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The Versailles Republican

November 27, 2014 • Sports

South Ripley Lady Raiders freshman (23) Kiley Sparks, pictured center above, lit up the home court nets on Friday night, November 21, where she delivered a 17-point outing. GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Jac-Cen-Del Eagle Conner Hubbard (44) and Milan Indians freshman Blake Beck (30) battle it out in the paint at MHS in opening freshman competition to get the 2014-15 season underway. GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
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SEI local sports switches to live video streaming for
high school webcasts

SEI Local Sports will make a significant upgrade to its live and archived webcast product beginning with the current 2014-15 basketball season. The local sports website now entering its fifth year of high school coverage will offer video streaming for the very first time.

“This is a very exciting and significant enhancement to our service,” said company founder and president Bryce Kendrick.
“We have always been widely touted as having the best set of announcers in the region. We’ve been praised by our local sports community along with state and even one national source as offering webcast presentations that are among the most professionally conducted, best prepared and certainly the most positive; however, our one drawback has always been the physical quality of our audio streaming. Now by streaming video, our physical product, combined with what we already do very well, will make for the single best presentation of high school sports in this region.”

Kendrick said doing video webcasts was always part of the site’s plan but financial concerns and logistics prevented the switch from happening sooner.

“It’s very expensive,” noted Kendrick. “Between new, high-end equipment, the pricey cost of streaming video over a dedicated wireless signal and adding extra staffing for the camera, it was a major financial undertaking both to start and commit to. I wasn’t quite ready to pull the trigger prior to this year’s football season but things began falling into place after it started. The negatives of going to video are that we will be doing fewer games than before because we will only have one crew,” Kendrick stated. “It’s simply too much to try to both equip and fund two crews at this time; however, we will still do more live games than any other media company in the area. Games can be seen on a computer or portable mobile device and will be recorded for later viewing in our archives.”

The schedule was prepared for the current basketball season and being reworked based on the recent change from audio to video and will be announced shortly.

Pick up this week's edition of The Versailles Republican for the stories below and more local news. Subscribe by clicking the subscribe link or call 812-689-6364.

• Ripley County Basketball Preview featuring photos and stories (section B)
• South Ripley Lady Raiders add victories to their belt (page 10, section B)
• JCD Eagles tethered by hosting Milan Indians: Freshmen season opener (page 10, section B)
• Basketball fans: schedules for local events happening Saturday (page 10, section B)

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