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ESPN
ESPN
ESPN
(originally an acronym for ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS PROGRAMMING NETWORKS) is a U.S.-based global cable and satellite sports television channel owned by ESPN Inc. , a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (which operates the network) and the Hearst Corporation (which owns a 20% minority share). ESPN
ESPN
broadcasts primarily from studio facilities located in Bristol, Connecticut . The network also operates offices in Miami
Miami
, New York City , Seattle
Seattle
, Charlotte , and Los Angeles
Los Angeles
. John Skipper currently serves as president of ESPN, a position he has held since January 1, 2012. While ESPN
ESPN
is one of the most successful sports networks, there has been much criticism of ESPN
ESPN
, which includes accusations of biased coverage, conflict of interest , and controversies with individual broadcasters and analysts. ESPN
ESPN
headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut As of February 2015 , ESPN
ESPN
is available to approximately 94,396,000 paid television households (81.1% of households with at least one television set) in the United States. Nielsen has reported a much lower number in 2017, below 90,000,000 subscribers, losing more than 10,000 a day
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ESPN International
ESPN
ESPN
INTERNATIONAL is a family of networks around the world
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ESPN Inc
ESPN INC. is an American sports media conglomerate based in Bristol, Connecticut . Jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Corporation (which owns a 20% minority share), it owns various sports broadcasting operations, including cable channels (such as the titular ESPN ), a sports radio network , an accompanying website , and other assets. ESPN markets itself as the "Worldwide Leader in Sports". Most programming on ESPN networks consist of live or tape-delayed sporting events, sports news programming, sports talk shows, and original series and documentaries. In August 2016, Disney purchased a 1/3 stake in BAMTech for $1 billion from MLB Advanced Media with the option to purchase a majority share. Disney purchased the stake to first develop a ESPN subscription streaming service. The service would not include any current ESPN channel or its content, but tap BAMTech licensed rights and ESPN college rights
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East Penn Railroad
The EAST PENN RAILROAD (reporting mark ESPN) is a short-line railroad that operates a number of mostly-unconnected lines in the U.S. states of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
and Delaware
Delaware
. Except for two industrial park switching operations, all are former Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Railroad or Reading Company lines, abandoned or sold by Conrail or its predecessors. ESPN was formed in 2007 through the merger of East Penn Railways (reporting mark EPRY) and Penn Eastern Rail Lines (reporting mark PRL), each of which began operating in the 1990s. The railroad is owned by Regional Rail, LLC , which also owns the Middletown and New Jersey Railroad , Tyburn Railroad , and Conshohocken Recycling weaker lines were abandoned or sold off. 4.5 miles (7.2 km) of track was returned to service. A yard was also constructed in Pocopson, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
along the Wilmington & Northern (W&N). ESPN has acquired additional locomotives and replaced older locomotives to handle increased traffic, including the acquisition of two rebuilt EMD GP38-2 's from GATX to be used along the W it was eventually purchased by Berks County . In 2010, the Chester Valley line between King of Prussia and Bridgeport was abandoned and subsequently sold to Montgomery County so that it can become a part of the Chester Valley Rail Trail
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ESPN Inc.
ESPN
ESPN
INC. is an American sports media conglomerate based in Bristol, Connecticut . Jointly owned by The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Corporation (which owns a 20% minority share), it owns various sports broadcasting operations, including cable channels (such as the titular ESPN
ESPN
), a sports radio network , an accompanying website , and other assets. ESPN
ESPN
markets itself as the "Worldwide Leader in Sports". Most programming on ESPN
ESPN
networks consist of live or tape-delayed sporting events, sports news programming, sports talk shows, and original series and documentaries. In August 2016, Disney purchased a 1/3 stake in BAMTech for $1 billion from MLB Advanced Media with the option to purchase a majority share. Disney purchased the stake to first develop a ESPN
ESPN
subscription streaming service. The service would not include any current ESPN channel or its content, but tap BAMTech licensed rights and ESPN college rights
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The Walt Disney Company
THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY, commonly known as DISNEY, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate , headquartered at the Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Studios in Burbank, California
California
. It is the world's second largest media conglomerate in terms of revenue, after Comcast
Comcast
. Disney was founded on October 16, 1923 – by brothers Walt Disney
Walt Disney
and Roy O. Disney – as the DISNEY BROTHERS CARTOON STUDIO, and established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and theme parks. The company also operated under the names THE WALT DISNEY STUDIO and then WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS. Taking on its current name in 1986, it expanded its existing operations and also started divisions focused upon theater, radio, music, publishing, and online media . In addition, Disney has since created corporate divisions in order to market more mature content than is typically associated with its flagship family-oriented brands. The company is best known for the products of its film studio, Walt Disney
Walt Disney
Studios , which is today one of the largest and best-known studios in American cinema
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Hearst Corporation
