Professional Bull Riders (PBR) have created a global sports phenomenon with the organization’s popular PBR broadcasts now reaching more than half a billion households in 50 nations and territories around the world.
To accommodate this rapid growth, PBR selected MultiDyne’s LightCube technology to support its broadcast signals over a single fiber-optic cable throughout its rough and tumble performance venues. The network can now support up to 80 HD-SDI, SDI or any combination of composite video, audio, data and PL over one cable.
Installed by ProVideo Systems, Inc., a video and production equipment dealer and systems integrator, MultiDyne’s technology was chosen because it is tough enough to support multiple signals over a single cable in very rugged environments.
LightCube can be configured with DVI, RGB and HDMI, enabling PBR to adapt to any signal environment. The system runs on 110/220 volt AC power or batteries for field use. An Anton-Bauer or IDX mounting plate is included. Optical connectors include ST, SC, LC, TFOCA, PH, Tyco Expanded Beam, SMPTE and Neutrik opticalCON.
Test and monitoring features make the system effective for in-the-field signal monitoring. With an HD monitor and signal generator on either end of the fiber cable, PBR can test the circuit even if a camera is not available.
The HD test signal generator option also allows PBR to send the test pattern down the line, or to send the signal from the studio end directly to the LightCube, to monitor the camera output and the signals arriving at the shoot.
Measuring at 14-inches cubed, the system is compact and portable enough for sports and ENG applications, announce-booth settings and any field application where signal density is important. Carry handles allow grab-and-go access for remote or on-location productions. A weather resistant cover is available for extra protection. The system is compatible with all MultiDyne fiber-optic field transport technology.
“PBR produces hundreds of events each year across the United States and around the globe, making it critical that we have a fiber-optic field transport solution that is dense, durable, compact and easy to travel with,” said Dan Hickman, senior director of tour operations of Professional Bull Riders.