HILLSIDE, N.J., June 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Glowpoint, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: GLOW), a provider of managed services for telepresence and video conferencing, has been chosen by a leading sports network, in a three-year agreement, to provide two-way video conferencing services to enable live, interactive broadcasts of team picks for the NBA basketball draft. For the first time, beginning this year, the network's draft coverage will feature interviews in High-Definition via Glowpoint's turnkey broadcast event services. Draft coverage begins at 7 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 24, 2010. Depending on how many interviews are ultimately broadcast via Glowpoint's solutions, including its exchange and managed services, the sports network is projected to save as much as $100,000 as compared to reserving and utilizing satellite trucks and technologies.
The solution will enable NBA team officials, players, leading sports analysts and broadcasters to participate in real-time, 720p HD video interviews without the cost and technical challenges associated with traditional satellite signals. The two-way, live video feeds will be carried via Glowpoint's Telepresence interExchange Network (TEN) from 12 team locations throughout the country. Coverage will include a split-screen format, demonstrating Glowpoint's ability to provide high-quality connectivity in a live, televised application of video conferencing technology.
"One of the major benefits we're providing is an always-available, reliable video experience that's 'live,' which means coaches, players and broadcasters are talking to each other, face-to-face, in real time," said Mark Jeffers, Glowpoint's director of business development for media and entertainment. "Glowpoint allows draft participants to communicate seamlessly without the usual worries of scheduling or fighting for bandwidth, satellite windows or other video-delivery resources."
During the live program Glowpoint's services will be recognized periodically with on-screen credits.
Glowpoint's turnkey on-demand, HD broadcast event services include:
- HD-video endpoint technology and system integration
- Event set-up and management
- "Video optimized" IP-network connectivity with real-time quality of service
- On-site, live broadcast event support
Glowpoint President and co-CEO Joe Laezza added, "Glowpoint is proud to continue our tradition of covering drafts for the major professional sports leagues. With our turnkey event-services capabilities, media and entertainment clients are reducing costs and improving access to vital content for high-profile, live events."
Highlights of Glowpoint's Broadcast Solutions
Glowpoint provides IP-based broadcast solutions for leading media and entertainment outlets. Glowpoint's exclusive exchange reduces transport costs by up to 80 percent as compared to traditional satellite feeds. In addition, Glowpoint provides real-time communications, almost always delivered two-up, for live broadcasts.
Currently deployed full turnkey solutions include:
- Self-contained, integrated portable units consisting of SD- and HD-video hardware with broadcast-ready input/output interfaces for external video – and audio –channels
- Video-purposed, IP-network management
- 365x7 VNOC support for broadcast operations, including:
- Engineering support
- Program / project management
- On-demand production support
- Field-service support
- Remote cam parts depot along with warehousing, bench testing and quality assurance for cam technology and component fulfillment
- Proactive monitoring and IPSLA management
- Detailed usage and performance reporting
In addition to the professional football and basketball drafts, Glowpoint provides broadcast services to a variety of clients, including Comcast's Mountain West Sports Network and other leading television networks.
Glowpoint, Inc. (OTCBB: GLOW) provides carrier-grade, managed telepresence and video communications services that are accessible via its cloud-based, hosted infrastructure and open architecture applications. Glowpoint's suite of robust telepresence and video conferencing solutions empowers enterprises to communicate with each other over disparate networks and technology platforms. Glowpoint supports thousands of video communications systems in more than 35 countries with its 24/7 video management services. Glowpoint also powers major broadcasters, Fortune 500 companies, as well as global carriers and video equipment manufacturers – and their customers – worldwide. To learn more, visit http://www.glowpoint.com.