HEARST COMMUNICATIONS INC., often referred to as simply HEARST, is an American mass media and business information conglomerate . It owns a wide variety of newspapers , magazines , television channels , and television stations , including the _ San Francisco Chronicle _, the _ Houston Chronicle _, _Cosmopolitan _, _Esquire _, 50% of broadcasting firm A a precautionary measure by Hearst in case the films didn't do well, to minimize the impact of any flop on said comic's popularity. Hearst established Cosmopolitan Pictures in the 1920s, distributing his films under the newly created Metro Goldwyn Mayer . In 1929, Hearst and MGM created the Hearst Metrotone newsreels. In order to spare serious cutbacks at San Simeon , Hearst merged _Hearst's International_ magazine with _Cosmopolitan_ effective March 1925, calling it _Hearst's International combined with Cosmopolitan_. The _Cosmopolitan_ title on the cover remained at a typeface of 84 points , over a 20-year time span, while the typeface of the _Hearst's International_ decreased from 36 points to a barely legible 12 points. Hearst died in 1951, and the _Hearst's International_ disappeared from the magazine cover altogether in April 1952. THE GOLDEN ERA An ad asking automakers to place ads in Hearst chain, noting their circulation. In the 1920s and 1930s, Hearst owned the biggest media conglomerate in the world
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720p
720P (1280×720 px ; also called HD READY ) is a progressive HDTV signal format with 720 horizontal lines and an aspect ratio (AR) of 16:9 , normally known as widescreen HDTV (1.78:1). All major HDTV broadcasting standards (such as SMPTE 292M ) include a 720p format which has a resolution of 1280×720; however, there are other formats, including HDV Playback and AVCHD for camcorders, which use 720p images with the standard HDTV resolution. The frame rate is standards-dependent, and for conventional broadcasting appears in 50 progressive frames per second in former PAL/ SECAM countries (Europe, Australia, others), and 59.94 frames per second in former NTSC countries (North America, Japan, Brazil, others). The number _720_ stands for the 720 horizontal scan lines of image display resolution (also known as 720 pixels of vertical resolution). The _p_ stands for progressive scan , i.e. non-interlaced. When broadcast at 60 frames per second, 720p features the highest temporal resolution possible under the ATSC and DVB standards. The term assumes a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9 , thus implying a resolution of 1280×720 px (0.9 megapixels ). 720i (720 lines interlaced ) is an erroneous term found in numerous sources and publications. Typically, it is a typographical error in which the author is referring to the 720p HDTV format
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High-definition Television
HIGH-DEFINITION TELEVISION (HDTV) is a television system providing an image resolution that is of substantially higher resolution than that of standard-definition television . HDTV is the current standard video format used in most broadcasts: terrestrial broadcast television , cable television , satellite television , DVDs , and streaming video . HDTV may be transmitted in various formats: * 1080p : 1920×1080p: 2,073,600 pixels (~2.07 megapixels ) per frame * 1080i : 1920×1080i: 1,036,800 pixels (~1.04 MP) per field or 2,073,600 pixels (~2.07 MP) per frame * Some countries also use a non-standard CEA resolution, such as 1440×1080i: 777,600 pixels (~0.78 MP) per field or 1,555,200 pixels (~1.56 MP) per frame * 720p : 1280×720p: 921,600 pixels (~0.92 MP) per frameThe letter "p" here stands for progressive scan , while "i" indicates interlaced . The term, "Full HD" refers to 1080p. When transmitted at two megapixels per frame, HDTV provides about five times as many pixels as SD (standard-definition television). The increased resolution provides for a clearer, more detailed picture. In addition, progressive scan swaps the entire image out 60 times per second, as compared to SD's 30 times per second, resulting in a picture without perceptible flicker
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Letterboxing (filming)
LETTERBOXING is the practice of transferring film shot in a widescreen aspect ratio to standard-width video formats while preserving the film's original aspect ratio. The resulting videographic image has mattes (black bars) above and below it; these mattes are part of the image (i.e., of each frame of the video signal). LBX or LTBX are the identifying abbreviations for films and images so formatted. The term refers to the shape of a letter box , a slot in a wall or door through which mail is delivered, being rectangular and wider than it is high. CONTENTS * 1 Description * 2 Early home video use * 3 In the cinema and home video * 4 On television * 5 Pillarboxing and windowboxing * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links DESCRIPTIONLetterboxing is used as an alternative to a full-screen , pan-and-scan transfer of a widescreen film image to videotape or videodisc. In pan-and-scan transfers, the original image is cropped to the narrower aspect ratio of the destination format, usually the 1.33:1 (4:3) ratio of the standard television screen, whereas letterboxing preserves the film's original image composition as seen in the cinema. Letterboxing was developed for use in 4:3 television displays before widescreen television screens were available, but it is also necessary to represent on a 16:9 widescreen display the unaltered original composition of a film with a wider aspect ratio, such as Panavision's 2.35:1 ratio
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480i
480I is a shorthand name for the video mode used for standard-definition analog or digital television in Caribbean , Myanmar , Japan , South Korea , Taiwan , Philippines , and most of the Americas (with the exception of Argentina , Paraguay and Uruguay ). The _480_ identifies a vertical resolution of 480 lines, and the _i_ identifies it as an interlaced resolution. The field rate , which is 60 Hz (or 59.94 Hz when used with NTSC color), is sometimes included when identifying the video mode, i.e. 480I60; another notation, endorsed by both the International Telecommunication Union in BT.601 and SMPTE in SMPTE 259M , includes the frame rate , as in 480I/30. The other common standard, used in the rest of the world, is 576i . In analogue contexts, this resolution is often called "525 LINES". It is mandated by CCIR Systems M and J , which are usually paired with NTSC color - which led to the "NTSC" name being often inaccurately used to refer to this video mode. Other color encodings have also been used with System M, notably PAL-M in Brazil
