Philadelphia, PA (July 19, 2004)–Comcast SportsNet, which owns the cable rights and is the production entity for all of the local telecasts for the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) and Philadelphia Phillies (Major League Baseball), recently installed an SSL C100 Digital Broadcast Console to handle the 5.1 surround mixes. The C100 is the audio hub for the two stadium locations, The Wachovia Center basketball/hockey arena and Citizens Bank Park, the all-new major league baseball stadium. The console generates Dolby E surround, stereo and mono mixes for production and distribution.
“A few years ago, Comcast decided to make SportsNet an HD channel that would market product as full HD 5.1 Dolby Digital audio,” said Mike Giacalone, digital audio consulting engineer for Comcast SportsNet. “Since we started using the C100, we can easily create the multiple 5.1 mixes we need for each event. We also have the added benefit of SSL’s superior stereo/mono fold down algorithm that yields a great stereo and mono version of a mix automatically. We believe that the C100 is the only console capable of real time, live 5.1 production for broadcast.”
The entire audio installation is trend setting. The set-up employs a fiber optic cable run of 6,000 feet connecting SSL’s remote stagebox technology in the Citizens Bank Park, and the C100, which resides within the Wachovia Center.
“Having SSL’s stage box located across the street at the ballpark is a new technological venture for us,” said Bob Ayars, vice president of Technical Operations for Comcast SportsNet. “It really has worked out great that the operation is seamless to the audio engineer. The baseball stadium connection operates just like it was installed next door, even though its 6,000 feet away. The performance is great and rock solid.”
Solid State Logic Ltd.