Last Updated: December 31, 2007 5:12 pm GMT
(San Antonio, Texas--December 31, 2007) NewTek, Inc., manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products, announced today that its TriCaster™ portable live production suite will be used by the NHL to conduct an historic live Web cast of their pre-game show for the inaugural Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium on Jan 1 at 11am EST/10am CST from Buffalo New York.

The game will feature the Pittsburg Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres in the first outdoor regular season match-up on American soil in the history of the National Hockey League. The game will be played on New Years day in front of a sell-out crowd of over 70,000 fans. The one-hour live pre-game Web cast, featuring NHL TV’s Sam Rosen and Bill Clement and produced using the NewTek TriCaster, will provide up-to-the-minute information on the game, the ice surface and weather conditions, review the build-up of the outdoor rink and interview the players who will make U.S. hockey history.

"Launching a new broadband effort, we're excited to introduce the TriCaster STUDIO™ technology into the infrastructure of our department,” said Andre Mika, VP, Broadband and New Media, NHL. “The box is amazing in its function, and will give the League the ability to broadcast wherever, whenever. The TriCaster STUDIO™ is a game-changer in our effort to deliver timely content to the passionate fans of the NHL."

TriCaster™ enables sports organizations, corporate communications departments, broadcasters, schools and others to provide a whole new level of extended programming and content to their fans, partners and other audiences. Now, a single operator can produce a live show switching between as many as six cameras with two VCR’s, multi-channel effects, and NewTek’s proprietary virtual sets and keying technology using TriCaster™.

“It’s great to be part of National Hockey League history.” said Philip Nelson, NewTek’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Development. “TriCaster™ is powering the internet television revolution, and it is truly exciting to see sports leagues, from the professional to the high school level, using TriCaster™ technology to give their fans unprecedented behind the scenes access to their favorite sports and teams.”

Pricing and Availability
The TriCaster™ family of products in NTSC is available in North America starting at $4,995US. The TriCaster™ family of products is available in dual standard internationally beginning at $6,995US. For more information, please visit or call NewTek Sales at 1-800-368-5441, international callers dial +1-210-370-8000.

About NewTek
With headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NewTek is an Emmy® Award-winning and leading provider of full-featured video editing, live production, presentation, animation and special effects tools including TriCaster™, TriCaster PRO™, TriCaster STUDIO™, VT[54]™, SpeedEDIT™, 3D Arsenal™, and LightWave 3D®.

About the NHL
The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major professional team sports leagues in North America. Today, the NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters. According to a Simmons Market Research study, NHL fans are younger, more educated, more affluent, and access content through digital means more than any other sport. The NHL entertains more than 100 million fans each season in-arena and through its partners in national television (VERSUS, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, RIS, NASN, NHL Network and HDNet) and radio (Westwood One and XM Radio). Through the NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer, Hockey’s All-Star Kids and NHL Diversity, and supports the charitable efforts of all NHL players. For more information on the NHL, log on to NHL is a registered trademark and the NHL Shield, NHL Clubhouse and NHL Mobile are trademarks of the National Hockey League.


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