Telecast Fiber Systems Transport Solutions Drive New Sports A/V Production Facilities for Southern Illinois University

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CopperHead™ and Python II™ Deliver High-Quality Video Feeds Over Extensive Fiber Network to Power Video Boards in New Football Stadium and Renovated Basketball Arena

Southern Illinois University - Control Room Rack with Telecast Fiber Optic Systems CopperHead

Southern Illinois University - Control Room Rack

Southern Illinois University is a great example of the growing importance of fiber in the college sports market as universities move toward more centralized production.

The Southern Illinois University (SIU) Athletics Department has installed a suite of advanced fiber optic transport solutions from Telecast Fiber Systems as part of an extensive upgrade of the department’s A/V master control and production facilities. The Telecast Fiber Systems equipment powers a state-of-the-art fiber optic network that supplies video feeds to big screens in the university’s new Saluki Stadium, which has just wrapped up its first football season, as well as the newly renovated SIU Arena for basketball.

“The Telecast Fiber Systems equipment has worked flawlessly from day one, and the quality of the video sent up from the CopperHead™ systems is fantastic. Our fans are raving about the clarity of the video on the boards,” said Chris Hagstrom, director of video services for the Southern Illinois University Athletics Department. “Plus, the ability to manage all of our video and audio camera signals within a single box makes our lives so much easier during game production.”

Systems integrator and Telecast Fiber Systems dealer Media Support Group provided installation and technical project management for SIU’s A/V upgrade, which includes a new state-of-the-art control room housed in the SIU Arena. Telecast Fiber Systems CopperHead camera-mounted transceivers exchange camera signals between both the SIU Arena and Saluki Stadium and the control room, providing SDI feeds as well as intercom and CCU signals that give engineers complete, remote control over the cameras.

In the control room, a two-channel Telecast Fiber Systems Python II bi-directional transmit/receive system provides feeds to video boards in both venues, including a 20x40 scoreboard with video replay capabilities, LED ring, and LED scores tables. The Python supplies raw camera feeds to the school’s sports webcasts on the school’s Southern Illinois Salukis website, and also exchanges feeds with broadcasters’ production trucks that are on site to provide televised coverage of the games.

“Southern Illinois University is a great example of the growing importance of fiber in the college sports market as universities move toward more centralized production. This requires technologies that can seamlessly transport high-quality signals over long distances to power large screens in multiple venues,” said Britt Morin, technical support manager, Media Support Group. “The Telecast Fiber Systems gear came highly recommended from one of our consultants, and it was the ideal solution for this project considering the distances involved — up to 2,000 feet from the control room to the truck bay. We won’t hesitate to spec Telecast Fiber Systems equipment for future jobs.”    

About Southern Illinois University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC, often referred to as just SIU) is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University system. SIUC includes the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale. SIUC is home to more than 20,000 students who enroll in 186 academic programs. For more information, visit http://www.siuc.edu.

About Media Support Group
Media Support Group is a recognized leader in video systems design and installation, specializing in creative, innovative, and affordable uses of video since 1994. The Media Support Group team of video control room specialists has a strong background in video technology, basing their work on in-depth, up-to-date market knowledge and hands-on experience in television and sports operations. Media Support Group is currently active in school and sports markets, with a customer base of more than 250 clients. For more information, visit http://www.mediasupportgroup.net.

About Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc.
Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc. is the company known for its portable and fixed fiber optic systems for television broadcast production. Telecast Fiber Systems' video, audio, and communications systems are used worldwide by TV networks, teleproduction companies, sports venues, and various private, educational, government, and military organizations to extend range, simplify cabling, and reduce labor costs and set-up time. Telecast Fiber Systems systems have helped usher in the age of HD television production, and the company now is active in the development of 3D HDTV production. Telecast Fiber Systems is a subsidiary of Belden (NYSE: BDC), a leader in comprehensive signal transmission solutions for fiber, cable, wireless signal, and industrial networking applications.

More information about Telecast Fiber Systems can be found at http://www.telecast-fiber.com.

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