Project: Flyaway solutions for African Football Leagues
Gearhouse Broadcast built three flyaway systems for African sports channel SuperSport to cover domestic football leagues in a number of African countries to be carried on Africa's leading pay television platform DStv. DStv is a pay television offering from MultiChoice which has over two million subscribers in Sub Sahara Africa. The SuperSport channels are Africa's best known channels for their quality and variety of sports coverage. SuperSport have made extensive investments in football rights in Kenya, Angola, Nigeria and Zambia, and in the purchase of the appropriate broadcast equipment to deliver quality football coverage made in Africa for Africa. Following a complex and involved tender process Gearhouse Broadcast won the contract and provided its unique flyaway production monitor stack solutions.
The production infrastructure varies widely from country to country in Africa and if SuperSport was to provide consistent, first rate coverage of African football, it needed a robust production system which could be moved and deployed quickly and easily.
The flyaway units contained an 8-camera system made up of Sony BVP E30s cameras, a Sony DVS 9000 vision mixer, Teletest rack mount monitors, Harris Inscriber G1 graphics, 2 x 6 Channel SD EVS XT2, Harris glue products, a Pro-Bel router, an RTS/Telex comms system, a Yamaha mixing desk and Glensound commentary units and a mixture of new and used Canon lenses. The units rival anything available in South Africa and top most kits available in the rest of the continent.
The production units were flown around Africa. A major factor in securing the contract was Gearhouse Broadcast's ability to supply a loan flyaway within a matter of days, as SuperSport needed the solution immediately. This clearly demonstrated Gearhouse Broadcast's flexibility and extensive in-house inventory.
Head of SuperSport production for Africa Andre Venter said "This new equipment allows us to ensure high quality broadcasts in all our territories that SuperSport has made major investments in. We wanted to show the world that Africa is capable of producing high quality productions that are on a par with any broadcasters across the globe."