The NFL has placed an order with Harris Corp for the purchase of hardware, software and services that will enable the league to upgrade its officiating instant replay system to HD at its 31 stadiums nationwide. The instant replay systems are used to help make determinations that are challenged by coaches and booth reviews.
"The NFL wanted to move its instant replay systems to next-generation HD server technology to maintain a continued, high-level of reliability for future broadcasts," said Rich Zabel, vice president of sales for the Eastern region, Harris Corporation's Broadcast Communications Division.
"We are pleased to upgrade our systems to reflect innovations in technology," said Mike Pereira, the NFL's vice president of officiating. "The new HD systems will provide our officials with state-of-the-art equipment to further enhance their ability to make proper calls."
"Since today's NFL games are being broadcast in HDTV, it was critical to have this official replay system also support all the major HDTV broadcast formats," added Jeff Howard, the NFL's senior executive of engineering and broadcast technologies."