Spectrum SportsNet

HD Broadcast & Management Systems for Exclusive Los Angeles Dodgers Network

With the successful launch of two regional sports networks in Los Angeles, Time Warner Cable (TWC) and the Los Angeles Dodgers entered into a 25-year deal to create a third Regional Sports Network (RSN) exclusively dedicated to the Dodgers.

The 24/7 high-definition network, SportsNet LA, provides televised coverage of more than 150 live, regular season games as well as Spring Training. The all-Dodgers network also features news, interviews and documentary-style programming.

Due to successful collaboration with Diversified during the earlier roll-out, TWC once again engaged Diversified to design and integrate the additional infrastructure and technical spaces for the new RSN. The additional space is about a quarter of TWC’s full footprint and includes a studio, production-control and audio-control rooms, two live master control rooms and three editing rooms. In these rooms, Diversified used:

  • Sony MVS8000X production switcher and Calrec Artemis Light audio console; Evertz EQX router, Dreamcatcher replay system, and Chyron graphics.
  • Sony HDC2500 cameras with Canon HJ series lenses, Ross Video Cambotics robotic camera systems and Autoscript teleprompters.

The original SAN and Production Asset Management systems were not adequate to handle the increased workflow demands of running three channels. Diversified doubled the capacity and bandwidth of TWC’s online storage with new Quantum StorNext Q-series RAID systems and Spectra Logic LTO for archiving.

Since Diversified was entirely familiar with the existing infrastructure, all aspects of the design-build were accelerated; system design, documentation, equipment selection, pre-assembly, cable fabrication, and on-site installation.

Leveraging Diversified’s vendor relationships, TWC was able to enjoy new, expanded online storage and asset management at a comparable cost to expand the original system. Time Warner Cable can continue to produce and deliver hours of exclusive content for Dodger fans to enjoy.