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HP Pavilion at San Jose Goes HD With TV Magic

tv-magic-hp-pavilion.jpgSAN DIEGO — May 5, 2008 — Broadcast systems integrator TV Magic today announced the completion of a state-of-the-art high definition live sports control room at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, home to the NHL’s San Jose Sharks and a variety of sports and entertainment events throughout the year. This effort was undertaken as part of a capital improvement project overseen by performing arts/media facilities planning and design consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander. The TV Magic installation encompassed the relocation of the arena’s existing A/V control room, scoring video system, and coaches’ video review equipment. The newly upgraded facility is designed to support live broadcast, production, and post-production in state-of-the-art high definition quality. It also includes the first ever high definition in-house multichannel cable system for targeted advertising throughout the HP Pavilion.

“During our evaluation of suitable partners for this critical upgrade, TV Magic’s engineering experience and cost-effective approach to high-dollar projects positioned the company ahead of the competition,” said Greg Carrolan, technical director of the HP Pavilion at San Jose. “TV Magic demonstrated a strong track record in engineering advanced HD solutions and in working closely with both vendors and clients to find the best solution for a facility. Working within our new HD control room, we’ve realized greater productivity and a smoother workflow, and the improvement in the quality of images we now provide to our fans is immeasurable.”

The new control room has been operational since the start of the Sharks’ 2007/2008 regular season, providing a contribution-grade HD feed to the arena’s large-screen video displays and monolithic, four-sided center hung HD video scoreboard. These improved signals are also made available to external cable networks and over-the-air broadcasters. Acquisition equipment includes Grass Valley™ HD sports production cameras with Fujinon® lenses and Sony™ robotic point-of-view cameras. The arena’s new TV production truck interface supports all North American HD, SD, and analog video and audio formats.

In the control room, a virtual monitor wall combining TVLogic® displays with Evertz® MVP processing offers flexible viewing of sources depending on the requirements of each user and event. Production equipment includes a Grass Valley HD production switcher, a two-seat multichannel EVS™ instant replay system, a two-channel Chyron HD graphics system, and Final Cut Pro® HD editing. Three channels of high definition commercial insertion provide uniquely branded HD program channels to areas within the building to showcase HD television sets manufactured by arena sponsor HP.

“The TV Magic management and engineering team brought a strong television operations viewpoint to their process,” said Kenneth Fause, principal at Auerbach Pollock Friedlander. “TV Magic’s defined approach to detailed equipment selection, system engineering, and inevitable value engineering process strove to extract the maximum visible production value from the available funding. The HP Pavilion staff uses the new HDTV tools to produce an entertaining and informative media experience for the fans. The HD pictures on the large-screen video display and on the television sets throughout the building look stunning.”

“It was a true pleasure to work with the entire arena technical staff and the knowledgeable team from Auerbach Pollock Friedlander who fully partnered to make this HD upgrade a success,” said Frank Geraty, general manager and vice president of TV Magic. “Through this installation, the quality of HP Pavilion event video has increased dramatically, adding not only to the fan experience, but also to the arena’s ability to create and support HD television broadcasts.”

More information about TV Magic and its services is available at www.TVMagic.tv.

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About the HP Pavilion at San Jose
The HP Pavilion Arena opened in September 1993, giving headline entertainment and major league sports a home in San Jose, Calif., the heart of Silicon Valley. In addition to the more than 40 Sharks NHL regular-season home games, the 20,000-seat HP Pavilion at San Jose hosts 120 to 180 events every year — featuring Olympic athletes, Grammy® Award-winners, and a variety of family and children’s favorites. More information about the arena is available at www.hppsj.com.

About Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Performing Arts/Media Facilities Planning and Design, and Auerbach Glasow French, Architectural Lighting Design and Consulting, is one of the leading theatre, media facilities, and lighting consulting firms in practice today. Founded by S. Leonard Auerbach in 1972, the firm has developed from a small, regional entity to a national firm with an extensive portfolio of award-winning projects at home and abroad. With a demonstrated background in programming, planning, and architectural design disciplines, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Performing Arts/Media Facilities Planning and Design, has completed projects for opera houses, professional repertory theatres, concert halls, performing arts training facilities, museums, planetariums, popular entertainment venues in theme parks, casinos, cruise ships, and night clubs. More information is available at www.auerbachconsultants.com.

About TV Magic
TV Magic is a broadcast and A/V systems integrator and engineering company committed to providing its customers with the highest-quality service in the industry. Regardless of the size, scope, or sophistication of the project, TV Magic has the experience, the knowledge, and the talent to define and meet its technical requirements. The company leverages today’s technology to deliver end-to-end solutions for a variety of applications from broadcast facilities to HD production, to installed A/V solutions, and many more. TV Magic prides itself in developing partnerships with customers and vendors that lead to successful long-term relationships. The company has offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, and the New York City metro area. Additional information is available at www.TVMagic.tv.

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