Video MSP Provides Live Feeds for 2009 NBA Draft

By Jessica Davis  |  Posted 2009-06-26 Print this article Print

Basketball fans can thank video conferencing technology and dedicated video networks for the live feed they will see from 15 team headquarters during the 2009 NBA Draft. Video conferencing MSP Glowpoint will provide the service, replacing satellite feeds, for the fifth year in a row. Glowpoint, which also provides video conferencing services to enterprise customers, says the recession and the entry of big players such as Cisco into the video conferencing space, continue to drive the market's biggest business increase ever.

For basketball fans watching tonight's 2009 NBA Draft live on television to see which team gets Blake Griffin, there's no tolerance for lost video signals, dropped video or audio or anything else going wrong with the broadcast.

For the fifth year in a row, video conferencing managed service provider Glowpoint service will be making sure that all the audio and video signals are delivered perfectly for the live broadcast on ESPN. The Hillside, N.J.-based company also provides the same service during the NFL draft, says Jonathan Brust, vice president of marketing at Glowpoint.

This year's coverage will include live audio/video feeds from 15 team headquarters, plus video (but no audio) feeds from three "war rooms" where the decisions are being made.  

"We put significant resources into managing these events and there is no tolerance whatsoever with something going wrong on live TV with a sporting event," Brust tells Channel Insider.  "The nice thing is that the fact that we've been selected for the fifth year gives shows that we are delivering on that requirement."

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Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at

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