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Big East Women’s Basketball Establishes Partnership with DVSport for Instant Replay System

by   |  September 28th, 2012

Big East Womens Basketball Establishes Partnership with DVSport for Instant Replay System - Providence, R.I. – BIG EAST women’s basketball and DVSport, a national leader in cutting edge software, have announced a five-year partnership, to begin with the 2012-13 season. DVSport will provide the BIG EAST with an HD capable replay system with HD monitors court side for improved picture quality, available on each campus.
 
The addition of the monitors and replay system offer officials the tools to conduct reviews in an efficient manner by providing video controls, the ability to switch between different angles of a play as well as timing capabilities built into the replay system that mimic a game clock to assist with timing errors.“We are excited to advance our game and equip our teams with state-of-the-art technology in the area of instant replay,” said Danielle Donehew, BIG EAST Associate Commissioner for Women’s Basketball.
 
“As a long-time partner of the BIG EAST for replay services, we are excited at the opportunity to be a part of the expansion of replay into women’s basketball,” said Keith Lowe, Chief Operating Officer of DVSport. “Our HD basketball replay system will assist the BIG EAST in using the latest technology to provide an innovative solution for replay that will benefit the officials and teams participating in the game.”
 
DVSport has worked with BIG EAST football, providing instant replay since 2005.

DVSport and Lynx Partnering on Real-time Sports Technologies

by   |  January 9th, 2012

DVSport and Lynx Partnering on Real-time Sports TechnologiesPittsburgh, PA – DVSport, Inc., a market leader in digital video acquisition, editing, and replay has partnered with Lynx System Developers, Inc., a Haverhill, MA based global sports technology leader, to integrate real time player tracking, robotic cameras, and statistical information with existing coaching solutions for the sports industry. The IsoLynx tracking system technology from Lynx provides a vast base of real time statistical and video transmission that complements and enhances DVSport’s existing coaching solutions. Together, the companies will combine their existing deployed products to co-develop a comprehensive player tracking and analysis solution that not only pinpoints player participation and positioning metrics in real time, but also provides the basis for an ongoing statistical database for athletes and coaches.

DVSport provides proven software solutions that, in conjunction with Lynx technology, will enable coaches, trainers, medical staff, and players to evaluate and assess relevant data in real time and review trends. IsoLynx provides a proven wireless tracking system, using lightweight and durable transmitters that allows position data to be broadcast in real time. “Imagine being able to tell recruits that everything they do during their entire college career will be captured in isolation video correlated with accurate statistics about their performance,” says Edward Evansen, CEO of Lynx.

“It’s time for sports organizations to fully utilize real time information gathering, tracking and data analysis technology to enhance player performance. By decreasing the feedback loop, and providing meaningful and useful information about performance and injury rehabilitation, DVSport and Lynx see this as an evolutionary step in mission critical information for sports teams,” says Brian Lowe, President and CEO of DVSport.
 
Having access to additional data metrics, individual and team video feeds, and statistics in real time will change how teams train, coach, and even administer medical attention, as well as highlight new opportunities for the use of such, including using it as core database information for DVSport’s coaching tools and existing global statistic engines. In addition, this technology will enable broadcast partners and fans to gain new insight into player performance and coaching strategies.
 
“The possibilities are endless,” says Lowe. “We no longer have to imagine or approximate how fast someone is running or where they were located at a given moment during the game.” All of this information can be transmitted directly from the athletes themselves, using next generation software analysis tools that will seamlessly integrate into DVSport’s current market-leading solutions.
 
Consistency, accuracy, distribution and portability are paramount to this technology offering. With a combination of web-based and mobile solutions, DVSport and Lynx are prepared to deliver innovative solutions based on proven and deployed technologies. “By working with DVSport’s extensive existing customer base, Lynx believes that the addition of IsoLynx will usher in a new age in statistical information gathering – at all levels of sport. Lynx believes that this partnership with DVSport presents the opportunity to deploy the latest technology in a way that is consistent with the Lynx philosophy of actively collaborating with market leaders in a given sports vertical,” says Evansen.
 
