Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, located in Bethesda, MD, is the official television partner of the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association.
The network delivers more than 500 live sporting events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.7 million homes throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, as well as parts of West Virginia, Pennsylvania
While the network had been capable of delivering some live events in HD, much of its programming was in SD due to the existing systems in the facility. Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI) was chosen to handle a comprehensive HD upgrade and expansion of the studio and news facilities for Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, enabling all of the network’s news and entertainment programming to be delivered in HD.
The project, which was completed on time and on budget, included upgrades to the production control room and studio, two additional master control rooms, equipment core area, transmission system and additional edit suites. CEI handled comprehensive design, equipment procurement, systems integration, installation, testing, training and overall project management for the HD upgrade and expansion.
A key challenge was meeting a hard deadline, which was the start of several collegiate and professional seasons in late summer. It was also imperative that CEI kept Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic on the air at all times during the project, which was successfully accomplished.
With a broad scope and a firm deadline, plus the additional challenge of upgrading a working facility with no downtime or program interruption, the project team met the scheduling and technical requirements of Comcast. The result is that millions of sports fans across this region will enjoy much more quality HD programming from Comcast SportsNet.
New studio technology – network
Submitted by Communications Engineering, Inc.
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic: Steve Weber, dir. of eng.
CEI: Frank Giliotti, VP of technical services; Felix Pena, dir. of mechanical eng.; Tim Bailey, sr. managing eng.
Technology at work
Apple: Final Cut Pro edit systems
Click Effects: Crossfire HD clip server system
Chyron: Cameo graphics management, HyperX3 CGs
Fingerworks: Studio HD/SD telestrator
Fujinon: 2/3in Digi Power Select ENG HD lenses
Harris: NetVX HD encoders, NEXIO Volt servers, Velocity edit systems, waveform monitors and terminal equipment
Image Video: TSAI-3000 tally system
Miranda: Kaleido-X multi-image processors, master control switching, NVISION routing
Panther: Trixy and Vario jibs
Sony: BRCZ700 and HXC100K HD cameras, FWDS47H1 and FWDS42H1 professional displays, MVS8000 switcher, test monitors
Vinten: Osprey Elite studio pedestals, Vector 450 camera heads
Wohler: Audio and video monitors