Superbowl 47

Super Bowl XLVII, held Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans will feature nine CBS divisions including the CBS Sports, Showtime Sports, and CBS Sports Radio.

In addition fans able to access the live stream from and as well as mobile devices on the Verizon network.

At a media event held at CBS Broadcast Center in New York last month, Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp. called the Super Bowl the “greatest broadcast day of the year,” and pledged that all of the assets and resources of the company would cover it like never before. Last year, NBC did the honors.

“The last two Super Bowls have both exceeded 111 million viewers for the game. Now it would take quite a lot of clicks on Facebook to equal that amount,” Moonves said. “And yes, we are sold out”.

Companies are paying CBS an average of $3.75 million for each 30-second Super Bowl spots, an increase of 7.1 per cent from a year earlier and making the event the most expensive ad rate in US media, according to WPP Group’s Kantar Media. Some paid more than $4 million.

Last year’s event generated $262 million from 78 commercials, according to Kantor.

Planning for the 47th annual Super Bowl began the day after Super Bowl XLVI. According to Ken Aagaard, executive vice president of operations, engineering, and production services for CBS Sports, there will be 60 to 70 cameras—including 12 to 18 critical “bread and butter” cameras CBS Sports always relies on for NFL games.

Ikegami/NAC’s Hi-Motion II cameras will be used to shoot 300 to 500 fps in 1080i HD. Hi-Motion is the only camera system in the world that can shoot as ultra slow motion with 3-chip sensor.

It features flexible setting of the recording speed from normal to more than 10 times and the instant playback capability of the ultra slow motion imagery.

In addition to the Ikegami HD SloMos, the For-A FT-ONE 4K, the world’s first full 4K super slow motion camera, will be used.

The Evertz’s DreamCatcher replay system compliments the 4K cameras. Replays are typically broadcast one at a time. But this year, CBS will use another Evertz productits multi-image display Mosaic system — to show up to four images simultaneously in either a quad-split, three-way split or a two-way split.

Six 4K cameras can capture video at between 300 and 500 frames per second at 3840×2160 resolution (4xHD). You can zoom into portions of the frame without motion blur or pixilation.

They encircle the football field to cover the action from every angle.

The NEP SS24 production truck is equipped with a Sony MVS-8000 production switcher, Calrec Alpha audio console, and Vizrt live graphics gear. It’s got an adjacent production control room, audio room.

Extensive HD fiber-optic access to multiple locations inside the Superdome, a 3.7-meter fixed satellite uplink antenna, 2-GHz HD microwave receive capabilities, use of an HD truck, and fixed exterior POV cameras for beauty shots.

CBS will use its “sky-cam,” which glides over the field on a cable. Also, a fixed wing aircraft will fly over the stadium during the pre-game and post-game shows to capture aerial beauty shots.

Skycam, invented in 1984 by Garrett Brown (who also invented the Steadicam), uses a Reel (the motor drive and cables), the Spar (the counterbalanced pan and tilt video camera) and Central Control, a Windows XP-based workstation the computer software used by the operator to fly the camera. The system is said to use a Linux-based embedded system for motion control.

Sport’s technology includes The yellow first down marker, developed by Stan Honey of Sport Vision. It shows viewers how far a team must move the ball to get another set of downs. It uses sensor-packed TV cameras, computers in the production trucks, software, sophisticated lens and field-mapping techniques. It uses green screen technology.

The Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI halftime show last year featuring Madonna was watched by an average of 112.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched Super Bowl halftime ever, surpassing Michael Jackson’s halftime performance in 1993. For this year’s Super Bowl, American singer, songwriter, dancer and actress Beyoncé will perform at halftime.

The NFL on Fox culminates this Sunday with the NFC Championship Game at 3 p.m. ET. Fox Sports unveiled a number of technical innovations this season, including an upgraded workflow for high-resolution capture and extraction known as Fox Super Zoom, which uses a higher than HD camera system.

The network plans to replicate that workflow in Atlanta, deploying two Sony F65 CineAlta 4K cameras equipped with FUJINON cinema zoom lenses, PsiTech recorders, and AJA Ultra scalers.

After Hurricane Katrina, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome put $8 million toward a wireless system that focused on hot-spots necessary for ticket scanning, vending and other stadium uses. With that $8 million, there were 600 access points installed. A $343,200 expansion this year increased that number to around 1,000 access points, providing more coverage. An AT&T DAS installation consists of several strategically-placed antennas that distribute AT&T’s cellular coverage throughout the Superdome.

Cellular Specialties was hired to oversee the design and deployment of the wireless infrastructures at both the Mercedes Benz Superdome for the 2013 “Big Game” and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., for the 2012 “Big Game”.

