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TV NEWS ALERT: BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT TIMES SQUARE 2014 AND LIVE NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENT COVERAGE

BEHIND-THE-SCENES, PRE-EVENT COVERAGE OF TIMES SQUARE 2014
Pre-New Year’s Eve footage featuring the arrival and installation of the "2014" numerals atop of One Times Square; the assembly and lighting of the crystal New Year’s Eve Ball; Good Riddance Day; confetti wishes; and other preparations.

For the first time, pre-event coverage will be made available via download, featuring 16 x 9 HD broadcast quality video, B-Roll footage (encoded as H.264), broadcast and web quality pre-packaged EPKs, photos and press releases.

Video content will be uploaded mid-afternoon or evening (EST) on the following dates:
12/9 (The Amazing Spider-Man 2™),  12/17 (Numeral Arrival), 12/19 (Confetti Wishes), 12/26 (Numeral Installation/Poll), 12/27 (Crystal Installation), 12/28 (Good Riddance Day), 12/29 (Confetti Test), 12/30 (Ball Test) and 1/3 (Ball Re-lighting & Raising).

Download access at: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/for-mediapress/nye-media-kit/index.aspx

Download Coverage Contact: Nina Stoller-Lindsey at 212-452-5234 (NLindsey@TimesSquareNYC.org)

If you are in need of a traditional satellite or fiber feed, please contact Shelley Kapitulik at 203-898-1501.


FEED #1:  LIVE NEW YEAR’S EVE COVERAGE OF TIMES SQUARE 2014
Live coverage of the Times Square 2014 festivities with exclusive panoramic views of Times Square and the giant crystal New Year’s Eve Ball from proprietary camera locations and the ambient and natural sounds of the revelers. Highlights include the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball at 6 p.m. EST, hourly countdowns, activities engaging the revelers, live musical performances by Rodney Atkins, El Dasa, Jencarlos Canela and Melissa Etheridge, and an appearance by special guest,  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, at midnight. This year’s feed will also feature an exclusive clip of Times Square footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie at 10:50 p.m. EST, as well as AP’s Year-End News Highlights video at 11:15 p.m. EST. This clean, uninterrupted feed will be provided free of charge to media organizations around the world on a non-exclusive basis solely for their use in creating television programming relating to the event. Additional information, including a schedule of events and talent, is available at: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/index.aspx.  

 

NORTH AMERICAN TIMES AND COORDINATES: NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE COVERAGE

1)  VIA FIBER IN HD AND SD:  Tuesday, December 31, 2013; 4 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. EST
The New York Switch  HD:  NY POOL 3
The New York Switch  SD:   NY POOL 2

2) VIA SATELLITE IN HD:  Tuesday, December 31, 2013; 10:00 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. EST
C Band:  AMC 1, Transponder C24 SLOT A; Orbital Position 103’ West; Downlink Frequency 4171 VERTICAL,
Bandwidth 18 MEG,  FEC 3 / 4,  SYMBOL RATE  13.0

KU Band:  AMC 1,  Transponder  K16 SLOT A, Orbital Position 103’ West, Downlink Frequency 12011 vertical 
Bandwidth 18 MEG,  FEC 3 / 4,  SYMBOL RATE  13.0

Technical Contact:  Lenny Laxer at 917-299-0205

INTERNATIONAL TIMES AND COORDINATES: NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE COVERAGE

VIA SATELLITE IN SD 16 X 9:  Tuesday December 31, 2013 11:45 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. EST
(January 1, 2014 0445-0515 GMT)

EUROPE:  IS 905  61/61 slot A, Orbital Slot 335.5; Downlink Frequency 10958.5  Vertical, FEC 3 /4, Symbol Rate 6.1113; Bandwidth 9 MEG, Compression Tandberg 4:2:0, Video Standard PAL

LATIN AMERICA:  IS 21 24C, Slot A, Orbital Slot 58’ West; Downlink Frequency 4146.5 Horizontal, FEC 3/4, Symbol Rate 6.1113, Bandwidth 9 MEG, Compression Tandberg 4:2:0, Video Standard PAL

ASIA:  IS 8 20C, VIRTUAL CHANNEL 2, Orbital Slot 169’ East; Downlink Frequency 4100 Horizontal, FEC 3/4, Symbol Rate 26.48, Bandwidth 9 MEG, Video Standard PAL

AFRICA/MIDEAST:  IS 20 LM6C, Slot A, Orbital Slot 68.5’ East; Downlink Frequency 3827.5 Vertical, FEC 3/4, Symbol Rate 6.1113, Bandwidth 9 MEG, Compression Tandberg 4:2:0, Video Standard PAL

Technical Contact:  Lenny Laxer – 917-299-0205


EMBED LIVE COMMERCIAL-FREE NEW YEAR’S EVE WEBCAST OF TIMES SQUARE 2014
Official Host Allison Hagendorf and three correspondents will provide live, commercial-free, webcast coverage of the festivities leading up to the Ball Drop at midnight including backstage access, behind-the-scenes stories, and interviews with revelers, performers and other special guests. Additional highlights include the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball at 6 p.m. EST, hourly countdowns, activities engaging the revelers, live musical performances by Rodney Atkins, El Dasa, Jencarlos Canela and Melissa Etheridge, and an appearance by special guest,  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, at midnight.  This year’s feed will also feature an exclusive clip of Times Square footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie at 10:50 p.m. EST, as well as AP’s Year-End News Highlights video at 11:15 p.m. EST.

The Webcast will begin at 5:55 p.m. EST on December 31, 2013 and end at 12:15 a.m. EST on January 1, 2014. The show will be available at TimesSquareNYC.org, TimesSquareBall.net and livestream.com/2014.

Additionally, the event organizers and Livestream are inviting digital media outlets, bloggers and webmasters to embed the Livestream video and full feed experience, which includes photos, text updates and real-time DVR and video highlights, to enhance the New Year’s Eve content on their own sites.

Additional information, including embedding details, is available on the Web at: http://livestream.com/2014 or
http://timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/webcast/index.aspx.


OFFICIAL TIMES SQUARE 2014 MOBILE APPs FREE FOR APPLE AND ANDROID DEVICES
Watch the live New Year’s Eve webcast described above on your mobile device anywhere in the world by downloading the Times Square Ball App or the Times Square Crossroads App for free via Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

Times Square App information available at: http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/app/index.aspx.


For more information on the satellite/fiber feeds, please contact Shelley Kapitulik at 203-898-1501. Media and Press information on the event is at http://www.timessquarenyc.org/events/new-years-eve/for-mediapress/index.aspx.