Case Study

Rogers Sportsnet Studios



Sportsnet is a prominent Canadian media brand owned and operated by Rogers Sports & Media. With a strong commitment to delivering sports storytelling at the local, regional and global level, Sportsnet has established itself as a leading broadcaster in the country.

As the national cable rights holders of the National Hockey League in Canada, Sportsnet delivers extensive coverage of the sport through several different programs, including the broadcast of games, highlights and in-depth analysis on the iconic Hockey Night in Canada program. 

In addition to their Hockey coverage, Sportsnet is a specialty channel that broadcasts a wide range of content including professional baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, curling, and the summer and winter Olympics.  

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The Challenge

Rogers Sportsnet embarked on a mission to revolutionize the traditional hockey broadcast by creating a new studio environment that would unleash the full creativity of their production teams.

They aimed to build two new studio sets in downtown Toronto featuring state-of-the-art technology, enhanced data capabilities, and increased in-broadcast versatility, to enable the NHL on Sportsnet team to produce more interactive, immersive, and innovative content for viewers.

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The Solution

A key requirement for the new studios was to provide advanced data capabilities that would enhance in-broadcast statistics, graphics, and content in real-time.

To achieve this, Sportsnet selected Ross Video’s XPression Tessera solution, which delivers adaptive graphics to all 22 LED displays within the studio, including the impressive 50-ft. curved, floor-to-ceiling LED wall known as “The Cove.” 

XPression Tessera, a trusted solution used in prominent sports venues worldwide, empowers production teams to deliver pixel-accurate content to large LED displays. The system’s flexibility gives the Sportsnet team unparalleled storytelling capabilities, allowing them to feed a huge range of stats, betting information, player and puck tracking data to their displays, all in real-time.  

Core Ross components of the solution include

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The Impact

With XPression Tessera, Sportsnet’s flagship hockey broadcasts have undergone a remarkable transformation. Specifically, the Tessera system enables the production team to create dynamic real-time content so they can adapt to the rapidly changing storylines of live sports. The newly revamped studio environment incorporates several unique applications of the Tessera system, including:

  1. Adaptive matchup templates: These templates are custom-built to perfectly fit the different displays in the studio. With just one click, the production team can seamlessly transition between a matchup layout showcasing the playing teams and the game’s up-to-the-minute start time, to a dynamic score display that syncs with the clock, period, and live scores.
  2. Frame-accurate synchronization: Tessera’s advanced mechanism allows content to be changed on individual displays or on several displays simultaneously, ensuring flawless coordination between different visual elements.
  3. XPression Incoder for transcoding and transporting media: The Sportsnet art department’s media is efficiently transcoded and transported to the LED control system using XPression Incoder. This system’s capability to monitor files uploaded by on-premises and remote artists proved to be a crucial workflow consideration during deployment, enabling Sportsnet to support today’s hybrid workplace reality without compromising production value.

Sportsnet’s vision of transforming hockey broadcasts has been achieved through the integration of Ross Video’s XPression Tessera solution. 

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