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NYC Sports Broadcaster Gets Clarity with Plura Monitors

SportsNet New York, known to viewers as SNY, is the official television home of the New York Mets, Jets and all things New York sports. We recently upgraded our live control room and postproduction monitors facility-wide. Upon evaluating options, we began a transition to Plura monitors, installing 40 displays to date ranging from 17 to 55 inches.

The larger-format Plura DBM and PBM-3G Series monitors are centralized in our main control room, including seven 46- and 55-inch monitors arranged in a monitor wall configuration. These displays provide a very rich feature set, notably closed captioning, on-screen waveforms and vectorscopes, and 16-channel audio metering.

We integrated several Plura LCM-119 monitors in the Manhattan facility and at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. The benefits of these screens translate well for game analysts in the Citi Field broadcast booth, who receive a bright, sharp 1920 x 1080 signal that offers a pixel-to-pixel picture display.

Plura integrates a dynamic and static tally capability into the LCM-3G monitor series that we find very useful at Citi Field, where four robotic cameras deliver live shots for Mets broadcasts. A center marker intelligibly communicates to camera operators how to most effectively frame live shots.

Moving forward, we expect to explore advanced capabilities of other Plura monitor lines including networked monitoring, fiber connectivity and IP-based control.

Alex Blanding is vice president of engineering for SportsNet New York.