In Nebraska, Telecast Fiber Powers HuskerVision's HD Upgrade

 Fiber-optic transport gear delivers HD camera signals to big screens in football and basketball venues.
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 Fiber-optic transport gear delivers HD camera signals to big screens in football and basketball venues.

HuskerVision, the AV and broadcasting unit of the University of Nebraska Athletic Department (the Cornhuskers), has installed fiber-optic video and audio equipment from Telecast Fiber Systems as a key element in a $4.2-million high-definition upgrade of its master control and production facilities.

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A CopperHead from Telecast Fiber Systems at work at HuskerVision Powered by the Telecast solutions, a state-of-the-art fiber optic network now links master control with the university's Memorial Stadium and Bob Devaney Sports Center, giving HuskerVision centralized control of big-screen HD presentations for all home football and basketball games. ?

?"Our relationship with Telecast Fiber Systems has been a long and productive one," said Shot Kleen, assistant athletic director for HuskerVision. "In fact, with the completion of this project we're now on our third generation of Telecast gear. We have always been able to count on Telecast equipment to reliably deliver the highest-quality signals possible over our fiber network, so Telecast was the natural choice when it came time for our HD upgrade. When you make an investment of this size, you need to have the utmost confidence in your technology vendors. We know from experience that Telecast equipment is highly reliable and backed up by first-rate support." ?

?Managed by systems integrator and Telecast Fiber Systems dealer Alpha Video, the HD upgrade of HuskerVision's production facilities was completed to coincide with the start of the college football season this fall. The HuskerVision master control center receives signals over the fiber network from more than 30 camera sites in Memorial Stadium and the Devaney Center, and then transmits the live and instant replay feeds to large-screen HD video displays at both venues. Video feeds are also transmitted to the HuskerVision production studios where they are used in a variety of team highlight sports programs and also handed off to national sports networks. The Panasonic SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) HD cameras are outfitted with Telecast CopperHead camera-mounted fiber-optic transceivers, and Telecast SMPTE Hybrid Elimination Devices (SHED) and HDX power adaptors enable the cameras to be remotely powered and centrally controlled. HuskerVision also uses Telecast's Adder II and Python II fiber optic transceivers for bi-directional transport of audio and intercom signals, and Viper II terminal gear to facilitate both analog and HD-SDI signal transport.?

?"HuskerVision has always been a trendsetter. Memorial Stadium was the nation's first college football stadium to have big-screen replay boards, and the HuskerVision engineers recognized early on that fiber optic networks held the key to centralizing operations--and thus saving a great deal of money--for feeding video to multiple venues," said Richard Cerny, vice president and chief operating officer of Telecast Fiber Systems. "Our solutions have been part of the HuskerVision story from the very beginning, and we're excited that Telecast is continuing to play a key role as HuskerVision enters the HD era."

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