May 17, 2006
Stanford to Stream NCAA 2006 Tennis Championships Live on Web with Digital Rapids StreamZ
Markham, Ontario: Stanford University’s athletics department will be using Digital Rapids StreamZ real-time media encoding servers to provide live streaming video coverage of the NCAA 2006 Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships on the web.
Stanford will host the first-ever combined men’s and women’s NCAA Tennis Championships, from May 18 through May 29. This event also marks the first time live streaming video has been used to present the NCAA tennis tournament. Stanford’s athletics department is using three dual-channel Digital Rapids StreamZ servers to encode live Windows Media 9 streams from up to six of the twelve tournament courts at Stanford’s Taube Tennis Center. The streams include scoring data overlays driven by Daktronics.
More than half of the men’s and women’s singles, doubles, and team matches will be streamed live throughout the tournament, with the exception of the Team Finals to which ESPN 2 holds exclusive coverage rights.
“I’m ecstatic to see how well the systems are working,” said Dick Gould, Director of Tennis for Stanford Athletics and Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame inductee. “The players in the tournament are not only from all over the United States, but from all over the world. By streaming the tournament, those interested in following the players – whether their families, friends, earlier coaches or devoted fans – can watch the matches from wherever they are, in real time. This is great for the sport.”
StreamZ encoding solutions combine powerful hardware for video and audio capture and pre-processing with the intuitive Stream software, delivering real-time, multi-format media encoding, transcoding and streaming. The advanced, hardware-based video processing features – including motion adaptive de-interlacing, scaling, filtering, and 3D motion-adaptive noise reduction – enable optimum quality and the most efficient use of bandwidth in the compressed result.
“We’re excited that Stanford Athletics has chosen StreamZ to stream video of the NCAA Tennis Championships,” said Brick Eksten, President of Digital Rapids Corporation. “Sports such as tennis have global appeal, making them an ideal match for streaming media’s ability to bring live content to a worldwide audience. StreamZ is a key component in enabling Stanford to reach that audience.” Live streaming video of the Championships can be viewed during matches through the Stanford Cardinal Official Athletics Website at www.gostanford.com.
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