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May 4, 2010 at 1:42 PM

WNBA connects with NewTek TriCaster to stream games

WNBABall.jpgStorm CEO Karen Bryant is still finalizing what is expected to be a landmark television deal that will broadcast more home and away games than before. In the past, the WNBA required teams to sign individual TV deals that carried at least six games, so this should be more than that in addition to the matchups Seattle will play on the ESPN networks.
The team’s flagship radio station remains KKNW (1150AM).
Until Bryant is ready to make the TV announcement, the WNBA released its union with NewTek, the manufacturer of industry-leading video and 3D animation products. The company will be the new system used to streamline games via your computer.
The WNBA launched “Live Access” last year, a free service that allowed fans to watch games from anywhere but San Antonio (still don’t know why the Silver Stars were a holdout, but heard they are added this season). While it was a great tool to keep up with the league’s games, it had its kinks, mainly stopped action.
Well, NewTek TriCaster should be the solution. It’s an award-winning high definition/standard definition (HD/SD) portable live production system used to produce and deliver a full season of live games, online in HD for the first time on WNBA.com, according the league’s press release.
NewTek TriCaster, which is based in San Antonio, was used to produce and live stream events from the 2010 NBA All-Star Jam Session Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown in Dallas, as well as full seasons of NBA D-League games since 2008.

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