If the Giants win tonight & the Dodgers lose then the number is ONE.
That means the Giants would just need to win one more game to clinch a playoff berth.
It’s very possible the Giants could clinch this weekend and we are hoping it happens ASAP.
We’ve been preparing for the different post-season scenarios and it looks like games 1& 2 of the Division Series will be played here at AT&T Park on Saturday, October 6 & Sunday, October 7. We’re waiting to see who we play; it’s either the Washington Nationals or the Cincinnati Reds.
It’s the quiet before the storm but the BUZZ has started. Its nervy times for us here at the park, once the Giants clinch, it’s a 1000 miles an hour. We’re prepping for the post-season rights holders which are TBS, MLB Network, NHK from Japan & ESPN. That’s a lot of production and a wave of technical set-ups that we will be managing and supporting. My team and I will be ringing out the broadcast infrastructure and making all the necessary repairs and adjustments to make sure every broadcaster is accommodated.
The Giants by the way…. are on FIRE. They are hitting the skin off the ball. They look better then the 2010 World Series team, in my opinion.
It’s a HUGE series. Tomorrow’s game is broadcast nationally on FOX Sports & FOX Deportes.
Sunday’s game will be on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball & ESPN Deportes. Additionally, MLB productions will be producing the 5th episode of "Caught Looking".
This is the inaugural season of “Caught Looking” which airs on NBC Sports Network.
"Caught Looking" is their new one-hour show focusing on one weekend match up, each week, until the end of the season. It will serve as an opportunity for us to tell the story of each team thus far and highlight the games of the series.
During this 7 day homestand we also hosted Japanese broadcaster NHK for the Diamondback series.
Its very busy working towards post-season.
San Francisco Opera at the Ballpark, Saturday, September 15
It’s a FREE Live simulcast of Giuseppe Verdi Rigoletto @ Sat 8pm from the War Memorial Opera House.
It’s in HD and will be shown on the Giants huge HD scoreboard. MediaOne (thats us) are providing the engineering & technical support. We are also providing the HD connectivity between the opera and the park. We do over 20 days of testing before the actual event happens.Testing includes measuring signal loss over fiber, lip sync and practicing the scenario should there be a loss of signal during the event (fun stuff).
Yes, you can sit on the field, if you interested, the link is below.
MediaOne Services is seeking a Sales and Business Development Director. This position will be responsible for selling a menu of corporate, PR and educational video communication services. This role requires someone who is both knowledgeable in professional video and is an experienced dynamic sales hunter and networker.
Current services include full service production studios, remote production, webcasting, satellite and fiber transmission. The range of products we produce encompass: National news, live events, celebrity interviews, conferences, presentations, press tours, branded spots, live webcasts, media training and corporate communications.
Including: Video Webcasting and Studio and Remote Production for products such as webinars, web shows, speeches, press conferences, shareholder meetings, and product announcements, and Custom Web films and Micro-documentaries for products such as sales videos, tradeshow videos, viral web films, branded shows, and promos.
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Company: MediaOne Services (“MediaOne”) is a unique media company in the heart of San Francisco that has been in business since 1987. During that time, it has been the leading independent broadcast origination center in Northern California. MediaOne provides services to video content producers, aggregators and distributors. The Company has strong long term relationships with its clients such as NBC, Google, Facebook, Climate Alliance, San Francisco Giants, McKesson and The White House.
MediaOne is pleased to join The Switch’s global gateway of video fiber for the broadcast community. Launched in New York in 1991, The Switch provides customer-controlled routing services in 25 U.S. cities and internationally in London and Toronto.
In March, from it’s facility in downtown San Francisco, MediaOne began offering The Switch’s service in the area, allowing customers to immediately establish intercity connections directly from its touch-screen Switch Control System. Owned and operated by Beers Enterprises Inc., The Switch’s ICOD service offers both 270-Mbps uncompressed SDI and 1.485-Gbps uncompressed HD-SDI. ICOD offers the flexibility of immediate or reserved intercity transmissions in increments as small as one minute.