DVSport, Inc. is a privately held software company founded in 2002 and based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. DVSport specializes in digital video acquisition, editing, analysis, distribution and replay software designed specifically for the sports industry. With over 2,000+ systems deployed, DVSport’s customer base spans the professional sports teams in NFL, CFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL, intercollegiate athletics and high school sports market. DVSport product offerings include its HD GameDay, HD Replay, web-based Galaxy and iPad-based Shuttle available on the App. Store for football, basketball, hockey, baseball and many more Olympic sports. DVSport’s goal is to provide the best is class software products with unmatched customer support and training. www.dvsport.com

Lynx System Developers, Inc., located in Haverhill, Massachusetts, is a privately held corporation founded by MIT engineers in 1992 to develop digital line scan photo finish cameras and sports data generation technologies. With over 4,000 customers in more than 120 countries worldwide, Lynx is the industry leader. The company’s mission statement is as follows: To bring the technologies currently available at the highest levels of sport to a wider market; to overcome the problems often associated with these technologies – low reliability and high cost – via elegant product development; and to distinguish our products as they mature by assuring superior value and constantly utilizing customer input. http://www.finishlynx.com/isolynx

DVSport’s Replay Season Culminates with FCS National Championship

by   |  January 6th, 2012

DVSports Replay Season Culminates with FCS National ChampionshipPittsburgh, PA. – DVSport, Inc. will provide its HD Replay ™ system for tomorrow’s FCS National Championship in Frisco, TX. Utilized for a total of 31 games in the 2011-2012 post-season, DVSport led the way again in college football replay. DVSport provided replay for a total of 15 bowl games, including this week’s BCS Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. In addition, DVSport provided replay for 13 NCAA playoff games including the quarterfinals, semifinals and championships for FCS, Division II and Division III. DVSport also supplied replay to three conference championships, including the ACC and the inaugural Big Ten and the Pac-12 games.
 
DVSport, Inc. is the leader in high definition football replay with four out of six BCS Conferences, the Mountain West Conference and the CFL using its system each week during the regular season. Overall, 600 games with approximately 100,000 plays from scrimmage are reviewed using DVSport’s technology. HD Replay is a coordinated effort that mirrors the broadcast workflow with the selection of camera angles, production and timing of replays to give the replay official “indisputable video evidence” to confirm or reverse a call.

“DVSport’s technology provides not only an excellent HD picture, but more importantly the tools to allow both our replay officials and communicators in the booth complete control to do their jobs accurately and efficiently. It is the best system in the business, bar none,” “DVSport’s technology provides not only an excellent HD picture, but more importantly the tools to allow both our replay officials and communicators in the booth complete control to do their jobs accurately and efficiently. It is the best system in the business, bar none,”stated Doug Rhoads, Coordinator of Football Officials at the ACC.
 
DVSport provides unmatched service during the entire season by assuring flawless execution through established pre-game checklists, proven in-game workflows, weekly web-based training and iPad distribution.[fauxparagraph]“DVSport fosters an environment where replay officials in the booth work seamlessly with their on-field officiating crew to establish an overall process where every play is reviewed thoroughly to confirm the results before the next snap,” said Keith Lowe, DVSport Chief Operating Officer. “With the release of the DVSport’s Shuttle iPad app, officials now continue to review video and data even after the game. For 2012, we are targeting fewer and shorter stoppages through continued advancement in communication to the field, replay booth technology and training.”

About DVSport, Inc.:
DVSport has been delivering state-of-the-art replay systems to college football for the past seven seasons. All National Championship, Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and many divisional and conference championship games were officiated using DVSport’s HD Replay™ technology since 2008. DVSport Replay works with the member institutions and their broadcast partners from ESPN/ABC, CBS, CBS Sports Network, Fox, NBC, VERSUS, the Big Ten Network and the Mountain West Sports Network to bring instant replay to college football. In 2011, DVSport provided instant replay solutions for the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, CFL, Mid-American, Mountain West, Notre Dame, Army, Navy, and NCAA Div. I FCS, Div. II, and Div. III playoffs and championships, along with 15 bowl games.

