Earlier this month, the NFL Network kicked off its use of an IP-based broadcasting system to enable all 32 teams to participate in “Team Cam” interviews with coaches and players on the network’s signature “NFL Total Access” show.
The network is using a combination of GlowPoint and Sony technology for “Team Cam” sequences presented during this summer's NFL training camps and will continue using the system throughout the regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl.
During the "Team Cam" segments, “NFL Total Access” host Rich Eisen will conduct live interviews with players from different NFL teams and locations to discuss the latest news taking place in the league. During the regular season, the NFL Network will use the IP-based solution to broadcast Monday's head coach press conferences from around the country. The NFL Network currently reaches more than 27 million homes across the United States and the world.
The ability to receive live footage from any NFL team facility at a moment's notice is one of the keys to the NFL Network's success, said Peter Brickman, senior director of broadcasting operations and technology at the NFL.
Through the use of Sony's videoconferencing and broadcast equipment and GlowPoint's IP-based network services and applications, NFL Network can deliver high-quality video communications throughout the NFL season.
Sony Electronics and GlowPoint originally announced the development of the first complete standards-based IP video communications solution for television broadcasters in April. The bundled offering combines Sony's IPELA line of audio-visual communication systems with GlowPoint's IP-based video applications and network services.