Versus, the national cable television home of the National Hockey League and the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as best-in-class events like the Tour de France and the America’s Cup, has acquired a Solid State Logic C100 HD Digital Broadcast Console for its new, 18,000-square-foot facility in Stamford, Conn.
The C100 HD will be used in live sports programming. The new facility is adjacent to the previous studio location and constructed to accommodate the company’s explosive growth. Versus, a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast Corporation, has constructed a 25,000-square-foot space. The complex will meet the increased demand of the network’s expanding sports entertainment offerings, which now includes college football action from the Pac-10 and Big 12, Mixed Martial Arts, this year’s Rugby World Cup, and the track and field world championships from Japan.
“The feedback on the console was tremendous,” explains Versus Director of Engineering Paul Koopmann. “It seemed that every operator we spoke with—Golf Channel and SportsNet in Philadelphia, along with many other installations that we met with in New York—were absolutely head over heels about the C100 HD’s power and capabilities. That spoke volumes; it really comes down to the people who are using it in a similar application as we have. That really convinced us.
“The power of the core really stands out from any other console out there. It’s durable, bullet-proof and very powerful,” Koopmann continues. “The control surface was also extremely intuitive—it is very, very easy to understand. That was something we needed, because we have a wide range of people that could be using it. We didn’t want to be tied down with a system that we would have to train each individual to understand.”
Over the past year, the network expanded its distribution from 55 million homes to 72 million. “The power of the C100HD, its flexibility, ease of use and enormous ability to expand and add new features are critical for Versus to sustain its phenomenal growth,” Koopmann concludes.