(San Antonio, Texas--December 23, 2008) NewTek Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, today announced that SportsLink, a leading sports-marketing and management company, selected TriCaster™ portable live production system to produce and stream extended live coverage of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Week.|
Events will occur from Wednesday, December 31 through Sunday, January 4, 2009 on www.footballuniversity.org.
On Sunday, January 4, students from the San Antonio School of Excellence will produce and live stream the first Football University Youth All-American Bowl, which features three All-Star games pitting the nation’s top seventh and eighth-grade players against one another. One of the first players selected for this inaugural game is Ray Lewis III, son of current Balitmore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis. These match-ups, along with pre-game and post-game commentary, will be produced and live streamed by students, using a NewTek TriCaster, to a worldwide audience at FBU TV: www.footballuniversity.org.
"The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Week is exciting to watch for not only families and friends of the young stars who get to compete, but to all football fans who want a glimpse of the future’s college and NFL stars," said Rich McGuinness, president of SportsLink. "Thanks to NewTek TriCaster, we can expand the NBC game coverage of the All-American Bowl to include other significant competitions and games during this week long San Antonio classic."
"NewTek TriCaster makes it possible to produce and live stream the whole week’s worth of events for a fraction of the cost and effort of deploying a TV truck to cover one event," said Philip Nelson, the senior vice president of strategic development, NewTek Inc. "TriCaster is easy enough to use that high school students are able to deliver the events without losing the network-style quality that sponsors and audiences have come to expect."
Viewers can watch the action live on FBU TV: www.footballuniversity.org, including:
- U.S. Army All-American Bowl Skills Challenge – Wednesday, December 31 at 8:00 a.m. CST
- U.S. Army National Combine – Friday, January 2, 2009 at 7:00 a.m CST
- U.S. Army Pre-Game Pageantry – Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. CST
- U.S. Army All-American Marching Band – Saturday, January 3, 2009 at half-time
- U.S. Army American Bowl & Post Game Show – Saturday, January 3, 2009 immediately after the game
- Youth All-American Games produced and live streamed by students – Sunday, January 4, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST
With TriCaster, anyone can produce network-style live video and distribute the event simultaneously to web, video and projector. A single operator or small team can produce a live show while switching between as many as six cameras with two VCR’s, multi-channel effects and NewTek’s proprietary LiveSet™ virtual sets. In addition to being used by SportsLink to stream the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Youth All-American Bowl coverage, TriCaster has been used by broadcasters, sports organizations, corporate communications departments, government agencies, schools and others to provide a new level of extended programming and content to their audiences.
Pricing and Availability
The TriCaster family of products in NTSC is available in North America starting at US$3,995. The TriCaster family of products is available in multi-standard internationally beginning at US$6,995. Educational pricing is also available. For more information, please visit www.NewTek.com or call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441, international callers dial +1-210-370-8000.
About NewTek Inc.
Benefiting producers and artists with its cost-effective and ground-breaking technologies, NewTek Inc. is a leader in portable live production, video editing, 3D animation and special effects tools, including the TriCaster™ product line and LightWave 3D®. NewTek has won numerous industry accolades, including two Emmy® Awards. Clients include: Fox News, BBC, NHL, NBA Development League, MTV, VH1, the Steve Harvey Radio Show, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NewTek products have been used in blockbuster films and television shows, including “The Dark Knight,” “Iron Man,” “300,” “Hancock,” “Tropic Thunder,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Lost,” “Fringe” and more. NewTek is privately owned and based in San Antonio, Texas. For more information, please visit: www.newtek.com.
SportsLink, which started in 2000, is a sports-marketing and management company that produces and oversees many sporting events and properties, including the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Football University. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the nation’s premier high school football game, featuring the best 90 players in a classic East vs. West match-up. Reggie Bush, Adrian Peterson and Tim Tebow all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. Football University is an invitation-only camp for elite-level youth and prep players focusing on teaching technical and skill in a small-group setting under the professional tutelage of former NFL players and coaches.