The stadium of the future needs WiFi, says Aruba (pdf). At Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, Cisco installed 604 access points to provide free WiFi to all fans on a carrier-neutral basis. A total of 225GB of data was downloaded, 145GB uploaded, and at its peak the network supported 8,260 simultaneous connections — 12 percent of attendees. That was five times higher than the previous year’s Super Bowl. Ericsson has launched a stadium-optimized Wi-Fi solution.

With tons of tourists coming to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and the SuperBowl, T-Mobile is beefing up their 4G coverage in the area with enhanced voice and data capacity in the Central Business District, downtown area and Weidenberg Park, with a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) providing in-building support for customers at and nearby the Superdome. T-Mobile smartphones that support LTE include the Galaxy Note II, the Lumia 810, the BlackBerry Z10 and a revised Galaxy S III.

T-Mobile’s LTE deployment uses Nokia’s Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and Ericsson’s AIR technology (Antenna-Integrated Radio).

If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer you can watch the game for free on your mobile device. All 4G LTE customers get NFL Mobile’s Premium Red Zone service that usually costs a few bucks a month for free, but for the Super Bowl everyone with the app will be able to enjoy the game.

The live stream is available as a pop-up video console accessible via tablet, laptop or desktop computer with no authentication required. It also includes a curated Twitter stream to bring in the social media conversation — but that’s not the only way you can give your Super Bowl experience a social media twist.

HootSuite and Livefyre will provide access to a global social conversation about the game. HootSuite’s “Super Bowl XLVII Command Center” lets anyone check out updating statistics on tweet volume about teams, quarterbacks and head coaches, as well as track social media on both the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.Livefyre’s Super Bowl NewsHub, meanwhile, will aggregate the most popular tweets, commercials and Instagram photos on the social web, and works for iOS, Android and web devices.

Official Twitter accounts are available for the Super Bowl, CBS Sports, the NFL, plus individual team accounts for the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens.

PC Magazine lists 10 Apps You’ll Need for the Big Game.

First-responder personnel used Band 14 LTE devices from Harris as part of a six-month pilot project. It operated on all 20 MHz of Band 14 spectrum, whereas previous Harris LTE pilots in Miami and Las Vegas were single-site systems operating on 10 MHz of 700 MHz narrowband spectrum. The Harris BeOn application provides real-time video, mapping, data applications, and voice and messaging services.

If any Gorgon Stare drones were utilized, government agencies weren’t talking. Gorgon Stare is being developed and tested on the MQ-9 Reaper at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

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Blackberry Phones Supported by US Carriers

All four of the major U.S. wireless network operators have committed to support the new BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 smartphones from BlackBerry. Here is a breakdown of what the carriers have announced so far.

  • AT&T: AT&T will offer both the Z10 and the Q10. RIM said the Z10 is expected to go on sale in mid-March, with the Q10 following in April the earliest. AT&T did not announce pricing for either handset, nor exact sales dates.
  • Sprint: Sprint has only committed to selling the Q10 “later this year,” though RIM says it will be April. Sprint has not announced pricing details, though it will offer unlimited LTE 4G service to the Q10 when it goes on sale.
  • T-Mobile USA: T-Mobile announced plans to sell the Z10, but not the Q10. It has not announced pricing details, but its variant of the Z10 will support its LTE 4G network.
  • Verizon Wireless: Verizon plans to offer both the Z10 and Q10. Verizon did not announce exact availability, but it did price the Z10 at $199 with a new contract. It will also be the only carrier selling the white Z10.

All four carriers have published landing pages for BlackBerry 10 and the Z10 where customers can sign up to receive more information about the devices. Each carrier will provide more details closer to the Z10 and Q10’s availability dates.

2013 Cable Map

TeleGeography has released the revamped 2013 version of its submarine internet cable map, showing 232 in-service and 12 planned cables alongside a number of useful insets, charts, and infographics.

It’s a big more stylish than previous versions.

The submaring cable map shows cable hubs in New York, New Jersey, Egypt, Cornwall, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo.

It includes a timeline of global submarine cable history, beginning in 1997 and shows the amount of bandwidth being used per country and total capacity of the underwater cables.

South Korea Joins Space Faring Nations

To date, just 10 countries have managed to build their own rocket and successfully deploy a satellite. Now it’s 11.

South Korea successfully launched a satellite aboard part-Russian, part-Korean rocket on Wednesday, marking the first time the rising Asian power has launched a spacecraft into orbit from its own soil.

South Korea mostly self-developed the two-stage Naro rocket and put the vehicle’s SSTSAT 2C satellite into orbit in a 186-mile by 932-mile orbit, where the craft would test new space technologies and monitor plasma and radiation levels in low Earth orbit.

Wednesday’s launch was the third flight conducted under a 2004 agreement between South Korea and Russia.

