New partnership helps bring ACC sports to fans via the Internet

Fans of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) sports, which do not generally garner TV coverage, can now see some of their favorites in action live on the Internet, thanks to a partnership of the ACC, Lincoln Financial Sports, Raycom Sports and Turner Broadcasting. Live Webcasts of selected events are being presented on the ACC Select network Web site for a monthly fee or a fee-per-event basis.

Turner Broadcasting is providing the video streaming platform that delivers the sporting events. Turner is also offering training for college staff members and students to operate the systems. The first eight kits, designed by Turner Broadcasting and built, integrated and supported by Norcross, GA, -based Broadcast Equipment Consultants, have already been delivered. Seven additional systems will be delivered in October 2006.

Essentially a small, complete TV production unit, the entire system is contained in three rolling cases. The cases include everything universities need to produce high-quality events for live streaming or uploading for on-demand viewing — including multiple cameras, video and audio switchers and proprietary control software.

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