The Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, is one of the top two digital signage arenas in the country. With over 1,000 screens and 1.3 million people per year attending events, the fan experience is key to its success. To maintain its status, the Amway Center needed to upgrade its aging digital signage system to lower the set-top box failure rate and improve video playout reliability. In the process, it was decided to go from an all-signage system to a blended system of both IPTV and signage for a superior fan experience. The new system required high-quality video output, low latency and the flexibility for future expansion, yet it also needed to be cost-effective and absolutely reliable.
After looking at several options, the Orlando Magic and system integrator CTG chose VITEC’s IPTV Sports Venue solution—which includes EZ TV IPTV middleware, HD blade encoders and VITEC’s IPTV set-top boxes—and Four Winds for digital signage, creating a perfect blended system.
“Choosing VITEC’s IPTV Sports Venue solution gave us the best video quality, streaming latency performance and intuitive TV experience for Club and Founders Level suites,” says Jeff Lutes, vice president of IT 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. VITEC’s IPTV solution delivers the highest video quality to improve the fan experience and the reliability needed when managing a large-scale video system such as ours.”