“It’s a perfect match, “ says Linda Hannan, Western Regional Sales Director for The Switch, “MediaOne is the premier provider of broadcast and webcast production and transmission services in San Francisco and we are the premiere long distance fiber provider. Together we can reach both our customers wherever and whenever there is a need.”
“The Switch gives us unparalleled flexibility and control, enabling us to provide the best product possible for our customers. The customer controlled routing system allows us to provide and charge for only what the customer needs. No more 15 minute increments and additional charges. Customers love it,” says Nelson Ferreira, Director of Broadcast and Transmission Services for MediaOne.
The Switch offers connectivity to television and cable broadcasters, satellite and fiber optic facilities, news bureaus, educational institutions, museums, and producers of individual programs, sports, and live events.
MediaOne Services is a global video production company headquartered in San Francisco, providing strategies, studios and services to enterprises, broadcasters, webcasters, and NGOs. Customers include NBC, Electronic Arts, HP, Climate Reality, Ustream, ESPN, McKesson, BBC, Girl Scouts and more.
Above is a jpg of the TV truck bay. This is where the mobile TV production trucks pull in and park. This is where the TV production trucks plug into our broadcast infrastructure. Its located under the Coke bottle and the little ballpark in the left field area. The visiting TV mobile unit parks on the right side of the truck bay and the home TV goes in the left side. The doorway at the rear of the truck bay is my office. This is where all the sparks fly and some of the magic happens. The truck bay is 52 feet wide and 58 feet long. Most production trucks are 16 feet wide and 53 feet long so as you can tell, it gets cozy in the truck bay. The big black area in the middle of the jpeg is the main patch panel. Check out the jpg below for a close up of our main patch panel. This panel ties the production trucks to the announcers, to the cameras and audio inside the ballpark. The production trucks also feed program to this patch panel which ties into our infrastructure. We monitor the program feed and transmit it to Comcast Sports, FOX Sports, ESPN or whoever is airing the game. I have spent many hours on this patch panel troubleshooting signal flow, hum, voltage, terminations and so on.
How fast can you lay grass? Check it out! last week dirt, today grass. The greens crew is amazing. Hey, where the infield go?
Most of the bandwidth used during prime time television viewing hours is Netflix. Half of that is going through an Xbox. Like the frog in the hot water story, TV watching is changing slowing, but surely.
TiVO started it. No longer confined to when an LA network exec decided to run a show, we could shift it to our convenience. That was the game changing moment. The time the audience training began. DVR’s are common place now. It’s how TV is watched more and more. Now for step two.
App TV, the end of linear television all together. Imagine a 42 inch iPad mounted on your wall (called Apple TV?). Launch the YouTube app and watch any one of 100 channels, or your own channel. Have you seen the new YouTube layout? All your subscriptions on a single page. You “channel guide” to what you like. As obscure as you like, it’s yours.
HBO2Go, ESPN, all on apps, on your TV. Or, the “TV app”…a third party app from a company that has licensed content. The technology is there. That ethernet cable running to your house has it all. If you are using a game console to watch Netflix, you are there. Xbox is just the app-holder-of-the-moment and Microsoft is working hard to make it the app holder for as long as it can.
When I want to watch The Daily Show, I’ll launch my Comedy Central app (or my “fake news” app, because The Onion may be there too) and watch when I’m ready. The show is shot, edited and uploaded. No waiting until 10pm (no pressure Daily Show editors). Say to my TV “Daily Show…today…play”. Or if I want to see yesterdays interview, ”Daily Show…yesterday…segment 3”. Or maybe “Daily Show…today…Apple commercials.”
Then the joke with Scotty picking up the mouse and saying “computer” won’t be as funny.
I just finished reading this blog post in Journalism.org. 18 months following the release of the iPad, 11% of adults own a tablet. And half of them use it for news. The trend is pretty obvious.
Tablets and other mobile devices are yet another way to consume video. We’ve had web video, YouTube and social video for awhile. The distribution channels has been there. Now, we’re getting the screens to watch them on.
Here’s our story so far: we had TV. Sit on your couch and watch. Still a rather wonderful thing to do today and that won’t change (so chill). Then came web video. More people became content creators. Sure, cat videos, but there’s a ton of really great stuff on the web. Everything from TWiT for geeks to Kevin Pollacks Chat Show for actor interviews. Broadcast TV has slipped in. Missed The Daily Show? It’s on the web. Still, you needed to be sitting at your computer…on your couch if you prefer. With your cat.
