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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
Live From MLB All-Star 2022: MLB Network Hits the City of Angels for the 2022 MLB Draft at L.A. Live

July 17, 2022

Playing a critical role in the last two MLB Drafts, remote workflows will once again take center stage. In a relationship that began with the 2020 NHL Draft in Secaucus, BitFire will be leveraging a majority of the remote feeds seen during Sunday’s broadcast.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
BitFire Networks Provides 16 Remote Feeds for 2022 NHL Draft Lottery

May 20, 2022

As professional sports drafts slowly return to a full in-person format, there are still remnants of the COVID-19 pandemic that may stay forever. Leveraging remote workflows and other aspects of virtualized production, draft prospects don’t always have to be onsite to become an integral part of the live broadcast. Management and maintenance of these feeds can be a bit of a challenge, but BitFire Networks has been available to solve this task.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
BitFire Provides Tech Infrastructure for Finale of NBC’s American Song Contest

May 12, 2022

BitFire partnered with Holley Video Consultation to install a fleet of BitFire servers at the show’s main control room at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Using the connectivity onsite, BitFire was able to send live feeds of the production to their secure web based FireBridge platform. Custom links were created for more than 60 people, allowing them to monitor the show in real-time. Production and music industry executives, members of the show crew and key contributors were all able to use the FireBridge platform from any location worldwide.

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PRESS RELEASE | NBC’s American Song Contest Technology Provided by BitFire Networks & Holley Video

May 10, 2022

Snoop Dogg and Kelly Clarkson crowned the winner of NBC’s American Song Contest last night, ending the show’s first season. Arizona-based BitFire Networks and California-based Holley Video Consultation provided several of their key production solutions throughout the series eight-week live run.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
Punching Above Its Weight: How the National Lacrosse League’s Centralized Production Elevates Live Game Broadcast

ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
Punching Above Its Weight: How the National Lacrosse League’s Centralized Production Elevates Live Game Broadcast

March, 30 2022

BitFire Networks transmission solutions make the NLL an efficient machine of video delivery

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
BitFire, Holley Video Connect American Idol Contestants to Loved Ones

March, 29 2022

For the 20th season of American Idol, Arizona-based BitFire Networks and California-based Holley Video Consultation partnered to engineer a solution to connect families with contestants during the production’s socially distanced audition process.

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PRESS RELEASE | American Idol’s Complex New Technology Provided by BitFire Networks & Holley Video

March 28, 2022

For the 20 th season of American Idol, Arizona-based BitFire Networks and California-based Holley Video Consultation partnered to engineer a solution to connect families with contestants during the production’s socially distanced audition process.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
Professional Fighters League Expands Agreement With BitFire

February 24, 2022

BitFire Networks announces a continuation of their partnership with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) to provide critical production support for the expanded 2022 season. On the heels of BitFire’s support last season, the PFL will again use BitFire Networks proprietary technology to execute its complex productions for viewers around the world.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
BitFire Networks Expands Deal With Major League Rugby For Transmission, REMI Support

February 17, 2022

As MLR’s fifth season kicked off on February 5, BitFire Networks expanded their efforts to support the league’s broadcast transmissions across the globe. This partnership began in 2021 and will now run through the entire 2022 eighteen-week season, followed by the Championship series.

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PRESS RELEASE | BitFire Networks’ Partnership with Professional Fighters League (PFL) Highlights 2022

February 21, 2022

BitFire Networks announces a continuation of their partnership with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) to provide critical production support for the expanded 2022 season.

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PRESS RELEASE | BitFire Networks Expands Support for Major League Rugby

February 16, 2022

BitFire Networks’ agreement to bring Major League Rugby (MLR) to an international audience has been extended throughout 2022.

As MLR’s fifth season kicked off on February 5, BitFire expanded their efforts to support the league’s broadcast transmissions across the globe. This partnership began in 2021 and will now run through the entire 2022 eighteen-week season, followed by the Championship series.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
National Lacrosse League Taps BitFire Networks for Centralized Broadcast Production

December 14, 2021

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) and BitFire Networks have announced a new three-year partnership to present the next three seasons of play, starting with the current 2021-2022 season.

