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Comcast SportsNet goes surround sound with SSL

Comcast SportsNet, a 24/7 regional sports network based in the Philadelphia's Wachovia Center, is using a Solid State Logic C100 Digital Broadcast Console to produce HDTV surround sound.

The C100, housed in a recently upgraded HD studio control room designed to produce 5.1-channel audio, is the network's second C Series console. The first is a C148 in the adjoining HD live event control room.

Comcast SportsNet televises the games of Philadelphia's many sports teams, including the Flyers, 76ers, Phillies, Wings and KiXX, as well as NCAA basketball and AFL football games. In addition, the company produces daily live programming including sports news, pre- and post-games shows and sports magazine programs.

The broadcaster's original C100, installed in February 2004, is used to televise live sporting events from the Wachovia Center and Citizens Bank Park, the latter via a 6000ft fiber-optic connection to an SSL stagebox. The new console handles all production from Comcast SportsNet's TV studio.

With support for up to 128 input channels, the C100 provides simultaneous 5.1, stereo and mono signal paths directly from source through to destination. The console features 80 mix busses for the numerous communication and production area mixes that have become a standard requirement in program creation.

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