Mountain West Taps DVSport for HD Replay in 2011

by   |  April 25th, 2011

Mountain West Conference - DVSport HD Replay 2011COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – DVSport, Inc., the leader in collegiate football high definition (HD) replay technology, just announced its latest HD Instant Replay conference partner, the Mountain West (MW). Starting with the 2011 football season, the current Mountain West DVSport standard definition replay system will be replaced with the cutting-edge technology and efficient workflow of DVSport’s HD Replay™ system. DVSport’s system provides replay officials with a crystal-clear picture quality and state-of-the-art controls to assist them with reviewing each and every play.
 
DVSport’s HD Replay™ system made its debut with Mountain West representatives, replay officials and communicators (as well as CFO West partner personnel) during their replay officials’ clinic in Denver, CO. Officials received hands-on training while reviewing both the rules and philosophy of instant replay.
 
“The Mountain West remains committed to ensuring the highest level of quality and performance in its football officiating and instant replay operations commensurate with the outstanding football competition and teams in this conference,” said Deputy Commissioner Bret Gilliland. “DVSport was the clear choice to take our instant replay to the next level, based upon the superior system it offers and the tremendous support and service DVSport provides. We look forward to continuing this great partnership.” “DVSport was the clear choice to take our instant replay to the next level, based upon the superior system it offers and the tremendous support and service DVSport provides. We look forward to continuing this great partnership.”
 
“Having been a replay partner with the MW since 2007 and intimately involved in their progression to HD, we believe the benefits of DVSport’s HD Replay™ will become quickly apparent to everyone enjoying Mountain West football,” said Brian Lowe, President and CEO of DVSport.
 
DVSport’s HD Replay™ system provides replay officials with the tools and technology to quickly and effectively establish indisputable video evidence to confirm or reverse calls on the field. DVSport’s uncompressed HD picture quality, combined with unrivaled functionality, ensures an efficient review system to assist the Mountain West’s on-field officiating. The MW joins an impressive list of conferences and the NCAA itself who currently utilize this industry leading HD Replay™ system.

“We are excited to have the Mountain West using our second generation replay technology to benefit all of those involved on game day,” said Lowe. “We are thrilled to continue our relationship for many years to come.”

Press Release Excerpt from http://www.themwc.com

Pac-10 Conference to Implement DVSport HD Instant Replay in 2010

by   |  April 30th, 2010

DVSport, Inc., the leader in collegiate football high definition (HD) replay technology, just  announced  its newest HD Instant Replay partner, the  Pac-10 Conference. Starting this season,  DVSport’s HD Replay™ system  will replace the Pac-10’s current standard definition replay system,  providing the Pac-10 with the clear advantage of high definition picture quality, together with unrivaled  functionality.
 
The Pac-10 will debut the DVSport HD Replay system at this weekend’s University of Oregon spring  football game being televised on ESPN2 at 2:00 p.m. (PDT). ESPN announcer Ed Cunningham will spend a quarter in the replay booth as an instant replay official during the game.

We spent considerable time and resources looking for the perfect fit for  our  Conference’s replay needs,said Commissioner Larry Scott. DVSport is the leader in the field and impressed us with their product’s ability to bolster the review process for our officials and coaches, and enhance the game day experience for our fans through an efficient and accurate HD review. “It’s a great opportunity to be able to provide our second generation replay technology to a Conference as focused on being a leader in college sports and in the implementation of advanced technology as the Pac-10,” said Brian Lowe, President and CEO of DVSport. “We are honored to add the Pac-10 to our growing list of college conference replay partners.”
 
