FSN, AJA Take Celtics to Air

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FSN New England is using AJA Video Systems Inc.’s “KONA 2” capture card and “Io FireWire Interface” to provide standard-definition and HDTV telecasts of the National Basketball Association’s Boston Celtics’ games.

The network said away games are broadcast in standard-definition on FSN New England, while home games are simulcast in both standard-definition and HD on a separate Comcast Corp. digital-cable channel. All home games are produced in HD and downconverted for standard-definition distribution, FSN added.

"When FSN New England approached us about their SD/HD simulcast plans, we knew we had the best solution for them," AJA president John Abt said in a prepared statement. "Fox values well-engineered products that can be counted on in broadcast environments."