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OCTOPUS Takes Root At DIRECTV Sports Networks

Newsroom computer system specialists Octopus Newsroom has supplied and installed an Octopus6 NRCS for DIRECTV Sports Networks.
The wholly owned subsidiary of DIRECTV which operates three regional sports networks branded as Root Sports.
The Octopus6 NRCS is now reported to be handling ten-percent of all Major League Baseball broadcasts.
The Root Sports project required Octopus NRCS operation on the Mac OS X platform and has involved two installations, at Seattle and Pittsburgh. The delivered Octopus6 feature set includes the Tablet Client. Offering three distinct tablet views for Rundown, Anchor and Media it makes the live status of the NRCS available to those on the studio floor including the director and anchor.
Tom Scholle, Chief Engineer, Root Sports, commented: "We are very excited about using the mobile applications and see Octopus being used by us at professional sports venues across the country. Octopus is the start of a Newsroom 2.0 Solution that Root Sports is building.
"We are delighted that Root Sports has joined our steadily growing list customers in the USA," commented Petr Stokuc, CEO Octopus Newsroom. "Every customer in every country has unique requirements and building that flexibility into our NRCS has once again proved to be a winning formula. We look forward to continuing this successful business relationship with Root Sports."
Octopus Newsroom is the world leader in providing platform-independent newsroom computer systems for the broadcast television industry, with a history of 15 years of excellence. The latest version, Octopus6, is a cost-effective and reliable newsroom computer system that runs on Windows, Mac OS X or Linux platforms. Octopus Newsroom systems have been successfully installed at over 120 television channels including broadcasters such as Al Jazeera English - Worldwide, Euronews in France, Fox Turkey, Aaj Tak in India, RBC in Russia, an many more.
Root Sports has three networks, based in Bellevue WA, Denver CO, and Pittsburgh PA, which are distributed in 18 states and hold exclusive regional telecast rights to over twenty professional and collegiate teams, including the Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Utah Jazz, Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers , Gonzaga University, West Virginia University, University of Denver and Seattle University. The Root Sports networks also have exclusive national distribution rights for the Big Sky Conference, as well as distributing Big 12, Pac-12, Mountain West, and Conference USA and other collegiate football and basketball games.
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