DVSport’s HD Replay TM system helps the replay officials establish indisputable video evidence as quickly as possible to confirm or overturn the call on the field. It benefits everyone involved in the game when the replay official in the booth has the best possible picture quality and the most efficient review technology to assist the on-field officiating crew.
 
“Having been involved in college football replay for the past five years, we have seen first-hand the benefits of the natural progression to HD in the replay booth,” said Lowe.
 
About DVSport, Inc.: DVSport has been delivering standard definition replay to college football for the past five seasons, and since 2008, all National Championship, Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and ACC Championship games were officiated using DVSport’s HD Replay™ technology.  DVSport  Replay  works with the member institutions and their  broadcast partners from  ESPN/ABC,  CBS,  Fox,  NBC, the Big Ten Network and the MountainWest Sports Network to bring instant replay to college football. Starting in 2009, DVSport provided instant replay solutions for the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Mountain West, SEC, Notre Dame, Army, Navy, and NCAA Div. I FCS, Div. II, and Div. III playoffs and championships. DVSport also implemented its HD Replay™ technology for regular-season Canadian Football League games, as well as the Grey Cup championship game in 2009.

DVSport Delivers HD Instant Replay to Big Ten Conference Football

by   |  April 14th, 2010

Pittsburgh, PA – DVSport, Inc., the leader in state-of-the-art high definition (HD) sports replay technology, announced today its new contract with the Big Ten Conference to upgrade all DVSport Standard Definition (SD) replay systems in the Big Ten to DVSport HD Replay™ systems for the start of the 2010 football season. As part of the agreement, DVSport will also provide its SD replay systems to the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

“We feel fortunate to partner with a group of individuals who were not only instant replay pioneers, but who continue to focus on the best interest of the coaches, players, and fans,” said Brian Lowe, President and CEO of DVSport. “Our replay solution provides superior HD picture quality to assist officials in their pursuit of objective and efficient replay decisions. Since today the Big Ten broadcasts almost exclusively in HD through the Big Ten Network and their broadcast partners, this is a perfect time to upgrade their officiating technology.”

The Big Ten was the first collegiate conference to implement instant replay in 2004, and it continues to set the highest standards for its officials as video quality transitions from SD to HD broadcast quality standards.

“We are excited to announce an extension with DVSport to upgrade our football instant replay system with high-definition technology beginning with the 2010 season,” Said Big Ten Commissioner James E. Delany. “The Big Ten was the first conference to experiment with instant replay in college football, and we feel the use of high-definition video will enhance our officiating program for the future. DVSport has been a terrific partner and we look forward to continued service and support as we upgrade to the high-definition instant replay system.”
 
The objective of any replay system is to establish indisputable video evidence that will allow the replay official to confirm or overturn the call on the field. The quality of DVSport’s new technology was reviewed and praised by Big Ten officials at a recent national instant replay conference in Kansas City in March.
 
“DVSport’s innovative HD Replay solution enhances the officials’ review process for each and every play. The difference in video clarity is exactly what you would expect to see when you upgrade to HD,” said Bill Carollo, Coordinator of Big Ten Officials and a former National Football League referee.

“Having been a technology partner to the Big Ten for the last four seasons, together we are poised to deliver the conference’s next generation HD instant replay solution,” said Lowe.

About DVSport, Inc.: DVSport has been delivering standard definition replay to college football for the past five seasons, and since 2008, all National Championship, Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and ACC Championship games were officiated using DVSport’s HD Replay™ technology. DVSport Replay works with the member institutions and their broadcast partners from ABC/ESPN family, CBS, Fox, NBC, the Big Ten Network and the Mountain to bring instant replay to college football. In
2009, DVSport provided instant replay solutions for the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Mountain West, SEC, Notre Dame, Army, Navy, and NCAA Div. I FCS, Div. II, and Div. III playoffs and championships. DVSport also implemented its HD Replay™ technology for regular-season Canadian Football League games, as well as the Grey Cup championship game in 2009. www.dvsport.com

DVSport Tackles HD Replay at the BCS National Championship

by   |  January 8th, 2010

DVSport, Inc., the leader in state-of-the-art standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) sports replay technology, is proud to announce that its DVSport HD Replay ™ system was used during the January 7,2010 BCS National Championship Game between the University of Alabama and the University of Texas.

