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Skyview Seeks to ‘Upgrade the Relay System’

Company thinks it can help sportscasters via Web automation

Skyview Networks released F.A.S.T. Web Automation, a tool for play-by-play broadcasters.

“The system debuts break-specific commands, in place of relay technology, and utilizes a Web interface,” the company announced, adding that it offering it first to Major League Baseball organizations. The system integrates with Skyview’s satellite receivers.

“This Web version increases network broadcast success and allows affiliates access to game logs from anywhere an Internet connection is available, with no software to install.”

Skyview says the tool helps a network grow and eases the operational burden on affiliates, in part because it eliminates the need for a board op.

Instead of relay technology as used in network broadcasts, it takes a “break-specific” approach in which local, ID and network breaks have break-specific commands.

“This new model keeps network stations on format, decreasing the possibility of missed breaks, covered breaks or late rejoins,” according to the supplier. Schedules and audio are updated automatically to the satellite receiver through the portal.

“For stations, going Web-based provides immediate real-time access to logs and as-played reporting. For franchises, the automation offsets station costs associated with broadcasting its play-by-play programming.”

Users include Marc Garda, director of broadcasting for the Pittsburgh Pirates.