Monumental Sports Network Launches New Production And Broadcast Studio Space In D.C.

Monumental Sports Network Unveils State-of-the-Art Production Facility and Broadcast Studios

New studio space will make its on-air debut during the Washington Wizards game on Thursday, March 21st

The new Monumental Sports Network (MNMT) studio was announced today and it is full of amazing broadcast and production technologies for sports. The local Washington D.C. media platform is resetting the regional sports network industry with an ultra-modern production facility and broadcast studios costing multi-millions of dollars to create. It truly is a best-in-class, state-of-the-art, IP-based studio space ready to transform the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the G-League’s Capital City Go-Go, plus other live games and taped content, to unrivaled digital levels. Look for pre- and post-game shows, halftime and intermission reports, and other original programming on the network. The four studios, 1,200 square feet of 4K quality LED monitors in the main studio, five control rooms, 4K capable robotic camera array, and much more tech, is scheduled to launch across the district and greater Washington region with an on-air debut during the Washington Wizards game on Thursday, March 21st from its location adjacent to Capital One Arena at 700 6th Street, NW in downtown D.C. The Sports Techie community blog has been waiting for over a year to share this exciting story with our online readers and followers. The studio’s backdrop is designed to upgrade the broadcasters’ abilities with larger space and touchscreen capabilities, while adding even more technology bells and whistles to the production teams speed and capabilities, to ultimately, enhance the video quality and fan experience, across a multitude of live sports, events and OnDemand streaming programming.

Monumental Sports Network’s (MNMT) brand-new multi-million-dollar home for the local media platform, including a best-in-class production facility and broadcast studios

“The opening of this state-of-the-art facility represents the most significant step yet in our journey to create a best-in-class media experience for our amazing fanbase,” said Zach Leonsis, President of Media & New Enterprises at Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “This new IP-based media center paves the way for higher quality video, better programming, and more content about our fans’ favorite teams. We’re so excited to deliver a national broadcast-quality experience to one of the largest and most influential markets in the world.”

The new production center, which Monumental Sports Network began designing in June of 2022, is a two-story, SMPTE 2110 facility that features two top quality studios which can combine on non-conflict nights to create one single national telecast worthy experience. The main studios feature 24 cameras, 1,200 square feet of 4K quality LED monitors, and innovative robotics to help create the best possible pre- and post-game show viewing experiences for sports fans in the national capital region. The facility also includes two insert studios, five control rooms to produce multiple events simultaneously, and brand-new office space for more than 150 Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) employees.

New studio space will make its on-air debut during the Washington Wizards game on Thursday, March 21st

“This best-in-class workspace will ensure we deliver the most remarkable version of sports programming to our fans across the DMV region and truly allows us to be in a class of our own amongst local media platforms across the country,” added Friday Abernethy, General Manager for Monumental Sports Network

Because the new facility features a SMPTE 2110 system, the space is flexible and can accommodate future advancements that allow for increased resolution for broadcasts. Before the end of the current Capitals and Wizards seasons, Monumental Sports Network will upgrade its video quality from 1080i (shooting at 30 frames per second) to 1080p (shooting at 60 frames per second) so fans can enjoy their favorite live and original programs in stunning high definition. The new facility is also built to upgrade its video quality to 4K in the future.

Monumental Sports Network’s new facility features a SMPTE 2110 system

“The SMPTE 2110 system and other innovative technologies leveraged in our new facility not only will help us deliver a higher quality broadcast to fans this season but will allow us to continue to innovate and improve our product moving forward,” said Charlie Myers, Chief Technology Officer at Monumental Sports & Entertainment.

In August 2022, MSE recognized the incredible value of live sports media rights and took a bold approach to reinvest in its regional broadcast rights by acquiring full ownership of NBC Sports Washington from Comcast/NBC Universal. Throughout 2023, the organization worked tirelessly to combine NBC Sports Washington’s linear channel and Monumental’s existing digital assets into a state-of-the-art digitally focused media platform.

This transformation included a complete rebrand and revamped programming lineup, building out an executive team with decades of media experience from organizations such as Disney, DirecTV, DaZN, and Discovery, retaining and transitioning all network employees, building out new production infrastructure and systems, and reimagining the fan experience and integrating never-before-seen enhancements.

Launched in September 2023, the end product is a reinvention of NBC Sports Washington’s linear channel into Monumental Sports Network, a state-of-the-art digitally focused media platform. In October, Monumental Sports Network unveiled direct-to-consumer (DTC) subscription memberships for viewers seeking to access Monumental Sports Network’s live and on-demand programming without a Pay TV service.

In recognition of MSE’s exemplary achievements throughout the year, in December, Sports Business Journal (SBJ) announced Monumental Sports Network as the recipient of its “Best in Local Media” award for 2023.

In addition to live games for the Capitals, Wizards, Mystics, Capital City Go-Go, and MSE’s esports franchises, Monumental Sports Network boasts a comprehensive schedule of live college and high school sports programming, and has broadcast partnerships with the NWSL’s Washington Spirit and Major League Rugby’s Old Glory DC for their 2024 seasons.

Fans from Delaware to Richmond can watch Monumental Sports Network on linear tv, on across desktop, tablet, and mobile devices, or by downloading the Monumental streaming app on Android, Apple TV, iOS, Fire TV, LG TV, Roku, Samsung TV, Vizio TV, and Xfinity X1, and more platforms to be launched in the future. 

Sports Techie, Monumental Sports Network is wholly owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE).

I am glad to see this new studio space add the downtown and Washington regions area and sport scene with careful planning, smart strategies and brilliant execution.

Ideally, one of the D.C. franchises will win a championship in due time so fans can revel in the key moments with the aid of the studios digital magic along the way.

See you later sportstechie in Seattle, Atlanta and around the world!

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