Artistic Video Walls by Userful Enhance Fan Experience at Tampa Bay’s Amalie Arena


Calgary, AB and Miami, FL — April 6th,  Pro Sound, a Florida-based AV integrator with extensive experience in sports and entertainment venues across the US, and Userful, an industry leader in centralized display software, announce the implementation of a series of  state-of-the-art mosaic-style video walls at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Florida home of the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team. 

A part of the arena’s 2015-16 upgrade, Pro Sound has deployed a series of four unique mosaic-style video walls strategically located throughout the arena. Thanks to the innovative and flexible Userful solution, they were able to turn standard video walls into pieces of art with unique artistic layouts that showcase stunning views of the city and other local attractions at Ultra-high definition 4k resolution.

The Userful Network Video Wall, the world’s first video wall solution to deliver 4k and larger content over the network in real time from a single Core i7 PC, was the solution of choice as it addressed all the arena’s requirements in a cost-effective manner. It offers the flexibility to rotate individual displays to any angle and allows the placement of displays anywhere on the video wall canvas giving customers the ability to create truly one of a kind digital art-walls while using 4k content.  

Sean Miller, Pro Sound’s Director of Technical Operations, lead the deployment team at prosound.  They deployed a total of 32 displays, a mix of 55” displays and 22” square displays, distributed in 4 unique video walls, each powered by a standard Intel Core i7 PC.  According to Miller, “One of the things we like best about Userful, besides being able to fulfill all the unique requirements of this project, is that it’s a very simple solution. The learning curve was about 5-10 minutes. Userful kept offering technical support but it wasn’t necessary. It’s a very easy platform to use”

Tim Griffin, founder and CTO of Userful Corporation, describes the importance behind this deployment. “For a bustling multi purpose venue like the Amalie Arena, this is the perfect solution since it can transform and adapt to provide attendees with a memorable visual experience, be it hockey games, concerts, etc. This showcases the full potential and wide range of applications for the Userful Network Video Wall”

“The product’s been great”, says John Franzone, V.P. Game Presentation. “Userful allowed us to implement these uniquely-shaped video walls to enhance the club and suite levels of the Amalie Arena.  We were able to go live quickly by virtue of its configuration console [Userful Control Center]. The Userful platform definitely took our headaches away by its means of mapping content for the video mosaics. Now when we create new content, we know the system will support it.”  

About Pro Sound

Founded in 1975, Pro Sound and Video is an Audio, Video and Control systems integrator offering a complete range of services including sound, video, broadcast TV, show control, video conferencing, design and engineering. For over 40 years Pro Sound has harnessed the power of electronic technology for the purpose of creating quality audio/video with unparalleled expertise. With a proven track record of project excellence in coordinating entire shows of light, sound, transitions and integrated control systems, broadcast, TV and newly emerging technology and the expertise, global reach and experience to satisfy even the most demanding standards, Pro Sound provides leading edge solutions that exceed expectations and stand the test of time. Clients include: Disney Concert Hall, New World Center, SeaWorld, Arizona Cardinal Stadium (most notably the Company’s work during Super Bowl XLIX, which gave the Cardinals the capability to broadcast in the stadium in 4K) and Disney World.

About Userful

Userful builds an industry leading software appliance for AV & IT professionals to easily control large numbers of displays and interactive content sources from any browser. Userful sits between content and displays providing AV over IP and hundreds of other features.  Userful makes it simple and affordable for organizations to drive and centrally manage intelligent interactive displays from digital signage, to desktops, to touch-screens and video walls and beyond with exceptional performance, unique flexibility and the lowest cost on the market. Userful is the trusted provider of over 1 million displays in over 100 countries and works with zero- and thin-client devices from world-class partners such as ViewSonic, Thinglobal, Atrust, Centerm and HP. 

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