NBC, CBC and French sports network Reseau des Sport (RDS) recently completed coverage of the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals in HD. Since its league-imposed lockout cancelled the 2004-‘05 hockey season, the NHL sees HD broadcasts as a critical tool for its marketing arm’s efforts in building up a fan base for the league.
The Carolina Hurricanes became the Stanley Cup champions in front of an RFX-HD-CMT HD transmitter from RF Central. Games 3, 4, 6 and 7 were broadcast in HD, as well as the post-game ceremony and the commissioner’s awarding of the Conn Smythe trophy and Lord Stanley’s Cup. A cameraman operated the wireless camera outfitted with the RF Central’s RFX-HD-CMT transmitter on skates. Almost all of the on-ice celebratory video coverage was provided through the HD wireless camera and was matted to one or more RF Wireless Systems’ Canon HD video cameras.
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