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NGN is a new online television network for ultimate frisbee that's putting traditional broadcasting to the test.
NGN is a new online television network for ultimate frisbee that's putting traditional broadcasting to the test.
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Stanford Troubles, Tournament Passes and Centex Goes Black

Dear NGN Supporters,

The nature of start-ups is that there will be bumps along the road and this past weekend showed that NGN is no exception.

STANFORD INVITE

We sincerely apologize for not communicating well the problems we encountered this weekend. We simply did not have sufficient staff to maintain a full broadcast, attempt to solve our major technical issue and respond to customer service. We ultimately chose to focus our efforts on making our on-demand video the best product we could. We hope you understand this decision.

The main problem this weekend was that despite being thoroughly tested our 4G Internet connection could not maintain a signal on the Stanford campus. Why this is we still do not know. While attempting to solve our modem problem at halftime we accidently wrote over saved archives of the first half of Carleton vs. Whitman and possibly the first half of Pittsburgh vs Colorado (won't know until we fix this game.)

Additionally, we corrupted games from Round 4 – Quarterfinals and must have them professionally salvaged before they can be added as on-demand video. In the meantime the Finals and Semis will be available starting Wednesday, March 7.

THE TOURNAMENT PASS

Due to the Internet issue of last week the Tournament Pass will no longer include an HQ stream and will consist entirely of on-demand video. We’ll continue to offer a free SQ stream and when tournaments can provide us with a rock-solid hardwired connection we’ll resume offering HQ to Tournament Pass viewers.

When we’re not interrupting/corrupting/stressing out about non-existent 4G Internet connections our workflow should allow us to get game archives up in the evenings after games. Officially, we’ll stick to the 2 days out policy, but we will always try to get games up as early as possible.

CENTEX GOES DARK

When it rains it pours. I was woken up this morning at 7:30 by a phone call from the University of Texas. The President’s office has decided to shut down the filming of Centex. To make a long and complicated story short we had already been prohibited from filming Centex on campus because of a contract with ESPN’s Longhorn Network. Our understanding from communicating with University officials was that if we moved the games off-campus there would not be a problem.

Sharief Moghazy, the Centex tournament director, and I have worked every angle within our power to get approval for this. We’ve gone up the administrative ladder, contacted the student government, reserved outside fields and have come up empty handed.

We apologize to our Kickstarter backers who had their hearts set on Centex and anyone else who has already purchased a Centex Tournament Pass. We will be reissuing codes to all account holders who have already elected for Centex as a Kickstarter Reward and refunds/codes for anyone who has already purchased the Centex Tournament Pass. For backers who received three codes, your remaining code will be usable for on future events.

In Conclusion

It’s been a long, frustrating and often disappointing week for us at NGN, but we remain cheerful and optimistic. We’re still excited as ever about broadcasting ultimate and we’ve got some great events In the works for the future. Please stay with us during this trough and we’ll be back up on top in no time. Thank you all.

Kevin Minderhout

NGN

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    1. NexGen Ultimate Creator on

      That is bad. Thanks for letting me know. I'll look into it. I think I know where the problem is though and while I probably won't be able to address these games before Easterns, I will make sure the fix is present for when we put up the Easterns games.

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      Essobie on

      It seems like every one of the Stanford matches either starts out with the audio out of sync, or it slowly creeps out of sync as the match goes on.

      Can you guys take a look at them and see if you can line it up a bit better and re-upload? I'd like to hear the commentary on these things, but I've taken to just muting it. Pretty frustrating to hear the result of a second and a half before I see it happen.

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      Aaron on

      NGN is a step in the right direction and, like all enterprises, has hit some early snags. The video I watched during Stanford was good and the troubles sound like they were out of your control. I still support you, though I would have liked better communication during the troubles of Stanford, and look forward to Easterns. Onward and upward, guys.

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      Alex Rummelhart on

      Keep up the good work, I look forward to seeing Stanford footage. How do I get my redemption code?

    5. Patrick on

      It was a total shambles for me but irrespective, onwards and upwards, you still have my backing. Looking forward to the next tournament.

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    7. Travis on

      Ya know who has the hardest time walking through the woods? The guy setting the trail. Keep it up. Also don't refund me for Centex

    8. Nick Pannu on

      Totally agree, good luck ironing out the issues and I look forward to the next broadcast. I also have to give big credit to the commentary which is better than most sports commentary I've ever heard.

    9. Jonathan Cooke on

      Don't be disheartened by these initial setbacks. keep on trucking. I was over in New Zealand watching the Oregon vs Florida game live on HQ on a 42in tv. It was fantastic, exactly what watching ultimate should be like and an excellent consolation to not playing when our own tournament was cancelled on Sunday (your Saturday). P.s. My bro and I were thoroughly enjoying the commentary! :)

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      Zachary Purdy on

      No one thought it would be easy to deliver high quality live ultimate, and I hope I speak for most of your backers when I say that we're still behind you 100%. If you keep working as hard as you have been, I'm sure that NexGen will succeed. Can't wait for Stanford VoDs!
      -Purdy