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Standard-definition Television
STANDARD-DEFINITION TELEVISION (SDTV OR SD) is a television system that uses a resolution that is not considered to be either high-definition television ( 720p , 1080i , 1080p , 1440p , 4K UHDTV , and 8K UHD ) or enhanced-definition television (EDTV 480p ). The two common SDTV signal types are 576i , with 576 interlaced lines of resolution, derived from the European-developed PAL and SECAM systems; and 480i based on the American National Television System Committee NTSC system. SDTV and high definition television (HDTV) are the two categories of display formats for digital television (DTV) transmissions, which are becoming the standard. In North America, digital SDTV is broadcast in the same 4:3 aspect ratio as NTSC signals with widescreen content being center cut . However, in other parts of the world that used the PAL or SECAM color systems, standard-definition television is now usually shown with a 16:9 aspect ratio , with the transition occurring between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s. Older programs with a 4:3 aspect ratio are broadcast with a flag that switches the display to 4:3 (some broadcasters prefer to reduce the horizontal resolution by anamorphically scaling the video into a pillarbox )
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United States
Coordinates : 40°N 100°W / 40°N 100°W / 40; -100 United States
United States
of America _ Flag Great Seal MOTTO: " In God We Trust " Other traditional mottos _ * " E pluribus unum " ( Latin
Latin
) (de facto) "Out of many, one" * " Annuit c
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Bristol, Connecticut
BRISTOL is a suburban city located in Hartford County, Connecticut
Hartford County, Connecticut
, United States
United States
, 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Hartford
Hartford
. As of the 2010 census , the population of the city was 60,477. Bristol is best known as the home of ESPN
ESPN
, whose central studios are in the city. Bristol is also home to Lake Compounce
Lake Compounce
, America's oldest functioning theme park . Bristol was known as a clock-making city in the 19th century, and is home to the American Clock "> In 2014, city leaders elected to adopt a new "brand" for the city. "All Heart" became the new logo on letterheads and T-shirts and even the "Mum Festival" leaders were "encouraged" to adopt the new image at the festival and parade. OTHER ATTRACTIONSBristol has many parks: Peck, Page, Rockwell, Bracket, Barnes Nature Center, Indian Rock, Forestville Memorial and many more. The city is also home to Lake Compounce
Lake Compounce
, the oldest continuously operated amusement park in North America, and to the New England Carousel Museum , the American Clock & Watch Museum , the Imagine Nation Children\'s Museum , Bristol Military Memorial Museum , Bristol Historical Society Museum and the Witch\'s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum
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Disney Xd
DISNEY XD is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the Disney Channels Worldwide
Disney Channels Worldwide
unit of the Disney–ABC Television Group , itself a unit of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
. Aimed primarily at children ages 6-14, its programming consists of original first-run television series , current and former original series and made-for-cable films from sister network Disney Channel
Disney Channel
, theatrically-released films, and acquired programs from other distributors. The channel offers an alternate Spanish language audio feed, either via a separate channel with the English track removed as part of a package of Spanish television networks sold by cable and satellite providers or a separate audio track accessible through the SAP option, depending on the provider. As of February 2015, Disney XD
Disney XD
is available to approximately 80,120,000 pay television households (68.8% of households with at least one television set) in the United States. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Launching * 2 Programming * 2.1 Programming blocks * 2.1.1 Current * 2.1.2 Former * 3 Related services * 4 International channels * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links HISTORYLAUNCHING Logo used from 2009-2015
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ESPN2
ESPN2 is an American basic cable and satellite television network that is owned by ESPN Inc. , a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (which owns a controlling 80% stake) and the Hearst Corporation (which owns the remaining 20%). ESPN2 was initially formatted as a network for a younger generation of sports fans; by the late 1990s, this mandate was phased out as the channel increasingly served as a second outlet for ESPN's mainstream sports coverage. As of February 2015, ESPN2 is available to approximately 94,379,000 pay television households (81.1% of households with at least one television set) in the United States. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Programming * 2.1 Simulcasting * 3 High definition * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORY ESPN2 launched on October 1, 1993 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time . Its inaugural program was the premiere of _SportsNight_, a sports news program originally hosted by Keith Olbermann and Suzy Kolber – where Olbermann opened the show by jokingly welcoming viewers to "the end of our careers." Launching with an estimated carriage of about 10 million homes, ESPN2 aimed to be a more informal and youth-oriented channel than parent network ESPN, featuring a heavier emphasis on programming that would appeal to the demographic
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