ESPN has named National TeleConsultants (NTC) the project manager for its Bristol, CT digital conversion project, which will convert the network's infrastructure to a fully digital, server-based system. NTC is in charge of developing the system's architecture, evaluation of technologies and vendors, and development and implementation of both a pilot system and a fully functional operational system. The new system will allow realtime recording of programming, simultaneous editing at hundreds of workstations, browsing of complete programs or selected highlights, play-to-air of multiple program streams, and archiving of material for potential reuse. The asset management system will be scalable to accommodate up to one million hours of material in the fully deployed solution.
ESPN/BBC Tech Project Underway
With the help of BBC Technology, ESPN is well on the way to transforming its tape-based operations to a nonlinear editing and acquisition environment. The sports network is planning to begin physical construction of a pilot implementation of this type of workflow, for which it is employing BBC Technology's Colledia for Sports and Colledia Control asset management solutions, at its Bristol, CT, facility this month. According to BBC Technology's Kevin Ivey, the BBC Technology/ESPN project comprises two phases: the pilot implementation mentioned above, and the full-blown implementation at ESPN's new all-digital facility (estimated to be ready to launch in mid-2004).