Every year at about this time, I begin to receive press releases from broadcast technology vendors eager to trumpet the fact their particular piece of gear or software contributed to the production of the game.
While my feature article today focused on what technology is new and important for the production of Super Bowl 50 from the perspective of Ken Aagaard, EVP of engineering, operations and production services at CBS Sports, I thought I could recap in the Playout blog the vendor press releases I have received and will likely receive over the next week related to the Super Bowl.
TVU Networks this week is providing live video services for its customers and other broadcasters transmitting live from Santa Clara, home of Levi’s Stadium where the Super Bowl will be played, as well as other spots around the San Francisco area.
The company is offering several services, including:
- Local cellular 4G and LTE datacards;
- Dedicated microwave mesh network in multiple locations in and around the San Francisco, including major venues hosting Super Bowl activities and events;
- Technical support from experienced TVU personnel;
- Office space with high-speed Ethernet and Wi-Fi for meetings and for use as an operational staging area.
TVU Nettworks’ Mountain View, Calif., headquarters is 10 minutes from Levi’s Stadium.
More than 20 broadcasters are using TVUPacks for coverage of the festivities leading up to Sunday’s game. They include KUSA, the NBC affiliate in Denver; KMGH, the ABC affiliate in Denver; WCNC, the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, N.C.; WFMY, the CBS affiliate serving Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point, N.C.; ESPN; ABC Network; and Time Warner Cable SportsNet.
Eleven NEP production trucks and 23 trailers will be used in Santa Clara for remote production of the Super Bowl as well as pre-game, half-time and post-game shows and world feeds.
NEP will use nearly 130 Sony HDC series cameras, about 90 HDC-2500s, 12 HDC-4300s and 18 HDC-1500s. It will also use Sony’s OLED master monitors and XDCAM decks.
CBS Sports will use a prototype ultra-high-frame-rate 4K camera from Sony.
F&F Productions’ GTX-17 will use 14 HDC-2500 cameras during pre-game, half time and post, as well.