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The HD Group gives the Buffalo Bills coaching staff HD

The HD Group, a systems integrator based in Buffalo, NY, recently completed a design/build project for Henry Kunttu, video director of the Buffalo Bills coaching department at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY. System design and equipment integration was provided by The HD Group, which helped upgrade nine coaching rooms with seven Sony HD projectors (two 6000 lumens and five 4000 lumens); two 65in Panasonic HD plasma displays; Da-Lite 200in and 100in projection screens; TV One C2-1250 HDTV switcher/scalers; and an AMX control system for the facility.

The design allows the existing PC-based video coaching systems to take advantage of the new HD technology as well.

The HD Group specializes in custom design/build systems for stadiums, arenas and broadcast applications. It provides services to professional, minor league and college sports teams across the United States and Canada.

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ESPN offers multimedia coverage of the college football season

ESPN will offer college football fans comprehensive coverage of the college football season with programming across multiple TV networks worldwide, as well as the Internet, cell phones, broadband and pay-per-view services.

For the second year, every ESPN and ESPN2 national telecast, as well as every “Saturday Night Football” game on ABC, will be available in HD on ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD and ABC HD, respectively.

Highlights include more than 450 regular-season, bowl games and NCAA football championship contests across ESPN on ABC; ESPN; ESPN2; ESPNU;; ESPN Classic; ESPN Mobile TV; ESPN Regional Television; and ESPN GamePlan, ESPN’s out-of-market pay-per-view service.

ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to televise more than 180 regular and postseason games, highlighted by a Saturday night game on each network. In addition, ESPN will televise weekly Thursday and Friday night games, and ESPN or ESPN2 will feature games on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays., the company's live-event broadband service, will deliver more than 250 live college football games online this season, including exclusive games and simulcasts of ESPN, ESPN2 and regional telecasts. In addition to an extensive game schedule, will provide live coverage of pre- and postgame and coaches’ press conferences throughout the week.

EVS partners with XLeague.TV gaming channel

EVS has announced a partnership with XLeague.TV, a video gaming channel in the UK that’s using EVS technology to support a next-generation gaming environment.

In conjunction with the XLeague.TV Web site, gamers can participate and watch major sporting events like football and motor sports, but in the virtual world of video games.

XLeague.TV, which launched in May on the Sky satellite channel 279, is a series of online video-gaming competitions with an entire channel of programming dedicated to eSports. Running on a six-channel EVS XT[2] server, a variety of live and near-live feeds are made instantly accessible to the EVS Multicam LSM application to enable ultra-fast editing and output of slow-motion action and highlights sequences.

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