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PRESS RELEASE | BitFire Wins Prestigious Industry Pioneer Award

November 16, 2021

BitFire Networks is honored to be awarded a bronze in the category ‘Best Lockdown Solution’ at this week’s OTT Awards from SportPro.

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ARTICLE | TVNewsCheck
Remote Production Spurs A Pivot To New Products And Facilities

October 14, 2021

A new company taking full advantage of the industry’s shift to remote production is BitFire Networks, which was launched in July 2020 specifically to provide IP-based live transmission and production services.

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PRESS RELEASE | Revolutionary State of the Art Production Studio Opening in North Phoenix - BitFire Studios

October 12, 2021

A broadcast production studio, unlike any other in North America, celebrates its grand opening on October 12, 2021, as the demand for original programming and content skyrockets.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
BitFire Networks, L2 Productions Provide Production Backbone of Select NCAA Football Broadcasts

September 16, 2021

BitFire Networks is joining L2 Productions in bringing the NCAA College Football Season to fans across the country. With the recent season kick-off, BitFire is providing technology to assist in TV broadcasting, live streaming, and live video production for up to 10 games this season.

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ARTICLE | TVNewsCheck
BitFire Networks Part Of Bringing NCAA Football To Viewers

September 16, 2021

With the recent season kick-off, BitFire Network’s technology is assisting in TV broadcasting, live streaming and live video production for up to 10 games. In partnership with L2 Productions, BitFire will support the backhaul of six camera feeds from onsite at the remote venue back to L2 studios in Austin, Texas.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
BitFire Networks Supports NFL Radio Broadcasts in 2021-22 Season

September 16, 2021

For the entire 2021-2022 NFL Football Season, BitFire’s technology will bring all the excitement of the NFL to radio airwaves across the country. BitFire’s new partnership with Adhara Communications will provide broadcasting support for every game during the season.

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PRESS RELEASE | BitFire Networks Provide NCAA College Football Broadcasts in Partnership with L2 Productions

September 16, 2021

BitFire Networks joins L2 Productions in bringing the NCAA College Football Season to fans across the country.

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ARTICLE | TVNewsCheck
Kristin Akimchuk Joins BitFire Networks Team

August 6, 2021

BitFire, an end-to-end live video transmission and production solution, has hired Kristin Akimchuk as director of broadcast operations.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
BitFire Hires Kristin Akimchuk as Director of Broadcast Operations

August 6, 2021

BitFire has hired Kristin Akimchuk as Director of Broadcast Operations. In her new role, Akimchuk is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of BitFire Networks, including two Network Operations Centers in Boston and Phoenix.

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PRESS RELEASE | Broadcast Industry Veteran Joins Talented BitFire Networks Team

August 6, 2021

BitFire is excited to announce that Kristin Akimchuk has joined the company as Director of Broadcast Operations.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
BitFire Networks Plays Important Role in NHL Network’s Virtual Production of 2021 NHL Draft

July 26, 2021

NHL Network once again utilized BitFire Networks to facilitate the integration, synchronization, and distribution associated with producing the 2021 NHL Draft.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
NHL Network Fires Up Three Studios, Four Control Rooms to Host Virtual 2021 NHL Draft

July 23, 2021

More than 100 live video feeds from team headquarters, players homes will pump into network’s Secaucus facility

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PRESS RELEASE | BitFire Networks Plays Integral Role in 2021 NHL Draft & NHL Draft Lottery

July 22, 2021

NHL Network, the TV home of the National Hockey League, will once again utilize BitFire Networks to facilitate the integration, synchronization and distribution associated with producing the 2021 NHL Draft.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
Live From MLB All-Star 2021: MLB Network Brings MLB Draft to Denver With Onsite Operations, Remote Support in Secaucus

July 11, 2021

BitFire Networks is providing feeds of at-home draftees, team executives...

