Aside from a $102 million donation from Terry Pegula, a brand new ice arena and two freshly established Division I hockey teams, Penn State has a new way to ensure fans never have to take their eyes off the game.
That solution is 95 HDTVs.
Each T.V., which was installed by Claire Solutions, is located throughout the Pegula Arena: in the arena rink, community rink, press box, conference spaces, coaches’ offices, recruiting lounge, hallways and 14 suites.
The T.V.s run off of a distribution system by Z-Band Video. The system runs off of a Gen3 GigaBOB.
The GigaBOB takes a signal into either a coax fiber, or single mode, angle-polished fiber, depending on what the system’s infrastructure is.
“In Pegula’s case, the backbone was coax,” says Bill Dye, Director of Sales Hospitality, Education & International Business for Z-Band Video. “So it takes a coax signal and if you get the signal flat and into the master box, and if it’s a digital signal, we’re looking for 17 DB; if it’s an analog signal, we’re looking for 23 DB; if it’s a mex we go into the middle of 20 DB. Once you get that signal flat and into the back of our box through the CATV port, our box will handle that signal out to all the other boxes in the system. In Pegula’s case, there are three other 24-port boxes.”
From there, Dye says the signal is conditioned by each box, and connects to a GigaBUD.
“The two actually talk to each other and keep the signal good from the box to the TV,” he says. “So there are two places that signals control from the master box to all of the other satellite boxes, and from each box to each T.V. It’s an automatic system once you set it up.”
Dye says the T.V. installation functions as an enhancement to fans’ experiences at the Pegula Arena.