Sabres and Bills Coverage Created Using TVU Networks’ Live Video Streaming Technology
The Buffalo, N.Y. sports world has undergone big changes behind-the-scenes, with both the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres teams now owned by the same parent company – Pegula Sports and Entertainment (PSE). The Bills and Sabres now have their own production team of videographers and producers for live coverage of both home and away games – forming One Buffalo. With a slogan of One Team; One Goal; One Community; One Family; One Buffalo, the new ownership strives to develop a deeper connection between Buffalo sports teams, fans and the community.
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The Buffalo-area football and hockey producer just launched a new relationship with New York’s MSG Networks to create MSG WNY (Western New York). PSE also produces website content for Sabres and Bills coverage. Some of the technology once used for only Buffalo NFL content was brought forward for use at PSE – including TVU Networks’ video transmission technology. The Bills’ TVU One cellular 4G/LTE portable IP video mobile transmitter and TVU receiver have been part of the production package for Buffalo Bills’ programming for the past few seasons. TVU One is used by sports organizations to expand and enhance team coverage for fans using live video content.
The football team was also the first to invest in a fully-integrated live transmission solution of DJI’s Inspire 1 drone with a TVU One transmitter, which they purchased last year. Both the TVU One transmitter and Inspire 1 drone are easily portable and can be deployed quickly. The Buffalo Sabres recently purchased a second TVU One for use during this hockey season, so both Sabres and Bills Coverage is benefiting from the TVU treatment.
“Our TVU Networks equipment has performed very well for the Bills, so we decided to purchase a second TVU One to go on the road with our Sabres production team,” said Stephen Asposto, Sr. Director of Broadcast Operations, PSE/Bills. “The production crew can quickly and easily shoot video with its one-button operation, then send footage, stand ups and highlights from away games back to our studio facilities, and we incorporate the content into our final productions.”
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One Buffalo’s studio facilities are at New Era Field, the Bills’ newly named home stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., with connectivity to the Sabres Key Bank Center hockey arena in downtown Buffalo. All programming originates at the New Era Field One Buffalo Studio. The TVU One mobile transmitter sends live video of highlight footage and pre- and post-game coverage, including press conferences, from the field back to the studio in Orchard Park.
The physical studio space “green screen” area is 28 x 32 ft. plus a control room area (It’s actually the old Bills merchandise store, repurposed for the video production team back in 2014) located in the AdPro Bills Sports Training Center .
The facility uses VR/AR studio equipment from Ross Video in its production studio, outfitted with three Ikegami HDL-45 cameras with prompters, graphics, servers, etc. The studio ties into the main production control room in the stadium where all of that equipment can be remotely operated as needed. With TVU remote, a variety of Panasonic P2 cameras are used in the field, as well.
There is currently a full-time staff of four for the daily simulcast shows and they can produce the post-game shows as well, using existing scoreboard operators remotely, from the stadium. Production staff includes a TD, Graphics Operator, Producer and Audio Operator, which equates to a small staff outputting a lot of content.
The John Murphy Show launched in the beginning of October to cover the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.
As part of its new venture with MSG Networks, PSE has taken on new daily radio/TV simulcast broadcast responsibilities for MSG WNY, including producing the Buffalo Sabres hockey show The Instigators and the Buffalo Bills football show The John Murphy Show – which launched in the beginning of October to add to the regional MSG programming. The One Buffalo studio Bills production team also produces a weekly NFL pre-game show Bills All Access and a post-game show called Bills Tonight.
Asposto explains, “Our team has a lot of content to produce, and our TVU Networks gear has made our jobs easier and much more efficient. In addition, the picture quality of the video has been outstanding. We’re happy to put our TVU One equipment to good use throughout both the NFL and NHL seasons for away game coverage and remote segments to give our audiences the best in-depth coverage possible.”