HD Replay is a coordinated effort that mirrors the broadcast workflow with the selection of camera angles, production and timing of replays to give the replay official “indisputable video evidence” to confirm or overturn a call.

“Having been a Replay Official in the Big East Conference for the last five years, the HD picture quality in the booth last night was the best I have ever worked with. DVSport has been a valued partner to us over the years and continues to show improvements that make a difference in our ability to review each and every play. HD quality would be a big step forward not only in the post-season, but for every conference game” noted Nick Trainer, 2010 BCS National Championship Replay Official.
 
In addition to the BCS National Championship, DVSport’s HD Replay™ system was employed at the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, CFL Grey Cup, ACC Championship, SEC Championship and the FCS Division I Championship games this season. “With over 100 games and counting, DVSport HD Replay has the obvious picture quality advantage, functionality and reliability a Championship caliber system demands,” explained Brian Lowe, DVSport President and CEO from the replay booth at last night’s game.
 
“While DVSport’s HD Replay system received many accolades during the 2008 BCS games, its widespread impact was felt everywhere in the 2009 season,” commented Lowe. In July 2009, DVSport debuted HD Replay at the CFL with every game reviewed in HD, including the Grey Cup. “DVSport’s HD Replay has made a significant impact to the CFL’s Instant replay system. It has been a great tool in helping make replay decisions effectively and efficiently,” stated Kevin McDonald, the CFL’s Director of Football Operations. This has been a great step forward for replay technology in our league.” DVSport featured its HD Replay™ system at eight bowl games during the 2009-2010 season for use by the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, SEC, and Big 12 conference replay officials.
 
This was the second consecutive year DVSport’s HD Replay™ system was used by officials during the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and the BCS National Championship games. “We believe that in 2010, HD Replay will become the standard replay technology for BCS as the conferences assist their on-field officials with the best technology for the replay booth.” said Lowe.

“Knowing that our quality in the replay booth now will match that of the HD broadcast is big step forward for college football. DVSport demonstrated that it has an HD system that is ready to go for the 2010 football season,” said Bill Carollo, Coordinator of Big Ten Officials. DVSport provided HD Replay for the Big Ten Conference at both the Fiesta Bowl and Gator Bowls.

DVSport works with the broadcast partners from ESPN/ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to coordinate the orchestration of the replay process from the initial set up through the actual reviews.

CFL Moves to HD Instant Replay

by   |  June 27th, 2009

Source: Edmonton Journal
DVSport HD Instant Replay in the CFL Canadian Football LeagueOfficiating has always been a black-and-white vocation since a call made by any given zebra is either surprisingly right or horribly wrong. Fitting then, that the Canadian Football League’s new video replay technology debuts this year in stark contrast to the previous system in place since 2006. “Night and day,” said Tom Higgins, director of officiating. “Absolutely night and day.”
 
The league is moving away from standard definition replays viewed by a referee under a hood on the sidelines to high definition replays viewed by former referee Jake Ireland in excruciatingly slow motion in the league’s brand new Toronto command centre.

“High definition. That’s the simple answer,” said Keith Lowe, chief operating officer of DVSport Software, the Pittsburgh company whose state-of-the-art, fifth generation replay software has been purchased by the CFL. “The tools are better as well, but the benefits of HD are obvious,” said Lowe. “This is the first year of high definition replay.”

So the CFL is on the cutting edge. Imagine that. “We’ve moved replay from good to better,” said Higgins,” who made the command centre a priority upon his hiring just over a year ago and said the league “spared no expense” on the DVSport technology since they had to buy only one system. “But it’s never going to be perfect. There is a human element and human error. “I hope people don’t think it will ever be perfect.”