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PRESS RELEASE | Industry Trailblazer BitFire Networks Celebrates First Year with Unprecedented Success

July 1, 2021

On its one-year anniversary, BitFire Networks announces plans for continued company expansion amid a year of major growth within the video transmission industry.

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ARTICLE | InBusiness
On its one-year anniversary, Phoenix’s BitFire Networks announces plans for continued company expansion amid a year of major growth within the video transmission industry.

June 30, 2021

To celebrate its one-year anniversary later this year, video transmission provider BitFire Networks announced plans for continued expansion.

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ARTICLE | TVNewsCheck
BitFire Networks To Celebrate First Year

June 17, 2021

To celebrate its one-year anniversary later this year, video transmission provider BitFire Networks announced plans for continued expansion.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
BitFire Networks Celebrates One-Year Anniversary in the Industry

June 17, 2021

On its one-year anniversary, BitFire Networks has announced plans for continued company expansion amid a year of major growth within the video transmission industry.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
BitFire Networks Keeps Professional Fighters League Productions Connected Across Multiple Sites

May 24, 2021

We are thrilled to be partnered with the Professional Fighters League providing critical production support throughout the 2021 season.

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ARTICLE | TVNewsCheck
Tech Vet Andy Hansen Joins BitFire Networks

May 5, 2021

BitFire has hired Andy Hansen as Executive Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Hansen is responsible for guiding the strategic path of BitFire through sales, partnerships, acquisitions and operational efficiencies.

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INTERVIEW | Sports Video Group
SVG SportsTech On Demand: BitFire Networks’ Ben Grafchik on the Glue That Holds Remote Production Together

April 28, 2021

Remote productions may have accelerated in the past year but it’s the connectivity underneath the surface that has sports content creators churning out more live content than ever before. In this edition of our SVG SportsTech On Demand series, Ben Grafchik, VP, Business Development of BitFire Networks shares how the young company has empowered production professionals to contribute to live shows from all over the world.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
BitFire Hires Andy Hansen as EVP of Business Development

April 23, 2021

BitFire has hired Andy Hansen as Executive Vice President of Business Development. In this role, Hansen is responsible for guiding the strategic path of BitFire through sales, partnerships, acquisitions and operational efficiencies.

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PRESS RELEASE | Technology Industry Veteran Joins Talented BitFire Networks Team

April 23, 2021

BitFire is excited to announce that Andy Hansen has joined the company as Executive Vice President of Business Development.

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NEWS | BitFire Provides Broadcast Solution to ABC's Syndicated Tamron Hall Talk Show During Covid-19 Shutdown

March 30, 2021

BitFire's commitment to designing and building custom solutions for their clients ensures award winning talk show continues production. 

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PRESS RELEASE | BitFire Partners with PGA Tour and Trackman to Provide Remote Production Solution

March 16, 2021

BitFire Networks was proud to provide critical support to the PGA Tour and Trackman during the 2021 PLAYERS Championship at Sawgrass.

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PRESS RELEASE | BitFire Networks Provide NCAA March Madness with Innovative Technology in Covid Era

March 15, 2021

BitFire Networks joins CBS and a nationwide radio network in bringing the NCAA tournament to playoff schools across the country.

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PRESS RELEASE | “HOUSE OF ATHLETE SCOUTING COMBINE SHOWCASE” TO STREAM LIVE ON THE FOX SPORTS APP & FOXSPORTS.COM

March 4, 2021

BitFire Networks is excited to partner with Brandon Marshall and House of Athlete's Scouting Combine Showcase by providing Live Production expertise and the power of the BitFire Transport Network.

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NEWS | BitFire Makes Foray into Sports Betting with CBS Sports HQ and William Hill Partnership

February 11, 2021

Determined to create new and exciting client relationships despite a challenging year, BitFire forges a partnership with CBS Sports HQ and William Hill, the largest sports betting business in the US.

