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Avangard in HD!

23 February 2012, 13:43

All of Avangard’s home games next season will be broadcast with the latest in high resolution video technology. The Gazprom Neft Company, in cooperation with Avangard and with the assistance of the Kontinental Hockey League has provided the finance for the acquisition and deployment of the new high definition television system (HD), allowing live broadcasts from the Arena-Omsk of a significantly higher picture quality compared to the SD system currently in use for ordinary TV.

The Gazprom Neft Company, Avangard Hockey Club and the Kontinental Hockey League all express total confidence that this launch in Omsk will come to be seen as a key step in the changeover to higher quality televised product and will further increase the popularity of hockey and the KHL Championship in the future.

With the introduction of the new television system we can expect an increase in the number of live broadcasts in the KHL Championship - not only on national channels in Russia, but also on the KHL TV channel. In addition to this, as one of the hockey centers of Russia - thanks to the exploits of Avangard and the hosting of prestigious international tournaments such as the World Junior Club Cup and the KHL international tournament for children’s hockey teams, the Gazprom Neft Cup - the city of Omsk will take a big step forward in the development of its TV broadcasting infrastructure and raising its profile in the media world. An additional stimulus for progress will come from the Avangard-TV project, currently being developed by the club with the aim of providing information and analysis of matches and boosting the popularity of Avangard. All this will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the development of hockey in the region and will act as a stimulus for attracting more and more children and young people to hockey.

FACT FILE:

НDTV (High Definition Television) is an advanced television broadcasting system using technology which allows video to be transmitted at very high picture quality. The high definition picture is made up of 1920 х 1080 pixels and is supported by stereo sound. It broadcasts images of a resolution more than twice as high as that of ordinary TV broadcasts, or Standard Definition (SD), which has a resolution of 720 x 576 pixels.

In this way, broadcasts of hockey games or any other sporting event using a HD system allows the viewer to really see all the nuances of a highly dynamic sport, and feel as if he was actually present at the arena.

Each HD broadcast of a hockey game features:
- 6 professional HD television cameras, each with a special high-power lens which allows them to accurately capture and keep the crystal-clear and fast-moving HD footage;
- 2 remote-controlled HD television cameras with a 360˚ view of the playing surface;
- 2 replay machines, each with 8 channels, so that any moment can be replayed from 8 different angles;
- A state of the art directors’ panel and control panel;
- A state of the art Graphics Station, allowing for effective display of titles and information such as team line-ups etc:
- An extra sound mixer, providing 6-channel stereo sound.

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