Nobody ever accused Higgins of perfection when he coached in Edmonton or Calgary. And there are more than a few Eskimos fans who will never forgive Ireland for a botched call in the 1996 Grey Cup, though it wasn’t even his quick whistle that gave the Argonauts new life on a third-down gamble en route to the win. After 30 seasons and 557 games worked, Ireland retired after last season’s Grey Cup and was named the league’s lead replay official on Friday.

His workplace this year will be the so-called command centre at the CFL head office, a room outfitted with four high-definition video monitors. The moment a call is challenged by a head coach in Regina or Hamilton and six other cities this season, Ireland will employ the touchscreen technology to immediately begin viewing the disputed play on a frame-by-frame basis. The referee will go directly to the scorer’s table, strap on a headset and begin communicating with Ireland, who has the final word in all cases. It should provide a quicker, more accurate resolution to each challenge.

And it will certainly strain Ireland’s eyes. He used to work about 15 games per season and watch one or perhaps two more per week. Now he’s on the hook for all 77 this season. That’s almost 10 full days’ worth of televised football. He’s going to need a comfy chair.

Handing over control to Ireland means the CFL has patterned its system after that of the National Hockey League. Higgins said referees were disappointed with the quality of replay available to them and he thought the process created too much pressure on referees because they had to speak to crew members, then the head coach who threw the challenge flag, then go under the hood to make a quick decision, often in a hostile environment.

Ireland was one of those referees just last year. He thinks his former brethren won’t be offended by the loss of the final word. “Based on the quality of film that was available to us from stadium to stadium, I don’t think so. It’s one less worry. It’s one less burden for them.” And it really ought to improve the quality of the product, which is another of Higgins’ stated priorities. Last year there were 105 challenges and 66 calls were upheld. But 34 others were overturned after review. What is that like for a referee? “It’s really not that big a problem,” said Ireland. “There are some calls you’ve got no hope of seeing on the field. Sometimes you’re on the field praying it gets reviewed because you didn’t have a hope of seeing it. If it’s a bad call, it’s like any bad call you make, you suck it up and move on.”

DVSport Teams Up With the Mountain West Conference for Digital Replay

by   |  June 20th, 2007

DVSport, Inc. announces that its state-of-the-art digital replay system will be used by the Mountain West Conference, beginning with the upcoming 2007 football season. The Mountain West will join the Big East, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten and Southeastern conferences in choosing DVSport for their football instant replay needs.

“We feel very strongly that our touch screen replay system is the best possible solution in the market today, and the Mountain West Conference agreed.”Over the past several seasons, DVSport has provided instant replay technology in over 500 regular-season NCAA football games and 40 post-season bowl games. “We are very excited to have the Mountain West Conference become a part of our instant replay family,” said DVSport President and CEO Brian Lowe. “We feel very strongly that our touch screen replay system is the best possible solution in the market today, and the Mountain West Conference agreed.”
 
The Mountain West Conference, based in Colorado Springs, CO, was an early adopter of replay, and was the only conference to experiment with the coaches challenge element that subsequently became a part of the NCAA rule. More recently, the MWC has been involved in the development of national standards and protocols for the administration of instant replay in college football. “We wanted to make sure that we were providing the best possible replay solution for the MWC. After extensive research and analysis, we found that in DVSport,” said Bret Gilliland, Deputy Commissioner for the Mountain West Conference.

Almost every home football games will be televised this season via the MWC’s innovative television model that includes the VERSUS, CSTV and The Mtn. networks. “Through our television and replay partnerships, the Mountain West has demonstrated its commitment to operate at the top level of intercollegiate athletics,” added Gilliland.