The apparently successful mission comes after two botched launches destroyed their payloads in 2009 and 2010. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute is working with contractors to build completely in-house rocket stages by 2016, and reach 300 tons of thrust as soon as 2018. South Korea is working on an indigenous engine to power an all-Korean satellite launcher for a planned test flight in 2021.

The following nations have developed their own rockets to launch spacecraft into orbit:

  • Soviet Union (1957)
  • United States (1958)
  • France (1965)
  • Japan (1970)
  • China (1970)
  • United Kingdom (1971)
  • India (1980)
  • Israel (1988)
  • Ukraine (1991)
  • Russia (1992)
  • Iran (2009)
  • North Korea (2012)
  • South Korea (2013)

Meanwhile, the first of NASA’s three next-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS), known as TDRS-K, launched Wednesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The TDRS system is designed to provide tracking, telemetry, command and high-bandwidth data return services for numerous spy satellites and also serves the International Space Station and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

The first seven TDRS satellites were built by the TRW (now part of Northrop Grumman Aerospace) and all of the satellites since then by Hughes Space and Communications (now a part of the Boeing corporation).

The TDRS-K spacecraft includes several modifications from older satellites in the TDRS system, including redesigned telecommunications payload electronics and a high-performance solar panel designed for more spacecraft power to meet growing S-band requirements. A return to ground-based processing of data, will allow the system to service more customers with evolving communication requirements.

Boeing’s Sea Launch was established in 1995 as a consortium of four companies from Norway, Russia, Ukraine and the United States. The first rocket was launched in March 1999. In June 2009, Sea Launch filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and majority ownership was transferred to Energia, a Russian corporation.

Since it was reorganized in 2010, a 95% stake in it has been held by Energia Overseas Limited, 3% by Boeing’s subsidiary and 2% by Norway’s Aker Solutions ship-building corporation. Sea-based launches resumed in September 2011.

Serguei Gugkaev is the Chief Executive Officer of Sea Launch AG, serving in this capacity since 2012. He held a variety of positions within the Swiss investment banking industry functioning as a financial and strategic advisor to the oil industry, private-public infrastructure partnerships and the information technology industry.

SES, the world’s second-largest telecommunications satellite operator by revenue (after Intelsat), operates a fleet of 52 geostationary satellites able to reach 99% of the World’s population.

SES has a new iPhone app to view their satellites in orbit, compare coverage maps, say hello to a friend from 36’000 km above the earth, and features 3D navigation and an augmented reality view from their SES iPad app.

The app provides the following features:

  • View SES satellite fleet around a 3D globe
  • Get key technical data on each satellite
  • View and compare the coverage maps of all SES satellites
  • See EIRP and dish size contours in graphical format
  • Find the fleet in augmented reality view
  • Learn about satellites covering any location
  • View office and Teleport locations
  • Get in touch with SES via email

SES launched three major telecommunications satellites in 2012; SES 4, SES 5 and ASTRA 2F.

The SunSat Satellite Communications website will locate a phone anywhere in the world. You enter a phone number, select a country, and click the search button. After connecting to the nearest GPS satellite, the system locates the target phone (which does NOT need to be equipped with any form of GPS technology), and presents you with a satellite image that zooms in on the phone’s location.

It will surprise you.

Verizon: Clearwire Spectrum Should be Capped

In a filing with the FCC, Verizon says the FCC should cap Clearwire’s spectrum with a “spectrum screen” as it does in other bands. Sprint has argued that Clearwire’s spectrum is above 2 GHz and so should not be applied to its purchase of Clearwire, although Clearwire is already using 2.6 GHz spectrum for mobile broadband.

In sum, of the 194 MHz of BRS/EBS spectrum, the Commission should include in the spectrum screen all but the 5 percent of EBS spectrum (5.875 MHz) dedicated for educational use, for a total of 188.125 MHz. Only by doing so can the Commission conduct a proper competitive review of the SoftBank-Sprint-Clearwire transaction that accurately reflects the full amount of spectrum that is suitable and available for wireless providers to compete.

If the FCC approves Sprint’s acquisition of Clearwire, Sprint will be the largest spectrum holder in the United States, with an average of just over 200 MHz of spectrum across the country. It will own roughly as much spectrum as AT&T and Verizon combined, while having a quarter of the subscribers.

Sprint’s proposed acquisition of Clearwire (filing) is tied to Softbank’s proposed purchase of 70 percent of Sprint for $20.1 billion, explains Fierce Wireless. Verizon did not take a position on the Sprint/Softbank or Sprint/Clearwire deals, but made it clear that if the FCC approves the transactions it wants Clearwire’s spectrum evaluated in the same way as other radio waves. Petitions to deny the deals were due Monday.

The FCC is currently evaluating its spectrum screen rules and has said that while that review is ongoing it will continue to apply its current case-by-case approach to evaluate mobile spectrum holdings.

