Pro-Bel Teams Up with Fox Sports for the NFL’s London Debut
Pro-Bel contributed to the
success of Fox Sport’s coverage of the first regular-season NFL game to be
played outside North America.
Fox Sports required HD standards
conversion to be able to convert the Miami Dolphins-New York Giants game Wembley Stadium in London Oct. 28. Fox produced the game in 720p with graphics, HD slow motion replays and 5.1 surround sound. Fox
relied on Pro-Bel’s Cifer HD motion-compensated standards converter to frame
convert the 720p50 program produced at Wembley to 720p59.94 for distribution to Fox affiliates stateside.
Fox Sports used three Cifers, one in
London and two at the Fox Network operations center in Los Angeles. This
allowed signal conversion from 720p50 to 720p59.94 to be carried out in either London or the United States, and provided Fox with multiple levels of redundancy.
Cifer was developed in conjunction with
Digital Vision and incorporates a proprietary motion-estimation technique.