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ESPN broadcasts 2000th remote HD telecast

ESPN’s 2000th remote telecast in HD was broadcast on Sunday, Aug. 5, when the New York Mets played the Chicago Cubs for the network’s “Sunday Night Baseball” program. The “Sunday Night Baseball” show was the first event ESPN produced in HD on March 30, 2003.

The telecast presented clips of ESPN’s first game in HD, as well as memorable show moments from the first four years of ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD.

Since its first HD telecast, ESPN has consistently provided nationally televised live sporting events in the 16:9 format. Initially geared to deliver 100 live events per year, ESPN quickly accommodated fans for more HD programming by launching ESPN2 HD in January of 2005, and currently produces more than 800 HD remote telecasts per year. In 2007, ESPN will provide more than 9000 hours of HD programming.

Orad wins $1 million in sports production contracts

Graphics systems provider Orad Hi-Tec Systems has reported that its combined sales of sport solutions to North American broadcasters, including CBC, FOX Sports, CONCACAF and RDS, have topped $1 million in recent months.

Orad has recently provided these broadcasters with advanced HD and SD sport enhancement solutions, including its TrackVision system; 3DReplay, which converts key soccer events from video to a 3-D model that can be viewed from any angle; and CyberSport, for live insertion of tied-to-the-field 3-D graphics, animations and videos on the playing field.

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World Championship Sports Network to supply on-demand coverage of equestrian events

The World Championship Sports Network (WCSN) has announced an agreement with the International Equestrian Federation to provide exclusive live and on-demand coverage of Samsung Super League events and competitions from around the world. Equestrian fans in the United States will be able to watch each event from the five-month long season via WCSN's expansive network, including the newly launched equestrian channel at its Web site, WCSN’s 24/7 TV channel and its syndicated TV series.

PA Sport brings soccer fans Match Centre

PA Sport has launched its Match Centre game-day service for soccer fans in the UK and Europe. Match Centre is a new soccer service that provides real-time content to Internet surfers. The hosted and managed service is delivered in a client’s brand, with advertising space. This makes it ideal for a wide range of Web sites including ISPs, sport and betting services, broadcasters and soccer club official sites.

Match Centre displays updates of all the major match plays from the first kick to the last. The product combines PA Sport’s data feed with essential match information and ShootLive photography, all delivered and updated during matches.

Match Centre content includes: enhanced text commentary; live in-game stats; near-live in-game photography from ShootLive; a live updating league table; goal and action sound alerts; a live ticker of other divisional scores; editorial and statistical match previews and reviews; team lists with information and headshots; and team stats including head-to-heads, top scorers, etc.

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