Verizon noted that when the FCC approved AT&T Mobility’s purchase of 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum recently, it added 20 MHz of WCS to its spectrum screen because it had determined that WCS spectrum is “suitable and available for the provision of mobile telephony/broadband services” and “should therefore be added to the spectrum screen.”

Both Verizon and AT&T made similar arguments to the FCC in November as part of the FCC’s separate review of its spectrum screen rules. At the time, AT&T said the FCC should update the screen “to include all of the available spectrum that is ‘suitable’ for mobile wireless services.”

Sprint Nextel offered to acquire Clearwire Corp. in a $2.1 billion deal, for $2.97 per share. This values Clearwire at around US$4.2 billion and represented about a 5 percent premium from its closing stock price at the time. On December 17, 2012, Clearwire entered into a definitive agreement with Sprint Nextel for Sprint to acquire the approximately 50 percent stake in Clearwire it does not already own.

Meanwhile, Dish Network has urged the FCC to halt its review of the deal while Clearwire’s board considers Dish’s unsolicited $3.30 per share counterbid for Clearwire. It may force Sprint to raise its $2.97 per share offer to match it.

Crest shareholders have piled on, particularly regarding the processes that “Sprint has employed to extract all of Clearwire’s value for itself at the expense of the public and other Clearwire shareholders”.

Sprint has said the FCC should not delay its review, arguing that the FCC “routinely processes transfer of control applications notwithstanding the existence of shareholder litigation or closing contingencies, such as the need for shareholder approval.”

ARCchart is predicting TD-LTE services will reach $91 billion by the end of 2017. While FDD remains prevalent in re-farmed 2G/3G spectrum, unpaired TDD spectrum is widely preferred in the 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands. Apple is rumored to be working on a new iPhone 6 that will work with China Mobile’s TD-LTE system at 2.6 GHz.

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EPub3 Vs HTML: Fight!

At Digital Book World, which wrapped up last week, the big question was whether HTML5 or EPUB3 will be the digital publishing format of choice, according to GoodeReader. EPUB 3 was developed by the IDPF as an open format for multi-media digital books. In effect, ePub-3 is a zip file you can download to your tablet or dedicated e-reader.

In the last few weeks, both Kobo and Barnes and Noble announced that sometime in 2013 they will begin to offer full support for the EPUB 3 standard. Most recently, Hachette announced that by March 2013 all of its new books would be in EPUB 3 format.

Samsung’s Readers Hub 2.0 now supports EPUB3. It is compatible with ePub2, ePub 3, PDF, and HTML 5. An Israeli book production firm, Helicon Books, also announced the first Android e-reading app that fully supports EPUB3, for $4.99.

That means a larger number of ebooks will soon have multimedia elements, with audio, video, narration, and interactive features, and a great variety of tablets and phones will be able to read them, not just Apple, Amazon or B&N tablets.

Right now, few online readers can support it. Apple currently has the closest support for EPUB3 via iBooks, but it’s a proprietary version. But whether publishers will produce content in EPUB3, is the big question. Apple has a proprietary version as does Amazon. Currently the only major publisher to announce a commitment to this new ebook standard is Hachette.

Currently, if publishers distribute their content in EPUB3, it limits the number of apps patrons can use to read their content. CSS3 and HTML5 is a valid alternative to the EPUB3 format, because books can be read online on any major internet browser.

Instead of relying on dedicated e-reading apps, you can read the books on any major web browser on the PC, MAC, Android, and IOS.

Amazon and Kobo have already taken advantage of HTML5 by opening the Kindle Cloud Reader and the Kobo Cloud Reader. These were initially designed and made available to buy, purchase, and read books on the iPad and iPhones, but since has expanded. The main reason they developed these online reading apps is because Apple had implemented a policy last year that demanded all in-app purchases be made by iTunes. They bypassed the iTunes restrictions by developing a fully featured HTML5 based store app that functioned like their iOS or Android equivalents.

With on-line accessibility, devices like the Blackberry Playbook, tablets, and most smartphones to enjoy an online reading experience. Most of the existing HTML5 reading apps with the largest footprint is Kobo and Amazon.

In the last six months, the Adobe Publishing Suite has introduced a number of CSS3, HTML5, and other plugins to convert existing books. Readium, a project of IDPF, is an open source reference system and rendering engine for EPUB publications which supports WebKit-based environments, so authors, publishers, and developers can test EPUB 3 content and tools.

Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It works on Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.

Tablets are now more than half the size of the traditional PC market, or 58 percent.

Worldwide tablet shipments outpaced predictions reaching a record total of 52.5 million units worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2012, according to preliminary data from IDC. The tablet market grew 75.3% year over year in 4Q12 (up from 29.9 million units in 4Q11).