“Our technology, combined with ongoing training and collaboration with each of our conferences, ensures that DVSport replay clients are in the best possible position to make the right call,”Beyond delivering their replay product, DVSport also provides extensive and on-going replay training prior to and throughout the football season. This reduces the chance for error and increases the replay officials’ level of confidence and comfort with the technology. “Our technology, combined with ongoing training and collaboration with each of our conferences, ensures that DVSport replay clients are in the best possible position to make the right call,” said Lowe.
 
DVSport, Inc., based in Pittsburgh, PA is a technology company that provides cutting edge video, game analysis and replay solutions to sports teams at all levels of competition. DVSport’s clients include over 100 college and professional teams in football, basketball, baseball and Olympic sports.

The Mountain West Conference is one of the top conferences in the collegiate sports arena and is comprised of nine NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision institutions including, The United States Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, Colorado State University, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, Texas Christian University, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Utah and University of Wyoming.

DVSport Clarifies NCAA Replay Process and Technology

by   |  September 20th, 2006

DVSport Replay Process and Technology

DVSport Replay - Washington State vs UCLA

Pittsburgh, PA – In early 2006, the NCAA standardized the “process” by which replay reviews are conducted, but they did not mandate a preferred technology. Each conference was entitled to purchase a replay system of their choice. The obvious consequence, and subsequent result, is the potential difference in technical capabilities between conferences. There are two different technologies used: DVR (Digital Video Recorder) based solutions and DVSport’s Touchscreen replay technology.
In 2005, the ACC, Big East, and SEC opted to purchase their replay systems from DVSport. The DVSport Replay system is based on a Touchscreen technology, allowing the replay official to view any available angle from any play at any time. The Associated Press reports, “He (Gordon Riese, PAC-10 Replay Official) said the equipment is not as sophisticated as NFL replay equipment, and does not allow the official to freeze the frame.” This statement is misleading because it implies that there is only one system being used in college football and that it is inferior to the NFL. DVSport’s replay system is as sophisticated as the system currently employed by the NFL and utilizes a similar Touchscreen technology for instant access and frame by frame viewing. In 2006, the Big Ten switched from their DVR based replay system to DVSport’s Replay system. With the addition of the Big Ten, four of the six BCS conferences, including independents Notre Dame and Navy, now use the DVSport Replay system. The replay process itself is a combination of technology and human factors. The ultimate decision is based upon the
replay official’s interpretation of the events as reviewed. However, technology facilitates that decision. It must be efficient, simple, and fast. The typical process in the replay booth is as follows:

  • The Replay Official, who is assigned by the conference, observes the play on field; simultaneously the live video is available on the replay system. This allows the Replay Official to review the play instantaneously.
  • He reviews the play, and with limited time (before the next snap), he must determine whether to stop play and conduct a booth review. Coinciding with this event, the replay system is recording and cataloging any additional replay angles which are immediately accessible via the Touchscreen.
  • During a booth review, the Replay Official reviews the play using a series of tools, such as slow-mo, frame accurate pausing, zooming, and the ability to access any replay angle on demand from the Touchscreen. He also bears the additional constraint of conducting this review within a short time period. The process is facilitated with assistance of the Replay Communicator who also assigned by the conference.
  • The Replay Official has the final call and informs the referee of his decision.

Beyond delivering the product, DVSport also provides extensive and on-going training prior to and throughout the football season. This reduces the chance for error and increases the replay official’s level of confidence and comfort with the technology.

About DVSport, Inc:
DVSport, Inc. is a software company based in Pittsburgh, PA specializing in digital video acquisition, analysis, and play-back software designed specifically for the sports market. With over 500+ systems deployed, DVSport has a strong customer base that spans the professional and intercollegiate sports market. Additionally, DVSport provides instant replay solutions to the Atlantic Coast, Southeastern, Big East and Big Ten conferences. Over the last five years, DVSport has led the way in developing innovative digital video solutions at all levels of competition.
DVSport has delivered proven solutions that have quickly become the standard by which sports related digital video analysis systems are measured. DVSport customers use their custom-designed software products on a daily basis to scout, analyze, review, and teach.