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Amway Center Scores Big With IPTV Upgrades

Home to the Orlando Magic, the center recently upgraded its video and signage systems and IPTV backbone

The EZ TV IPTV system delivers content for the team’s 20 live channels and manages an additional 60 broadcast cable channels.

ORLANDO – The Amway Center, home to the NBA’s Orlando Magic, recently upgraded its video and signage systems, during which the organization decided to change from an all-signage system with more 1,000 displays to a hybrid system that consists of a new IPTV solution and dedicated digital signage system.

The installation included the VITEC’s IPTV Sports Venue solution, which includes EZ TV IPTV middleware, HD blade encoders, and IPTV set-top-boxes.

Choosing the VITEC IPTV Sports Venue solution gave the venue operators the best video quality, streaming latency performance, and intuitive TV experience for attendees, said Jeff Lutes, vice president of information technology for the Orlando Magic.

“We are impressed with VITEC’s EZ TV middleware, flexible customization options and the ability to stream to our full-screen displays as well as to tablets,” he said. “EZ TV was quickly integrated to our existing network and was easy to set up and customize to our needs.”

The Orlando Magic and system integrator CTG chose the EZ TV IPTV system for features such as real-time network DVRs, an electronic program guide for TV and PC users, and the ability to extend the reach of the IPTV streams to desktops, laptops, tablets, and phones.The EZ TV system can automate and streamline the delivery of instant replays during games and events, while allowing fans in the suites to play back on-demand content.

EZ TV delivers content for the team’s 20 live channels and manages an additional 60 broadcast cable channels going to over 300 VITEC set-top boxes throughout the venue, including courtside, back-of-house positions, as well as Club and Founders Level suites. Content also goes out to 700 Four Winds digital signage screens.