NORMAN, Okla. – The Information Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA) recognized the University of Oklahoma at its annual Golden Matrix Awards (GMAs) in Dallas on July 16 by awarding it the Best Overall Big Screen Display in the college division. The award marks the third time OU has received the honor with the previous two coming in 2010 and 2011.
The Best Overall Big Screen Display Award is a national competition open to all universities. Voting is based on a five-minute compilation of each department’s best content of the year. It is judged on by peer institutions and a single winner is decided.
The purpose of the GMAs is to recognize artistic and technical excellence in the programming of large screen video and matrix displays located at stadiums, arenas, racetracks, convention centers and other public assembly facilities.
SoonerVision, the in-house video production arm of Oklahoma Athletics, produces all of the content on Sooner Sports TV, OU’s multi-platform network. Sooner Sports TV programming is delivered on a variety of FOX outlets, including FOX Sports Southwest, Oklahoma and FOX College Sports in addition to SoonerSports.tv. Sooner Sports TV includes hundreds of live games and showcases a variety of original programming and studio shows, including coaches' shows, weekly magazine shows, pregame shows and more. In addition, live webcasts and on-demand video content including highlights, features, interviews, classic videos and more are distributed online at SoonerSports.tv.
During the 2013-14 school year, SoonerVision produced 504 hours of original programming and had a total of over 4,750 hours of programming air on all FOX Linear outlets.
Centered in a pair of control rooms in the bowels of Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Sooner Sports TV produces over 200 live events annually. Oklahoma’s commitment to video production and education is unrivaled by an impressive crew that features 17 full-time employees and more than 100 students.In 2011, the university invested nearly $2.5 million to boost its TV production capabilities at SoonerVision. The upgrades included a second control room, two Grass Valley Kayenne Switchers, an additional EVS server and six broadcast cameras.