MLB Network Advanced Media in New York needed a multi-user solution to moderate social media for The Dugout, MLB’s weekly 3-hour program live streaming exclusively on Twitter every Wednesday during the regular season.
An instance of Chameleon Cloud was setup for multiple users at MLB.
Search topics and groups were defined for ‘Trending Now’ and Twitter accounts for MLB Teams and Players.
Users moderated and approved Twitter content into approved Twitter playlists for talent during the show.
CG graphic operator with XPression and XPression Datalinq accessed moderated Twitter playlists using Chameleon BLADE (Bannister Lake Active Data Exchange) for presentation of Social Media on set and the streaming broadcast to Twitter.
Following in the footsteps of the giant in Canadian info channels, CP24, Global wanted to create a province-wide channel that served the same purpose; an all-in-one place to get your local, national and world news. With a design more in tune to a website than a standard ticker, Global’s goal was to create the modern info channel, BC1.
Super Ticker (the precursor to the ticker function in Chameleon) had all the pieces to deliver on this promise. With data that spanned:
Support for unlimited zones of information and a channel schedule that allowed zones and rundowns to change based on time of day made it all possible. Super Ticker’s web interface Flow gave an interface for all users in the chain simultaneously. And with parsers bringing in data from a wide variety of sources, much of the work was automated.
Rogers Sportsnet has been fighting it out with Bell’s TSN for top prize in the Canadian sports broadcasting landscape. After purchasing the broadcast side of The Score, they wanted to combine The Score’s legendary ticker with the less ambitious tickers Bannister Lake had created for Sportsnet for many years. With 7 channels and their unique ticker requirements, Sportsnet was looking at a single solution to drive them all in an efficient manner while not increasing the operator head count.
The 4 regional channels, Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific continue to provide a ticker with a regional flavor focusing on information for the region while showing all the national information. These tickers are displayed in a compact fashion to allow the video to dominate.
The newly imagined Sportsnet 360, taking its lead from The Score, became a channel which showed its ticker all the time including commercials and live events. This ticker had more information including betting odds on games and displayed its information in a taller format. This is the channel where hardcore sports fans tune into
Sportsnet One is the national channel while Sportsnet World focuses on world sports like cricket, soccer and rugby.
Super Ticker (now morphed into Chameleon with the inclusion of branding from Brando) became the ideal system to drive these diverse tickers. With a small team of operators organizing the rundowns for these channels, Sportsnet was able to deal with the hectic pace of sports data. While a great deal of the work is automated, Super Ticker’s web interface Flow became the platform for creating the added news that goes into the world of sports and the games and events that drive it.
Super Ticker’s content management was key to success; one database and a multi-user web interface. Super Ticker allows organizing data in a way where the channels can pick and choose their rundowns to include national and regional data.
TSN is the leader in sports broadcasting in Canada. On their expansion from one channel to 5, they needed a branding solution to promote the programming of their new 5 channel universe. For example, during a big event like Wimbledon, they might be showing 5 different matches spread among TSN1-5. These promotions included next boards, snipes and navigational tickers.
An added wrinkle is that the branding was mostly during live events. This required a manual triggering method allowing a TD to insert snipes whenever they could fit.
Promotion of big events were also inserted throughout the day with a clear representation of what channels the event will be playing on. In all cases, the promos focused on all 5 channels and included 100s of logos for all the teams and leagues that TSN covered.
Although these requirements didn’t fit a typical branding requirement, Brando came through off-the-shelf.
Brando was the branding ancestor of our merged branding/ticker/content management product Chameleon. We kept everything which made Brando great while modernizing it for today’s broadcasting, streaming and digital signage markets.
Bannister Lake provided an automated broadcast display solution to generate league and game schedules for Rogers Cable Super Sports Pak subscription channel lineup on Rogers, Cogeco, Eastlink and Videotron.
Main SSP schedule file is updated daily with game schedules for each subscription sports channel.
SSP application reads current date on schedule file, then generates a sequence of league games with output channel assignment, service provider and channel number.
To ensure proper timing, each page duration is calculated on the default event duration multiplied by the number of records.
Preferences to enable and set the display order for each service provider and league.
App automatically substitutes Background images for blank (scratches) in the schedule.
Drop down dialog to select ‘end of sequence’ Promos images.
SSP logs all application activity, sequence generation and output.
Schedule switches over to next day at 2 am ET and removes old sequence.