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University of Texas streams sports content with ViewCast

University of Texas fans can now watch and replay their favorite Longhorns sporting events via the Internet, thanks to streaming technology provided by ViewCast.

The university has implemented ViewCast Niagara encoding systems and Niagara GoStream portable streaming encoders to capture and stream live video from any location with Internet access as well as enable archived video for later video-on-demand (VOD) viewing.

The program has expanded its coverage to 20 different intercollegiate teams, including football, baseball, soccer, women's volleyball and more.

To catch a Longhorns sporting event or watch replays via the Internet, viewers can visit the university's online athletics media center at

Genesis Networks delivers Australian Open via transoceanic link

For the second consecutive year, live broadcasts of the recent Australian Open tennis tournament were transmitted to U.S. viewers via transoceanic fiber link provided by Genesis Networks. The Australian Open represents one of the first examples of a major international sporting event that has chosen a fiber infrastructure over satellite communications for global transmission of broadcasts.

Genesis provided 24/7 transmission for up to 14 different circuits linking the venue to and from the sports networks' production compounds in the United States.

In addition to prime-time coverage, Genesis coordinated and supplied fiber links for sports newsgathering feeds, such as interviews with players and special features, as well as data circuits to support the networks' voice and data communications needs between the venue and the United States. The entire network infrastructure was diversely routed and protected for reliability and redundancy.

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NCAA basketball tournament to spur 1 million HDTV set sales

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) released the findings of a January survey showing that the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament will be responsible for the sale of nearly 1 million HDTVs.

The finding is part of a broader association study, “CEA’s Third Annual Sports and Technology” survey report. In all, the study found that the tournament will help inspire the purchase of 934,000 HDTVs, accounting for a little more than $1 billion in retail sales, according to the association.

The study also found growth in the popularity of downloading and watching sports via the Internet. According to the CEA, 38 percent of sports fans will do so throughout the next two years, an increase of 10 percent from 2007.

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