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01.30.2004
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Vyvx rolls out HD VenueNet fiber service for sports backhaul


Using fiber for HD backhaul offers several advantages, including minimal network latency ranging from 50 to 70 milliseconds, and dynamic re-routing ensuring a feed will not be interrupted despite a failure and minimum signal compression. Click here to view a larger image.

Broadcasters looking for HD backhaul services for sporting events this year have a new alternative thanks to the newly unveiled Vyvx HD VenueNet fiber optic transmission service.

According to Vyvx vice president and general manager Derek Smith, the most remarkable thing about HD VenueNet is its plug-and-play interconnectivity and minimal signal compression.

“The production trucks just roll in, set up and connect to our system. We offer a complete turnkey solution for backhaul from the stadium to the broadcast origination point,” he said. “We move HD across our network at 270 Mb/s. We are only going to compress at the mezzanine level.”

Vyvx is nearing completion of the Phase 1 launch of its HD VenueNet. Initially, the HD fiber backhaul service will be offered in eight cities from 17 different venues. The company will continue to roll out service in new cities and venues as demand warrants.

The first group of venues include:

  • Georgia Dome, Atlanta

  • Phillips Arena, Atlanta

  • Turner Field, Atlanta

  • Invesco Field, Denver

  • Pepsi Center, Denver

  • Coors Field, Denver

  • Reliant Stadium, Houston

  • Staples Center, Los Angeles

  • Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

  • Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

  • Madison Square Garden, New York

  • Shea Stadium, New York

  • Yankee Stadium, New York

  • 3Com Park, San Francisco

  • Pacific Bell Park, San Francisco

  • FedEx Field, Washington, D.C.

  • MCI Center, Washington, D.C.

Vyvx chose these venues based on discussions with sports leagues and broadcasters, said Smith. “Obviously, we don’t know where HDTV events will be a year ahead of time, but we know the probability, and that’s where we built out in Phase 1.”

Smith also added that as the initial 17 HD VenueNet locations are deployed, it is possible that the venue list may change somewhat, based on customer demand.

According to Smith, using fiber for HD backhaul offers several advantages, including minimal network latency ranging from 50 to 70 milliseconds, and dynamic re-routing ensuring a feed will not be interrupted despite a failure and minimum signal compression. He also said that the end-to-end 270 Mb/s offered over the network is more than three times the throughput currently available via satellite.

An added benefit of carrying HD signals at 270 Mb/s is financial. The high cost of HD codecs required to compress HD signals to less than 270 Mb/s is significantly reduced with the Vyvx HD VenueNet solution, he said.

For more information, please visit: www.vyvx.com.

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