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ABC broadcasts 2007 MLS Cup live in HD

ABC broadcast the Adidas MLS Cup 2007 live in the 720p HD on Sunday, Nov. 18, from RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The game featured the Houston Dynamo and the New England Revolution in a rematch of the 2006 MLS Cup won by Houston. The broadcast ended the network’s 12th season of coverage of MLS.

The HD telecast employed 21 cameras, including Skycam, super slo-mo cameras and robotic goal cams; an on-site studio set; and a variety of production enhancements introduced this year, such as the Kick Trax, a virtual replay device that graphically displays the trajectory and placement of free, direct and indirect kicks; and the Offside Line, which displays a virtual line affixed to the last defender.

Northern Minnesota stations go Wild for local hockey fans

Thanks to a new agreement, the Minnesota Wild hockey team will be seen on the local CBS (KDLH-TV) and My9 (KBJR-DT 2) affiliates, representing the first time professional hockey will be broadcast over-the-air in northeast Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin and the Iron Range.

Beginning with the Wild traveling to Vancouver on Nov. 16, the stations will air a total of 10 games — five on CBS 3 and five on My9, the My Network TV affiliate. These 10 games will be exclusive to the broadcasters.

My9 recently began airing University of Wisconsin-Superior hockey games.

KDLH-TV is seen over the air on channel 3, digital channel 3.1 and local cable channel 4. KBJR-DT 2 can be seen over the air on digital channel 6.2 and on local cable channel 9.

MRC HD camera systems deliver at Worlds Series

Fox Sports used HD wireless camera systems from MRC’s Link division to cover the MLB’s American League Championship Series, as well as the Boston Red Sox World Series sweep of the Colorado Rockies.

The Link HD Wireless Diversity system sent HD from the cameras to the on-site production facilities, without the need for down/upconversion and without any latency issues. FOX production crews were able to inter-cut camera shots seamlessly with no video or audio delay problems.

Rental house CP Communications supplied the Link HD wireless camera systems, which were used with Thomson Grass Valley LDK6000 camera heads and OCP400 camera controls panels.

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