Press release

Spyder And Christie MicroTiles Are a Slam Dunk at NCAA March Madness Final Four

CYPRESS, Calif. – (April 12, 2012) – As millions watched the NCAA Final Four on CBS Sports at the Superdome in New Orleans, few realized a Christie Spyder 344 video processor was controlling the content displayed on an eight unit wide by two unit high Christie® MicroTiles® video display wall built into the front of the curved anchor desk.

MicroTiles display wall

Philadelphia-based Video Visions, Inc. created and integrated the audiovisual for the new desk where the top college basketball analysts dissected the action. Designed by Jack Morton Worldwide and built by Jack Morton Exhibits, the stylish desk is designed to be transportable to cover any sport in any venue and accommodate five on-air commentators.

The Christie MicroTiles showed tournament highlights, team, sponsor and Final Four logos, and the entire March Madness bracket detailing the matchups and outcomes for all 68 teams, up to and including the University of Kentucky’s march to its eighth national title.

Installed in several broadcast studios including Global Television in Toronto, Canada, Christie MicroTiles are designed for high ambient light indoor environments and use the strengths of both LED and DLP® technology to achieve a wider color palette and brighter images compared to flat panel LCD and plasma displays. Christie MicroTiles have built-in sensors that monitor each LEDs performance, allowing the system to detect each tile in the array, and automatically adjust brightness and color continuously.

Video Visions managing director Jim Landy who designed the desk’s audio video display, selected the Spyder 344 to manage and control the content. 

“A necessary component of the installation was to provide all the images – with the right pixel counts and proper aspect ratios – for the display,” he explained. “The Spyder’s unique intelligent processor addressed the display directly – mapping out images across the entire desk.”

Landy said the Spyder “worked perfectly” during the intense broadcast coverage of the Final Four. “I would have been hard pressed to use anything but a Spyder for this application. It was the perfect tool for the job.”

About Christie®
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., Japan, (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world’s most advanced projectors and complete system displays, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images. Visit www.christiedigital.com

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Christie® MicroTiles® is a registered trademark of Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc.