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The Korean Baseball Organisation (KBO) has invested in Grass Valley K2 Dyno technology to improve and standardise its video replay process across nine stadiums.

gv logoKBO opted for nine K2 Dyno Universe Replay Systems with K2 Summit 3G media servers, working closely with SAMA GVC, Grass Valley’s channel partner in Korea throughout the purchase and training process.

The Grass Valley infrastructure is now operated from a single remote control center in Seoul where baseball officials can review any plays as needed with complete control.

Until now, we’ve had to ask our broadcast partners to show us the replays so we can review close calls,” said Jongwan Lee, team manager of the SPOTV operations group in charge of KBO project management.

“This often caused significant delays as we requested different views, speeds or angles. Now, we can control the video feeds ourselves and use the slo-mo capability to get the necessary views. The process is much faster and the calls are more accurately reviewed, so the fan experience is much better.”

KBO can now manage video feeds from five games on any one day, with each K2 Summit media server able to ingest 12 video feeds, including a multi viewer feed and multiple channels of video. These are patched to the central control centre via an IP encoder/decoder.

“The new system is enabling us to more accurately review disputed plays quickly and make the right call so the game can continue with minimal delays. By centralising it all in one control centre, we can have highly trained K2 Dyno operators who are experts at finding the right video clips and angles to make the call,” added Lee.

Kiwhan Inn, president of SAMA GVC Inc, said: “This is the first sports organisation in Korea adopting the server and slo-mo replay technology and it will affect all other professional sports such as basketball and volleyball. I expect that all of our national sports organisations will be watching our results very closely.”