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PRESS RELEASE | BitFire Continues to Grow with the Appointment of Industry Expert Ben Hayes as Director of Client Services 

November 16, 2020

BitFire continues its growth with the addition of Benjamin Hayes, a well-known, seasoned broadcast media expert. Hayes joins BitFire as Director of Client Services, bringing nearly two decades of industry expertise as a producer, reporter, and most recently, eight years as Director of Client Services at SMT (SportsMEDIA Technology Corp).

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PRESS RELEASE | BitFire Shines Under International Spotlight by Deploying 75 Simultaneous Remotes and Over 100 Total IP Broadcast Transport Feeds for 2020 NHL Draft 

October 12, 2020

NHL Network receives remote contribution from 31 NHL clubs and over 40 draft prospects through BitFire’s browser-based FireBridge for its coverage of the 2020 NHL Draft.

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
For the NHL Draft, NHL Network's Studios Play Host as Live Feeds Pour in from 31 Team Sites

Leveraging connectivity through BitFire, the league will juggle more than 100 feeds.

October 6, 2020

In this unique year of live sports television in a COVID world, league drafts have emerged as one of the more intriguing and innovative broadcast playgrounds.

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ARTICLE | NHL.com
2020 NHL Draft, being held virtually, will be unique for teams, viewers

League using technology to bring people together across North America, Europe

October 5, 2020

The 2020 NHL Draft will be unlike any draft the League has held before and perhaps will hold again. In some ways, it might be better for teams and TV viewers. How often does a team make selections from a cattle ranch in Montana? How often do people get to see prospects at home?

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PRESS RELEASE | BitFire Partners with SkyCam®, Employs Flexible Network to Transport Video, Audio, Communications, and Remote Camera Control

September 29, 2020

BitFire is deploying its technology with SkyCam for the biggest NFL and collegiate football games this fall across a multitude of broadcast networks, creating new workflows that allow SkyCam the ability to have executive control and troubleshooting oversight, and the capability for remote operation if needed. With support from coast-to-coast, read more about how we have partnered to make sure every SkyCam event is covered by the highest level of tech and operational services.  

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ARTICLE | Sports Video Group
Ken Aagaard, Bob Sullivan Launch BitFire; Combines IP Tech, Production Services

July 13, 2020

The move towards de-centralized production, where various technical and signal transport elements for a sports production are in disparate locations, has accelerated in recent months. It’s created new opportunities for established production entities but also opened the door to some new ones. The latest entrant is BitFire, launched this month by former executives from SNEAKY BIG Studios and Ken Aagaard, longtime sports production professional and former SVG chairman.

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ARTICLE | Sports Business Daily
Crowded schedule will test network capabilities

July 13, 2020

If everything goes as planned this fall — a big if — the sports calendar will be more crowded than it’s ever been.

There is a possibility that NFL games will run alongside college football games, NBA and NHL playoff games, the World Series, golf and tennis majors, Triple Crown races and more.

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ARTICLE | Sports Business Daily
Ken Aagaard Part of New Remote Production Outfit

July 8, 2020

Longtime CBS Sports exec Ken Aagaard is part of a group of sports media vets that have launched BitFire, a company that promises to make it easier to produce sports events remotely. Under Aagaard and former TEGNA and Scripps TV exec Bob Sullivan's leadership, BitFire has already done work with outfits like Fox News, CBS Sports Network and the ACC, which will use BitFire for its annual football media day in the coming weeks. Sullivan is president & CEO of the company; Aagaard is on its board. “We’ve already got a lot of people circling us, and our press hasn’t even hit yet,” Aagaard said.

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PRESS RELEASE | BitFire Responds to New-World Demand for Professional-Grade Live IP Video Transmission for Live Contribution and Production

July 1, 2020

No one could have predicted the wide variety of new and unexpected scenarios that have come about in 2020 requiring sophisticated response, connection, and live contribution. Read here how broadcast geniuses at BitFire are leading the charge in taking live IP Video transmission and production into the future.  

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