes high quality manual and robotic camera supports, location lighting, camera and equipment bags, portable power solutions, prompting products, wireless camera links and communication systems used principally by broadcast and live entertainment professionals. Brands include - Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Clear-Com, Litepanels, MSC, Nucomm, OConnor, Petrol, RF Central, Sachtler, TCS (The Camera Store), Vinten and Vinten Radamec. www.vitecgroupbroadcast.com
The Imaging & Staging Division, which designs, manufactures and distributes photographic and video-camera support; lighting, trusses and suspension systems for the professional photography, video, cinematography and live event markets. Brands include - Manfrotto, Gitzo, Kata, Avenger, Litec, IFF, Bogen Imaging, Tomcat and Brilliant Stages. www.vitecgroup.it
The Services Division, a leading provider of professional video and audio rental equipment, and engineering support for major event productions. Brands include - ASG and Bexel. www.bexel.com
More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.