The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) has announced that it has launched a program that will provide free Pixellot Production Units to athletic programs.
NFHS has allocated more than $200 million for this nationwide project called the High School Support Program, which will enable the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) – and other associations around the country – member schools that currently lack production capabilities to receive up to two free Pixellot Automated Production Units.
These Pixellot Units allow schools to live stream – and record on-demand – athletic events so that fans can follow the action even if they are unable to watch the games in person. The NFHS is also assisting schools by increasing the NFHS Network subscription revenue sharing to member schools effective Aug. 1.
“We recognize that the next several years will be challenging for our high schools and state associations,” NFHS Network CEO Mark Koski said. “Many are facing budget cuts and reduced resources, and attendance at athletic and other school events may be restricted.
“From the FNHS Network’s inception seven years ago, we have been driven by the goal to create a platform that showcases every high school event across every sport and every level of competition. Consistent with this goal, we want the High School Support Program to demonstrate our continued commitment to help our partner schools manage through the inevitable complications created by COVID-19.”
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said this program would offer a much-needed boost to member schools.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our schools to modernize themselves with automated production capabilities for live streaming athletics and other high school events, at no cost,” Savarese said. “We’re appreciative of the NFHS Network’s High School Support Program and encourage our eligible schools to take advantage of the free production units and enhanced revenue-sharing for streamed events.”
Pixellot Production Units allows athletic events to be streamed live without requiring personnel to produce the games, which eliminates operation strain created by manual production. Currently, more than 5,000 Pixellot units are used nationwide by high schools across the country.