NE&O launches FOX Sports 1 with Quantel

Los Angeles-based national sports broadcaster expands its Enterprise sQ system for new national channel

FOX NE&O has expanded its Quantel Enterprise sQ HD production system to support the new FOX Sports 1 network, due to launch on 17th August. FOX Sports 1 will broadcast a daily sports news program and will air coverage of multiple sports including college football and basketball, NASCAR and UFC, with Major League Baseball to become part of the schedule in 2014.

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FOX NE&O provides technology and services to USA national sports broadcaster FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG). The expansion increases the number of ingest ports and adds more editing capabilities to support the new channel.

FOX's Quantel system, based at its headquarters in Los Angeles, is built around ten sQ servers, split into two production zones, providing more than 1700 hours of HD media storage. The system supports around 80 simultaneous users working on 24 sQ View applications, eight sQ Cut, 12 sQ Edit and four Qube craft editors. There are also 14 Media Viewer applications supporting Dixon Sports Hilite Loggers. The system also supports multiple sQ Play applications for playout and Livetouch applications used for instant playback of live sports action.

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Executive Vice President at FOX NE&O, Todd Daly, said, "It was an easy decision to expand our existing Enterprise sQ system. It provides both power and speed with a very quick turnaround time from ingest to air. The system is intuitive which has eased training as we ramp up for the new channel."

Quantel Sales Director, Martin Mulligan said, "We are delighted that FOX NE&O has chosen to expand its Enterprise sQ system for this exciting new development It is very rewarding when our long-term customers continue to recognise the value of our solution."

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Quantel is a world-leading developer of innovative, high performance content creation and delivery systems across post, broadcast and Stereo3D. We are driven by a passion to create the most open and efficient tools for the digital age. Quantel's product range unites the very best IT technology with brilliant software. Products include: Pablo Rio software color correction and finishing systems; Enterprise sQ fast-turnaround production systems; Mission media asset management; QTube global media workflow products; and a full range of professional services. All Quantel systems deliver the creative, productive and profitable workflows that give post houses and broadcasters the edge they need to thrive and grow in today's highly competitive global media market.

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