SuperSport Taps Gearhouse Flyaways for African Soccer Coverage
The pan African sports channel SuperSport inked a deal with Gearhouse Broadcast for three Flyaway systems to cover domestic football leagues in a number of African countries to be carried on Africa’s leading pay television platform DStv.
The Flyaway units contain an eight-camera system made up of Sony BVP E30s
cameras, a Sony DVS 9000 production switcher, Teletest rack mount monitors,
Harris Inscriber G1 graphics, EVS XT2 SD server units (2 units, six channels each), Harris glue infrastructure products,
Pro-Bel router, RTS/Telex comms system, Yamaha mixing desk and
Glensound commentary units and a mixture of new and used Canon lenses.
Andre Venter, who heads up SuperSport production, says the new
equipment allows SuperSport to ensure high-quality broadcasts in all
territories that SuperSport has made major investments in. “We wanted to
show the world that Africa are capable of producing high-quality
productions that are on a par with any broadcasters across the Globe,” he adds.
DStv is a pay television offering from MultiChoice which has over 2 million subscribers in Sub Sahara Africa and the SuperSport channels are Africa’s best known channels for variety of sports coverage. SuperSport have made extensive investments in football rights in Kenya, Angola, Nigeria and Zambia, and the purchase 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.
“Gearhouse Flyaway’s are the perfect solution for SuperSport’s needs being portable production units which are housed in flight cases and so easily transportable” explains Eamonn Dowdall, Managing Director at Gearhouse Broadcast. The production units have to be flown around Africa. Dowdall continues “a major factor in securing the contract was Gearhouse’s ability to supply a loan flyaway within less than a week’s time demonstrating the company’s flexibility.”