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STATS

March 02, 2011 10:05 ET

wTVision Enhances Its Real-Time Graphics Display Management Utilizing the New 'Open Architecture' of STATS' SportVU Player Tracking System

LISBON, PORTUGAL and NORTHBROOK, IL--(Marketwire - March 2, 2011) -  STATS LLC, the world's leading sports technology, information and content provider, has announced collaboration with wTVision, a leading European provider of real-time on-air graphics solutions, to leverage STATS' new open architecture within its SportVU player tracking system for enhanced graphics display management during football broadcasts.

STATS' SportVU player tracking system utilizes a sophisticated technology to collect X, Y, Z positioning data of the ball and participants (players and referees) within the playing field in real time. Most recently, STATS and wTVision teamed to provide on-air player tracking graphics for all 31 matches of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011. The media-rich tracking content was available on multiple platforms (broadcast, web and mobile) that enabled new sponsor opportunities and revenue streams for rights holders.

The open architecture STATS created around its SportVU player tracking solution allows third-party technology vendors to integrate with SportVU's real time tracking data and create customer specific solutions with minimum development efforts. The new open architecture offers numerous benefits, including:

  • The ability to integrate directly with leading rendering engines to develop three types of output: real-time statistical data integration for static on-air graphics, the creation of real-time animated graphics overlaid on video and full screen player animations, all powered by STATS' X, Y, Z players coordinates.

  • Customers can choose among a variety of camera types, from standard broadcast cameras to dedicated mini-sensors to power the new STATS tracking engine All options leverage the same powerful patented algorithm to extract X, Y, Z data with just one frame delay. This flexibility is an industry first and a market breakthrough.

  • Maximizing coaching tools. SportVU tracking output is now offered to clubs and federations -- bundled with coaching tools for use both in-game and post-game.

  • Plug and play integration within broadcasters' in-house platform solutions -- also bundled and distributed across alternative platforms, including web, mobile and tablet computing.

Shimon Katzubes, STATS' Managing Director for SportVU, commented: "We could not be more pleased that wTVision has enhanced their solution with our real time tracking data, combining it with their end user solutions to create a full workflow, from in-venue data collection to data in venue to on-air distribution through various platforms."

"We want to provide our clients with the best solutions, ensuring that their projects turn out to be both delightful and very successful. STATS' SportVU player tracking system allows us to offer a complete service to customers and very insightful statistical information to spectators. We aim to work together in future events and to keep on improving this partnership with STATS," said Paulo Ferreira, Sales Director at wTVision.

About wTVison
wTVision is a fast growing software-house that develops and integrates information systems for the broadcast industry, specialized in real-time on-air Graphics for TV. Its market focus is the area of sports and its expertise includes 40 different sports. wTVision produces 2500 Live Sport Broadcasts every year for a variety of TV's and audiovisual producers around the world. To better serve its customers wTVision developed a full suite of turn-key products and offers to the market custom-made projects, services and full solutions. Areas of activity include Sports, Elections, Digital Signage, Playout Automation Systems, Entertainment Programs, Studio Solutions and Virtual Solutions.

About STATS LLC
STATS is the world's leading sports technology, data and content company. The company passionately abides by a mission to revolutionize the way sports contests are viewed, understood and enjoyed. STATS' calling card consists of real-time scores, historical sports information, Associated Press editorial content, a turnkey fantasy sports operation and SportVU technology. Today, STATS' worldwide client network of media companies and professional sports leagues and teams utilize a broad spectrum of dynamic in-game broadcast presentations and virtual images, multimedia enhancements and game analysis and tactical coaching tools. STATS is owned jointly by the Associated Press and News Corporation, with corporate offices across the globe. For a complete tour of STATS' sports content portfolio and solutions, visit www.stats.com.

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