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Baltimore Ravens Install 100 Panasonic Plasma DisplaysOutfit new ?best in league? training facility with high-contrast widescreen plasma displays (May 23, 2005)
When the NFL's Baltimore Ravens debuted the teams new $31 million training facility last fall in Owings Mills, MD, it was hailed as ?the best in the league, the model for all other franchises?and the ultimate training ground for players. Among the distinctive features cited of this ?real life fantasy football facility were 100 high-contrast Panasonic widescreen plasma displays including 50, 42 and 37 models.
Until last October, the Ravens -- the 2000 Super Bowl champions --had trained at the old Colts facility, where the audio/visual capabilities were much more rudimentary. Now, twelve 50 16:9 HD plasma displays are used in the facilitys upper management offices and in the cardio areas of the weight room and players lounge.
Forty-six 42 plasmas have been installed in coaches and scouting offices for viewing football footage, in the dining area and waiting areas, as well as for use as a QC monitor with quad split screen in the edit suite. And forty-two 37 plasma displays have also been placed in general office spaces.
The Panasonic plasmas are shown off to particularly luxurious advantage in owner Steve Bisciottis billiards room (a 42 model) and in a beautifully-appointed entertainment anteroom to his office (a 50 model).
According to the Ravens video coordinator Jon Dube, ?I have always been impressed with Panasonics picture quality and the overall performance of the companys displays. The plasmas are providing rock-solid pictures. At the previous facility, there was a mishmash of outdated televisions?nothing bigger than 36. The Panasonic plasmas have introduced us to a whole new level of entertainment and information exchange.
?As far as contributing to our organization, we broadcast our press conferences -- and just about anything else we want to show --over our in-house RF system. We have control over four channels, so its like a mini-TV station. We also have a video server that we can route to a channel and run loops of highlights scroll schedules. The plasma displays give us a great ability to communicate to every one in our facility.
Dube said that next season he and his staff plan to record games, edit out the commercials and display the games on the Panasonic plasmas throughout the facility.
Panasonic Broadcasts seventh generation of professional plasma displays consist of five 7-Series models, the 65 TH-65PHD7UY, 50 TH-50PHD7UY and 42 TH-42PHD7UY high definition panels, and the 42 TH-42PWD7UY and 37 TH-37PWD7UY standard definition panels. The 7-Series family features Panasonics phenomenal image quality, high contrast (4000:1on SD models and 3000:1 on HD units), 8.58 billion displayable colors, a 60,000-hour service life, and are equipped with interchangeable, multi-function slots for customizing the panels for an array of applications, including multi-screen display.
For more information on Panasonic plasma displays, phone 1-800-528-8601 or visit our web site at www.panasonic.com/plasma.
About Panasonic Broadcast
Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast, professional video and presentation products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a unit company of Panasonic Corporation of North America. The company is the North American headquarters of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC) of Japan, and the hub of its U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations
For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, access the companys web site at www.panasonic.com/broadcast.
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