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 Big South Conference Relies on NewTek TriCaster™ 850 EXTREME™ to Produce and Stream Men's and Women's Basketball

Conference upgrades to HD portable live production systems for launch of basketball season

SAN ANTONIO - December 1, 2011 - NewTek, worldwide leader in portable live production and 3D animation systems, announced today that the Big South Conference has upgraded its live streaming capabilities with the addition of 12 TriCaster™ 850 EXTREME™ HD portable live production systems. With conference play beginning the first of December, the Big South will use the new HD TriCasters to produce and live stream all men's and women's home basketball games, and will continue to use TriCaster as the heart of their streaming operations in the sports seasons to follow.

The Big South Conference produces and streams more than 700 live events each year. Through the Big South Network fans have the opportunity to watch all of the conference home football games, men's and women's basketball, baseball and many other of our sporting events such as  volleyball, men's and women's soccer, including the conference championships in most of the league's sports.

"Now that each of our 11 member schools and the conference headquarters have TriCaster 850 EXTREME, we can deliver live sporting events that rival network broadcast quality," said Mark Bryant, director of multimedia development, Big South Conference. "Our streaming operations have grown dramatically, and TriCaster technology has been critical in that process, since we first entrusted games to NewTek in 2009. TriCaster has totally changed the economics of college sports production, now we can afford to give our fans a virtual front row seat at every Big South sport from basketball to volleyball. And, no matter where our fans, friends, family and alumni are located in the world, they know they can always watch their favorite Big South sports on the Big South Network."

Big South Conference Member Schools:
Campbell University - Buies Creek, North Carolina
Charleston Southern University - Charleston, South Carolina
Coastal Carolina University - Conway, South Carolina
Gardner-Webb University - Boiling Springs, North Carolina
High Point University - High Point, North Carolina
Liberty University - Lynchburg, Virginia
Presbyterian College - Clinton, South Carolina
Radford University - Radford, Virginia
University of North Carolina Asheville - Asheville, North Carolina
Virginia Military Institute - Lexington, Virginia
Winthrop University - Rock Hill, South Carolina

With TriCaster, anyone can simultaneously produce, live stream, broadcast, project and record HD and SD network-style productions. A single operator or small team can switch between multiple cameras, virtual inputs and live virtual sets, while inserting clips, titles and motion graphics with multi-channel effects. TriCaster is used by sports organizations, schools, broadcasters, webcasters, houses of worship, government agencies and others to provide a new level of extended programming and content to their audiences.

Pricing and Availability
The TriCaster family of products in NTSC is available for education in North America starting at US$4,995 and in multi-standard for US$5,995. For more information, please visit www.newtek.com, or call NewTek Sales at 800-368-5441. International callers dial +1-210-370-8000.

About NewTek
Benefiting producers and artists with cost-effective and groundbreaking technologies, NewTek is a worldwide leader in portable live production, video editing, 3D animation and special effects tools, including the TriCaster™ product line, 3Play™ and LightWave 3D®. NewTek has won numerous industry accolades, including two Emmy® Awards.

Clients include:, Big South Conference, ESPN X Games, New York Giants, NBA Development League, Fox News, BBC, NHL, Nickelodeon, CBS Radio, ESPN Radio, Fox Sports, MTV, TWiT.TV , USA TODAY, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), North American Aerospace Defense Command, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NewTek products have been used in feature films and television shows, including "Avatar," "TinTin," "Repo Men," "V," "Fringe," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and more.

NewTek is privately owned and based in San Antonio, Texas.  Please visit: www.newtek.com.

About The Big South Conference (www.BigSouthSports.com)
Founded in 1983, the Big South Conference has matured into a competitive leader in college athletics, actively pursuing excellence on the field of play and in the classroom.  Comprised of 11 member institutions throughout the Southeast, the Big South Conference continues to succeed on the field through its 19 championship sports while intentionally fostering the academic, personal, social, athletic and leadership development of its student-athletes.  The institutions of the Big South Conference -- Campbell University, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Liberty University, Presbyterian College, Radford University, UNC Asheville, Virginia Military Institute and Winthrop University -- have a remarkable history of achievement.  The League will begin sponsoring women's lacrosse in 2012-13.  The Big South Conference: Developing Leaders Through Athletics.

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