Now comes mobile. It started with the iPhone but, really? You’re going to watch video on that? Ah. Tablets. Now we’re talking. A watchable screen. For reading, sure. But for video (with words if you prefer)
On the bus, on the plane, waiting for your ride…any time, any place (given the good graces of the cell phone provider gods). Any time.
Ok, Mr. Marketing Brander, Ms Content Maker…Cat Video Shooter. Think about that. Your audience is now, truly everywhere. Well, everywhere there are the good graces of the cell provider gods. We still need to work on that.
Slow Money, Elephant Journal, and a link that talks about nudity
MediaOne spent three days at Fort Mason in San Francisco at the Slow Money National Gathering. We had two camera teams wondering about shooting everything that was happening. Slow Money will turn all this (300+ gigs of video) into clips to be distributed in the months ahead to increase awareness and outreach. Using video, Slow Money can use the same event to keep the buzz going. In fact, we’re helping them assemble a site where specific parts of the event can be showcased in some cool ways. Stay tuned.
While we were there, we ran into Waylon Lewis and Lindsey Block of Elephant Journal. They were all over the vent in both video and pictures. Go check out that and their other pages….like this one. Let us know what you think.
Seth Kenvin was by the office to give me a look at Market 7, a suite of collaborative modules to manage video projects. It allows you to keep track of schedules, and the times allotted to members of your team as well as create scripts ready for export to prompters. This is web based so all the members of your team, or at least those you allow, can keep track of whats going on and have input.
It also has a video player. You upload your media and play it while making notes. Well, “notes”…you can simply type a comment, reply to a comment or you can draw shapes on the frame. Or draw freehand. “Look, a cable in the shot!…” (insert giant red circle to express your frustration). This gets spit out as an .xml file that you import into Final Cut..or Avid…if you must…where all this stuff shows up as markers.
There are also modules for file management, task management, and budget management.
I had the opportunity yesterday to talk with Will Kirkpatrick, head of production at beNOW.tv. Not long ago at Justin.tv, he’s now doing some cool live streaming using IP based cameras and a laptop.
The web streaming network sets up multiple cameras in venues and then streams them back individually over the net to a central location. From there, they switch and control the shots. So think about a permenant installation where you don’t need to take up floor space for camera and operator, you can mount the camera where it’s convenient. No need to send crews out…when the venue has an event, you’re ready now. No setup. Check out their partners page to get an idea it’s usefullness.
There will always be the need for medium and full scale productions that require a larger setup. This technology does’t do away with that. But it does allow venues that would normally not be able to stream events to do just that. It adds to the pool of content. And we like that.
Taking questions from social media during a live show is great thing to do. Here’s one way of getting those ready-to-use questions to your iPad equipped host on stage. It’s quite involved and difficult, but here are the step process.
Open Google Docs on your backstage computer and start a new document. Increase the font size.
Open the same Google Doc on the iPad.
Type the tweet into the Google Doc using the backstage computer.
Enjoy as your host reads the tweet from the iPad (you can also use an iPhone if your host has good eyes).
Ok so it’s not quite involved and difficult, but you can make it look that way and come across as a genius.
Hint: If your host has been somewhat of a…difficult…person, you can even mess with their heads. Send “confidence building” notes to them live such as “hey you were right about the shoes…ewwwww”.
Let us know what fun you have…on Twitter. @MediaOne_Live.
The biggest user of the inter tubes is…Netflix. Yup, you were thinking porn and you were close. Before Netflix it was bit torrents. Streaming is here.
Friday, we were out at the Dish Network’s announcement…they are taking on Netflix using the Blockbuster brand they bought 5 months ago.
Along with Netflix and movies, companies are using web streaming to promote products, talk to customers, hold company meetings. Also last week, we produced the webcast for Electronic Arts showcasing off the new Sims3 Pets. There is simply nothing like video. The brain is tuned to the max for seeing. Ever notice even your dog looks into your eyes?
The trick is to do it well. It still needs to look good.