MELVILLE, N.Y. — Dec. 6, 2022 — Hego, a Chyron brand, today announced that it is providing HBCU GO, the leading media provider for the nation’s 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), with an end-to-end first-and-10 graphics solution for the free streaming network’s production of Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) football games. Taking advantage of Hego’s turnkey Virtual 1st system, graphics expertise, and on-site operator, HBCU GO has enhanced its coverage of SWAC matchups, seamlessly delivering dynamic on-field graphics that sports fans have come to expect of top college football broadcasts.
“First-and-10 graphics play a critical role in helping viewers understand what’s at stake with every play, and they also let fans and athletes know we are committed to making every play and every moment count,” said Curt Simmons, executive vice president, programming, and operations, HBCU GO. “The beauty of working with Hego is that we’ve been able to integrate high-end virtual graphics into our productions and regardless of the field or game-day conditions, the on-screen results are pro-level.”
Based on advanced real-time image-processing algorithms, Hego’s Virtual 1st optical tracking system enables very fast calibration and setup time, enabling HBCU GO to incorporate virtual graphics — virtual lines of scrimmage, first-down markers, and sponsored advertisements — into any live broadcast quickly and easily. For every HBCU GO game, a Hego operator sets up a mobile Virtual 1st system, which provides three cameras in and three cameras out, and oversees the placement of graphics throughout the game. The Hego graphics team works with HBCU GO on an ongoing basis to refine the look and feel of first-and-10 graphics.
“With the introduction of virtual placement for first-and-10 lines, Allen Media Group’s HBCU GO is bringing next-level technology and sports enhancement to HBCU college football,” said Hego General Manager Arthur Mason. “We’re proud to be part of raising the profile of these games — and of great athletes across the conference — and supporting HBCU GO in giving fans the viewing experience they deserve.”
More information about Hego and the company’s production services is available at www.hego.tv.
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Hego is a Chyron brand offering an array of technology-driven services for sports production. The company is an expert in production innovation, remote productions, graphics, data generation & visualization and is constantly searching for the best products and solutions to fit its clients’ needs. Hego services include virtual ad insertion with a turnkey mobile system and operator; tracking and monitoring including live game support, data scrubbing, and validation; and production services with the right equipment and experienced designers and operators to create successful broadcast events. Hego is based in Stockholm, Sweden, with clients and projects worldwide. www.hego.tv
About HBCU GO
HBCU GO is a cultural lifestyle destination and leading sports media provider that embraces and represents the voice of Black Excellence every day of the year through an all-new platform that captures the rich history, diversity, perspectives, and cultural experiences at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). HBCU GO also provides a platform for emerging creatives in media production, branding, and broadcasting. We offer our viewers the best in live sports, original series, documentaries, films, comedy, and edutainment programming produced by African American leading producers, directors, and students from select HBCUs.
Launched in 2012, the free-streaming service HBCU GO was purchased by Byron Allen in 2021 and is part of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group (AMG). AMG is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Charleston, SC. AMG owns 27 ABC-NBC-CBS-FOX network affiliate broadcast television stations in 21 U.S. markets and twelve 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 220 million subscribers: THE WEATHER CHANNEL, THE WEATHER CHANNEL EN ESPAÑOL, PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, JUSTICECENTRAL.TV, THEGRIO, THIS TV, and PATTRN. AMG also owns the streaming platforms HBCU GO, THE GRIO STREAMING APP, SPORTS.TV, THE WEATHER CHANNEL STREAMING APP, and LOCAL NOW — the free-streaming AVOD service powered by THE WEATHER CHANNEL and content partners, which delivers real-time, hyper-local news, weather, traffic, sports, and lifestyle information. For more information, visit allenmedia.tv and www.hbcugo.tv.
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