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Sunshine Network, Miami HEAT enter new multi-year telecast agreement

The Miami HEAT and the Sunshine Network, a Fox-owned regional sports network, have announced a new long-term agreement providing Sunshine exclusive regional television rights to the NBA franchise. This agreement extends the existing relationship the two began more than a decade ago.

The new agreement, effective at the start of the 2004-2005 NBA season, provides Sunshine Network with telecast rights in all languages to a minimum of 70 Miami HEAT regular season games (up from 46 this season), and all available HEAT playoff games.

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Panasonic's AJ-SDX900

Nalevansky selects AJ-SDX900 as primary camera for fourth season of Beyond the Glory

Cinematographer Josef Nalevansky recently purchased Panasonic’s AJ-SDX900 DVCPRO Cinema camcorder and is using it as the primary camera for "Beyond the Glory", Fox Sports Network’s critically-acclaimed contemporary documentary series.

The fourth season for "Beyond the Glory", FSN’s highest-rated weekly show, debuted March 14 and will feature original programs throughout 2004. The AJ-SDX900 is being used to capture unique footage of athletes in their off-the-playing-field milieus. The show also features archived video, on-camera interviews and player histories.

"Beyond the Glory" is a production of Red Skies Entertainment in Los Angeles where Nalevansky is creative director.

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World Wrestling Entertainment to launch WWE 24/7 video on-demand service

World Wrestling Entertainment has launched WWE 24/7, a subscription video-on-demand service. Drawing on content from pay-per-view events, syndicated broadcast and cable shows, home videos and original productions, the service will be marketed by WWE Enterprises, a new in-house business development unit. WWE Enterprises will work with MSOs, satellite providers and affiliates to package and cross-promote the new venture.

WWE 24/7 is part of a plan use the company's 75,000 hours of existing programming to create new business opportunities.

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Turkish stadium installs router as part of production facility for new 24/7 channel

Turkish soccer club Fenerbahce has installed a Quartz router system at the Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Stadium to assist in production of its new 24/7 TV Channel, FBTV (Fenerbahce Television).

The stadium is becoming one of Europe's elite soccer arenas, recently upgrading its facilities with the addition of a high-tech TV facility. The club installed a Quartz SDI router and corresponding stereo audio router with various control panels through Quartz Turkish distributor Basari Elektronik.

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Time Warner to distribute College Sports Television programming

College Sports Television, an independent cable network specializing in 24-hour college sports coverage, and Time Warner Cable have reached a nationwide carriage agreement. Time Warner will make CSTV available to its systems for carriage. CSTV will also provide Time Warner with content for video on demand use.

Since its launch a year ago, CSTV has televised 3500 hours of original programming, including men’s and women’s NCAA and NAIA college sports.

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